SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jermaine Jones will use a little extra caution, knowing full well his penchant for drawing cards from referees.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have three more chances to grab the championship trophy that slipped away last year.
Just in time for the World Cup, the Manteca Futbol Club is offering a free skills academy to the community's future stars.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Three days of practice at the new Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to make Martin Kaymer believe this would be the same old U.S. Open.
MIAMI (AP) - San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel, prosecutors announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.
SAO PAULO (AP) - His shirt off post practice with multiple upper-body tattoos on display and dreadlocks as messy as ever, Kyle Beckerman signed autographs through a small space in the fence separating him from a swarm of fans.
NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Cameroon came late to the World Cup after a bonus dispute caused trouble before the squad got to Brazil. Now that the players are here, the team wants to leave all that back in Africa.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo cut short a training session with Portugal on Thursday, leaving the field with an ice pack over his left knee - indicating that his tendinitis may still be bothering the star forward.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil striker Neymar is only 22 years old, but knows he will be carrying the hopes of the host country at the World Cup. He is already getting goosebumps just thinking about today's opener against Croatia.
NEW YORK (AP) - The champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The Open starts Thursday, and for anyone who takes a quick look at Pinehurst No. 2, there is sure to be one question.
Even Pete Rose, the man who made the headfirst slide fashionable, says there's a time and place to be prudent.
NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Hudson Swafford shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with Boo Weekley when second-round play was suspended Friday because of the threat of severe weather.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods has added The Players Championship to his schedule, another indication that he is getting back to a normal golf season.
DALLAS (AP) - James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and Houston beat Dallas 130-128 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.
W YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the league will keep on pursuing the top American players, even if U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks they will improve more with European clubs.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin's overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
CHICAGO (AP) - Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not at fault for a string of fights. He blames the other teams.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 40 points, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to complete a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback, and the Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Maxwell took advantage of a second chance to drive in the winning run.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Free agency didn't go exactly the way Michael Crabtree planned.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 34 points, Jimmy Butler added 24 and Chicago beat Milwaukee 113-106 in double overtime Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
DETROIT (AP) - Tyler Johnson led a stirring Tampa Bay rally late in regulation, then scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, evening their playoff series at 2-2.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard is keeping some Hall of Fame company.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner remains behind general manager Doug Wilson's rebuilding plan despite the team missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Boo Weekley had an eagle and seven birdies for an 8-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with Brendon de Jonge on Thursday in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.