NEW YORK (AP) - When the U.S. soccer team talks strategy, it sounds a bit like people picking lottery numbers or the start of a keno game: 4-4-2. 4-2-3-1. 4-3-3.
PARIS (AP) - This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - It was hard to read the eyes of Jack Nicklaus behind his sunglasses, and maybe that was a good thing. He was in his customary spot behind the 18th green at Muirfield Village as he waited to see who would win the Memorial. Or who would do the best job of not losing.
MIAMI (AP) - The last time Dwyane Wade played in an NBA Finals game, he needed fluid drained from his left knee and eight hours of intense game-day therapy just to get into uniform.
When last season's NBA Finals ended, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was all smiles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo has rejoined the San Francisco 49ers, 2 ½ years after leaving the organization to play for the Chicago Bears.
ALAMEDA (AP) - David Ausberry was poised to win the starting tight end job for the Oakland Raiders last summer before a nasty shoulder injury ended his year in the preseason.
NEW YORK (AP) - Art Sherman got his first glimpse of California Chrome in action in two weeks, and the trainer liked what he saw.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Even at age 37, Charles Woodson is feeling a bit younger in his second season back with the Oakland Raiders.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For decades, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was the technology giant's biggest cheerleader. His booming voice and energetic high-fives are famous around Seattle. Now that he's agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, Ballmer is expected to bring that boosterism to the hardwood down south.
PARIS (AP) - Hardly a good day to be an American in Paris.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist had his game-day face on at practice.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Jozy Altidore appreciates your concern.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Villa of Spain has signed a three-year contract with New York City FC, becoming the first player on the expansion Major League Soccer team that starts play next season at Yankee Stadium.
CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Morgan could return to the U.S. women's soccer team for the first time since an ankle injury last fall when the Americans play a pair of exhibition games against France.
CHICAGO (AP) - Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial.
ATLANTA (AP) - While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - It was another rough night for the Oakland Athletics - offensively and physically.
OAKLAND (AP) - Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years.
OAKLAND (AP) - James Harden and the Houston Rockets spent half the season finding ways to win without Dwight Howard and another chunk of the schedule with the center limited because of an injury.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ron Washington is getting back into the big leagues, re-joining the Oakland Athletics as an instructor after nearly eight years as the Texas Rangers manager.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning through a thick mist hovering above the field, Tim Lincecum won his third straight decision, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.
ATLANTA (AP) - LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry knows he may no longer be the biggest star in his family. At least for one day, that title belonged to his 2-year-old daughter, Riley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Los Angeles might be in the NFL's future sooner than anyone thought.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he disagreed with the NBA's decision to fine him $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping rules against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.