Hoping to close the book on bounties, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma without pay for all of next season Wednesday and gave shorter bans to three other players for their leading roles in the team's cash-for-hits system that knocked key opponents out of games from 2009-11.
OCEANSIDE (AP) - Junior Seau, a homegrown superstar who was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of the San Diego Chargers for 13 years, was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The owners of the San Jose Sharks gave general manager Doug Wilson a vote of confidence to make changes after a disappointing early playoff exit.
BOSTON (AP) - Brandon McCarthy just followed the blueprint that his rookie teammate provided one night earlier.
DENVER (AP) - Ted Lilly threw six solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers got home runs from Dee Gordon, Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis in a 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Buck Showalter got his 1,000th victory as a major league manager, Brian Matusz ended his 11-month losing streak and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 7-1 Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain used to be San Francisco's hard-luck loser, seemingly never getting the run support he needed. He had finally begun to shed that stigma this season and had a nice new contract as a vote of confidence - not to mention 18 straight scoreless innings over his first two home starts.
BOSTON (AP) - As hard as he tried, Jarrod Parker couldn't quite stop a grin from coming to his face in Oakland's locker room.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has landed on the disabled list for a non-baseball injury for the second time in less than eight months.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tumultuous Frank McCourt era is over for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Evan Longoria took a right turn out of the Tampa Bay clubhouse and walked a few feet before stepping in front of a group of reporters huddled around a lineup board that will not list his name for the next four to eight weeks.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Lou Williams added 20 and Philadelphia beat Chicago 109-92 on Tuesday night to even their first-round series in the Bulls' first game since Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gregg Popovich can't win like the old days. No longer can the San Antonio Spurs simply feed Tim Duncan the ball, let their defense do the rest and ride that game plan to NBA championships.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tyson Chandler has been voted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for his impact on the New York Knicks, a person with knowledge of the award said Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Mike Harrington is content watching the hubbub of Kentucky Derby week from afar. The 71-year-old trainer is happily tucked away in a non-descript barn that lacks even the teeniest view of Churchill Downs' magnificent Twin Spires.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bernard Hopkins' defense of his IBF light heavyweight title against Karo Murat has been canceled because Murat could not get a visa from the State Department.
DALLAS (AP) - Mikey Garcia's reign as WBO featherweight champion was short-lived.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl.
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list on Friday, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed hitting and fielding drills Friday for the first time since mid-April, a day after receiving medical clearance to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Reddick rushed out of the ballpark, more eager than ever to get home from yet another extra-long work day.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with first-round pick Billy McKinney on a deal that includes a $1.8 million bonus.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LeBron James was better as promised. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were the best they've been since the playoffs started.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nate Freiman singled home the winning run in the 18th inning against Mariano Rivera, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday for a three-game sweep.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Thursday night.
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) - Even for Phil Mickelson, his path to the top of the leaderboard Thursday in the U.S. Open was unconventional.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen is pleased with the progress he's seen the past two months during the offseason program for the new-look Oakland Raiders.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore doesn't see turning 30 as a bad thing, even if it's the age when most NFL running backs start to decline.
CHICAGO (AP) - Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium has returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.