AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - With his words and then his play, Lee Westwood shot down the notion Thursday that this Masters was a two-horse race.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Blake Griffin made three straight jumpers in the closing minutes to finish with 14 points and nine rebounds, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 93-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
NFL GOODELL HEARS APPEALS FROM SAINTS' PAYTON, LOOMIS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Payton slipped out a back entrance from NFL headquarters and directly into to a waiting car. The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl-winning coach now must wait for Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide whether he will reduce any of the penalties in the team's bounty scandal. <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On the same day the NFL heard the Saints' appeals in their hits-for-cash scandal, a recording of Gregg Williams emerged that purports to capture the disgraced defensive coordinator telling players to "put a lick" on 49ers receiver Kyle Williams to see if he had lingering effects from a concussion.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Johan Franzen scored on consecutive shots in the third period to end Brian Elliott's shutout streak after more than 3 1-2 games, and Todd Bertuzzi netted the lone goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Josh Donaldson is starting to show signs that he might be a reliable replacement for Scott Sizemore.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Hector Sanchez spent the winter back home in Venezuela fine-tuning his swing while turning most of his attention to becoming a better defensive catcher. Day after day, he fueled his improvement with thoughts of making the Giants' opening day roster.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to have much left in the tank.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.
BASKETBALL NEW NCAA RULE FORCES PLAYERS' NBA DECISIONS SOONER: Testing the NBA waters seemingly has become a thing of the past for college players. These days, they're likely either in or out. The reason is, players have less time to make a decision. A new NCAA rule says players who entered the NBA draft early but want to return to school only have until next ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Friday that the organization strongly disagrees with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for a hit that knocked out Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.
OAKLAND(AP) - Slow at the start of the series and strong at the end, the San Antonio Spurs wore out the Golden State Warriors the way they have so many other opponents.
A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by TIBCO software tycoon Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Cain didn't hang his head even after hanging a few pitches to give Colorado a big early lead.
LONDON (AP) - David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jacki Gemelos has a sharp 3-point shot and a deft passing touch to offer the Minnesota Lynx as they set the 11-player roster for this season.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd.
DALLAS (AP) - The Kings are staying in Sacramento, and Seattle will have to wait for another NBA franchise.
OAKLAND (AP) - Forgive the San Antonio Spurs if they aren't that excited about holding a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It hasn't taken long for Alex Smith to become the leader of the Kansas City Chiefs.
TORONTO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong's 100th career start might have been his last for a while.
OAKLAND (AP) - When everything is rolling for the Oakland Athletics, Brandon Moss' line drive with two runners on in the sixth falls perfectly in the gap for a key hit. On Wednesday, Nelson Cruz ran down the ball and snagged it for a spectacular diving catch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Raffi Torres spent the past year in Phoenix and San Jose trying to shake his reputation as a dangerous player.
CHICAGO (AP) - Maybe it was the extra rest, or another raucous crowd at the United Center. Maybe it was just the resumption of one of the NHL's biggest rivalries.