PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey hit a grand slam and the San Francisco Giants rocked opening day starter Andrew Cashner, rolling to an 11-3 victory Thursday night over the San Diego Padres.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Miller recalls springtime three years ago when 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman called to inquire whether he might be up for a position change. Defense to offense.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brent Burns scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:59 to play to help the San Jose Sharks take sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division for the first time in more than three months by beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 31 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 29 and the Golden State Warriors moved 18 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years with a 115-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Safety Charles Woodson agreed to a one-year deal to extend his second stint with the Oakland Raiders to a second season.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders filled their void at left tackle on Wednesday by signing free agent Donald Penn to a two-year contract.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The four-time Masters champion has an ailing back, and he's been having it checked out even more regularly the last two weeks. It has reached the point that he is planning surgery after the Masters to see if he can get more comfortable playing golf.
LONDON (AP) - Following a fruitful two-year relationship, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has parted ways with coach Ivan Lendl - the man who turned him from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up into a two-time major champion.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Now that Cal Poly has gotten its first NCAA victory out of the way, why stop at one?
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Robin van Persie ushered Manchester United into the Champions League quarterfinals - and potentially saved his manager's job - with a hat trick in a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos that completed one of the competition's greatest comebacks on Wednesday.
American defender Steve Cherundolo, nicknamed "Mayor of Hannover" during a 15-year career that saw him play for just one club and rise to become Hannover's captain, is retiring because of persistent knee injuries.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - With Jarnell Stokes using all off his 280 pounds to get an advantage inside, Tennessee pulled of the first last-minute comeback of the NCAA tournament.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Woodson not only isn't mad the New York Knicks wanted Phil Jackson for his job, he knows a guy if Jackson seeks a coach to run the triangle offense.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been joking about "getting my Pop on" every time he sits a key player with a nagging injury the past couple of weeks.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Sam Fuld scored two runs on two singles and a walk, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 13-3 on Wednesday.
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.