SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Dan Straily worked four promising innings only hours after the Athletics said two of their starters might not be ready for opening day, Derek Norris and Michael Taylor homered and Oakland and the Kansas City Royals played to a 9-9 tie in nine innings Friday.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - San Jose has dominated the Eastern Conference all season, and Sharks captain Joe Thornton kept that trend going against an old friend.
Madera Speedway kicks off its 2014 season Saturday night with the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series Melo's Gas & Gear 125. Fans can expect another close battle for the championship between defending champion Jim Pettit II of Prunedale, Lakeport's Derek Thorn the 2012 champion and 2009 series champ MK Kanke of Frazier Park.
Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast, while James Harrison is looking for new NFL homes.a
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Blood on the stairs, walls and furniture, a cocked 9 mm pistol, bloody towels, fallen wall tiles. Like pieces of an unfinished puzzle, the photos of the blood-splattered interior of Oscar Pistorius' home gave a fragmented picture Thursday of his girlfriend's violent end.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Steve Smith era in Carolina is over.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a rematch of their Australian Open final, moving the Chinese star into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail for the foreseeable future as he faces criminal charges in two states and sexual assault investigations in three others.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - One lesson Jack Nicklaus imparted on Tiger Woods a decade ago in South Africa was to always be part of the conversation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While there were doubts whether any team would give Jonathan Martin another chance, the NFL coach who knows him best considered it an easy call.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Danny Granger added 18 points off the bench, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged past the Golden State Warriors 111-98 Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos kept their free agency focus on defense as they agreed to a three-year deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders were dealt a setback on Wednesday in their plans to rebuild the struggling franchise when offensive lineman Rodger Saffold failed a physical one day after agreeing to a $42.5 million, five-year contract.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Stanford shot its way into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, adding another notch to its NCAA tournament resume.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The cost associated with winning a Super Bowl became apparent to the Seattle Seahawks when free agency began. Many wanted a piece of what made the Seahawks so successful.
ZURICH (AP) - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) - Six games into the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning have taught hockey fans to expect the unexpected.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NFL lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested for the second time this week.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson spent the last five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Solid starting pitching and timely hitting have helped the San Francisco Giants get over a slow start in April to edge back toward the top of the NL West standings.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes spent the past two days rekindling old friendships and getting comfortable in the ballpark he called home for the first two-plus seasons of his big league career.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig's American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.
OAKLAND (AP) - One play. One fall. One bad break.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After spending last season mired on the bench in Minnesota, Christian Ponder is happy for any chance he gets to work with the first-team offense.
OAKLAND (AP) - Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors after the NBA decided to uphold his flagrant 1 foul.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach.
PARIS (AP) - Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can't the country's players, particularly the men, find success on red clay?
Steve Cauthen thinks it's long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners.
MONTREAL (AP) - Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first known all-girls tackle football league has been formed in Utah featuring a star player who earned an invitation to the Super Bowl three years ago thanks to a highlight video of her exploits against boys.