The U.S. drew a daunting task for next year's World Cup: difficult opponents, tropical venues and a wearying 9,000-mile zigzag journey across Brazil.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Rockets' offense is one of the best in the NBA. However, against Golden State on Friday night, it was the defense that was the key.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jodie Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes used a strong third period to extend their winning streak to three games.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Tiger Woods didn't like the way he warmed up on the range. What he produced on the golf course Friday left him with no complaints.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As if playing in the Eastern time zone where they've lost 12 straight games isn't bad enough, the Oakland Raiders could be facing snowy conditions for Sunday's game in New York. Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't be more excited.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will both be out for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team started the season with a bang Thursday in Modesto.
I've learned over the years that people could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The San Jose Sharks kept coming at Marc-Andre Fleury. From the point. From the left circle. From the right circle. From the slot. From right in front of the net.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - Thirty-two teams, a world of possibilities.
STANFORD (AP) - The tough and tenacious way Trent Murphy plays football can be traced to his early years growing up just a few miles away from where the outside linebacker will take the field for Stanford against Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Glenn Dorsey quickly emerged as a stabilizing force in the middle of San Francisco's dominant defensive line.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Zach Johnson already is looking ahead to next year, and one of his priorities is to score better on the par 5s. He got started on that Thursday in the World Challenge.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Damian Lillard has a knack for playing well in the fourth quarter and demonstrated it again Sunday in helping the Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Sacramento Kings.
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Ian Poulter lost command of the Honda Classic with two swings on consecutive tee shots in a wild final hour Sunday. He still had a share of the lead with Paul Casey heading into a sprint-to-the-finish at soggy PGA National.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronda Rousey won a fight in 16 seconds last summer, falling a second short of the quickest victory in UFC history. At the time, the bantamweight champion figured the speed with which she pummeled Alexis Davis was a fluke.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy's first PGA Tour event in five months lasted only two days.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tony Parker scored 19 points, Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 107-96 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map.
TORONTO (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Golden State Warriors never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory over the struggling Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronda Rousey spent a year as a bartender after she turned 21, partying every night and wondering what to do with her Olympic bronze medal in judo.
NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) - Deontay Wilder is driving around in a Hummer and sports cars, leaving his beer delivery truck days far behind. He watched the Super Bowl from the stands instead of his couch and made his rounds at the NBA All-Star game, too.