DETROIT (AP) - There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit - and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds owner Bob Castellini couldn't imagine Dusty Baker leaving.
Andrew Luck's first working trip to New York didn't exactly go to plan, though some punishing defense by the Jets had a lot to do with that. All part of the learning curve for rookies, who sometimes have difficulty understanding that big second-half comebacks can't be pulled off every week in the NFL.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh didn't spend any time wallowing Monday after the most lopsided loss in his two seasons as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
STANFORD (AP) - With the 30th anniversary of the famous lateral play surrounding this week's Stanford-California rivalry, Cardinal coach David Shaw was asked for his opinion about the disputed call given the benefit of replay all these years later.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Oakland Raiders rookie coach realizes it's not enough.
DALLAS (AP) - Mike Modano made his mark long before he and the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas and brought hockey to the Sun Belt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been years now since Mike Matheny experienced the foggy, frightening concussion symptoms that caused him to miss his exit, forget things, lose focus - and, ultimately, forced the four-time Gold Glove catcher to retire from the game he had played since childhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The New York Giants gave the San Francisco 49ers another reason to simmer.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of mistakes to work on during their bye week.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Detroit Tigers got a big boost from Anibal Sanchez's arm. They got a helping hand from an umpire, too.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime as the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf?
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The rivalry between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has grown so intense in recent years that even newcomers take little time to acclimate themselves to the animosity.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - For all the crazy stunts Bubba Watson does for fun, the green jacket was off limits.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Barring a change of heart from the league offices, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins has played his last game of the season.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 119-117 despite a season-high 47 points from Golden State's Stephen Curry.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Crawford's first splash hit came at a most opportune time.
SEATTLE (AP) - Another well-pitched game for the Oakland Athletics came with a price.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.
LONG BEACH - Britain's Mike Conway (Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) took full advantage of a late race multi car accident among the leaders to capture Sunday's thrilling 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The old Manny Pacquiao returned for thrilling bursts, hounding Timothy Bradley onto the ropes and battering the welterweight champion with whip-quick combinations that recalled the Pacman's magical prime.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored on a header in the 51st minute to help the San Jose Earthquakes tie the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Sunday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Marc Marquez made the Grand Prix of the Americas look like a breezy Sunday ride.