BOSTON (AP) - Embattled starter Josh Beckett did nothing to help restore his reputation Thursday night, getting booed off the field at Fenway Park in the third inning of Boston's 8-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The USFL is back in business. Well, almost. A reincarnation of the league, with an entirely different business model, plans to kick off in March. On Thursday, it included Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff among its advisers. Biletnikoff will consult on football operations for the league, which originally went out of business in 1987 after losing millions of dollars and, despite winning a lawsuit against the NFL, being awarded ...
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Randy Moss looked every bit a team player as he demonstrated a cut and quick feet for his fellow wide receivers, who listened intently and observed while the veteran impressed in his first formal practice with the San Francisco 49ers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been charged with misdemeanor drunken driving following his arrest last month after a traffic stop on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
OAKLAND (AP) - Miguel Cabrera broke out of a slump with two RBI hits in Detroit's eight-run third inning and the Tigers went on to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6 on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andre Iguodala made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds left and Philadelphia rallied for a 79-78 victory over top-seeded Chicago in Game 6 on Thursday night, advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2003.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The last two years, Tiger Woods was gone before The Players Championship ended because of injuries.
MADRID (AP) - Rafael Nadal lost to Spanish countryman Fernando Verdasco for the first time in the Madrid Open on Thursday, then he and top-ranked Novak Djokovic threatened not to return if the new blue clay-court wasn't discarded.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lose one game, win the next. No matter how seemingly devastating a defeat, in overtime or otherwise, the Washington Capitals - from two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin to playoff rookie goalie Braden Holtby - simply do not allow setbacks to bother them. They regroup, get back out there and follow a loss with a victory, each time by the slimmest of margins. Ovechkin rebounded from a rare zero-shot performance by scoring after ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The TPC Sawgrass would seem to be the last golf course where a player can relax.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - For James Harden, the notion that he could impact a game just as much off the bench as he would from the starting lineup didn't really click until he was forced to test it out.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Joey Votto's RBI double broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - On a day Oakland struggled to generate much offense, the Athletics were thrilled to learn after the game that cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes has only a strained muscle on the top of his left hand and no broken bone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants' rally and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.
STANFORD (AP) - When Shayne Skov committed to Stanford in the fall of 2007, he figured just making a bowl game would make for a successful college career.
The Seattle Seahawks are still the clear favorite in leading the Associated Press power rankings, with commanding home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs there for the clinching with a couple of wins.
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip - "like you're being electrocuted" - would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger Mark Trumbo. Arizona also will receive player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics found a trade partner for pitcher Brett Anderson and his big salary.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Paul George had 15 of his 17 points during a second-half rally to lead the Pacers past Miami 90-84 Tuesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This December defensive stand by San Francisco did plenty for the 49ers and showed a lot to the rest of the league in the process.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rudy Gay watched from a sky box seat as his new Sacramento teammates easily handled the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker loves a good challenge.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stumbling to the finish of a losing season has become an all-too-familiar feeling around the Oakland Raiders.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
CHICAGO (AP) - Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The celebration of an NFC West title was put on hold for the Seattle Seahawks.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The mere sounds of soccer brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times.