Somehow, it seemed so easy for so many people to write off Roger Federer.
PARIS (AP) - Cycling supporters say that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may actually benefit the sport by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them if they dope.
NAPA (AP) - Carson Palmer is running out of time to get the Oakland Raiders first-team offense into the end zone in the preseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Hance Smith's eyes widened in the dugout as he watched Quinton Gago send a homer well over the left-field fence.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp has been tinkering with his batting stance to finally find something that works. Now that he's feeling it again at the plate, Crisp refuses to offer any details in fear of jinxing a good thing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday that quarterback Alex Smith has become "savant-like" in his understanding of the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast system.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart is OK to play after injuring the index finger on his non-throwing hand but still might be held out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Put the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of Tim Lincecum and he can't help but get pumped.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Drew thinks a change of scenery will help jump-start his slumping bat. The Oakland Athletics hope he's right.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has banned Melky Cabrera associate Juan Nunez from all team clubhouses.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Archie Goodwin scored 12 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 104-99 Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams.
BOSTON (AP) - Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Josh Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the Oakland Athletics overcame Mike Trout's tying homer in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth.
NEW YORK (AP) - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox have paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing before their game against the Red Sox.
Here's a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:
OAKLAND (AP) - Go small or go home.
BERKELEY (AP) - A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year.
MONACO (AP) - Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard.
OAKLAND (AP) - The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres think so much of second baseman Jedd Gyorko that they gave him a hefty raise and he's only 13 games into his second full big league season.