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• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...

September 07, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders enter Year 2 of rebuilding

OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.

September 06, 2013 | By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Broncos again class of AFC West

Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.

September 06, 2013 | By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer | Pro Sports


Goldschmidt has 2 hits, 2 RBIs in D-backs' 4-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Peacock sharp in Astros' 3-2 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Manning's 7 TDs lead Broncos past Ravens 49-27

DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders seek leadership, sacks from Lamarr Houston

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson ready to start fresh

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Sacramento Kings hire Chris Mullin as adviser

The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

September 05, 2013 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Curry back in basketball mode after busy summer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


2012 champ Murray loses US Open QF; Djokovic wins

NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Williams nears 5th US Open, 17th Slam title in all

NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


49ers determined to return to Super Bowl and win

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


BEST IN THE WEST?

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.

September 04, 2013 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


49ers' Smith named in lawsuit in alleged shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former Niners tight end Delanie Walker have been named in a lawsuit by a Northern California man who said he was shot during a party at Smith's house.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


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Marlins finalize $2 million, 1-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki

MIAMI (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

January 28, 2015 | | Pro Sports


History ahead: first Super Bowl OT upcoming

PHOENIX (AP) - Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.

January 28, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Tom Brady fighting cold, not worried about health for the the Super Bowl

HANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Brady is dealing with a cold four days before the Super Bowl but says he'll be OK.

January 28, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Packers coach says team will learn from loss

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mike McCarthy promised Wednesday to evaluate, make changes and learn from his team's gut-wrenching NFC Championship game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

January 28, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship - and an unbeaten record - barely eluded them seven years ago.

January 28, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors in OT

OAKLAND (AP) - Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Tiger’s tooth: ‘Dude caught me square’ on mouth

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday - and with a full set of teeth.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


After Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

PHOENIX (AP) - Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Terry Larrier, No. 14 VCU overwhelm George Washington

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and No. 14 VCU pulled away with a 16-2 run early in the second half to beat George Washington 72-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th consecutive victory.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

PHOENIX (AP) - Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn't mean he had to say anything.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A defiant and at times angry Robert Allenby stood by his story Tuesday that he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu, basing the account on what he remembered and what he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Crawford agrees to $3.1M contract with the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Wilson recalls watching Brady win Super Bowls as kid

PHOENIX (AP) - Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Stockton native Julius Thomas is set to get paid

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.

January 27, 2015 | | Pro Sports


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