CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The season hadn't even ended before NASCAR's top executives were previewing 2013, the new "Gen 6" cars and elements of a five-year industry "action plan" designed to engage and excite fans.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Hue Jackson made a big impact in his two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has never spoken to Carson Palmer, the quarterback he replaced last year. Coach Marvin Lewis has limited his interaction with the former franchise player to a few texts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith is supportive of Colin Kaepernick's success, even if the second-year pro takes Smith's starting job as 49ers quarterback.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had an appointment Tuesday for a follow-up evaluation with doctors after undergoing a minor procedure last Thursday for an irregular heartbeat.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the new regime took over the Oakland Raiders last January, they inherited an 8-8 team that fell one game shy of the playoffs, featuring an offense that could be prolific at times and a defense that was historically bad.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Strong-armed fill-in Colin Kaepernick made all the right throws, looking every bit a capable NFL No. 1 quarterback.
DALLAS (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and his assist on David Lee's go-ahead layup with 32.8 seconds left helped the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-101 Monday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen agrees with Oakland owner Mark Davis' assessment that the Raiders have regressed in recent weeks and he is going to do what it takes to turn the team around.
PEBBLE BEACH . (AP) - Tommy Gainey birdied No. 18 for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory in the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - If nothing else, Na Yeon Choi proved to be a big-money player this year on the LPGA Tour.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - It's not often that Andray Blatche plays a pivotal offensive role for a talented Nets team loaded with scorers.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109 on Sunday night.
PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday that he expects the NFL's decision on a possible suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith to be announced soon, perhaps even before the preseason begins Aug. 7.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Their bond goes far beyond their designation as teammates, and as a whole they are far more than merely a quartet of players thrown together to represent Spain.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish.
NAPA (AP) - Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Brad Keselowski and Juan Pablo Montoya came to Indianapolis trying to send Roger Penske back to Victory Lane.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.
NAPA (AP) - The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL - even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce.