OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Friday night to move into first in the AL West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.
Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• 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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
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.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It has been a season full of firsts and fun for the Golden State Warriors, rewriting the franchise record book and rediscovering what it means to be a winner.
OAKLAND(AP) - One goal down, still more to go.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted in favor of negotiating directly with the city of Oakland and its private development partner to build a new football stadium for the Raiders.
PHOENIX (AP) - Spice it up.
PHOENIX (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, all but four coming in the first three quarters, and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 108-99 on Thursday night.
The pattern since last spring is familiar: The United States does well in the first half and fades as the final whistle approaches.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki hit his third home run of the spring, Eddie Butler threw five effective innings in an audition for a rotation spot, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Carlos Gomez led off the game with a home run, had three RBIs and made a sparkling catch in center field for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 9-9 tie with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - NFL owners shot down nearly every video replay proposal brought to their meetingsTuesday, while approving six safety rule changes.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 33 points and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the shorthanded Trail Blazers in the second half for a 122-108 victory on Tuesday night, clinching the team's first division title in 39 years.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and 17 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings dealt the Philadelphia 76ers their 16th straight road loss, 107-106 on Tuesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.
OAKLAND (AP) - Rick Barry has watched the Golden State Warriors try to accomplish what his team did 40 years ago. He has never seen a group with as good a chance to win another NBA title as the current club.
Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill.