PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland - at a bargain price. The suspended slugger agreed on a minor league contract Monday with the Athletics that is worth approximately $500,000 if he's added to the big league roster. The A's announced the deal and said Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week, in time for Oakland's first full-squad workout Saturday. He is a non-roster invitee. ...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito made a slight change to his delivery this winter he hopes will help him rebound from an injury-plagued season.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Linsanity started against the New Jersey Nets, but this time All-Star guard Deron Williams was determined not to be embarrassed by the Harvard guy again.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal had two goals and an assist, Justin Peters cruised to his first NHL shutout, and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the reeling Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs agreed to terms on a $19.6 million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, which should help Kansas City absorb the potential loss of Brandon Carr.
Julien Leparoux is on a winning streak, on and off the racetrack. Over the past 10 days, the French jockey landed the ride aboard early Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags, revealed he'll be racing in New York shortly and flew cross-country to win the El Camino Real Derby in California aboard Daddy Nose Best. And by the way, he also announced his engagement just before Valentine's Day to Shea Mitchell, the daughter of California-based trainer ...
LONDON (AP) - Dereck Chisora apologized "wholeheartedly" Monday for the brawl with David Haye that followed his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey squatted into a catcher's crouch for his first spring training bullpen session and began receiving pitches from ace Tim Lincecum, then Matt Cain.
PHOENIX (AP) - Bob Melvin spent most of his Sunday morning introducing himself to all the new faces gathering in the Oakland Athletics' spring training facility. Next up, he'll be reading through some of their bios.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong strained his back earlier this month while lifting weights and said Sunday he will miss at least the first 10 days of spring training workouts while he recovers.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship Sunday, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving was calm and confident when he stepped to the foul line with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock Sunday night.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings are losing track of how many games in a row they've won at home.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored a career-best 51 points for the top performance in the NBA this season, Russell Westbrook added 40 and Serge Ibaka had his first career triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 124-118 in overtime Sunday night.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season in Anaheim's victory over Florida.
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.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Roberto Reyes grabbed the bright orange buoy and steadied his breath as sharp columns of hazy sunlight pierced the green seawater beneath him, fading before they reached the depths that he was about to explore off Puerto Rico's northwest coast.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball's winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee.
Citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Frank Gore saw a huge hole with the clock ticking down and his team trailing, and went for it with everything he had.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Dennis Allen was irked by several failures in his Oakland Raiders' latest defeat: a slow start, turnovers and shaky special teams.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild gained some momentum heading into a stretch in which they will spend little time at home.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Prater had a cold, and was dealing with icy temperatures and history as he lined up to kick the frigid football from his 46-yard line.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL set a single-day record for touchdowns when the New Orleans Saints scored three times in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns, helping New Orleans regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South and snap Carolina's winning streak at eight games.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are making another major move under new owner Vivek Ranadive in hopes of turning around the franchise's struggles.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The storybook ending at Sherwood had every element a golf fan could want - Tiger Woods with a commanding lead before a record crowd, clutch shots that kept getting better with every hole and a finish no one saw coming.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Major League Baseball's lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics' request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by Commissioner Bud Selig.