NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes are on the brink of their first Western Conference finals thanks to their stingy goalie and the captain who traveled with the franchise from Winnipeg to the desert.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been doing this all his life, since he was a scrawny kid seeking solace in the gym. The ring is his comfort zone, and he'll enter it Saturday for the 43rd time as a pro, certain as ever that when the night is through he'll not only be a lot richer but still unbeaten.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Nick Watney answered what he referred to as a wake-up call at the Wells Fargo Championship by taking the lead.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - It's on to Talladega Superspeedway, where the focus Friday was on engine temperatures and tandem racing and everything that factors into the fast Alabama track.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Amare Stoudemire had a message for his teammates after watching the New York Knicks' latest postseason failure.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Magic forward Ryan Anderson entered this season knowing he'd have a chance to contribute to an NBA team like never before.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points and Miami took a 3-0 series lead, sending New York to an NBA postseason-record 13th straight loss, 87-70 on Thursday night.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Alexei Ponikarovsky scored on his own rebound 17:21 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are suddenly without their best hitter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bryce Harper hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mariano Rivera tore a ligament in his right knee before the New York Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants already miss their free-swinging slugger.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thursday that Utah State and San Jose State are jumping from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West Conference in 2013 for football.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program said Thursday the evidence shows players received payments for hits on targeted opponents.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The life-sized statue sits at the front gate of Churchill Downs, a magnificent bronzed Barbaro in full stride, all four hooves off the ground and heading toward his greatest victory.
OAKLAND (AP) - With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Howie Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away.
NEW YORK (AP) - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
NEW YORK (AP) - A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have rallied to win game after game this season after trailing late.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a game-ending two-run homer for his third clout in two nights, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night for Bruce Bochy's 1,600th managerial victory.
HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Tom Savage looked like a polished pro leading the Texans to the winning touchdown and 2-point conversion against Denver last week.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night's exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks.
STANFORD (AP) - David Shaw remembers Stanford's first few games without Andrew Luck two years ago as a stressful time for his coaching staff and his players.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez is expected to miss the remainder of the season while recovering from a second concussion this year.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right foot.
NEW YORK (AP) - While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker Aldon Smith still has no indication from the NFL about a possible suspension for his off-field legal issues.