SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Two of the three hits Matt Cain allowed left the park Thursday night. In the end, it didn't matter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are committed to keeping All-Star right-hander Matt Cain in their talented rotation beyond 2012, and CEO and president Larry Baer said Thursday that serious conversations are ongoing with the pitcher's representatives.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Carlos Rogers has no plans to be a one-and-done Pro Bowler.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Far away from the NBA's brightest lights, Jimmer Fredette can walk into a restaurant or grocery store in California's Central Valley and barely turn a head.
TOKYO (AP) - With his first major league home run, Yoenis Cespedes helped the Oakland Athletics gain a split of their season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A pair of big swings by Brandon Crawford and Nate Schierholtz put the San Francisco Giants in a better mood on Wednesday.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks officially missed the playoffs during the third period, leaving them with only their pride and their dislike of the San Jose Sharks for motivation.
OAKLAND (AP) - Monty Williams struggled to describe his team's latest effort Wednesday night. And for a change, that was actually a good thing for the New Orleans Hornets.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks climbed above .500 for the first time since mid-January in overwhelming fashion, scoring 21 straight points in the third quarter and routing the Orlando Magic 108-86 on Wednesday night.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Rangers moved to the top of the NHL standings with a 4-2 victory over the fading Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers added another member of last season's Super Bowl-champion New York Giants on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with veteran running back Brandon Jacobs on a one-year contract.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of Pacific will return to the West Coast Conference more than four decades after leaving the league.
TOKYO (AP) - A change in continents failed to help the Oakland Athletics on opening day.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kobe Bryant is back to being the closer.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders officially announced they have signed a one-year contract with free agent cornerback Pat Lee.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Brittney Griner was a little surprised.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has no time for Deion Sanders, Trent Dilfer or others who question whether the fourth-year coach has lost his locker room or the faith of his players.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee learned to block out trade talk during his days with the New York Knicks when just about everybody on the roster was rumored to be on the move at some point.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts.
NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to baseball's MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do.
• AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros : HOUSTON (AP) - A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers got Frank Gore involved in the offense again, and it returned them to their winning ways.