SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forward Jozy Altidore has earned his first Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - The United States could wind up in a group with powers Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands after FIFA tinkered with its format for Friday's World Cup draw.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Few things could damage the image of Brazil more than violent street protests during the World Cup.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The new ball for next year's World Cup - called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course - was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Donte Whitner realizes how different the San Francisco 49ers are now from the team that got whipped at Seattle in Week 2.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.
NEW YORK (AP) - New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment for leukemia, and Portland's Caleb Porter has been selected Coach of the Year.
SEATTLE (AP) - A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rod Streater and Andre Holmes are perfect examples of how things have changed with the Oakland Raiders in the post-Al Davis era.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After Golden State's difficult road loss two nights ago in Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry was anxious to avoid a repeat performance Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is not worried about when he'll return to the football field - he said he's just happy to be alive.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden anticipates Colt McCoy will be sufficiently recovered from a neck injury in time to start Sunday against the New York Giants, adding that McCoy is "in the lead" above Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins despite coming off a subpar performance.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - With nine different winners in the last 11 years, no one could ever accuse the Champions League of being predictable.
NEW YORK (AP) - WNBA President Laurel Richie was all smiles after the annual Board of Governors meetings this week.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick has been named Driver of the Year by a panel of broadcasters and journalists.
ATLANTA (AP) - Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each scored 17 points, and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-79 on Wednesday night for its eighth straight victory - the Hawks' longest winning streak in 17 years.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Top-ranked Kentucky gave up the first 11 points, still trailed at halftime and finally shook off a slow start to beat pesky Columbia 56-46 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry shook off slow starts to finish with a flurry, and the Golden State Warriors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games by beating the Houston Rockets 105-93 on Wednesday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Manziel seemed a little taller. Not in height, but definitely in stature.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr believes he has made steady progress in his rookie season as an NFL quarterback even if it hasn't always been evident in his results.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - The United States women's soccer team conceded a second-half equalizer to draw 1-1 against China in the opening match of the International Tournament of Brasilia on Wednesday.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen unexpectedly stepped down Wednesday to become head coach at Oregon State.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Unexpectedly cheerful and far more chatty than the norm, Colin Kaepernick insisted he takes every part of his job seriously and is working at giving more thoughtful public responses even after poor performances.