Always one of the highlights of the racing season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Sonoma wine country for 25rd consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, as the best stock car drivers in the world take on the twisting 10-turn, 1.99-mile Sonoma Raceway road course.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler put Texas ahead for the first time with a two-run single in the seventh and the Rangers held on for a series-clinching 4-3 victory over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - So much for all the talk about the impenetrable goalies, and forget about those lane-clogging defensemen. It was all about the offense in Game 4, and the hangover could extend into the final three games of the deadlocked Stanley Cup finals.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Abby Wambach broke Mia Hamm's record for international career goals by a soccer player, scoring four times in the first half against South Korea to push her total to 160.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Raffi Torres showed the San Jose Sharks during his short stint both the attributes that make him a valuable player and the negatives of his suspension-filled history that sidelined him for the final six games of the playoffs.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Charley Hoffman couldn't help but think about last year as he stood on the 17th tee Thursday at the Travelers Championship.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Juan Manuel Marquez could have fought Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time. Timothy Bradley could have had a rematch with the Filipino congressman.
MIAMI (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, already connected to a homicide victim in Massachusetts, is being sued in South Florida by a man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club.
Serena Williams has reached out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying "she shouldn't have put herself in that position."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gregor Blanco has learned to think like a run producer.
BOSTON (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks kept taking the lead until there were no more chances for Boston to come back and tie it.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - David Murphy had three hits and scored twice to snap out of a long slump, and the Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension Wednesday to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free-agent market next offseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been busy taking flights across the country and overseas, meeting with players and agents and talking to other NBA executives ahead of next week's draft.
MIAMI (AP) - Game 7s do more than settle championships. They define legacies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Wiggins went No. 1, so he got to make the first pitch.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Nik Stauskas upgraded his game to add playmaking skills to his elite outside shooting, he vaulted himself into the NBA lottery.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Luis Suarez exits the World Cup with one of the longest bans in tournament history, and his reputation once again in tatters.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - After the final whistle, Omar Gonzalez spread his long arms in celebration and reserve goalkeeper Nick Rimando came leaping into them.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his mark at the World Cup - but it came too late to spare Portugal an early exit from Brazil.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - With both his current team and his former one on to the World Cup's knockout rounds, Jermaine Jones approached the German players and offered his best wishes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run and double, and scored twice in his return to the lineup, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NHL may as well put out a casting call for a movie set in Philadelphia.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic."
LONDON (AP) - Uncle Toni's reaction said it all.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three months into her comeback from toe surgery, four-time Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross is already making significant strides.