MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Francisco Liriano needed a strong start in his return to the Minnesota Twins rotation. The punchless Oakland Athletics provided the perfect remedy for the vexing left-hander's recent struggles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kirk Gibson asked Ian Kennedy if he could keep going, and Arizona's ace delivered with a career-high 122 pitches.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - East. West. It doesn't make a difference to the Los Angeles Kings. All they have done in the playoffs is win and the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils became their latest victim. Anze Kopitar scored a spectacular goal on a breakaway with 11:47 left in overtime Wednesday night and the Kings beat the Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. "From a series standpoint, it's huge to put ...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors finally caught a break again in the NBA draft lottery.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh insists the 49ers planned to have Alex Smith as their quarterback even while they examined the possibility of signing then-free agent Peyton Manning.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo homered, Dan Haren pitched into the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their longest winning streak in nearly three years to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - Anibal Sanchez allowed only an unearned run in seven innings to remain unbeaten in 19 starts against Washington, and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 3-1 Tuesday night to break the franchise record for victories in a month.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Melky Cabrera got his 50th hit of the month to spark the go-ahead rally and Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers agreed to a minor league deal with free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, expecting the three-time All-Star to join their rotation within a few weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a strained right shoulder, the latest major setback for the five-time NL East champions.
PARIS (AP) - For more than a decade, whatever the state of her health or her game, no matter the opponent or arena, Serena Williams always won first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have no timetable for calling up Manny Ramirez, who becomes eligible this week.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore took the ball, chugged up the middle and ran a few extra yards just for fun. Same 'ol Gore, always pushing, no matter the month.
MIAMI (AP) - A big early Miami lead was wasted. Once the Heat took control again, they simply ran away from the Boston Celtics.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers' offense is struggling, and they might have to face St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the NL championship series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - You can pretty much bet that if John Pagano tried to call Chuck Pagano this week, the older brother didn't pick up.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left gave the New England Patriots a wild 30-27 win and knocked the New Orleans Saints from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday.
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) - Jimmy Walker's first PGA Tour trophy came with a special gift tucked inside.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 69 to win LPGA Malaysia by four strokes Sunday, giving the 18-year-old American her first victory of the season.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Novak Djokovic maintained his dominance in China by holding off Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) on Sunday to capture a second Shanghai Masters title and extend his winning streak in the country to 20 consecutive matches.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks showed they have what it takes to win close games as well as laughers.