SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jermaine Jones will use a little extra caution, knowing full well his penchant for drawing cards from referees.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have three more chances to grab the championship trophy that slipped away last year.
Just in time for the World Cup, the Manteca Futbol Club is offering a free skills academy to the community's future stars.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Three days of practice at the new Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to make Martin Kaymer believe this would be the same old U.S. Open.
MIAMI (AP) - San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel, prosecutors announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.
SAO PAULO (AP) - His shirt off post practice with multiple upper-body tattoos on display and dreadlocks as messy as ever, Kyle Beckerman signed autographs through a small space in the fence separating him from a swarm of fans.
NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Cameroon came late to the World Cup after a bonus dispute caused trouble before the squad got to Brazil. Now that the players are here, the team wants to leave all that back in Africa.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo cut short a training session with Portugal on Thursday, leaving the field with an ice pack over his left knee - indicating that his tendinitis may still be bothering the star forward.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil striker Neymar is only 22 years old, but knows he will be carrying the hopes of the host country at the World Cup. He is already getting goosebumps just thinking about today's opener against Croatia.
NEW YORK (AP) - The champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The Open starts Thursday, and for anyone who takes a quick look at Pinehurst No. 2, there is sure to be one question.
Even Pete Rose, the man who made the headfirst slide fashionable, says there's a time and place to be prudent.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders added another new starter to their defense, signing former Philadelphia safety Nate Allen to a four-year contract on Thursday to fill the hole created when Tyvon Branch was released.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Antti Niemi made 35 saves to shut out Nashville for the second time this season, and Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal late in the second period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-0 victory over the Predators on Thursday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a two-year contract while also releasing wide receiver Stevie Johnson a day after acquiring Torrey Smith.
OAKLAND (AP) - Steve Kerr has no problem putting aside his cellphone late at night and grabbing a book before bed.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Telling everyone "I'm a five-tool guy," Will Ferrell was off on his barnstorming tour Thursday through five Arizona spring training games.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched 2 2/3 innings in his first spring start and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Thursday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Will Ferrell got all the attention. The San Francisco Giants liked what they saw from Travis Ishikawa and Madison Bumgarner, too.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Torrey Smith believes in his ability to turn a simple catch into a big gain, and he knows Colin Kaepernick has the strong arm to deliver the ball just where he likes it.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson threw one scoreless inning in his spring debut, Tim Lincecum was pulled after an inning because of stiffness in his neck and Milwaukee starter Matt Garza pitched three innings in the Brewers 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Manny Pacquiao was out walking the red carpet by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived, fashionably late for their first appearance together to promote a fight that really needs no promoting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins opened the door to the standup cooler in the locker room and tried to stuff as much of his 6-foot-11, 270-pound body as he could inside to cool down.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch was cleared Wednesday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The free agency frenzy, trading outbreak and stunning retirements of the first day of the NFL's business year gave way to one headliner Wednesday: Ndamukong Suh.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Moss had a home run and a triple against his former team, but the Cleveland Indians lost to the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Wednesday.