SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As awful as the San Francisco Giants have played for most of the last month, they are back in an enviable position: first place in the NL West.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Kobe Bryant feels great, would welcome Byron Scott as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, would love to play alongside free agent Carmelo Anthony and is pleased with the moves of the team's front office so far.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The New York Yankees' battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The Cavaliers have cleared a path for LeBron James to return to Cleveland.
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ARENBERG, France (AP) - An injured wrist was just too much for Tour de France champion Chris Froome, in one of the most memorable and crash-marred stages in recent race history.
OAKLAND (AP) - With 57 victories, the Oakland Athletics have their most wins ever before the All-Star break and lead the majors by a long shot. They still have five more chances to boost that number, too.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is in doubt for the World Cup semifinal against Argentina after succumbing to a stomach problem.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Tommy Wingels didn't hesitate in committing the next three years to the San JoseSharks even as general manager Doug Wilson says the team is entering a rebuilding period.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling, who's challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says that Tiger Woods will be on the U.S. team if he's healthy and playing well.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kevin Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league after concluding there was "credible evidence" he roughed up his former girlfriend nearly a year ago when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.
CARSON (AP) - A local City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to clear the path for a proposed $1.7 billion stadium near Los Angeles that could become the shared home to the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum shut down the first-place Dodgers with some sparkling double-play defense behind him, and the San Francisco Giants came out of their first day off seemingly refreshed to beat Los Angeles 6-2 on Tuesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Johnny Giavotella hit a three-run shot for his first homer with Los Angeles after the second inning was extended by a replay review, and the defending AL West champion Angels so thoroughly roughed up the Athletics 14-1 Tuesday night that Oakland first baseman Ike Davis pitched.
OAKLAND (AP) - Anybody watching the Golden State Warriors during the playoffs will see - and certainly hear - Draymond Green getting into it with opponents, teammates and even his own coaches.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Major League Baseball suspended Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera five games and fined him and pitcher Yordano Ventura on Tuesday after both targeted Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie during a testy series over the weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) - Among the Patriots' rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, and even their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.
TORONTO (AP) - John Wall had 26 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 28 points and Washington beat Toronto 117-106 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Budenholzer was right where he didn't want to be: the center of attention.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes to say his team teeters on "explosive and careless" basketball, pulling off an astonishing play one moment and a perplexing one the next.
SAN JOSE (AP) - After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change.
OAKLAND(AP) - New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams stirred up fans in the Bay Area before Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, saying the decibel level at Oracle Arena might be illegal.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Dan Otero's longest relief stint in the majors proved vital for the Oakland Athletics in the opener of their four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.