SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
MIAMI (AP) - The man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary testified Tuesday that he never went into the player's home that night and cast his confession as coming only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is undecided whether he will allow himself a day off during San Francisco's bye week. Even with a whirlwind stretch of travel finally over.
The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
STANFORD (AP) - The toughest test of the year for Stanford's defense just got a whole lot tougher.
LONDON (AP) - With his playing career over, former England captain David Beckham has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
MIAMI (AP) - Shane Battier went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, including a critical one from the right corner with 1:33 remaining, and Miami wasted most a 25-point lead before holding off Derrick Rose and Chicago 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
ALAMEDA (AP) - If the Oakland Raiders are going to make a run in the second half of the season they will have to become a much better second-half team.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks completed a lousy night for St. Louis sports fans.
For all the divas among NFL receivers, and there are plenty of them, there are just as many difference makers.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - After saying he's going to "take peoples' knees out" to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather struck another blow - declaring that "people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league."
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver could be facing a fine from the NFL for an obscene gesture directed at the officials.
Dwight Howard moved on and Derrick Rose came back, though Kobe Bryant won't quite yet. Nine first-time coaches are coming in and David Stern will soon head out.
PALO ALTO (AP) - On any given day here at his company's Silicon Valley headquarters, Vivek Ranadive is ready to compete against any employee who wants to challenge him to any contest.
TOKYO (AP) - Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open for her fourth WTA title of the year.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's loss to Poland in the final of the men's volleyball world championship on Sunday was a blow to the South Americans, but should boost the sport in two years at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Raised in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire his home track, the one where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti in Victory Lane and flocked by family and friends.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Cole Custer's first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book.
SINGAPORE (AP) - For Nico Rosberg, early retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix was painful. Seeing his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton win the race and snatch back the championship lead was agonizing.
SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard run on the first possession of overtime and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 26-20 on Sunday in a Super Bowl rematch that lived up to expectations.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are reeling, having lost six of eight games, a streak in which they've scored only 14 runs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a towering, two-run, home run into the left field bleachers with one out in the 10th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - It is July 19, 2003. Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A holding penalty on Raiders offensive lineman Gabe Jackson took an Oakland touchdown off the scoreboard and allowed the New England Patriots to escape with a victory yet again.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have struggled in the second half this season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tim Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and the San Francisco Giants were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday night that dropped them 3 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have a hard time beating San Francisco. Now they have a distraction to deal with, too.