RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Few things could damage the image of Brazil more than violent street protests during the World Cup.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The new ball for next year's World Cup - called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course - was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Donte Whitner realizes how different the San Francisco 49ers are now from the team that got whipped at Seattle in Week 2.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.
NEW YORK (AP) - New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment for leukemia, and Portland's Caleb Porter has been selected Coach of the Year.
SEATTLE (AP) - A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rod Streater and Andre Holmes are perfect examples of how things have changed with the Oakland Raiders in the post-Al Davis era.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After Golden State's difficult road loss two nights ago in Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry was anxious to avoid a repeat performance Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.
ATLANTA (AP) - Talk about an SEC surprise.
SYDNEY (AP) - Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open on Sunday, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Marcus Smart had an off game and Oklahoma State lost in a rematch with Memphis.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseball's winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star and the Chicago White Sox adding a closer.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders may have come up with the best description of what it's like to play the Golden State Warriors these days.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With DeMarcus Cousins sidelined with an illness, Rudy Gay felt the burden to carry the load for the Sacramento Kings as a scorer, defender and team leader.
WINDEMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods appears to be on the road to recovery again, only it's no longer a question of how soon before he reaches full speed.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Paul MacLean was fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Monday, less than 18 months since he was the NHL's coach of the year.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the Board of Governors had no objection to billionaire businessman Bill Foley exploring the level of interest in an expansion team coming to Las Vegas.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Five more world records were broken at the short-course world championships on Sunday, with Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden setting two on the final day.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, ran for another score and the Seattle Seahawks stifled Philadelphia's high-powered offense in a 24-14 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer.
OAKLAND (AP) - 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said Sunday that he inadvertently missed a morning defensive meeting Tuesday but showed up an hour later for a second meeting focused on domestic violence.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - A week after their "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" show of solidarity, several St. Louis Rams players made another societal statement Sunday with the message: "I Can't Breathe."
SAN DIEGO (AP) - When baseball officials last gathered in San Diego for the winter meetings, the session took place at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. No free agents reached agreements and players claimed collusion, which led to the first of three grievances against owners and eventually a $280 million settlement.
OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are playing themselves right out of the playoff picture.
CARSON (AP) - Major League Soccer intends to announce its next expansion destination by the middle of 2015, with groups from Sacramento, Las Vegas and Minneapolis vying for franchises.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took exception to the response toward quarterback Colin Kaepernick following his somewhat brief media session on Wednesday.