OAKLAND (AP) - Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract.
NEW YORK (AP) - Eager for a new challenge and certainly a better chance to win, R.A. Dickey broke the news of his trade even before the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Jamaal Charles had nowhere to run, Brady Quinn was under pressure all day and the Oakland Raiders defense posted its most statistically dominating performance in decades.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers hung tough late in the game to stun Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road and in the rain to clinch a playoff berth when few expected them to win at Foxborough.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns couldn't seem to make a shot from anywhere, struggled defensively and gave up too many offensive rebounds while falling behind by 19 points in the first half.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and the Denver Nuggets built a big lead in the first half and cruised past the Sacramento Kings 122-97 Sunday.
OAKLAND (AP) - When the Golden State Warriors began madly celebrating a stunning, last-second win against defending NBA champion Miami on the Heat's home court this week, Jarrett Jack quickly offered a message to his teammates.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For most of the past decade, December has meant only one thing to Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler - searching for motivation as he plays out the string of another lost season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Running against the San Francisco 49ers is tough. Passing isn't any easier. And scoring is a huge challenge.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Aldon Smith chases down the NFL record for sacks, his specialty becomes of particular significance this week when the San Francisco 49ers face New England and the NFL's top-ranked offense.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch practiced for the first time this week, an encouraging turn for a struggling secondary sorely lacking depth.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Poor starts have often been the cause of Orlando's worst outings this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - There was no coasting to a 10-game winning streak for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tim Hudson still refuses to take credit for his quick start to the season.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are opening up quite a cushion in the AL West.
CHICAGO (AP) - Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics called up catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday and optioned right-hander Fernando Rodriguez back to the minors.
Sixty years ago, on May 18, 1954, Jack McAllister, Manteca High hurler, pos ted his first no-hit, no-run game of the season, shutting out Oakdale High 2-0. McAllister combined with catcher Ed Morley to set the Mustangs down with no hits while his teammates were collecting seven base knocks. Emmett Lee and Bob Vogel doubled for the locals.
PARIS (AP) - Everything appeared to be under control for Roger Federer, just like in the old days at Grand Slam tournaments.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson handled the pothole at Dover the same way he disposed of a rough patch to start the season.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - With every swing, Hideki Matsuyama appeared to join a cast of top players throwing away a chance to win the Memorial.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Stacy Lewis is back on top.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi broke a tie in the 45th minute and the San Jose Earthquakes beat FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday night for their first road victory of the season.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - The combinations started to click. The confidence grew a little bit.
TRIESTE, Italy (AP) - Nairo Quintana showed why he's considered as cycling's next star by winning the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to follow his runner-up finish in last year's Tour de France.