Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League's 5-3 victory.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) - Because of doping's ravages on cycling, it's natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Tiger Woods was playing his second shot into the par-5 18th when he made a sudden stop in the middle of his swing Thursday at the British Open.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong talked for several hours with cycling investigators about doping in the sport's past, said an attorney for the champion who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles over his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic.
ZURICH (AP) - Germany climbed to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings Thursday after winning the World Cup, and the United States fell two places to 15th despite reaching the round of 16.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - CBS won't dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise during televised games this season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers showed off their new home in style Thursday while quietly making a move to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick's blindside.
OAKLAND (AP) - The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball's best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport's highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Taylor Doherty.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Even when he's not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.
OYONNAX, France (AP) - Sitting on a roadside guard rail, wincing and rubbing his lower back, Andrew Talansky looked ready to quit the Tour de France in the middle of Stage 11. The Tour's Web site and French TV commentators said his race was over. So did some English-language Twitterati.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first known all-girls tackle football league has been formed in Utah featuring a star player who earned an invitation to the Super Bowl three years ago thanks to a highlight video of her exploits against boys.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Madison Bumgarner won another game in May and three San Francisco Giants homered in a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David Price outdueled Jesse Chavez to win for the first time in four starts, and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from a shutout a day earlier to beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Tuesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - After a late-night arrival, the San Francisco Giants thought they'd quickly caught a bizarre break - Khris Davis was called out for missing the plate on his home run trot.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes returned to the old familiar ballpark where his career began, and received a warm welcome and standing ovation every time he came to bat.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James hurts everywhere, the King of Pain.
DENVER (AP) - The San Francisco Giants on Sunday designated third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment and recalled right-hander Hunter Strickland from Triple-A Sacramento.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Chase Headley homered during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees quickly erased the memory of a lost weekend, romping past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 Monday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds - or, at least, hoped to.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Matt Busche and Megan Guarnier each won their second road national championship Monday, and earned a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships in Virginia this September.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.