OAKLAND (AP) - The first offseason for the Oakland Raiders since the death of longtime owner and architect Al Davis was one full of changes.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The only downside for the Oakland Athletics is that they don't play the Cleveland Indians again this season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Harbaugh wanted tight end Delanie Walker to play a bit more than the rest of San Francisco's starters in the final preseason game considering a bum knee limited him during training camp.
NORTON, Mass. (AP) - This was exactly what Rickie Fowler wanted to hear.
STANFORD (AP) - The last time Josh Nunes took a hard hit came more than two years ago in spring practice.
NEW YORK (AP) - This U.S. Open finally got its first shockers.
ALLEN, Texas (AP) - Call it the palace of high school football: A gleaming $60 million facility with seats for 18,000 roaring fans, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen, corporate sponsors and a towering upper deck.
Sometimes you put a foot down wrong and don't find out for a week or two that you actually dislocated a hip. That's how it's going to be if the NFL sticks with its plan to start the regular season with replacement referees - from mild annoyance to major pain to humongous regret. And all because the people in charge are too used to getting their way.
HOUSTON (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong had a tough time early in his start on Thursday night.
DUMBRIA, Spain (AP) - Joaquin Rodriguez surged past Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday and extend his overall lead to 13 seconds.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The sting of a Super Bowl near miss stuck with linebacker Parys Haralson for months.
Minor setbacks caused by defensive breakdowns hampered Manteca High early, but the Buffaloes straightened out some their defensive wrongs in a 6-2 victory over visiting Ripon High Wednesday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The frustration of a long losing stretch boiled over for the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - When Barry Zito had already surrendered seven hits with one out in the third inning, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy knew he needed to get him out of the game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The third generation of the O'Malley family took over the sad-sack San Diego Padres on Wednesday, promising to run the club in the same first-class manner that Walter and Peter O'Malley once ran the Dodgers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray spent the past few days with Oakland pitching coach Curt Young, making subtle adjustments to his delivery.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit to play against the United States in their crucial Group G match at the World Cup, a Portugal teammate said Wednesday.
SAO PAULO (AP) - After one game and one impressive win, the U.S. defense is holding its own.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders made the decision to acquire Matt Schaub this offseason, they did it believing last season's disastrous performance that led to his jersey being burned in effigy in Houston was only an aberration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back Marcus Lattimore might be the most publicized second-year player for the San Francisco 49ers who sat out as a rookie because of a knee injury. Another player from that class - and an even higher draft pick - rehabbing with Lattimore last season is poised to make an even bigger mark.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins' name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and should be stripped of trademark protection - a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.
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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - The NASCAR season is less than half over and already it is fair to ask if anyone can catch Hendrick Motorsports.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The sounds at Pinehurst No. 2 were the first indication that the second week of U.S. Open golf would not be exactly the same as the first one.
LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, while defending champion Andy Murray moved up two spots above his ranking to the third seed.
CHICAGO (AP) - A week ago, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in baseball, a near double-digit division lead and they were piling up the wins seemingly with ease.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The weather may have done the Cleveland Indians, and outfielder Michael Brantley in particular, a favor.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - C.J. Hinojosa broke the College World Series' long home run drought in the seventh inning, Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke limited UC Irvine to four hits, and Texas beat the Anteaters 1-0 in an elimination game Wednesday night.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - With its superstars aging and its loyal coach slow to blend in young talent, Spain's glorious reign as the superpower of world football was bound to end.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - The Netherlands had to work much harder for victory over the World Cup's lowest-ranked team than it did against the defending world and European champion.