BERKELEY (AP) - At the urging of athletic director Sandy Barbour, Sonny Dykes pulled out a white California cap from underneath the lectern and popped it on his head to accent his blue-and-gold tie and dark suit, drawing cheers from department staff who filled the Memorial Stadium room.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith hardly has a free moment to stop at his locker, much less give thought to any intriguing matchups or scenarios as he chases Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sacks record.
OAKLAND (AP) - After enduring one of the toughest weeks of his life and career, Raiders coach Dennis Allen's return to the Oakland Coliseum ended with another painful memory.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - In a battle of young backcourts, the Golden State Warriors were an easy winner over the Detroit Pistons.
OAKLAND (AP) - Just a year ago, Denver and Oakland went to the end of the season in the race for the AFC West title, with the Broncos edging the Raiders for first place on the final day by winning a three-team tiebreaker with San Diego.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - He was adopted as a newborn, has a fully grown pet tortoise named Sammy, and sports 10 or 11 tattoos by his own count covering much of his upper body.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel certainly has the statistics worthy of a Heisman Trophy winner. He plays in the powerful Southeastern Conference. He has a signature win - all things Heisman voters typically look for.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - By now, there's nothing Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other. After 36 rounds in the ring - many of which could have been scored either way - there's not much fight fans don't know about the two, either.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between hockey owners and players are going so well that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the process" - even if he has been left outside the latest rounds of discussions.
BERKELEY (AP) - California hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday to take over for the fired Jeff Tedford.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With the NBA draft only two days away and Kevin Love there to be had for the right offer, Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders was asked if things are starting to get interesting.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Garrett Richards credits one change for his rapid evolution into an elite starting pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Michael Bradley stuck out his right foot to meet Fabian Johnson's pass, ready to slot the ball into the empty net from 6 yards out. Surely this would be a goal.
NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Biting opponents, racist comments - all that looked to be behind Luis Suarez, as soccer's bad boy was maturing into a star for his club and country. Then, the old habit that most people leave behind in nursery school cropped up again in front of an audience of millions.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jozy Altidore will miss the United States' World Cup game against Germany on Thursday because of his strained left hamstring.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup's toughest group after a dour, scoreless draw against England.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Instead of taking a breather, the U.S. created a World Cup math puzzle for its fans back in America.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Mexico surged into the World Cup's knockout stage for a sixth straight time Monday with a 3-1 win over Croatia.
LONDON (AP) - It had been, famously, more than 75 years since a British man arrived at Wimbledon as the defending champion.
MIAMI (AP) - Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge suggested Monday that the terms of a family trust are clear enough to remove Donald Sterling as a trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent. At one point, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the Sterlings' trust agreement is so unambiguous that "I could decide this case in five minutes." At the center of the volatile court battle are reports from three doctors who examined the 80-year-old Sterling and found he shows symptoms of early ...
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in suburban Seattle.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne pitched seven innings in his major league debut to lead the San Diego Padres to a 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Troy Tulowitzki just hopes no one will hold any grudges when he picks the National League participants for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.
SEATTLE (AP) - Alex Jackson was understandably nervous being thrust into a batting practice group that included Robinson Cano.