INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck went from No. 1 overall pick to playoff starter in one season.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Friday night to move into first in the AL West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.
Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...
OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.
Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic forward Jozy Altidore will return for the U.S. during this World Cup.
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help Mexico hold Brazil to a thrilling 0-0 draw at the World Cup on Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Derek Norris hit a home run and drove in five runs, Stephen Vogt was 3 for 3 and drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics held off the Texas Rangers for an 10-6 victory on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The start of the San Francisco 49ers' three-day mandatory minicamp was overshadowed more by the players who were absent than the ones in attendance.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jim McMahon would leave home and forget how to get back.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Football has some NFL money to rub between his fingers.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James is leaving. For a family vacation, that is. The Miami Heat star said that's his first order of business, and during the time away from basketball he'll start the process of moving past this season and looking toward the future.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The lessons Chuck Noll passed down to his players - maxims that often applied as much to life as to football - are tacked on the wall in Mike Mularkey's office.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili had a simple message for his teammates during an emotional team meeting Tuesday.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods is making progress in his recovery from back surgery and starting to extend his swing, his agent said Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - John Danks is enjoying success and making it look easy with a string of impressive performances of late.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - After hammering Spain 5-1 in their World Cup opener, the Netherlands is hungry for more.
NATAL, Brazil (AP) - After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Thomas Mueller picked up where he left off at the World Cup, scoring a hat trick in Germany's 4-0 victory over 10-man Portugal in the Group G opener on Monday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tony Gwynn could handle a bat like few other major leaguers, whether it was driving the ball through the "5.5 hole" between third base and shortstop or hitting a home run off the facade in Yankee Stadium in the World Series.