DETROIT (AP) - There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit - and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds owner Bob Castellini couldn't imagine Dusty Baker leaving.
Andrew Luck's first working trip to New York didn't exactly go to plan, though some punishing defense by the Jets had a lot to do with that. All part of the learning curve for rookies, who sometimes have difficulty understanding that big second-half comebacks can't be pulled off every week in the NFL.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh didn't spend any time wallowing Monday after the most lopsided loss in his two seasons as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
STANFORD (AP) - With the 30th anniversary of the famous lateral play surrounding this week's Stanford-California rivalry, Cardinal coach David Shaw was asked for his opinion about the disputed call given the benefit of replay all these years later.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Oakland Raiders rookie coach realizes it's not enough.
DALLAS (AP) - Mike Modano made his mark long before he and the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas and brought hockey to the Sun Belt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been years now since Mike Matheny experienced the foggy, frightening concussion symptoms that caused him to miss his exit, forget things, lose focus - and, ultimately, forced the four-time Gold Glove catcher to retire from the game he had played since childhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The New York Giants gave the San Francisco 49ers another reason to simmer.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of mistakes to work on during their bye week.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Detroit Tigers got a big boost from Anibal Sanchez's arm. They got a helping hand from an umpire, too.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime as the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf?
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.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Indiana Pacers blew Lance Stephenson a kiss goodbye and jumped on Rodney Stuckey to fill the void.
PHOENIX (AP) - After a tough first season in the WNBA, Brittney Griner is blossoming into the player everyone thought she would be, all the while embracing her status as a role model for gay youth.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - She hadn't done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honoring the year's best performances Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.