Everything always seemed to come so easily for Larry Bird on a basketball court.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kevin Garnett yapped his way down the court after big baskets and clearly enjoyed taking it to the 76ers.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Even down late, the Oklahoma City Thunder are showing that they are never out.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Except for one inning - actually one pitch - rookie Tommy Milone stood toe-to-toe with baseball's best hitting team on the road and their high-profile first-year pitcher, Yu Darvish.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Albert Pujols welcomed his new hitting coach to town with a go-ahead three-run homer and Vernon Wells added a two-run shot to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and possibly saved two runs with a diving catch and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 8-4 on Wednesday night, adding another win to their impressive May record.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jaime Garcia matched his career high with nine strikeouts, David Freese hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Mike Matheny a victory against his old Giants team with a 4-1 win Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Josef Newgarden is getting used to finishing first.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Just like in the Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister is the favorite in the Preakness.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New Jersey Devils quickly changed the game plan: instead of letting the New York Rangers block their shots, they decided to deflect some themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg left after four innings, matching the second-shortest appearance of his 25-start career, and San Diego's Will Venable had four hits.
TORONTO (AP) - Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie slammed his batting helmet to the ground and it ricocheted into plate umpire Bill Miller as the ninth inning turned nasty Tuesday in Toronto's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro homered off closer Santiago Casilla to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Colorado Rockies past the mistake-prone San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Sprinter Peter Sagan of Slovakia surged to the front in the final 100 yards to win his third straight stage and extend his race lead Tuesday in the third stage of the Tour of California.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes are in a deep hole after letting their emotions get the best of them.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry.
ATLANTA (AP) - Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After an extended slump they would rather forget, the San Francisco Giants are gaining ground and back in the thick of the playoff chase as September begins.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The Oakland Athletics arrived in Orange County eager to move back atop the AL West before Labor Day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Javier Morales evened the score in the 36th minute, and the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake finished with a 1-1 draw Saturday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim.
NORTON, Mass. (AP) - Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead.
NEW YORK (AP) - Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Holdout right guard Alex Boone has agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that replaces the two years remaining on his previous deal, a person with direct knowledge of the contract said Sunday.
NAPA (AP) - Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey went 5 for 5 and drove in three runs in just six innings, then was pulled early as the San Francisco Giants routed the Milwaukee Brewers 13-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Jered Weaver outpitched Jon Lester, Albert Pujols hit his 516th career homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Oakland 4-0 Friday night, extend their AL West lead over the A's to three games.