BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - After four years and 143 races - the agonizing near-misses and all those questions about when he might finally win again - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was alone in his car, comfortably ahead of the field and only a few minutes from victory.
OAKLAND (AP) - Clayton Richard did a nice job using his off-speed pitches to keep the Oakland hitters guessing. His fastball was even better.
SEATTLE (AP) - Justin Smoak's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second when the throw home hit Kawasaki in the back, giving the Mariners a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were no fist pumps for Tiger Woods, just a deep breath and a slow exhale. Jim Furyk walked most of the 7,170 yards at Olympic Club with his head down. David Toms couldn't think of a single shot he hit without his full attention Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Buster Posey led off the second inning with a solo home run into the second deck of the left field seats, National League hitting leader Melky Cabrera added a two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants opened a three-game interleague series with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss homered in his fourth consecutive game, Travis Blackley earned his first victory in nearly eight years and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Friday night to extend their longest winning streak of the season.
OAKLAND (AP) - Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after he asked the Oakland Athletics to release him and the team granted his request on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Tim Lincecum walked out of the Giants' dugout to screams from a mix of autograph seekers and fans wishing the now 28-year-old a happy birthday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had the ball in his hands and LeBron James in his face.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Theo Walcott finally got his chance at the European Championship, and he only needed three minutes to make it count.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Johan Bruyneel, the manager behind Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories, is denying accusations from U.S. officials that he helped run a doping operation for the cyclist's teams.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - With her NASCAR peers breezing around Michigan International Speedway at around 200 mph this week, Danica Patrick was asked to compare these stock car speeds to the even quicker pace of IndyCar racing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Curtis Granderson drove in three runs, Phil Hughes pitched six innings to win his fourth straight start and the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Open featured two marquee groups, but only one marquee player.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody represents the win-now mentality of the San Francisco 49ers more than Justin Smith. The All-Pro defensive tackle will tell you so himself.
PHOENIX (AP) - Major League Baseball managers are getting ready to test the expanded instant replay system.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jim Boeheim has known it since the season started, and two straight nail biters only has reaffirmed it: his top-ranked Syracuse Orange may still be unbeaten, but they're certainly not invincible.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LeBron James won't assume the eventual date with Indiana that so many others expect.
PHOENIX (AP) - Despite getting hurt late last season, A.J. Griffin has already shown he can handle a heavy workload for the Oakland Athletics.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Morse is healthy again, and he thinks he's ready to return to the form that made him one of the top hitters in the National League in 2011.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Richard Childress pumped his fist above his head, emphatically celebrating his grandson's latest accomplishment.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Serena Williams says she asked for a wild card into the Dubai Championships to combat boredom once she believed her back injury was on the mend.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin - then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star game.
PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Reddick took some batting practice swings Sunday at the Oakland Athletics' spring training camp and, the way the ball was jumping off his bat, it was hard to tell he had a troublesome wrist last season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson stretched a bit, pawed at the dirt with his foot, and took a few warm-up tosses. He was ready to go.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bubba Watson wasn't about to let another chance get away.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - With the famed No. 3 on his car and memories of the late Dale Earnhardt fresh in his mind, Austin Dillon took the fabled number out of hibernation and straight to the top at Daytona.
MIAMI (AP) - Now that the NFL knows the scope of the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the league has been left to grapple with what its next steps should be.