WASHINGTON (AP) - Set aside the high-pressure task of postseason pitching that Chris Carpenter routinely masters for the St. Louis Cardinals and think about this:
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-paid player in baseball could only sit and watch when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run.
MIAMI (AP) - Alan Gordon celebrates his 31st birthday Tuesday. Maybe U.S. Soccer will give him a cap.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.
SAN MARTIN . (AP) - Ernie Els suggested that playing in the Frys.com Open last year helped him achieve a major victory this year. He's hoping it can happen again.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Oakland Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The NFC title game was the low point for the New York Giants' offensive line last season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt is coming to the defense of fans in Kansas City.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A youth football coach struck a 13-year-old player from an opposing team near the sideline during the fourth quarter of a tied game, giving the boy a concussion and outraging parents and spectators, a Utah police sergeant said Wednesday.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Angel Pagan connects on the second pitch of the game. A Giants team that finished last in homers goes on to hit three. Tim Lincecum pitches like a two-time Cy Young winner - this time, out of the bullpen.
OAKLAND (AP) - These Oakland Athletics never count themselves out - down and doubted is their dogma.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Joaquin Arias hit a grounder toward third base and took off, covering those 90 feet in a blink as a full-to-capacity ballpark went silent with angst.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season.
NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome has galloped two miles at Belmont Park, with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner preparing for the final leg of the Triple Crown.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook had 40 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel is back at work after a holiday weekend in Las Vegas. And when you're Johnny Football, what happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas.
MONTREAL (AP) - Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Montreal Canadiens chased goalie Henrik Lundqvist and defeated the New York Rangers 7-4 on Tuesday to stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference final.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers in the trial of a lawsuit over the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium confronted prospective jurors Tuesday with different stories of what happened at the April 2011 opening-day game between the rival teams.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Prince Fielder is recovering from neck surgery and not expected to play again this season for the Texas Rangers.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Brazilian consumer defense agency said it's found past-expiration food in the hotels where national soccer teams from Italy and England will stay during the World Cup.
ST. LEONHARD IN PASSEIER, Italy (AP) - Two members of Germany's World Cup team were involved in a car accident Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Tony Gustavsson has been hired as a full-time assistant to U.S. women's head coach Jill Ellis.