WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a decade ago, when Matt Williams was still a third baseman, and Mike Rizzo was still climbing the front-office rungs, the future general manager thought he noticed the makings of a future skipper.
SHANGHAI (AP) - The graceful combination of power and balance. The bounce in his step after every birdie. His name at the top of the leaderboard. For at least one round, Rory McIlroy finally looked like the former No. 1 player in the world instead of a guy who hasn't won a tournament all year.
BOSTON (AP) - There hasn't been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson put the perfect capper on a celebratory opening to a new era of basketball in Sacramento.
DENVER (AP) - It used to be the domain of soccer players, NBA forwards and the occasional punter.
BOSTON (AP) - Most Valuable Papi.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs last season in the second round, five of the seven games were decided by one-goal margins. It was more of the same Wednesday night in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Say goodbye, A.I.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg grew up in San Diego, admiring then-Padres star Jake Peavy. They've become friends, working out together in the offseason, chatting, trading texts.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
ATLANTA (AP) - Extra innings boosted viewership for the American League wild-card game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.