PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland - at a bargain price. The suspended slugger agreed on a minor league contract Monday with the Athletics that is worth approximately $500,000 if he's added to the big league roster. The A's announced the deal and said Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week, in time for Oakland's first full-squad workout Saturday. He is a non-roster invitee. ...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito made a slight change to his delivery this winter he hopes will help him rebound from an injury-plagued season.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Linsanity started against the New Jersey Nets, but this time All-Star guard Deron Williams was determined not to be embarrassed by the Harvard guy again.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal had two goals and an assist, Justin Peters cruised to his first NHL shutout, and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the reeling Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs agreed to terms on a $19.6 million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, which should help Kansas City absorb the potential loss of Brandon Carr.
Julien Leparoux is on a winning streak, on and off the racetrack. Over the past 10 days, the French jockey landed the ride aboard early Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags, revealed he'll be racing in New York shortly and flew cross-country to win the El Camino Real Derby in California aboard Daddy Nose Best. And by the way, he also announced his engagement just before Valentine's Day to Shea Mitchell, the daughter of California-based trainer ...
LONDON (AP) - Dereck Chisora apologized "wholeheartedly" Monday for the brawl with David Haye that followed his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey squatted into a catcher's crouch for his first spring training bullpen session and began receiving pitches from ace Tim Lincecum, then Matt Cain.
PHOENIX (AP) - Bob Melvin spent most of his Sunday morning introducing himself to all the new faces gathering in the Oakland Athletics' spring training facility. Next up, he'll be reading through some of their bios.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong strained his back earlier this month while lifting weights and said Sunday he will miss at least the first 10 days of spring training workouts while he recovers.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship Sunday, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving was calm and confident when he stepped to the foul line with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock Sunday night.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings are losing track of how many games in a row they've won at home.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored a career-best 51 points for the top performance in the NBA this season, Russell Westbrook added 40 and Serge Ibaka had his first career triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 124-118 in overtime Sunday night.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season in Anaheim's victory over Florida.
LONDON (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are the closest thing the NFL will have to a London-based team for the next four years. And that's just fine, for the moment.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - National TV, a chance to shine with the rest of the NFL watching.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Apparently, not even perfection is good enough for the Kansas City Chiefs.
With a two-game winning streak and suddenly effective units on both sides of the ball, the Carolina Panthers are oozing confidence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points to help the Sacramento Kings rally in the fourth quarter and beat the Golden State Warriors 91-90 in a preseason game Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - The Green Monster isn't as green as it looks.
NEW YORK (AP) - The 2-3-2 NBA Finals format is following David Stern out of the league.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Jelena Jankovic topped second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 in her first match at the WTA Championships on Wednesday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas high school football coach whose team won its last game 91-0 says a district investigation has found "no grounds" to support a bullying complaint filed by a parent of the losing team.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Four female officials will be working a game between Division II Miles and Lane, in what appears to be a first for a college football game.
BOSTON (AP) - Lance Lynn squeezed through a door leading into the Green Monster, shimmied along a cramped space behind the famed left-field wall and peered out a tiny metal slot in the Fenway Park scoreboard.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching agreement Tuesday on a $35 million, two-year contract through the 2015 season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers sure do travel well, and it's hardly by accident.
On Peyton Manning's first drive of his first game as a visiting player in Indianapolis, the Denver Broncos faced third down and 1 yard to go. Manning handed the football to Knowshon Moreno, who was stopped short. Denver punted.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami's football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close.