PARIS (AP) - The positive vibes and big-deal victories began for Stan Wawrinka at last year's U.S. Open, back when he still went by "Stanislas," and picked up steam at this year's Australian Open, where he earned the right to forever be called "major champion."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Berti Vogts is literally working both sides.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The Brazil squad's preparations for a World Cup on home soil got underway Monday amid chants of protests instead of support.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence had a somber look on his face when he showed up to the ballpark Monday, pushing himself on a backup scooter the final few steps through the clubhouse.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Monday, a day after getting hurt while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay peeked around Helio Castroneves, then reversed course and dipped inside for a daredevil pass and the lead in the Indianapolis 500.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse looked baffled after missing wildly on a wicked curve from Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco in the fifth inning.
TORONTO (AP) - After a red-hot start to their road trip, the Oakland Athletics are heading home stuck in their longest slump of the season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Josh Beckett started talking about throwing a no-hitter in the fourth inning, ignoring traditional superstitions and making his catcher nervous in the process.
PARIS (AP) - Roger Federer's 4-year-old twins, Myla and Riva, hung in there for about 20 minutes Sunday in his guest box at Court Philippe Chatrier, long enough to see Daddy take control of his French Open match.
SAN FRRANCISCO (AP) - Before he closes his book, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence stares and stares at a card marking his page.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Adam Scott was a late entry into Colonial because he wanted to play while ranked No. 1 in the world.
STANFORD. (AP) - Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron might hear it from every angle if they were paying any attention or had a moment's spare time. They could be reminded every day that this is the first time since 1990 the U.S. heads to a World Cup with no central defenders having played previous minutes in soccer's showcase event.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Colin Montgomerie learned something about playing major championship golf at the age of 51 in the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores.
MONTECAMPIONE, Italy (AP) - Fabio Aru of Italy claimed a solo victory on the tough uphill finish to Montecampione in the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday for his first Grand Tour victory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.
PHOENIX (AP) - Patriots owner Robert Kraft's pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rob Gronkowski's ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He's way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Alex Ovechkin's familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it's finally time for his number to be called.
PHOENIX (AP) - Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.