The race for the Valley Oak League crown just got tighter.
By MIKE BENTON
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker delivered another typical performance, which the San Antonio Spurs needed on a day when nothing went as expected.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson never had a game-ending hit in one of Oakland's major league-high 14 walk-off wins last year.
CHICAGO (AP) - Sergio Romo proved he wasn't perfect.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Zack Greinke's pitch sailed up and into Carlos Quentin's upper left arm, and it was on.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics second baseman Scott Sizemore is scheduled for a second reconstructive surgery on his left knee Tuesday, another blow for the infielder and reigning AL West champions after he missed all of last season.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - History is one of Guan Tianlang's favorite subjects in school.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ramiro Pena hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with two outs in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 Friday night, stretching their winning streak to seven games.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees turned a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years, Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells' fly ball while blowing a bubble for a tiebreaking three-run error and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for its fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the final minutes without him to stay in the playoff picture with a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kevin Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder regain the Western Conference's best record with a 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings Thursday night, leading Oakland to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and extending the Athletics' winning streak to eight games.
CHICAGO (AP) - Bruce Bochy wasn't tempted to take out Ryan Vogelsong when he faltered early, and the pitcher rewarded his manager's confidence with a fine finish.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League's All-Star starter.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was so enthused by seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam, he did the same thing the next inning.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics needed a strong start from Sonny Gray to avoid being swept entering the four-day break for the All-Star game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The youngest player in the All-Star Futures game made one of the biggest impressions.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have activated left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Brad Keselowski hopped out of his car and grabbed an oversized broom to give a playful sweep of all the confetti already collected around his Ford.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events.
MULHOUSE, France (AP) - On a day local Roman Catholics were celebrating the feast of Saint Anthony, two other Tonys had their own reason to celebrate in the Tour de France.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony wanted to be a Knick a few years ago, and nothing has changed now.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps' form deserted him Sunday night.