BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - After four years and 143 races - the agonizing near-misses and all those questions about when he might finally win again - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was alone in his car, comfortably ahead of the field and only a few minutes from victory.
OAKLAND (AP) - Clayton Richard did a nice job using his off-speed pitches to keep the Oakland hitters guessing. His fastball was even better.
SEATTLE (AP) - Justin Smoak's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second when the throw home hit Kawasaki in the back, giving the Mariners a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There were no fist pumps for Tiger Woods, just a deep breath and a slow exhale. Jim Furyk walked most of the 7,170 yards at Olympic Club with his head down. David Toms couldn't think of a single shot he hit without his full attention Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Buster Posey led off the second inning with a solo home run into the second deck of the left field seats, National League hitting leader Melky Cabrera added a two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants opened a three-game interleague series with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss homered in his fourth consecutive game, Travis Blackley earned his first victory in nearly eight years and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Friday night to extend their longest winning streak of the season.
OAKLAND (AP) - Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after he asked the Oakland Athletics to release him and the team granted his request on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Tim Lincecum walked out of the Giants' dugout to screams from a mix of autograph seekers and fans wishing the now 28-year-old a happy birthday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had the ball in his hands and LeBron James in his face.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Theo Walcott finally got his chance at the European Championship, and he only needed three minutes to make it count.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Johan Bruyneel, the manager behind Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories, is denying accusations from U.S. officials that he helped run a doping operation for the cyclist's teams.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - With her NASCAR peers breezing around Michigan International Speedway at around 200 mph this week, Danica Patrick was asked to compare these stock car speeds to the even quicker pace of IndyCar racing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Curtis Granderson drove in three runs, Phil Hughes pitched six innings to win his fourth straight start and the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Open featured two marquee groups, but only one marquee player.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody represents the win-now mentality of the San Francisco 49ers more than Justin Smith. The All-Pro defensive tackle will tell you so himself.
CHICAGO (AP) - Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with former men's national team coach Bob Bradley.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Along with celebrating a World Golf Championship that took him to No. 4 in the world, Jason Day couldn't help but consider the rest of the young season and wonder just how much higher he could go.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball and its players have banned most home plate collisions but left open an exception if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner's direct path to home plate.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year extension on Monday that keeps him under contract through 2017.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colt Lyerla came to the NFL scouting combine with more to prove than just about anyone else.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that he isn't worried about possible contract talks becoming a distraction for star center fielder Mike Trout.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Bonds is all set to return to the San Francisco Giants. As a spring training instructor, that is.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL locker room has long been an unforgiving place.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Jason Day never stopped believing he would win the Match Play Championship, even in the midst of so many shots by Victor Dubuisson that simply defied belief.
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) - Anna Nordqvist won the LPGA Thailand on Sunday to end a five-year victory drought, holding off top-ranked Inbee Park at Siam County Club.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York denied his team nearly traded coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns last month for draft picks.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kyle Busch made a little history at a pretty big track.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Sam Fuld has never backed down from a challenge and that's been a major reason he's still playing professional baseball. He's facing his latest test trying to make the roster of the Oakland Athletics as a reserve outfielder.
TORONTO (AP) - Terrence Ross scored 20 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' six-game winning streak with a 98-91 victory on Friday night.