ZURICH (AP) - The United States climbed to 13th in the FIFA rankings, its highest position since July 2010.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - As safety Eric Reid exited the tunnel to take the field for his NFL debut, he received some words of wisdom from All-Pro defensive mate Justin Smith: "Stay back."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - One picture-perfect pass started the New England Patriots toward an ugly win.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - It's hard for the Packers' Clay Matthews to let things go on the field. Give the Pro Bowl linebacker a clear path to a quarterback or running back and he'll usually lock on for a takedown.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - While the Seattle Seahawks had more high profile additions this offseason, the signing of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel could prove to be a quiet steal.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning loves Eli's game, and not just because he's his little brother.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo played through broken ribs to help keep the season afloat for Dallas in 2011.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are sliding again in September, right into their final series against AL West foe Oakland.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - They engage each other in bitter verbal back and forth from their respective posts separated by some 800 miles of the Pacific Coast.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jed Lowrie's foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Minnesota Twins 18-3 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro was scheduled to get a day off on Wednesday. Fortunately for the San Francisco Giants, he managed to talk his way into the lineup.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Even as a backup, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor would write notes to wide receivers and leave them in their lockers after seeing something on video he thought might help.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jurgen Klinsmann sat on a podium and smiled after guiding the United States into its seventh straight World Cup.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - To Mexicans, it's just unthinkable: Their soccer-crazed country stands a chance of not qualifying for the World Cup.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The United States' 2-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night had matching record ratings to the 0-0 draw the teams played in Mexico City in March.
NAPA (AP) - Shortly after checking in a day before the Oakland Raiders begin training camp, Charles Woodson packed his family into a white SUV for a quick afternoon drive.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Yannick Djalo scored a goal and added three assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hunter Pence drove in all of San Francisco's runs with a double in the ninth and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for testing positive for an amphetamine.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Leaders from the four U.S. cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games will meet with U.S. Olympic Committee leadership Friday in the first gathering to include representatives from all the major interested parties.
PLA D'ADET, France (AP) - On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle's antenna.
PASADENA, California (AP) - Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are eager to move forward from a forgettable offseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick returned from a second stint on the disabled list because of an injured right knee.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway.