SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.
Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...
OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.
Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Laura Diaz almost chose to walk away from golf to spend more time at home with her family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi's Stadium on Thursday. His voice cracked while talking about taking his young son to games at the stadium for years to come.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.
Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League's 5-3 victory.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) - Because of doping's ravages on cycling, it's natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Tiger Woods was playing his second shot into the par-5 18th when he made a sudden stop in the middle of his swing Thursday at the British Open.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong talked for several hours with cycling investigators about doping in the sport's past, said an attorney for the champion who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles over his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic.
ZURICH (AP) - Germany climbed to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings Thursday after winning the World Cup, and the United States fell two places to 15th despite reaching the round of 16.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - CBS won't dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise during televised games this season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers showed off their new home in style Thursday while quietly making a move to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick's blindside.
OAKLAND (AP) - The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball's best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport's highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Taylor Doherty.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Even when he's not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.