STANFORD (AP) - His hairline has receded during 15 years in the spotlight, seeming to retreat at the same pace as his record-breaking scoring total advanced.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi has signed a restructured contract extension with Barcelona that reportedly makes the Argentina international the world's highest-paid football player.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United broke with 136 years of tradition to welcome Louis van Gaal as its new manager and saw midfield great Ryan Giggs end his storied playing career to take up a coaching role on another tumultuous day at England's biggest club.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Nani has been included in Portugal's World Cup squad despite an injury-hit season during which he made just 12 appearances for Manchester United.
INDIANS 5, TIGERS 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval homered for the first time in more than a month, Ryan Vogelsong won for just the second time in nine starts, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians are looking for answers to turn around their season.
CHICAGO (AP) - Corey Crawford is playing so well right now that nothing seems to bother him. When the Chicago Blackhawks had a goal waved off in the second period Sunday, Crawford picked up the slack for his disappointed teammates.
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have turned a triple play against the San Diego Padres, the third in team history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gold pocket watch owned by Babe Ruth has sold for $650,108 at an auction in Southern California.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Local driver Ed Carpenter has made himself at home on the Indianapolis 500 pole.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Sam Hornish Jr. went from nearly winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series season title to losing his ride.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the Tour of California on Sunday after holding the lead for the final week.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Kenny Perry didn't have a double hit, miss many easy putts or do anything spectacularly good or bad.
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.