The race for the Valley Oak League crown just got tighter. Defending champion Oakdale avenged its league-opening loss to host Sierra with Friday's 3-1 stunner. The loss was just the second of the season for Sierra (6-2 VOL, 15-2 overall), which came into the game ranked 17th in the nation on the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 list. While there are still make-up games left to be played, there is essentially a three-way tie for second place ...
By MIKE BENTON Stockton Thunder STOCKTON - Down 3-0 with just over 15 minutes left in their season, the Stockton Thunder scored five unanswered goals in the third period to stay alive and earn a remarkable 5-3 comeback win over the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday at Stockton Arena. Thunder captain Garet Hunt notched the tying goal and a plus-4 rating. Defenseman Daniel Gibb netted the game-winner ...
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. The Giants' closer entered Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs six for six in save chances this season. But after a ninth-inning San Francisco comeback, he could not hold a 3-2 lead as Starlin Castro's two-out double off the center-field wall gave the Cubs a 4-3 victory. Chicago led 2-0 heading into the top of the ninth, but closer Kyuji Fujikawa allowed a one-out RBI single ...
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.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Friday that the organization strongly disagrees with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for a hit that knocked out Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.
OAKLAND(AP) - Slow at the start of the series and strong at the end, the San Antonio Spurs wore out the Golden State Warriors the way they have so many other opponents.
A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by TIBCO software tycoon Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Cain didn't hang his head even after hanging a few pitches to give Colorado a big early lead.
LONDON (AP) - David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jacki Gemelos has a sharp 3-point shot and a deft passing touch to offer the Minnesota Lynx as they set the 11-player roster for this season.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd.
DALLAS (AP) - The Kings are staying in Sacramento, and Seattle will have to wait for another NBA franchise.
OAKLAND (AP) - Forgive the San Antonio Spurs if they aren't that excited about holding a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It hasn't taken long for Alex Smith to become the leader of the Kansas City Chiefs.
TORONTO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong's 100th career start might have been his last for a while.
OAKLAND (AP) - When everything is rolling for the Oakland Athletics, Brandon Moss' line drive with two runners on in the sixth falls perfectly in the gap for a key hit. On Wednesday, Nelson Cruz ran down the ball and snagged it for a spectacular diving catch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Raffi Torres spent the past year in Phoenix and San Jose trying to shake his reputation as a dangerous player.
CHICAGO (AP) - Maybe it was the extra rest, or another raucous crowd at the United Center. Maybe it was just the resumption of one of the NHL's biggest rivalries.