RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Mario Balotelli couldn't care less if he's mentioned in the same breath as Neymar or Lionel Messi at this World Cup - as long as he comes away with the trophy.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jozy Altidore will miss the Americans' World Cup game against Portugal on Sunday because of his strained left hamstring and appears likely to sit out next week's match against Germany.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld made no secret on Thursday about his tactics heading into Switzerland's potentially decisive clash with France: Solid defending and quick counterattacks.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Starved of the World Cup action for 16 years, Colombia is certainly making the most of being back on football's biggest stage.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray spent the past few days with Oakland pitching coach Curt Young, making subtle adjustments to his delivery.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit to play against the United States in their crucial Group G match at the World Cup, a Portugal teammate said Wednesday.
SAO PAULO (AP) - After one game and one impressive win, the U.S. defense is holding its own.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders made the decision to acquire Matt Schaub this offseason, they did it believing last season's disastrous performance that led to his jersey being burned in effigy in Houston was only an aberration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back Marcus Lattimore might be the most publicized second-year player for the San Francisco 49ers who sat out as a rookie because of a knee injury. Another player from that class - and an even higher draft pick - rehabbing with Lattimore last season is poised to make an even bigger mark.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins' name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and should be stripped of trademark protection - a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.
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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - The NASCAR season is less than half over and already it is fair to ask if anyone can catch Hendrick Motorsports.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The sounds at Pinehurst No. 2 were the first indication that the second week of U.S. Open golf would not be exactly the same as the first one.
LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, while defending champion Andy Murray moved up two spots above his ranking to the third seed.
CHICAGO (AP) - A week ago, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in baseball, a near double-digit division lead and they were piling up the wins seemingly with ease.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong wanted to stay in Sunday's game.
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz remains a constant even in a lost season for the Boston Red Sox.
DENVER (AP) - American Tejay van Garderen claimed his second straight USA Pro Challenge with a sixth-place in the concluding sunny and warm Boulder to Denver road race seventh stage Sunday.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) - So Yeon Ryu missed out on the LPGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record. She got the champagne shower she was longing for on the final green- reversing roles with Inbee Park.
SAN FERNANDO, Spain (AP) - Nacer Bouhanni of France sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while Alejandro Valverde claimed the red leader's jersey after a ride that didn't produce any changes among the race favorites.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Michael Phelps completed his comeback meet in international competition with a gold medal in the medley relay to cap off a Sunday night program that kicked off with Katie Ledecky setting her second world record within 24 hours at the Pan Pacific championships.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic on Sunday when he made a short birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have cut undrafted rookie receiver Mike Davis and six other players.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Emily Lillard scored the first goal of the University of Miami's women's soccer season. And she's a goalie.
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Sheanon Williams scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to help the Philadelphia Union beat the San Jose Earthquakes 4-2 on Sunday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two 23-year-olds, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, broke through to their first major semifinals at Wimbledon.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - When lawmakers carved out an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 law targeting online poker, no one predicted that it would spawn an online gambling operation that may someday rival the millions wagered daily in Las Vegas sports books.
CHICAGO (AP) - A former San Diego State football player has asked a federal judge to reject the recently proposed $75 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA, saying it unfairly forces athletes who suffered head injuries to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms.