SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks opened training camp looking to play like the fast, aggressive team that had a strong playoff run last season rather than the plodding one that struggled for much of the lockout-shortened campaign.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) - When Saul Alvarez steps from a black SUV into a swath of media and fans, he keeps his head low and his gaze neutral as he calmly follows his entourage to work. Footwork, timing, focus - they're all impeccable.
CHICAGO (AP) - Clint Bowyer is putting the controversy surrounding his spin at Richmond behind him and turning his focus toward the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in.
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.
BOSTON (AP) - Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia and the bearded guys from Boston. Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and those fresh mugs from St. Louis.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, helping the Portland Trail Blazers edge the Sacramento Kings 109-105 in a preseason game on Sunday night.
CARSON (AP) - The Los Angeles Galaxy clinched a playoff berth with a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Webb Simpson got the fast start he has looking for - in the final round at TPC Summerlin and in the PGA Tour's new wraparound season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Phelps has been working out with his former coach but there is no word yet on a return to swimming for the Rio Olympics.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rosters turn over so quickly these days, the St. Louis Cardinals used only seven players from their 2011 World Series roster in this year's NL championship series.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tom Sermanni could have been forgiven for any pangs of nostalgia when facing his old team. His new players, however, had no similar emotional attachment.
STANFORD (AP) - Any worries Stanford coach David Shaw had about how his team would respond from a loss at Utah last week subsided when more players showed up in the weight room the following day - a voluntary day off - than any time in the last two years.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Everyone expects the big one to happen at Talladega Superspeedway.
FONTANA (AP) - Scott Dixon won his first championship at 23, too young to appreciate what he'd accomplished in his first full season with Chip Ganassi Racing and their first year competing in the IndyCar Series.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski jumped into the team points lead after scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. Not that he was paying much attention.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers finally are starting to click like they did running to the Super Bowl last season. They're not about to let their longest road trip of the year distract them now.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series - not even Clayton Kershaw could stop them this year.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to return the franchise to glory.