PHOENIX (AP) - Last spring, Jarrod Parker was on edge during his time in Oakland's training camp. He was unrealistically pushing himself to make a good impression. Once he calmed down, he was solid.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jon Garland felt a little out of place at the beginning before settling in and relying on what he knows best.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Announced as Oakland's opening-day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in the Athletics' 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it's exactly how close they are as a team.
MIAMI (AP) - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra summed up the efforts of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in three words: "Video game numbers," he said.
PHOENIX (AP) - Michael Brantley sprinted for third base, trying to take advantage of an overthrow. He walked off the field moments later, his arm dangling at his side.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner is no fan of the twist, a minor flaw in his windup that eventually got worse before it started getting better.
The Daytona 500 kicked off the start of the 2013 racing season this past weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe has been suspended two games without pay by the NHL for instigating a fight late in Friday night's 2-1 loss to Chicago.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Even in the most stressful form of golf, Matt Kuchar and his easy smile made the Match Play Championship look like a weekend game with his buddies.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem threw a big wrinkle into the plan to outlaw the anchored putting stroke when he said Sunday the tour opposed the ban because there was not enough evidence to suggest players had an advantage by using a long putter.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - This early in spring training, the Oakland Athletics want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Hornets fans received a glimpse of the future while enjoying the present on Sunday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jarrett Jack has been a rock-steady pro for eight years now, the kind of reliable performer contending teams crave.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen will be part of the reconstruction of the Oakland Raiders after spending his first two years overseeing the deconstruction.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of the pivotal points in the development of DeMarcus Cousins occurred in a private area of the Sacramento Kings locker room after a home loss to Charlotte last Saturday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - There's a far different dynamic for Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers' offense this time around against Carolina.
The oddsmakers weren't fazed by three road teams winning in the wild-card round. They've made two of those winners, the Saints and Chargers, big underdogs on Saturday in the divisional round.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The last time Russell Wilson played like he was pushing to be included in the talk for MVP, he dissected the New Orleans Saints with one of the best performances of his career.
NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Brooklyn Nets' season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win Wednesday night that snapped the Golden State Warriors' 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history.
NEW YORK (AP) - A new generation of starting pitchers and a self-proclaimed Mr. Clean of the Steroids Era will be ushered into baseball's Hall of Fame this summer. For tainted players, however, the doors to Cooperstown remain bolted.
Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.
BOSTON (AP) - For Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the most accomplished couple in American figure skating history, skating off with another national title this week seems a mere formality.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig begs a trooper who clocked him going 110 mph in Florida to let him go and later chides himself in the back seat of a police car for driving so fast, video released Wednesday shows.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Phil Dawson walked off the field in triumph, his left hand still raised in the freezing air.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors to their 10th straight win, a 101-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 13 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 32 points and the Sacramento Kings held off a furious rally to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 123-119 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record Wednesday, though he won't become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot.