JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The mere sounds of soccer brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Roberto Reyes grabbed the bright orange buoy and steadied his breath as sharp columns of hazy sunlight pierced the green seawater beneath him, fading before they reached the depths that he was about to explore off Puerto Rico's northwest coast.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball's winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee.
Citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Frank Gore saw a huge hole with the clock ticking down and his team trailing, and went for it with everything he had.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Dennis Allen was irked by several failures in his Oakland Raiders' latest defeat: a slow start, turnovers and shaky special teams.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild gained some momentum heading into a stretch in which they will spend little time at home.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Prater had a cold, and was dealing with icy temperatures and history as he lined up to kick the frigid football from his 46-yard line.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL set a single-day record for touchdowns when the New Orleans Saints scored three times in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns, helping New Orleans regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South and snap Carolina's winning streak at eight games.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are making another major move under new owner Vivek Ranadive in hopes of turning around the franchise's struggles.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The storybook ending at Sherwood had every element a golf fan could want - Tiger Woods with a commanding lead before a record crowd, clutch shots that kept getting better with every hole and a finish no one saw coming.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Major League Baseball's lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics' request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by Commissioner Bud Selig.
FRESNO (AP) - All the records and accolades Derek Carr earned became secondary in a sea of red at Bulldog Stadium when fans poured out of the stands to celebrate a long-awaited conference championship.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Harden scored 32 points, Dwight Howard added 13 points and 11 rebounds before getting into a shouting match with Kobe Bryant, and the Houston Rockets spoiled Bryant's return to the Lakers with a 108-90 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter's box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber wrote to team employees to say that he regrets if anybody was offended by his unintentional use of "hoodish" in an email.
OAKLAND (AP) - Power forward David Lee is expected to sit out Golden State's season opener at Sacramento on Wednesday night with a strained left hamstring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plot of land in the downtown area is being cleared for a new arena, a sign of how far the Sacramento Kings have come since a pending sale threatened to relocate the franchise to Seattle only 17 months ago.
LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: "When in doubt, sit it out."
OAKLAND (AP) - Any time a team fires a coach after a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances the message from ownership is clear: good is not good enough.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to return to the practice field at last, ready to forget the devastating knee injuries, surgeries and countless hours of rehab.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Every week there's a new problem and the same result for the Oakland Raiders.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy did it again. The small-town West Texas kid calmly led a winning drive at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a "W'' underneath a crown.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jake Peavy's son is eager for dad to bring home the World Series championship, and a cable car.