PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sergio Romo keeps insisting he has no desire to be the closer. Funny, he certainly looked like one while handcuffing baseball's hottest team. Romo worked a perfect ninth while regular closer Santiago Casilla nursed a blister on his right (pitching) hand and the San Francisco Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Pirates on Friday night. The Giants rebounded from a gut-punch loss to Washington on Thursday ...
NEW YORK (AP) - David Wright singled off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the New York Mets to a 6-5 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night that preserved R.A. Dickey's 11-game winning streak.
CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie Jose Quintana allowed two hits in eight stellar innings, Kevin Youkilis came through again with a go-ahead homer and the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 2-1 victory Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Freddy Sanchez won't play this season - and he might be done for good with the San Francisco Giants - after the team announced Thursday that he will back surgery.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The San Francisco Giants lost when they couldn't turn a double play in the ninth inning. It wouldn't have mattered if they had pushed across a few runners in, say, the first or the third or the fourth.
CYCLING GREIPEL WINS 5TH STAGE OF TOUR DE FRANCE: SAINT-QUENTIN, France (AP) - Andre Greipel of Germany led a frenzied bunch sprint to the fifth stage finish line for his second straight Tour de France stage win on Thursday. Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day. The mostly flat 121-mile trek from Rouen to Saint-Quentin was ...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A day after his dad missed his first birthday, Josh Reddick ran away from his father when he walked through the door. Not because he harbored any resentment or bitterness - or could even understand those feelings at that age. Simply staring at a man whose left hand had been amputated and right reduced to three crumpled fingers left the toddler terrified.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss might just make Boston miss him yet. Moss homered among his three hits for the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday's 3-2 win and completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox. He finished 6 for 8 with five RBIs and three runs scored against his former club that traded him away. "Playing against a team you came up with and team you played your first little bit in the big leagues ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - At a time when he's usually sleeping or eating breakfast back home in San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner was on the mound facing the Washington Nationals.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - After curling in a 102 mph ace to grab a two-set lead a mere 56 minutes into his Wimbledon quarterfinal Wednesday, Roger Federer casually pulled an extra tennis ball from his pocket and strolled to sit in his changeover chair for a sip to drink.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman's line drive to right-center kept going - and going and going - until it landed in the first row, highlighting another big Fourth of July for the resurgent third baseman and as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera homered twice and Justin Verlander pitched his fifth complete game to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday night.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - A short ride to Sam Snead's playground is what Tiger Woods considers a good way to get ready for the British Open.
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) - Yani Tseng fondly remembers attending the U.S. Women's Open as a fan when she was 13, down to autographs and free snacks. Should Tseng win at Blackwolf Run this week, she'll get a taste of fame only a handful of players have sampled before.
ROUEN, France (AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish felt painful scrapes from the hard Tour de France asphalt in Wednesday's fourth stage. He bared no hard feelings toward rival Andre Greipel, who won it.
Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais has signed a two-year deal with KVSH Racing to replace Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan.
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) - Masters champion Adam Scott broke the course record Wednesday at Port Royal with a 7-under 64 to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two shots over U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.
BEIJING (AP) - David Lee scored 31 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 100-95 preseason win over a Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in China.
DETROIT (AP) - Once again this October, one run was enough.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson connected for the first home runs of the NL championship series, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Just two years removed from the neck troubles that weakened his right arm but strengthened his resolve, Peyton Manning is off to the best start by any quarterback in NFL history.
It's unanimous for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, even after their shakiest performance of the season.
The Jets have signed three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver-kick returner Josh Cribbs to help on special teams and add depth to their banged-up receiving corps. Cribbs, 30, was cut by Oakland in the preseason after having offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade is giving fans an inside look at his journey to a third championship.
England and defending champion Spain qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday night along with Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which earned its first berth as an independent nation.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and two assists and the San Jose Sharks downed the St. Louis Blues 6-2 Tuesday night.
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Even with the PGA Tour starting a new season in October, and big golf being played around the world, Tiger Woods said he was pleasantly surprised to draw another big cast of stars to his holiday tournament in California.
OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Beane has the perfect solution for his Oakland Athletics to advance in the playoffs, to get past Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Led by a pair of precocious rookies, the Los Angeles Dodgers got themselves right back into the NL championship series.