MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Star Wars promotion in Minnesota brought more forces going against the Oakland Athletics.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Hamilton played in extended spring training for the Texas Rangers on Monday, his first game of any kind since last October.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to win Craig Counsell's managerial debut, a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism after he was investigated in a domestic case stemming from an argument with his girlfriend that led to his arrest March 5.
OAKLAND (AP) - Some called him too small. Others too fragile.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that reporters should have two stories ready: One if his team looked well-rested and won, another if it looked rusty and lost.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum's fastball averages about 89 mph this season, down from 93-95 mph when he won consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and '09.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sonny Gray had a career-high seven walks against Texas when the Oakland right-hander never had more than four in an outing and came into the game with just six all season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - There's something about Talladega Superspeedway - its ardent Earnhardt fans, the success his family has had at the track - that makes Dale Earnhardt Jr. feel a responsibility to put on a show.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rory McIlroy had to work harder than ever to win the Match Play Championship.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Inbee Park loves coming to Texas. For the second time in three years, she's leaving the Lone Star State with a trophy.
OAKLAND (AP) - His voice cracking and his eyes watering, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers nearly let his emotions get the best of him on one of the biggest days of his career.
SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Slovakia's Peter Sagan took the Tour of California lead Friday in the sixth stage, racing to a dominating victory in the rescheduled and shortened individual time trial.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP's "Deflategate" appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Walking gingerly, his mood upbeat, Kyle Busch climbed back into his race car for the first time in almost three months.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Webb Simpson has plenty of hometown knowledge when it comes to playing Quail Hollow Club.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and sixth-round defensive end Max Valles to four-year contracts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NaVorro Bowman walked off the practice field after working out with the rookies and gave a thumbs up and a smile.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Tim Lincecum was slipping around on the mound - even slid to his knee on one delivery. Something bad seems to happen to the Giants when they visit Cincinnati.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold joint practices in the lead-up to their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league's punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.
CHICAGO (AP) - LeBron James struggled to score 15 points, Kyrie Irving limped off the court and Cleveland still beat Chicago 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.
BALTIMORE (AP) - From a Kentucky horse farm to a sales ring in Saratoga to Bob Baffert's barn at Santa Anita, American Pharoah gave every indication he's a champion in the making.
The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks have regained control of their respective series, doing their best to restore order in the NBA playoffs.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Robert Streb shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappell after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia's Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage.
CINCINNATI (AP) - One of the most famous All-Star endings won't be repeated when the game returns to Cincinnati this summer.