About 10 minutes from opening a comfortable lead in its semifinal group of World Cup qualifying, the United States stumbled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hooray for Hockeywood. The Los Angeles Kings' 45-year quest for an NHL title ended Monday night with an early flurry of power-play goals, followed by two periods of unbearable anticipation - right up to the moment when Dustin Brown snatched the Stanley Cup from Commissioner Gary Bettman. Brown skated to center ice and thrust the 36-pound silver trophy skyward, the captain never flinching under the weight. Long-suffering L.A. fans, who had ...
PARIS (AP) - Rafael Nadal was worried. A guy so unflinching, so nearly unbeatable, while sliding and grinding and pounding his way past opponent after opponent at the French Open, got a real case of nerves during the 18 hours he and Novak Djokovic waited for the restart of their rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros. Instead of focusing on how close he was to winning a record seventh French Open championship, Nadal grew increasingly wary ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Casey Martin has never allowed himself to look too far into the future.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) - Central America or Europe, it doesn't matter. World Cup qualifiers are tough.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LeBron James is quickly racking up MVP awards while Kevin Durant is collecting scoring titles at the same pace.
SEATTLE (AP) - Before they became critically acclaimed documentary filmmakers, Adam Brown and Jason Reid were simply basketball junkies. And being hoops aficionados, Brown and Reid can appreciate the way the Oklahoma City Thunder play.
ATLANTA (AP) - Ivan Nova combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Monday night to claim a share of first place in the AL East for the first time in seven weeks.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When the Oklahoma City Thunder signed five-time champion Derek Fisher late in the season, they added a veteran guard with oodles more NBA finals experience than the rest of the roster he was joining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum avoided the one bad inning that has buried so many of his starts this season. Instead, the lanky right-hander spread out his mistakes all over the place.
PHOENIX (AP) - Winning streaks are made of little things, such as tagging up at first base and advancing to second.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings gave defenseman Brad Stuart and the San Jose Sharks a head start on completing a reunion for next season.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Forget the Stanley Cup coronation for the Los Angeles Kings. The New Jersey Devils suddenly have made things a lot more uncertain. How uncertain? While the Kings are still a victory away from the first Cup in the club's 45-year history, the Devils are only two wins short of pulling off a feat in the finals that no team has managed for 70 years, rebounding from an 0-3 deficit. The Devils ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Martin led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his second homer of the game and the New York Yankees took advantage of some shoddy infield defense to beat the struggling Mets 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even with its star sidelined and no Triple Crown to contest, the Belmont Stakes proved this much: The show does go on.
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.