The race for the Valley Oak League crown just got tighter.
By MIKE BENTON
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker delivered another typical performance, which the San Antonio Spurs needed on a day when nothing went as expected.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson never had a game-ending hit in one of Oakland's major league-high 14 walk-off wins last year.
CHICAGO (AP) - Sergio Romo proved he wasn't perfect.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Zack Greinke's pitch sailed up and into Carlos Quentin's upper left arm, and it was on.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics second baseman Scott Sizemore is scheduled for a second reconstructive surgery on his left knee Tuesday, another blow for the infielder and reigning AL West champions after he missed all of last season.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - History is one of Guan Tianlang's favorite subjects in school.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ramiro Pena hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with two outs in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 Friday night, stretching their winning streak to seven games.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees turned a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years, Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells' fly ball while blowing a bubble for a tiebreaking three-run error and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for its fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the final minutes without him to stay in the playoff picture with a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kevin Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder regain the Western Conference's best record with a 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings Thursday night, leading Oakland to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and extending the Athletics' winning streak to eight games.
ATLANTA (AP) - The New York Yankees acquired help for their depleted rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.
YORK, England (AP) - British sprinter Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday with a serious shoulder injury likely to require surgery.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Angel Cabrera no longer has to fret about that streak of disappointments in non-major events on the PGA Tour.
LONDON (AP) - Qualifier Noah Rubin beat sixth-seeded Stefan Kozlov 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Wimbledon junior boys' title Sunday in an all-American final.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It had been more than 15 years since the iconic No. 43 drove to Victory Lane.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - It just wouldn't be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals.
OAKLAND (AP) - Melky Cabrera couldn't corral Nick Punto's double with one out in the 12th inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer was on the decline - or so the thinking went.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eric Stults finally rewarded manager Bud Black's faith in him by continuing the San Diego Padres recent pitching dominance.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Billy Hurley III shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic.
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - With or without Neymar on the field, Brazil will play Germany for a spot in the World Cup final.
OAKLAND (AP) - One of baseball's best rotations is about to get even better.
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil striker Neymar and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez have led their teams to the World Cup quarterfinals, dominating the attention and the scoring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jhonny Peralta knew he hit it well. He didn't know how well until the ball landed in the seats.