DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For four straight starts, Michael Wacha has been all but untouchable and appeared totally oblivious to the stakes.
CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.
DALLAS (AP) - Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored in the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over San Jose on Thursday night that ended the Sharks' perfect start to the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead the Sacramento Kings to their third straight preseason win, a 107-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping down as CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks are dominating the NFC West.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The pain Patrick Willis is feeling in his groin is not enough to keep him from starting in his home state when the San Francisco 49ers face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With an 0-6 record, Tom Coughlin is considering a lot of things to make the New York Giants better.
HOUSTON (AP) - Case Keenum, who hasn't played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday's game against Dallas.
DETROIT (AP) - A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The 49ers are back to their old ball-hawking ways.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Thanks to the musings of his former owner, Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis this week has turned into something less than the warm-and-fuzzy homecoming it could have been.
MADRID (AP) - Serena Williams had not lost a match all year until she ran into Petra Kvitova at the Madrid Open on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Team Penske is overpowering the competition in Indianapolis - again.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 30 points Friday night to give the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday for directing inappropriate language at a courtside fan who turned out to be Houston star James Harden's mother.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime and the New York Rangers kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The biggest star at The Players Championship was not Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth playing together in the morning. And it wasn't Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in back-to-back groups in the afternoon.
CHICAGO (AP) - There was a time when Jimmy Butler was kicked out of his home as a teenager with no place to go. He has come a long way since then.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, (AP) - Mark Cavendish and Kristin Armstrong will highlight the Tour of California.
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, and the All-Star guard's playing status has not been determined.
NEW YORK (AP) - Floyd Mayweather said in an upcoming interview with Showtime that at this moment he's not interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao "because he's a sore loser and he's a coward."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Corey Crawford made 34 saves, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night for a four-game sweep.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn't detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a night when he allowed more hits than any San Francisco pitcher in 47 years, two stood out to Tim Hudson.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - On a day when Drew Pomeranz had difficulty finding the plate, he sure could have used some help from his defense to grind through the series finale against the Minnesota Twins.