ZURICH (AP) - The United States climbed to 13th in the FIFA rankings, its highest position since July 2010.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - As safety Eric Reid exited the tunnel to take the field for his NFL debut, he received some words of wisdom from All-Pro defensive mate Justin Smith: "Stay back."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - One picture-perfect pass started the New England Patriots toward an ugly win.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - It's hard for the Packers' Clay Matthews to let things go on the field. Give the Pro Bowl linebacker a clear path to a quarterback or running back and he'll usually lock on for a takedown.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - While the Seattle Seahawks had more high profile additions this offseason, the signing of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel could prove to be a quiet steal.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning loves Eli's game, and not just because he's his little brother.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo played through broken ribs to help keep the season afloat for Dallas in 2011.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are sliding again in September, right into their final series against AL West foe Oakland.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - They engage each other in bitter verbal back and forth from their respective posts separated by some 800 miles of the Pacific Coast.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jed Lowrie's foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Minnesota Twins 18-3 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro was scheduled to get a day off on Wednesday. Fortunately for the San Francisco Giants, he managed to talk his way into the lineup.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Even as a backup, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor would write notes to wide receivers and leave them in their lockers after seeing something on video he thought might help.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jurgen Klinsmann sat on a podium and smiled after guiding the United States into its seventh straight World Cup.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - To Mexicans, it's just unthinkable: Their soccer-crazed country stands a chance of not qualifying for the World Cup.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The United States' 2-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night had matching record ratings to the 0-0 draw the teams played in Mexico City in March.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo cut short a training session with Portugal on Thursday, leaving the field with an ice pack over his left knee - indicating that his tendinitis may still be bothering the star forward.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil striker Neymar is only 22 years old, but knows he will be carrying the hopes of the host country at the World Cup. He is already getting goosebumps just thinking about today's opener against Croatia.
NEW YORK (AP) - The champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The Open starts Thursday, and for anyone who takes a quick look at Pinehurst No. 2, there is sure to be one question.
Even Pete Rose, the man who made the headfirst slide fashionable, says there's a time and place to be prudent.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jayson Werth hit his first homer in almost a month and drove in three runs, and the Washington Nationals capitalized on Matt Cain's erratic start to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Stephen Vogt hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot against Jered Weaver, and the Oakland Athletics increased their AL West lead over the Los Angeles Angels to 3 1/2 games with a 7-1 victory Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trial will be held next month to determine whether Donald Sterling, who opposes his estranged wife's planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the team.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James has learned on important lesson during his journey from 19-year-old rookie to two-time NBA champion: Never talk back to the coach during a film session.
SAO PAULO (AP) - American fans decked out in red, white and blue watched their team's lone public training session in Brazil, cheering and seeking autographs.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo strolled off a plane, lifted a hand and coolly pointed his finger to acknowledge a group of fans who were shouting out his name.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The burden of delivering at the World Cup has consumed Wayne Rooney in the past, seeming to hinder his ability to deliver on football's biggest stage.
RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) - After years of underachieving and failed promise, France has a midfield to be proud of again.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a tawdry tale of New York City strippers on the prowl for men with money, drinks spiked with illegal synthetic drugs and runaway credit card charges at topless clubs.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Collin Cowgill hit a two-out homer in the 14th inning and the Los Angeles Angels outlasted the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.