NEW YORK (AP) - Protective no more, baseball players are downright disgusted these days with doping.
HOUSTON (AP) - A's closer Grant Balfour hadn't blown a save all season, and his streak of 44 straight saves was an Oakland record and the sixth longest run in major league history.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Much like when they came together for training camp last summer, the San Francisco 49ers return yet again determined to take another important step this season - from Super Bowl runner-up to champion.
BOSTON (AP) - All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.
• Obama to salute Giants on World Series win: WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series. The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins has everything USA Basketball is looking for in a big man.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth career shutout, beating Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 11-0 Monday night for his first victory at AT&T Park and No. 100 with the Cincinnati Reds.
HOUSTON (AP) - There was only one word to describe Oakland's play through four innings on Monday night against the Houston Astros.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson described his feelings toward links golf as a "hate-love" relationship, meaning he once dreaded coming over to the British Open for a brand of golf played only once a year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the first penalty from baseball's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers, nullifying a trade to bring him to Northern California from Tampa Bay.
The NFL and players union are talking again about getting a test in place for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
• MEYER DISCIPLINES 4 BUCKEYES: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus. In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar this past weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week's Big Ten media days. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the annual event. Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey took off from first on Pablo Sandoval's sixth-inning double with what looked like a good chance of scoring the tying run.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam.
NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome is 1 1/2 miles away from ending the longest drought in racing history - 36 years without a Triple Crown winner.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - When the air conditioning went out in San Antonio, many of the Spurs felt right at home - their native homelands.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - When Drew Doughty joined the Los Angeles Kings, he could walk around town unnoticed. Almost nobody at the supermarket or on Manhattan Beach realized this slightly pudgy teenager was the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL draft, bound for hockey stardom.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning, and the Oakland Athletics got home runs from Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris in a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games by beating the New York Mets 4-2 on Friday night.
PARIS (AP) - This is what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wanted. It's what they expected. And now they'll meet in a French Open final with so much at stake for both.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Sam is confident he'll be judged on performance.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. soccer team is hoping one African club will teach them a thing or two about another.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ben Crane shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to open a six-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic before heavy rain delayed play twice and forced the suspension of play for the day.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder general manager Sam Presti is aware of coach Scott Brooks' critics.
NEW YORK (AP) - Three races in a five-week span at varying distances on different tracks. It's so tough only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and none in 36 years.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Giants bid goodbye to Cincinnati with high-fives. They haven't done that very often.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Alain Vigneault reviewed only portions of the video from the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup finals opener before he sat down at their oceanside hotel to explain how it got away.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Brad Guzan has been in this position before.