STANFORD (AP) - Even though Kevin Hogan grew up the son of a lobbyist and attended high school six blocks from the Capitol building, nobody had to do any politicking for him to be Stanford's starting quarterback.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players' association lasted deep into Tuesday night, and went well enough that the sides agreed to return to the bargaining table for more talks Wednesday.
BERKELEY (AP) - Allan Bridgford prepares each week as if he is the starting quarterback for California.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title looking like the man to beat again.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State has gone into a small tailspin, losing three straight games, all in conference.
NEW YORK (AP) - A close call on the field for the Atlanta Falcons, a near unanimous choice to stay atop the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
INDIAN WELL (AP) - The baseball players' union concluded Melky Cabrera's agents didn't know about a scheme to create a phony website in a defense of his positive drug test but said they failed to properly manage the employees of the firm who tried to carry out the scheme.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Golden State Warriors 94-92 Monday night to avoid an 0-4 start.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints picked up a much-needed win.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that linebacker Aldon Smith spoke with general manager Trent Baalke about what happened during the bye week while the player visited his former college, Missouri.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have been struggling to run the ball with a healthy Darren McFadden for most of this season.
CARSON (AP) - Victor Bernardez scored on a free kick deep into stoppage time Sunday night to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series.
OAKLAND (AP) - Doug Martin never had a homecoming like this during his stellar college career at Boise State.
OAKLAND (AP) - Suspended pitcher Bartolo Colon is getting a second chance with the Oakland Athletics, agreeing to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract that includes potential performance bonuses.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jermaine Jones will use a little extra caution, knowing full well his penchant for drawing cards from referees.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have three more chances to grab the championship trophy that slipped away last year.
Just in time for the World Cup, the Manteca Futbol Club is offering a free skills academy to the community's future stars.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Three days of practice at the new Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to make Martin Kaymer believe this would be the same old U.S. Open.
MIAMI (AP) - San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel, prosecutors announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.
SAO PAULO (AP) - His shirt off post practice with multiple upper-body tattoos on display and dreadlocks as messy as ever, Kyle Beckerman signed autographs through a small space in the fence separating him from a swarm of fans.
NATAL, Brazil (AP) - Cameroon came late to the World Cup after a bonus dispute caused trouble before the squad got to Brazil. Now that the players are here, the team wants to leave all that back in Africa.
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.