Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.
• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...
OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.
Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.
The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Before the first set ended Tuesday, Novak Djokovic had busted a racket in anger, drawn jeers from the crowd and received two code violations, which cost him a point penalty.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies were delighted to snap out of their recent losing spell, no matter what opponent they dispatched.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were hosting free agent linebacker Lance Briggs at team headquarters Monday.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Brett Lawrie had a pair of home runs and four RBIs, Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics routed the Colorado Rockies 11-2 Monday.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up his first runs against big league batter this spring after extending his scoreless streak to 12 innings in an 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - I f you liked the look of last year's Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second home game in as many days, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.
CARLSBAD (AP) - Cristie Kerr ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Kia Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title in nearly two years.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - There was never a doubt that Team Penske would win the IndyCar Series opener.
BERKELEY (AP) - Ivan Rabb made one free throw with eight-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting Bishop O'Dowd to a 65-64 win over Mater Dei in the Open Division boys' state basketball championship on Saturday.
BERKELEY . (AP) - Aquira DeCosta scored eight points in the final five minutes, Kat Tudor made a critical 3-pointer down the stretch and St. Mary's of Stockton held on to beat Mater Dei 76-69 in the Open Division girls state basketball championship on Saturday.