SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As awful as the San Francisco Giants have played for most of the last month, they are back in an enviable position: first place in the NL West.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Kobe Bryant feels great, would welcome Byron Scott as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, would love to play alongside free agent Carmelo Anthony and is pleased with the moves of the team's front office so far.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The New York Yankees' battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The Cavaliers have cleared a path for LeBron James to return to Cleveland.
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ARENBERG, France (AP) - An injured wrist was just too much for Tour de France champion Chris Froome, in one of the most memorable and crash-marred stages in recent race history.
OAKLAND (AP) - With 57 victories, the Oakland Athletics have their most wins ever before the All-Star break and lead the majors by a long shot. They still have five more chances to boost that number, too.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is in doubt for the World Cup semifinal against Argentina after succumbing to a stomach problem.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Tommy Wingels didn't hesitate in committing the next three years to the San JoseSharks even as general manager Doug Wilson says the team is entering a rebuilding period.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling, who's challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says that Tiger Woods will be on the U.S. team if he's healthy and playing well.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Minjee Lee played a five-hole stretch in 5 under to open a four-stroke lead Sunday when final-round play was suspended because of darkness in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kyle Korver was the Atlanta Hawks' closest defender as Paul Pierce shimmied to his left and launched a 3-point try, hoping to extend the Washington Wizards' season by forcing overtime in Game 6 of the teams' second-round series.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 32 points, including a 62-footer to end the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their first Western Conference finals since 1976 by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 108-95 on Friday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) - San Francisco's offense broke out while a Great American Ball Park smokestack burned. Quite a night all-around for the Giants.
OAKLAND (AP) - Avisail Garcia doubled in two runs to cap a five-run seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the stumbling Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Friday night.
SANTA CLARITA (AP) - Slovakia's Peter Sagan took the Tour of California lead Friday in the sixth stage, racing to a dominating victory in the rescheduled and shortened individual time trial.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP's "Deflategate" appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Walking gingerly, his mood upbeat, Kyle Busch climbed back into his race car for the first time in almost three months.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Webb Simpson has plenty of hometown knowledge when it comes to playing Quail Hollow Club.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and sixth-round defensive end Max Valles to four-year contracts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NaVorro Bowman walked off the practice field after working out with the rookies and gave a thumbs up and a smile.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Tim Lincecum was slipping around on the mound - even slid to his knee on one delivery. Something bad seems to happen to the Giants when they visit Cincinnati.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold joint practices in the lead-up to their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league's punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.
CHICAGO (AP) - LeBron James struggled to score 15 points, Kyrie Irving limped off the court and Cleveland still beat Chicago 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.