CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Bobcats have hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford to become their new coach.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Midfielder Maurice Edu has dropped out of the U.S. men's training camp ahead of the next World Cup qualifiers because of a sports hernia.
DETROIT (AP) - Bryan Bickell scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 on Monday night, giving the NHL's top-seeded team a shot to advance to the Western Conference finals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Cuddyer homered and hit a two-run double after coming off the disabled list, Tyler Chatwood beat San Francisco for the second time in seven days and the Colorado Rockies blanked the Giants 5-0 on Friday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Young connected on a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
MIAMI (AP) - David West punched two passes from LeBron James away in the final minute, then punched the air.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The towels are showing up all around Memphis. They hang over neighborhood signs and even at a door to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are glad to be returning home.
STOCKTON - The largest crowd of this season's Kelly Cup Playoffs witnessed the Stockton Thunder fight off elimination with two goals by Eric Hunter to post a 4-3 win over the Reading Royals in Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Finals in front of 6,202 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - They raced 1-2-3 in line, trading the lead a whopping 15 times over the final, frantic 75 laps. All three drivers had a last-lap plan in mind when they zipped past the white flag, and it was Takuma Sato who acted first with a bold move for the win.
A pediatric nurse said Friday she was in the right place at the right time to revive a 14-year-old girl who collapsed while dancing in the upper deck during a Kansas City Royals game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps as they chase another Super Bowl berth: Michael Crabtree is sidelined after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.
NAPA (AP) - The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL - even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce.
MONTREAL (AP) - Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard.
OAKLAND (AP) - A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jim Johnson just never got comfortable with the Oakland Athletics. A slow start for the two-time AL saves leader turned into a nightmare.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "in the near future" to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.
MONTREAL (AP) - Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.