LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Beard is back in baseball.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland General Manager Billy Beane was looking to shore up his infield, both offensively and defensively.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 38th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Baltimore Orioles their first lead in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Andrew McCutchen clubbed his 15th homer of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with 6-0 victory Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Expansion is coming to Major League Soccer. The only questions facing the league's board are how many teams, where to locate them and when to bring them into the fold.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes knows just how dangerous Oakland's offense can be with everybody clicking. Usually, it starts with the Cuban slugger doing his part, as he puts it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the San Francisco Giants are making a "habit" of dropping in at the White House.
NAPA (AP) - There's no arguing that Josh Cribbs will go down as one of the top special teams players in NFL history. He already shares the record for career kickoff return touchdowns and has done pretty well as a punt returner over the years.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Now headed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Warren Sapp smiles as he remembers accepting the challenge to turn around one of the worst franchises in pro sports history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Golf Association wanted to make a splash in its selection of sites for the new U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship announced earlier this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers added some help for their shaky bullpen Monday, acquiring reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers said Monday they had spoken with two teammates who were with Tanner Scheppers and have a "full understanding" of what happened when the reliever was involved in a physical altercation in Cleveland.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 Monday night.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - Gone are the days when Bruce Ellington would rush from a basketball workout with South Carolina teammates to a football meeting room to learn the complex schemes of coach Steve Spurrier. Ellington's only focus is the San Francisco 49ers and making an impact on the NFL.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Warriors officially sign guard Shaun Livingston to the contract agreed to last week.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - David Blatt was running a summer league practice with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday morning, and the sound of someone shrieking suddenly filled the gym.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All-Star Scott Kazmir capped the best first-half of his career with one of his best starts yet.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.
Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year contract.
REIMS, France (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali is growing comfortable in his yellow jersey.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Paul Azinger said Thursday that a quest by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women's British Open. And the best she could manage was a 4-under 68.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight a rematch Sept. 13 with Marcos Maidana, the Argentinian who gave him a tougher battle than expected when they met in May.