OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - For James Harden, the notion that he could impact a game just as much off the bench as he would from the starting lineup didn't really click until he was forced to test it out.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Joey Votto's RBI double broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - On a day Oakland struggled to generate much offense, the Athletics were thrilled to learn after the game that cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes has only a strained muscle on the top of his left hand and no broken bone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants' rally and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.
MADRID (AP) - Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.
LONDON (AP) - Manchester City always seems to be second best in its own backyard, like a little brother overshadowed by his bigger and stronger sibling.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lose one game, win the next.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both scored 19 points and Miami beat New York 106-94 on Wednesday nigh to win the Eastern Conference first-round series in five games.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Golf's world ranking has been more like a game of musical chairs with the most turnover at the top in the 26-year history of the ranking. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald would like the music to stop playing for good sometime this year, the sooner the better. And both want the same outcome.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie started restructuring the player personnel department by announcing on Tuesday the departure of four longtime employees.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danny Granger scored 25 points and Indiana beat Orlando 105-87 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer off Washington closer Henry Rodriguez with two outs in the ninth to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Josh Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, launching a quartet of two-run drives against three pitchers in a history-making performance that carried the Texas Rangers to a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Newcomer Brandon Inge hit a game-ending grand slam to cap a five-run ninth inning rally that led the Oakland Athletics to a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Major League Baseball managers are getting ready to test the expanded instant replay system.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jim Boeheim has known it since the season started, and two straight nail biters only has reaffirmed it: his top-ranked Syracuse Orange may still be unbeaten, but they're certainly not invincible.