OAKLAND (AP) - Monta Ellis returned to Oracle Arena in his much-hyped Bucks debut and finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists as one of six Milwaukee players in double figures in a 120-98 win over the Golden State Warriors that was plenty emotional for both sides.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rock Cartwright still believes Alex Smith will be the 49ers' starting quarterback - or at least he's speaking as if that's the case.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After starting the free agency period by cutting salaries, the Oakland Raiders started spending money Friday by signing offensive lineman Mike Brisiel and cornerback Ron Bartell to contracts.
OAKLAND (AP) - Monta Ellis pulled on his padded tank top and St. Patrick's Day green Milwaukee Bucks jersey in the visiting locker room Friday night with a Celtics-Warriors game film showing a few feet in front of him - Golden State's first game without the dynamic guard from two days earlier.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Saint Mary's won't reprise its 2010 run to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Marcus Thornton hit five 3-pointers scored a season-high 36 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 120-95 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito managed to turn in a solid spring start despite throwing his curveball and fastball higher in the strike zone than he wanted.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Oakland manager Bob Melvin wasn't surprised by Jemile Weeks' power display.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Ryane Clowe scored in a shootout and Antti Niemi came up with a big save to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards won hours after making a multiplayer deal at the NBA trade deadline, 99-89 over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sidney Crosby's return after three months of inactivity didn't hurt the chemistry of the Pittsburgh Penguins one bit as they surged closer to the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Shawntae Spencer became the odd man out in San Francisco's secondary.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After spending the first two days of free agency cutting their own players to create more cap room, the Oakland Raiders are starting to target potential players.
Dwight Howard agreed to stay in Orlando on a day plenty of other big men were on the move.
OAKLAND (AP) - In a matter of three days, the Golden State Warriors have restructured their roster in a way they believe will truly transform them into a playoff team next season.
MONTREAL (AP) - Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.
PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday that he expects the NFL's decision on a possible suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith to be announced soon, perhaps even before the preseason begins Aug. 7.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Their bond goes far beyond their designation as teammates, and as a whole they are far more than merely a quartet of players thrown together to represent Spain.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish.
NAPA (AP) - Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Brad Keselowski and Juan Pablo Montoya came to Indianapolis trying to send Roger Penske back to Victory Lane.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
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.