ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The young Oakland Athletics have seen too many of these endings lately during their playoff chase.
OLAZABAL ARRIVES AT MEDINAH WITH A GOLD PRIZE: MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) - Jose Maria Olazabal stepped off the plane carrying the Ryder Cup, a familiar sight considering that Europe has won six of the past eight times.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Denny Hamlin stepped out of his car, pointed into the air and took a mighty swing of an invisible baseball bat. Like Babe Ruth did before him (or so the legend goes), Hamlin had called his shot.
ATLANTA (AP) - With the biggest round of his career, Brandt Snedeker won something far more valuable than money Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Angel Pagan let out a cheer as he ran in from center field with both arms raised after catching the final out to secure San Francisco its second NL West crown in three seasons.
SEATTLE (AP) - Matt Flynn came to Seattle to be the starting quarterback, optimistic he would be leading the Seahawks against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, in Week 3 of the season.
OAKLAND (AP) - With an efficient offense led by Carson Palmer, an opportunistic defense that stepped up in the final minutes and a clutch kick by Sebastian Janikowski, the Oakland Raiders turned a somber mood into a celebratory one.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Replacement official Ken Roan didn't just make a key mistake on a basic rule by allowing San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to challenge a play after calling his final timeout.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have become one of the NFL's most feared and revered teams under coach Jim Harbaugh, using a punishing, disciplined defense and a mistake-free, balanced offense to brand themselves as arguably this season's Super Bowl favorite.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Francisco Peguero celebrated his first major league hit, Yusmeiro Petit celebrated his first start in three years and the San Francisco regulars were able to relax a day after their own celebration.
BOSTON (AP) - The Green Monster isn't as green as it looks.
NEW YORK (AP) - The 2-3-2 NBA Finals format is following David Stern out of the league.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Jelena Jankovic topped second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 in her first match at the WTA Championships on Wednesday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas high school football coach whose team won its last game 91-0 says a district investigation has found "no grounds" to support a bullying complaint filed by a parent of the losing team.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Four female officials will be working a game between Division II Miles and Lane, in what appears to be a first for a college football game.
BOSTON (AP) - Lance Lynn squeezed through a door leading into the Green Monster, shimmied along a cramped space behind the famed left-field wall and peered out a tiny metal slot in the Fenway Park scoreboard.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching agreement Tuesday on a $35 million, two-year contract through the 2015 season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers sure do travel well, and it's hardly by accident.
On Peyton Manning's first drive of his first game as a visiting player in Indianapolis, the Denver Broncos faced third down and 1 yard to go. Manning handed the football to Knowshon Moreno, who was stopped short. Denver punted.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami's football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, is hopeful he'll be able to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson is back with the Seattle Seahawks after being cut by the team during training camp.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving pitching coach Bryan Price a three-year deal Tuesday to take the team deep into the playoffs.
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee says he insinuated that Tiger Woods cheated and gave the world's No. 1 player an "F'' for his five-win season in a column he wrote for Golf.com because "ethics matter more than athletics."
BOSTON (AP) - Walking back to his Fenway Park office after the traditional Patriots Day morning Red Sox game, Charles Steinberg saw the reports on TV that there had been explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.