The race for the Valley Oak League crown just got tighter.
By MIKE BENTON
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker delivered another typical performance, which the San Antonio Spurs needed on a day when nothing went as expected.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson never had a game-ending hit in one of Oakland's major league-high 14 walk-off wins last year.
CHICAGO (AP) - Sergio Romo proved he wasn't perfect.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Zack Greinke's pitch sailed up and into Carlos Quentin's upper left arm, and it was on.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics second baseman Scott Sizemore is scheduled for a second reconstructive surgery on his left knee Tuesday, another blow for the infielder and reigning AL West champions after he missed all of last season.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - History is one of Guan Tianlang's favorite subjects in school.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ramiro Pena hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with two outs in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 Friday night, stretching their winning streak to seven games.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees turned a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years, Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells' fly ball while blowing a bubble for a tiebreaking three-run error and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for its fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the final minutes without him to stay in the playoff picture with a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kevin Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder regain the Western Conference's best record with a 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings Thursday night, leading Oakland to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and extending the Athletics' winning streak to eight games.
CHICAGO (AP) - Bruce Bochy wasn't tempted to take out Ryan Vogelsong when he faltered early, and the pitcher rewarded his manager's confidence with a fine finish.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James has been involved with some heated playoff moments involving Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Forward Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet to sign with the Orlando Magic on Monday, according to a person familiar with the deal.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will resume their comebacks during a special meet at the University of Georgia this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A neurologist testified Monday that Donald Sterling likely has Alzheimer's disease as a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale finally got underway.
LONDON (AP) - Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the ATP rankingsMonday, while runner-up Roger Federer rose one spot to No. 3.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers want struggling rookie outfielder and former Stockton Ports standout Michael Choice to work on his game in the minor leagues while they replace yet another pitcher in their injury-riddled rotation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Herschel "Boog" Powell, a Midwest League All-Star outfielder in the Oakland Athletics' system, has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a banned amphetamine under baseball's minor league drug program.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The World Cup's best dribblers - Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben - face off whenArgentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Neymar helped Brazil get this far at the World Cup. Now it's up to the rest of the team to win for its injured star, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Monday.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Germany coach Joachim Loew is worried about Brazil's "brutal" tackling in recent games, and appealed to the referee of their World Cup semifinal to be on the lookout for such tactics.
LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic's large lead in the rollicking Wimbledon final was slipping away, due in no small part to Roger Federer's regal presence and resurgent play.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jeff Samardzija arrived at the ballpark nearly five hours before making his first start with his new ballclub.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eleven days after no-hitting the Padres, Tim Lincecum took a shutout into the seventh inning against San Diego to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a postseason contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star game.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Even without Neymar, Brazil's show must go on.