Always one of the highlights of the racing season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Sonoma wine country for 25rd consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, as the best stock car drivers in the world take on the twisting 10-turn, 1.99-mile Sonoma Raceway road course.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler put Texas ahead for the first time with a two-run single in the seventh and the Rangers held on for a series-clinching 4-3 victory over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - So much for all the talk about the impenetrable goalies, and forget about those lane-clogging defensemen. It was all about the offense in Game 4, and the hangover could extend into the final three games of the deadlocked Stanley Cup finals.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Abby Wambach broke Mia Hamm's record for international career goals by a soccer player, scoring four times in the first half against South Korea to push her total to 160.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Raffi Torres showed the San Jose Sharks during his short stint both the attributes that make him a valuable player and the negatives of his suspension-filled history that sidelined him for the final six games of the playoffs.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Charley Hoffman couldn't help but think about last year as he stood on the 17th tee Thursday at the Travelers Championship.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Juan Manuel Marquez could have fought Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time. Timothy Bradley could have had a rematch with the Filipino congressman.
MIAMI (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, already connected to a homicide victim in Massachusetts, is being sued in South Florida by a man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club.
Serena Williams has reached out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying "she shouldn't have put herself in that position."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gregor Blanco has learned to think like a run producer.
BOSTON (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks kept taking the lead until there were no more chances for Boston to come back and tie it.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - David Murphy had three hits and scored twice to snap out of a long slump, and the Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension Wednesday to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free-agent market next offseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been busy taking flights across the country and overseas, meeting with players and agents and talking to other NBA executives ahead of next week's draft.
MIAMI (AP) - Game 7s do more than settle championships. They define legacies.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George is getting back on his feet.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ishmael Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an interception 95 yards for another score, sparking No. 11 UCLA's 62-27 trouncing of No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday night.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins still plan to make a multiyear contract offer to NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, despite his recent season-ending injury.