MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson's expectations are high at Martinsville Speedway, and his results keep showing why.
OAKLAND (2-4) At KANSAS CITY (1-5)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's gigantic defensive end Calais Campbell talked this week about how he "hates" the San Francisco 49ers "with a passion."
DETROIT (AP) - Toting his tiny aluminum bat, 5-year-old Gage Brookens wandered toward the cage and watched Austin Jackson, Omar Infante and a few other Tigers take batting practice on a chilly afternoon at Comerica Park.
STANFORD (AP) - A power running game and a dominant defense against an Air Raid offense that has yet to take flight.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two teams floundering near the bottom of the standings, meeting in late October, shouldn't be enough to stoke the passions of fan bases weary of losing.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The jump to the Pac-12 Conference isn't looking so good right now for Utah, which instead of contending for the South Division title has started 0-4 in league play for the second straight season.
SAN FRANCISCO (5-2) At ARIZONA (4-3)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Traveling to Minnesota to play on a Thursday night was supposed to be tough for Tampa Bay.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rather than leave a 56-year-old uniform hanging in a closet at his Idaho home, Don Larsen decided it should be used for education.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bud Selig is telling the Bay Area baseball teams and their fans to be patient.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011, attended at Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night as a guest of the team.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern spent nearly 30 years growing the NBA, turning a league that couldn't even get its championship series on live prime-time TV into a projected $5 billion a year industry.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Gordon Hayward once named Cleveland his least favorite NBA city. He might have to change his mind.
MIAMI (AP) - Henderson Alvarez's a pitcher, and that's not his only position. He'll throw a batter out at first base while sitting on the mound. He'll lie flat on his back while watching a teammate make a play.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, stands in stark contrast to the national squad's celebrated success this time around.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - They captured the hearts of America - from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Argentina's theme at this World Cup seems to be scrappy wins with Lionel Messi pulling through at the last minute to save the day.
LONDON (AP) - Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks began free agency Tuesday by trading veteran defenseman Brad Stuart to Colorado for two draft picks and signing defenseman Taylor Fedun to a one-year deal as part of their commitment to a youth movement.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel went from hanging out with the Browns to hanging with the Biebs.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jason Kidd's jersey hung on the wall just to the right of Billy King, a reminder that the Brooklyn Nets lost more than a coach. They lost a franchise icon.
LONDON (AP) - It was clear something was wrong with Serena Williams from the moment she began trying to warm up for her Wimbledon doubles match Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers aren't just winning games this week. They are making history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Texas Rangers finally ran out of patience with left-hander Joe Saunders, who was designated for assignment Tuesday after going winless in eight starts.