OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics know that few will give them a chance to repeat in a division featuring sluggers Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout making up a loaded lineup for the Los Angeles Angels.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants left the desert with Brandon Belt on a tear at the plate and Madison Bumgarner effective if not perfect in his final start before the real season begins.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rockies manager Walt Weiss hopes he gets more out of Jhoulys Chacin on Opening Day than he did with the right-hander's final start of spring training.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With the clock clicking down, the Sacramento City Council took its last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California's capital by approving a public-private deal Tuesday to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Americans were clinging to a scoreless tie, seconds away from earning a rare point in Mexico, when Angel Reyna's shot darted perilously close to the goal.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Tackle Alex Barron signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday as he hopes to revive his career after sitting out the past two seasons.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Brett Anderson is ready for the season to start.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy saw something very positive this spring training - few injuries for the World Series champions.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on a sprained right ankle, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 109-103 on Monday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - The San Jose Sharks responded to a longtime teammate's departure with an effort that showed it's far too early to give up on their season.
SAN JOSE (AP) - With his team mired in a lengthy scoring slump that has put its playoff chances in peril, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson made a move to look to the future.
FONTANA (AP) - Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano raced side by side into the final lap, two bitter rivals unwilling to give even an inch - right up until they made contact with less than a mile to go.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Dorell Wright hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Jrue Holiday added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped their longest road losing streak in over 25 years with a 117-103 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento city officials reached a preliminary agreement Saturday night for a new downtown arena with an investment group that hopes to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
LONDON (AP) - The goalkeeper who won the World Cup will be challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and Matt Beleskey added his career-best 12th goal in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 26 points and had a crucial three-point play in the final minute to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the winless 76ers 109-103, extending Philadelphia's franchise-worst losing streak to start the season to 0-17.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies left nothing to chance against the Sacramento Kings this time.
DETROIT (AP) - The streaking Detroit Red Wings were able to laugh about a power outage at aging Joe Louis Arena.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky post players Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns each had 11 points and six rebounds, and the top-ranked Wildcats opened the second half with an 18-7 run to pull away for a 58-38 victory over Providence on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Mud, a Monday night miracle and a sneaky fake spike. They've all been part of an entertaining rivalry between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As if there weren't already enough humiliating elements to San Francisco's lopsided loss to its biggest rival on Thanksgiving night, owner Jed York weighed in on an effort he said "wasn't acceptable."
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich can rest easy. The screaming criticism and back-slapping encouragement he doles out echo with the Spurs even when he's quietly resting at home.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - There's no denying it: For Rodger Saffold, the Oakland Raiders are not and will never again be just another opponent.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray failed to pass the final test of the NFL-mandated concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against St. Louis.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Coach Steve Kerr knew when he arrived at Golden State that Marreese Speights would figure into the mix somehow this season with the Warriors.
OAKLAND (AP) - All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson is the latest Oakland star traded away in a rebuilding effort.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Eisner likes a good game. He was chief executive at The Walt Disney Co. when it owned the Los Angeles Angels and founded the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
NEW YORK (AP) - An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for hitting his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.