NEW YORK (AP) - Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball's most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur's broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in Friday's preseason opener against Dallas.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Almost every time Donte Whitner looks at rookie Eric Reid he's reminded of what it was like to be a safety selected in the first round competing for a starting spot.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Missy Franklin can't wait to head to college.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez called it "a lie" right from the very start, from the moment a newspaper report linked him to a clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez blooped a single into left field in his first at-bat of the season, hours after being hit with a long suspension.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland manager Bob Melvin has seen his team's lead in the AL West Division shrink by 3 1-2 games the past week. Nothing to worry about, he says. The Athletics were in a worse position at this time last year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - After the San Francisco Giants let another one-run game get away to Tampa Bay, manager Bruce Bochy decided it's time for a new batting order.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - They say par is a good score in a major.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Free agent cornerback Eric Wright might end up in a San Francisco 49ers uniform after all.
NAPA (AP) - Raiders coach Dennis Allen's plans to have his team practice in pads were altered by a rash of injuries.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Jeff Gordon had the inside line, a lead and his first win of the season in sight, usually a sure thing for Pocono's top winner.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The burden of delivering at the World Cup has consumed Wayne Rooney in the past, seeming to hinder his ability to deliver on football's biggest stage.
RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) - After years of underachieving and failed promise, France has a midfield to be proud of again.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a tawdry tale of New York City strippers on the prowl for men with money, drinks spiked with illegal synthetic drugs and runaway credit card charges at topless clubs.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Collin Cowgill hit a two-out homer in the 14th inning and the Los Angeles Angels outlasted the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, has died. He was 57.
MIAMI (AP) - Kawhi Leonard and San Antonio Spurs shot their way into history - and back into the lead in the NBA Finals.
SAO PAULO (AP) - While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on!
MIAMI (AP) - In its final exhibition before facing the United States in the World Cup, Ghana practiced celebrating.
NEW YORK (AP) - The gravity of the situation was etched on the face of New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. One more loss Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Kings and his squad gets the distinction of being swept in the Stanley Cup finals.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Phil Mickelson not only believes he's going to win the U.S. Open, he believes he's going to win more than one. He just wouldn't say whether it would be this year.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Bubba Watson has one thing going for him: So far, nobody else has a better chance at winning a second major this year.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Browns aren't worried about Johnny Manziel running out of bounds off the field.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Doug Fister flipped the script from his previous start in San Francisco during the 2012 World Series, tossing seven scoreless innings to help the Washington Nationals beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Manny Machado figured he might be suspended for intentionally throwing his bat on the field while at the plate.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Shortly after coming on as a second-half sub in Argentina's last World Cup warm-up, Lionel Messi doubled over and appeared to vomit on the pitch.