VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first-round Western Conference series opener.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied against Arizona's bullpen for the third straight game, beating the Diamondbacks 9-6 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes didn't have a problem beating Hank Conger's throw to second in the ninth inning.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - James Harden scored 31 points and sank seven 3-pointers while fighting through flu-like symptoms, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 Wednesday night to pull within 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kicks in the ankles. Forearms to the throat. Elbows at the head. Illegal screens. Hard shoves. Bloody lips. Puffy eyes. Body bruises. Some even done by "hit men."
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. admitted this week what many have long suspected - that he hand picks every opponent who enters the ring with him.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - It's unanimous: Damian Lillard is the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Jose forward Steven Lenhart was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed sum by the MLS disciplinary committee on Wednesday for his violent play in last weekend's game against Chivas USA.
DENVER (AP) - Mark Jackson is standing up for his smooth-shooting guard who's constantly getting knocked down.
NCHORAGE, Alaska – Defenseman Nik Pokulok parked a centering pass by Shawn Weller at the left post to lift the Stockton Thunder to another memorable, come-from-behind victory, 4-3 in sudden death overtime over the Alaska Aces in Game 6 to win the Western Conference Semifinal before 4,868 fans at Sullivan Arena on Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - An exhausted Brandon Moss threw a pie in his own face after hitting the home run that ended the major league's longest game this season.
PHOENIX (AP) - A sore elbow couldn't slow Pablo Sandoval.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Michael Morse and Juan Perez homered with two outs in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, rallying the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at four games.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker's left ankle is ready for the NBA Finals.
NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has capped his MVP season by being the lone unanimous choice to the All-NBA first team.
DENVER (AP) - A young couple accused of killing the man's grandparents told police they planned the slayings so he could get his inheritance: a tiny house and $20,000, according to court documents released Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Moss hit his second homer of the game leading off the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Jay Bruce hadn't driven in a run in more than a month. He finally got a notable RBI and kept Cincinnati's winning streak going.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Larry Bird came up with Indiana's championship blueprint.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds first baseman Joey Votto is recovering from a strained muscle above his left knee and could soon begin a rehabilitation assignment in the minors.
The last time New York and Los Angeles teams met in a big championship final, the Dodgers found themselves up against a pitcher who had undergone Tommy John surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) - When the U.S. soccer team talks strategy, it sounds a bit like people picking lottery numbers or the start of a keno game: 4-4-2. 4-2-3-1. 4-3-3.
PARIS (AP) - This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - It was hard to read the eyes of Jack Nicklaus behind his sunglasses, and maybe that was a good thing. He was in his customary spot behind the 18th green at Muirfield Village as he waited to see who would win the Memorial. Or who would do the best job of not losing.
MIAMI (AP) - The last time Dwyane Wade played in an NBA Finals game, he needed fluid drained from his left knee and eight hours of intense game-day therapy just to get into uniform.
When last season's NBA Finals ended, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was all smiles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo has rejoined the San Francisco 49ers, 2 ½ years after leaving the organization to play for the Chicago Bears.