NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell sent a message to every coach and player in the NFL: safety first. The league commissioner stuck with his punishments for New Orleans' pay-for-pain bounties on Monday, rejecting Saints coach Sean Payton's appeal of a season-long suspension. An NFL investigation found that, under Payton's watch, an assistant ran a program offering cash payouts for hits that ...
TORONTO (AP) - The beer taps weren't turned off this time, but fans in the upper deck at Monday night's Toronto Blue Jays home opener found it harder than usual to get their hands on some suds. With a sellout crowd of 50,000 expected at Rogers Centre for the game against Boston, the Blue Jays limited beer sales to one per customer, ...
CYCLING TOM BOONEN WINS PARIS-ROUBAIX FOR 4TH TIME: ROUBAIX, France (AP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen has won the Paris-Roubaix race for a record-tying fourth time, successfully breaking away from the pack about 35 miles from the end of Sunday's one-day classic. The 2005 world champion crossed the finish line alone, before five chasing riders had reached the velodrome in the northern French town of Roubaix. <p ...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Alan Gordon added a goal in a 10-minute span midway through the second half to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 points, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime, and the New York Knicks spoiled a rusty Derrick Rose's return to the lineup to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-99 on Sunday.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's Olympic chief fears the London Games could be marred by a protest like the one that disrupted the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge on the River Thames.
ROQUEBRUNE, France (AP) - Having beaten Roger Federer's Switzerland and France on the road, the U.S. Davis Cup team now awaits a more daunting obstacle - defending champion Spain in the semifinals.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Courtney Lee scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods arrived at Augusta National as a favorite to win his fifth green jacket. Instead, he left with his worst score as a pro.
SAN JACINTO (AP) - Andres Gonzales completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Soboba Golf Classic, beating Andrew Svoboda by two strokes for his first Nationwide Tour title.
DETROIT (AP) - Alex Avila's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a wild 13-12 victory over Boston on Sunday, leaving the Red Sox winless in three games under new manager Bobby Valentine.
PHOENIX (AP) - Ryan Roberts and Lyle Overbay hit consecutive two-out homers off Matt Cain and the Arizona Diamondbacks tied a franchise record by rallying from six runs down to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 Sunday and sweep the season-opening three-game series.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Everyone expects the big one to happen at Talladega Superspeedway.
FONTANA (AP) - Scott Dixon won his first championship at 23, too young to appreciate what he'd accomplished in his first full season with Chip Ganassi Racing and their first year competing in the IndyCar Series.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski jumped into the team points lead after scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. Not that he was paying much attention.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers finally are starting to click like they did running to the Super Bowl last season. They're not about to let their longest road trip of the year distract them now.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series - not even Clayton Kershaw could stop them this year.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to return the franchise to glory.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis joked about burning by the Honey Badger, Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu.
BOSTON (AP) - One victory to reach the World Series.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - For Abby Wambach, marrying partner and professional teammate Sarah Huffman was purely a statement of love, not politics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Sonny Gray has undergone surgery on his left thumb.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Klay Thompson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help the Golden State Warriors rout the Los Angeles Lakers 115-89 in a pre-season game in Shanghai on Friday night.