SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Leake pitched six-plus innings of wildly effective ball and had the third three-hit game of his career, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Wednesday night.
DONOVAN NETS 2, US IN GOLD CUP FINAL: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The United States advanced to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-1 win over Honduras on Wednesday, with Landon Donovan scoring two goals and setting up another. Sunday's final will pit the U.S. against Panama, which beat Mexico 2-1 to prevent the expected U.S.-Mexico final. He dribbled the ball then powered a shot past the goalkeeper to put the hosts ...
ALAMEDA (AP) - The first season of the new regime in Oakland got off to a rough start with the Raiders winning just four games and often being uncompetitive one year after being on the brink of the playoffs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez certainly leads the New York Yankees in headlines this season even though he hasn't played a single major league game.
Multiple sources are reporting that San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong may make a rehab appearance Friday at Banner Island Ballpark as the Stockton Ports host the San Jose Giants at 7:05 pm. Vogelsong was placed on the disabled list in late May for a right hand injury.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Oakland Athletics weren't concerned when they were down by two runs entering the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Houston Astros.
NAPA (AP) - There were two notable absences when the two buses filled with rookies, undrafted free agents and other young players arrived at Oakland Raiders training camp. While most of the players have arrived for a one-month stay in wine country, Oakland's top two draft picks were not on the buses from the team facility on Wednesday. First-round pick cornerback D.J. Hayden and second-round pick offensive lineman Menelik Watson are the ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Ronde Barber grabbed the headlines by retiring, walking away from the game when they almost certainly still could have contributed to NFL teams. Their departures overshadowed the pink slips handed to some longtime starters - and stars. And as training camps open, the likes of John Abraham, Dallas Clark, Richard Seymour and Willis McGahee are unemployed. So are Bart Scott, Kerry Rhodes, Brandon ...
Everyone up here works hard. Really hard. Howie gets up at 4 a.m. to meet clients at the dock at 6. Then he'll fish until 5. In 12 more days, he'll finally have one off. Rafa does the same thing, only he doesn't go to sleep until past midnight. Fresh off a basketball state championship in March, soon-to-be-senior Matt Peters has been a deckhand on a 58-foot seine boat built during Prohibition since early June ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double to help Bruce Bochy earn his 1,500th win as a manager, and the San Francisco Giants split a straight doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Protective no more, baseball players are downright disgusted these days with doping.
HOUSTON (AP) - A's closer Grant Balfour hadn't blown a save all season, and his streak of 44 straight saves was an Oakland record and the sixth longest run in major league history.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Much like when they came together for training camp last summer, the San Francisco 49ers return yet again determined to take another important step this season - from Super Bowl runner-up to champion.
BOSTON (AP) - All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.
• Obama to salute Giants on World Series win: WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series. The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After two days of waiting, the Los Angeles Dodgers found out they will play St. Louis in the National League championship series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to stay with the New York Yankees through 2017.
DETROIT (AP) - On a night of desperation, dispute and finally, delirium, Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers kept their season alive by the slimmest of margins.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore is quick to point out that a big reason he is on such a nice roll again in San Francisco's running game is because of Bruce Miller's timely, hard blocking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Shane Victorino's infield single snapped a seventh-inning tie and journeyman Craig Breslow gave Boston a huge boost out of the bullpen, sending the Red Sox into the AL championship series with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Jeremy Evans scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz rout the Golden State Warriors 101-78 in an exhibition Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Tomas Hertl scored four goals, Matthew Nieto had his first NHL goal and added two assists and the San Jose Sharks beat the New York Rangers 9-2 on Tuesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Lynx offense is humming at a record clip and their defense has caused the Atlanta Dream's biggest star to come unglued.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith sounded dismayed while discussing his team's latest major injury.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Injured South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney made it clear Tuesday that he plans to play a lot more college football before moving on to the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Don't rule Michael Vick out just yet.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall understands he's going to turn heads when he speaks out, given his well-publicized struggles with mental illness.
DETROIT (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have beaten Detroit with both pitching and power. And that's left the Tigers on the brink of elimination - and simmering with frustration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Coach Jim Harbaugh expects top 2012 wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to game action in mid- to late November after recovering in quick fashion from a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery.