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.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - For Julio Jones, eight months away from football "feels like an eternity."
SAO PAULO (AP) - The 4,080-mile overnight flight to Sao Paulo was easy for the U.S. World Cup team.
NEW YORK (AP) - It turns out Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are just as good with the lead as they are without it.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Tyvon Branch has gone from being one of the most experienced members of the Oakland Raiders defense to one of the unproven ones after missing almost an entire season with an injury.
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade thinks there's no one better than the Miami Heat at dealing with the mental challenge of the playoffs. In his eyes, only one other team might compare.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Pinehurst No. 2 is anything but perfect for the U.S. Open, at least in the traditional sense of major championships in America.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Nik Stauskas upgraded his game to add playmaking skills to his elite outside shooting, he vaulted himself into the NBA lottery.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Luis Suarez exits the World Cup with one of the longest bans in tournament history, and his reputation once again in tatters.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - After the final whistle, Omar Gonzalez spread his long arms in celebration and reserve goalkeeper Nick Rimando came leaping into them.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his mark at the World Cup - but it came too late to spare Portugal an early exit from Brazil.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - With both his current team and his former one on to the World Cup's knockout rounds, Jermaine Jones approached the German players and offered his best wishes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run and double, and scored twice in his return to the lineup, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NHL may as well put out a casting call for a movie set in Philadelphia.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic."
LONDON (AP) - Uncle Toni's reaction said it all.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three months into her comeback from toe surgery, four-time Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross is already making significant strides.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run double, slumping Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics jumped all over an ineffective Zack Wheeler in an 8-5 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Germany coach Joachim Loew isn't sure his team's extra day of rest this week makes up for the months-long scheduling advantage his friend, Jurgen Klinsmann, has had with the U.S. team.