OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob has never been afraid to take a risk. And he knows his latest move - firing coach Mark Jackson - comes with a lot of risk.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The way things have gone for the San Francisco 49ers recently with issues off the field, general manager Trent Baalke finds himself being questioned about the importance of drafting for character.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - As the game went on, Gerrit Cole's fastball got faster, and the San Francisco Giants couldn't catch up.
OAKLAND (AP) - Fill-in starter Drew Pomeranz pitched five scoreless innings for his second win in his past 20 starts and the Oakland Athletics salvaged a split of a doubleheader by beating the Seattle Mariners 2-0 in the nightcap Wednesday.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Clint Irwin made seven saves in the Colorado Rapids' fourth shutout in five matches, a 0-0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins have had so much success at Madison Square Garden, they might not have to make a return trip to Broadway until next season.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - As much time as Adam Scott spends away from the PGA Tour, this might have been a good week to take off.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Richard Sherman finally got his moment of being a top pick.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Big Roy came up with a big answer for his critics and his teammates Wednesday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, MVP Kevin Durant fell one assist short and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday night to tie their Western Conference semifinal series at one win apiece.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Expanded instant replay has a new fan in Starling Marte.
OAKLAND (AP) - Rookie Roenis Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh to win consecutive starts for the first time, Justin Smoak drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.
MIAMI (AP) - Turns out, the Miami Heat can beat the Brooklyn Nets.
MONTREAL (AP) - P.K. Subban, Dale Weise and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist, Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday night to take the lead in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he would take Boston's Dustin Pedroia over former teammate Robinson Cano as his top second baseman.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders interviewed Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for their head coaching vacancy on Friday.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Greg Ward threw three touchdown passes in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a winning 2-point conversion in the Cougars' 35-34 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - At 6-foot-10, Randy Johnson stood on the mound and looked down on batters, an intimidating presence before he even threw the ball.
ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) - The Rose Bowl is coming to Texas for the first College Football Playoff championship.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl. Ezekiel Elliott ran all over mighty Alabama. And Urban Meyer's quest to turn Ohio State into SEC North is one victory away from a national championship.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Still not bowl-eligible thanks to a five-game losing streak, Oklahoma State trailed rival Oklahoma by two touchdowns on the road, leaving about 8 minutes in what would have been arguably the most disappointing season under coach Mike Gundy.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Connor Cook threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds left to cap a three-touchdown, fourth-quarter comeback in Michigan State's 42-41 victory over playoff-snubbed Baylor in the highest-scoring Cotton Bowl.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Alamo Bowl raises an intriguing question for UCLA: Is this the college farewell for coach Jim Mora?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Sacramento Kings have been in a free fall since the surprising decision to fire coach Michael Malone almost three weeks ago, and rock bottom was staring them right in the face on Thursday night.
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PASADENA . (AP) - Touchdown. Turnover. Touchdown. Turnover. Touchdown.