CHICAGO (AP) - The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday that a tweet directed at Bryce Harper was "an inappropriate attempt at humor," even as both teams wondered when or if there would be further repercussions from the fastball that drilled the Washington Nationals slugger in the leg the night before.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Aside from a minor arm injury in the 2006 Chili Bowl, and a banged up shoulder that required a relief driver in a NASCAR race later that same season, Tony Stewart has walked away unscathed from many harrowing wrecks.
NAPA (AP) - Second-round pick Menelik Watson's first practice of training camp lasted less than 30 minutes Wednesday before the Oakland Raiders' offensive lineman left the field after re-injuring a calf muscle in his left leg.
NEW YORK (AP) - Colin Kaepernick has the job from the start this season, and the feeling is the flashy quarterback is more than capable of leading the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As devastated as Ian Williams felt two years ago when he went undrafted out of Notre Dame, he can now look back on that moment and realize how much the rejection meant to his career.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain has lacked run support for so long now, over many years, he is hardly about to start pointing fingers at San Francisco's offensive production at this stage.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Sitting on the top of the dugout bench pregame, Athletics manager Bob Melvin looked over Great American Ball Park and figured it was a perfect stop for his struggling team.
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook friends. Transcripts of BlackBerry instant messages. Records of texts.
MIAMI (AP) - The Florida High School Athletic Association will review its policies on performance-enhancing drugs following an allegation that its athletes were among the customers of the shuttered clinic at the center of the baseball scandal.
With their big boomstick out of the lineup, the Texas Rangers are going to have to adapt to get in the playoffs again.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Tiger Woods is leaving nothing to chance in his last chance this year to win a major.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Miami Heat will open their title defense against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29 in the expected return of Derrick Rose, with an all-Los Angeles matchup later that night in the Lakers' first game without Dwight Howard and the Clippers' first with Doc Rivers.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Brad Guzan has been in this position before.
PARIS (AP) - Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that's carried her to a third consecutive French Open final.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - After a second straight tumultuous offseason, Chris Culliver could use another fresh start.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ben Crane shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a season full of bumps for the New York Yankees, there has been one sure thing. Namely, Masahiro Tanaka.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Don Zimmer wasn't a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can point to statistics showing just how close the 2013 NBA Finals were.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LeBron James should be used to the NBA Finals by now. After five trips to the championship series in eight years, it would make sense if he had a been-there, done-that attitude when stepping onto the sport's biggest stage.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a new six-year contract extension Wednesday that keeps him with the franchise through the 2020 season.
NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome became the early 3-5 favorite on Wednesday to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion and first in 36 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. is getting a little defensive about its defense.
PARIS (AP) - Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Portugal says forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tendinitis in his left leg to go with a left leg muscle injury as the team prepares for its World Cup opener on June 16 against Germany.