ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Belt got the previous three games off in Philadelphia for a mental break and work on his swing, and the first results were outstanding.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nelson Cruz shook off talk of a pending suspension to hit a tying two-run homer, Jurickson Profar added another two-run shot and the surging Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
NAPA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension Friday, ensuring the franchise's leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins to one-year deals Friday after both veteran free agents worked out for the team earlier in the day.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Struggling San Francisco Giants left-hander Barry Zito will not make his next scheduled start Sunday at Tampa Bay.
OAKLAND (AP) - Adam Rosales felt a little weird walking into the visitor's clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum for the first time Friday. He felt even stranger seeing a new No. 9 Texas Rangers jersey with his name hanging in a locker.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez was back with the Trenton Thunder on Friday and hit what might be his last home run in a while.
BOSTON (AP) - Businessman John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, has entered into an agreement to buy The Boston Globe.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will miss the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Corliss Williamson is returning to the NBA, this time as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods had a shot at making history with a magical 59.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sergio Romo threw his hands out, looked to the sky and screamed in jubilation after working out of the toughest of jams.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Injuries are suddenly piling up fast for the San Francisco 49ers in training camp.
NAPA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski has every reason to believe he'll be the Raiders' starting center for a second straight season despite talk about a possible move to left guard.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Tim Howard rarely makes it through a game without accepting multiple celebratory embraces from relieved American teammates.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday the club has reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to stay at the Oakland Coliseum.
LONDON (AP) - Let others wonder when or whether Venus Williams might move on from tennis. She's not ready to contemplate going anywhere just yet.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren't NBA players yet and they are already learning their first lesson.
DALLAS (AP) - The Mavericks and New York Knicks agreed Wednesday to a six-player trade that returns center Tyson Chandler to Dallas three years after he helped win a championship only to leave right away in free agency.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Bob Kersee is having a difficult time trying to get Allyson Felix to slow down.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Nobody has fielded more questions about Tiger Woods over his career than Ernie Els, at times to the point that it exasperates him.
The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) - There won't be friendly phone calls, there won't be any dirty deals. That's the promise from both sides ahead of Germany's final Group G match against the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - Slumping outfielder Chris Young homered twice, Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run shot in his return from a demotion and the towel-waving New York Mets roughed up Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Tuesday night
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alexi Amarista drove in three runs on three hits and San Diego handed the stumbling San Francisco Giants their 12th loss in the past 15 games, 7-2 Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James delivered his message loud and clear, without actually saying a word.
LONDON (AP) - Chasing a shot to his right, Rafael Nadal slipped and tumbled to the Centre Court turf. He popped up, raced across the baseline to get back into the point, and later capped the 14-stroke exchange with a backhand passing winner.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range Tuesday at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Michael Sam was laughing with teammates as they conducted a running-back drill for kids, each youngster stiff-arming and juking his way to a touchdown celebration dance in a makeshift end zone.