BASKETBALL NEW NCAA RULE FORCES PLAYERS' NBA DECISIONS SOONER: Testing the NBA waters seemingly has become a thing of the past for college players. These days, they're likely either in or out. The reason is, players have less time to make a decision. A new NCAA rule says players who entered the NBA draft early but want to return to school only have until next ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained, surgically repaired throwing shoulder and will not do any baseball activity for three weeks.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Get ready for a "birdie-fest" at Augusta National. Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson said the course he's loved and respected for decades is not yet its fearsome, soul-destroying self - and that has him worried. "It seems that some of the planning I have made may go by the wayside," Mickelson said Tuesday. "As soft as the golf course is, you can fire at a lot of the pins." That means ...
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to power the United States to a 3-0 victory over Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern would love a system in which Anthony Davis and the rest of Kentucky's freshmen stars were required to try to repeat.
STANFORD (AP) - Stepfan Taylor's teammates call him the country's quietest 1,000-yard rusher. Overshadowed and underappreciated might fit just as well, too.
DALLAS (AP) - Logan Couture's timing was perfect. Couture broke out of a slump with a power-play goal to put his team in front late in the second period after T.J. Galiardi got the tying goal earlier in the period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Tuesday night in a matchup of teams vying for one of the final Western Conference playoff spots. Couture had gone 10 games without a goal ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Matt Cain pondered his future, staying put in San Francisco where his career took off became the top option.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey took another big step in his comeback just by playing at home again after an injury-shortened season last year, and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year didn't even need to do much in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 exhibition win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks left town Monday for their final road trip of the regular season barely hanging on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched eight strong innings and San Francisco beat Tim Hudson for the first time in seven years in the Giants' 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
SEATTLE (AP) - Bob Melvin is still trying to figure out what happened to the consistency Oakland had the first month of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye was one of the last players to leave the "pitch" Friday afternoon - one of several things that set the big Brit apart from other newcomers at the San Francisco 49ers' rookie minicamp.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal in the final second of the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Friday night.
• Garcia goes 1 up on Tiger at Players Championship: PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Sergio Garcia had one of those stretches where it felt like every putt was going to drop. He needed every one of them Friday for a 7-under 65 to match his best score on the TPC Sawgrass and take a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods among early starters at The Players Championship.
OAKLAND (AP) - The confident aura the Golden State Warriors are giving off right now might be the only thing brighter than those yellow shirts every home fan is expected to be wearing again for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at ear-piercing Oracle Arena.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brian McCann spent the first month of the season in Florida rehabilitating his surgically repaired right shoulder. He hardly watched the Atlanta Braves play.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Everything is going the Indians' way. There's no dispute or debate about that.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods was nine shots out of the lead, not the best position at The Players Championship, especially since he had not even started his round. Perhaps the bigger surprise was the guy who posted the record-tying round Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 34 points, Stephen Curry added 22 and the Golden State Warriors withstood another furious rally by the San Antonio Spurs for a 100-91 victory Wednesday night to even their series at one game apiece and snap a 30-game skid in the Alamo City.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The future home of the San Francisco 49ers will be called Levi's Stadium.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A year after being among the main perpetrators of another playoff failure in San Jose, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski are leading the Sharks back to the second round.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey and Andres Torres waited three hours before making their contributions to yet another walkoff win for the San Francisco Giants.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Adam Rosales thought he hit a game-tying home run. The Athletics, Indians and 14,000 or so fans thought so, too.