ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jonny Gomes changed the game in a hurry for the Oakland Athletics.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers' James Loney were scratched from their teams' starting lineups Friday night as the clubs tried to finalize a major trade involving the first basemen.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Angel Pagan had a go-ahead triple among his four hits to help back Ryan Vogelsong's first victory in three starts, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A common phrase this year - "Tiger's back" - took on a new meaning Friday at The Barclays.
Somehow, it seemed so easy for so many people to write off Roger Federer. He was past his 30th birthday, they would point out. About 2½ years went by without any additions to his Grand Slam trophy case, the thinking went. First Rafael Nadal, then Novak Djokovic, overtook Federer in the rankings and as the man to beat at major tournament after major tournament. Well, look at the guy now. Wimbledon champion, once again, stretching ...
PARIS (AP) - Cycling supporters say that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may actually benefit the sport by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them if they dope.
NAPA (AP) - Carson Palmer is running out of time to get the Oakland Raiders first-team offense into the end zone in the preseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Hance Smith's eyes widened in the dugout as he watched Quinton Gago send a homer well over the left-field fence.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp has been tinkering with his batting stance to finally find something that works. Now that he's feeling it again at the plate, Crisp refuses to offer any details in fear of jinxing a good thing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday that quarterback Alex Smith has become "savant-like" in his understanding of the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast system.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Glenn Dorsey quickly emerged as a stabilizing force in the middle of San Francisco's dominant defensive line.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Zach Johnson already is looking ahead to next year, and one of his priorities is to score better on the par 5s. He got started on that Thursday in the World Challenge.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose isn't wavering.
Ripon senior Taylor Vernon won't be done playing softball after high school.
OAKLAND (AP) - If those independent league road trips weren't humbling enough for Scott Kazmir, starting over from square one with his delivery and mechanics sure did the trick.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are ready for some serious chatter coming from that brash, big-talking Seattle secondary.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders may have to reach way down on the depth chart to fill out their backfield for Sunday's game in New York.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Denver Nuggets' seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory Wednesday night.
If you don't have the NFL Network on your TV system this week, that might be a good thing. It would be difficult to come up with a worse matchup than Jacksonville hosting Houston.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Here's another adjective Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can call his ill-timed two-step onto the field last Thursday night against Baltimore.
DETROIT (AP) - Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit - and now the Tigers don't have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Tiger Woods believes it's harder than ever to win on the PGA Tour because of the increasing depth of talent of the players.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said Wednesday that it is completed.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU has announced that Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over.