THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Sure enough, putting was all the rage Thursday in the World Challenge.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL, the players' association and now even federal mediators agree on one thing: The bickering sides are nowhere near a deal that would put hockey back on the ice.
OAKLAND (AP) - Right-handed reliever Pat Neshek and the Oakland Athletics reached agreement Wednesday on a $975,000, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With the addition of Denard Span, the Washington Nationals aren't just plugging a player into the lineup and moving on. He's like that nice new piece of furniture that causes the homeowner to redecorate the entire room - just so everything is in the perfect spot.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward was in the audience as B.J. Upton was introduced Thursday as Atlanta's new centerfielder.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded was waived off, and the Golden State Warriors held on for a wild 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night after four replay reviews over the final 3.4 seconds.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - While the NHL and its players remain engaged in a boardroom battle over dollars and cents, professional hockey is still being played across the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?
ALAMEDA (AP) - The slumping Oakland Raiders got a jolt Wednesday when running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice for the first time since missing three games with sprained right ankles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Tight end Delanie Walker arrives at work at 6 a.m. each day, and Colin Kaepernick always beats him to 49ers headquarters.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers lost running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries on the very same play during Sunday's win at New Orleans.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NaVorro Bowman had to tell someone about his hefty new contract before it became public. And there was pal Patrick Willis first thing Tuesday before they began their morning workout.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has watched each of his two quarterbacks lead the San Francisco 49ers to big wins in hostile, road environments - Alex Smith in the season opener at Green Bay's Lambeau Field back in September among others, and Colin Kaepernick on Sunday at the New Orleans Superdome.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are desperately in search of some sort of positive news.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Los Angeles Clippers, who routed the Lakers again 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray is headed to the Oakland Athletics' rotation this year.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Coach Mike Krzyzewski is out of the hospital and at practice with No. 4 Duke after feeling light-headed during a loss at Wake Forest.
BOSTON (AP) - Golden State didn't need another winning, last-second basket this time.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The only tools Tiger Woods used Wednesday at Doral were wedges, a putter and a pair of gold scissors.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a surprising move just hours before the NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a major deal on Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis in a blockbuster.
LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) - One banner in the stands read "Ukraine is Undivided!" on the top and "One Country - One Team!" on the bottom. Ukrainian fans sang their nation's anthem in the final moments, and some broke into a chant of "No war in Ukraine!" after the final whistle.
CHICAGO (AP) - Record-setting returner Devin Hester said Wednesday he will not be back with the Chicago Bears next season.
Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL on Wednesday following his suspension in December for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.
PHOENIX (AP) - Ryan Braun hit his second homer of the spring and added a single to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Wednesday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched three shutout innings in his first start of the spring and Pablo Sandoval hit a pair of RBI singles as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - So far, so good on the latest road trip for the Sacramento Kings.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski may have poured too much emotion into No. 4 Duke's trip to Wake Forest.