SHANGHAI (AP) - The graceful combination of power and balance. The bounce in his step after every birdie. His name at the top of the leaderboard. For at least one round, Rory McIlroy finally looked like the former No. 1 player in the world instead of a guy who hasn't won a tournament all year.
BOSTON (AP) - There hasn't been a party like this in New England for nearly a century.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson put the perfect capper on a celebratory opening to a new era of basketball in Sacramento.
DENVER (AP) - It used to be the domain of soccer players, NBA forwards and the occasional punter.
BOSTON (AP) - Most Valuable Papi.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs last season in the second round, five of the seven games were decided by one-goal margins. It was more of the same Wednesday night in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Say goodbye, A.I.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
NEW YORK (AP) - It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Already down two starters due to season-ending injuries, the Oakland Raiders could be without cornerback Tarell Brown for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play to increase their lead to three strokes in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Amir Khan was counting on Floyd Mayweather Jr. adding him to his dance card about this time last year when he turned down a chance to fight Devon Alexander for a piece of the welterweight title.
PHOENIX (AP) - Junior Dos Santos is facing much more than a daunting challenge from Stipe Miocic when he returns to the octagon.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Alex Stalock made 18 saves against his hometown team to lead the San Jose Sharks to their seventh win in eight games, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-ranking Hispanic woman in a management position at Major League Baseball headquarters said in a lawsuit on Thursday she has faced discrimination there for two decades.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot a 17-under 55 on Thursday in the first-round scramble to take a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders packed an equipment van, piled players into three buses and left their facilities in the rearview mirror on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bruce Arians was sick and tired of talk about the St. Louis Rams' consecutive shutouts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio expects outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to return to the 49ers' starting lineup Sunday at Seattle after his benching last week for missing a team meeting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is not worried about when he'll return to the football field - he said he's just happy to be alive.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden anticipates Colt McCoy will be sufficiently recovered from a neck injury in time to start Sunday against the New York Giants, adding that McCoy is "in the lead" above Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins despite coming off a subpar performance.