TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Now headed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Warren Sapp smiles as he remembers accepting the challenge to turn around one of the worst franchises in pro sports history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Golf Association wanted to make a splash in its selection of sites for the new U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship announced earlier this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers added some help for their shaky bullpen Monday, acquiring reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers said Monday they had spoken with two teammates who were with Tanner Scheppers and have a "full understanding" of what happened when the reliever was involved in a physical altercation in Cleveland.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 Monday night.
STANFORD (AP) - Dominika Cibulkova avenged one of the worst losses ever in a WTA Tour final, outlasting Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs on his most productive day since winning the Home Run Derby, and the Oakland Athletics rallied from five runs down to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Travis Wood did more than just pitch his way out of trouble.
NAPA (AP) - Darren McFadden hopes that going downhill will be just the tonic to revive his career with the Oakland Raiders.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Vernon Davis refers to himself as "just a piece of the puzzle" when it comes to the San Francisco 49ers' offense.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The rain, the gloom, the small gathering of fans didn't matter.
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter returned to the New York Yankees' lineup - again - with customary flair, making an immediate impact on a team desperate for power.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez's corner locker in the New York Yankees' clubhouse is filled with four cardboard boxes of bats, a dozen jerseys, a dangling athletic supporter, two baseball caps and four books.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers defense got beat early by unfamiliar plays and Austin Davis calling the signals.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Soon after taking over as interim coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tony Sparano had a simple message to deliver to quarterback Derek Carr: This is your team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals arrived in the Bay Area ballpark they know so well in October and began preparing for the possibility of facing the Giants without star catcher Yadier Molina.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Mix Diskerud is not planning on becoming the next Landon Donovan.
PHOENIX (AP) - Chip Hale spent 10 seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, the final three as the major league third base coach. He also played at the University of Arizona and still lives in Tucson.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yadier Molina still hopes to contribute in some capacity during the NL Championship Series, if his sore side allows it.
Ned Yost has the revved-up Kansas City Royals on track for their first World Series trip in 29 years. Still, in his first postseason as a manager, every choice he's made has been dissected - and, in many cases, flat-out destroyed.
By RALPH D. RUSSO
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) - Jim Furyk thinks it's time for the Americans to think long term about the Ryder Cup.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - For the first time, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be forced to play without Kevin Durant for more than a handful of games.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second operation for abdominal problems.
SEATTLE (AP) - DeMarco Murray scored on a 15-yard run with 3:16 left and the Dallas Cowboys stunned the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 30-23 on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kolten Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, evening the NL Championship Series at one game apiece.
ONTARIO (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 25 points in the first 2 1/2 minutes, helping the Golden State Warriors get off to a fast start and beat the banged-up Los Angeles Lakers 116-75 in a preseason game Sunday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Austin Davis has made the most of his improbable shots for the St. Louis Rams, passing for 300 yards each of the last two games.