Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan had a blazing fastball, the first ever clocked at 100 mph, during 27 seasons that included 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters. Mariano Rivera has used a devastating, bat-cracking cutter for a record 608 saves to be part of five World Series championships with the New York Yankees.
There was a public outcry when R.A. Dickey did not start the All-Star game, a journeyman for the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game and the Pittsburgh Pirates of all teams were in first place as the first half of the baseball season drew to a close.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors are getting more for Dorell Wright after all.
MIAMI (AP) - Rashard Lewis has decided to join the Miami Heat, becoming yet another shooting option for the reigning NBA champions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball's new schedule format for 2013.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Major League Baseball could start in-season testing for human growth hormone next year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has gone to the Boston Red Sox with complaints over a film Bobby Valentine produced about Dominican prospects.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Another day, another move by the San Jose Sharks to reshape Todd McLellan's staff.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dorell Wright is getting another chance to start over and leaving behind another team that has more salary cap space in his absence.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval sent the National League to a big early lead. Matt Cain and the rest of an imposing pitching staff finished off a Giant blowout in the All-Star game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Owner of the best record in baseball, R.A. Dickey was hoping to become the first knuckleballer to start an All-Star game since Dutch Leonard in 1943.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks hired Hall of Fame defenseman and former Stanley Cup winning coach Larry Robinson as associate coach on Monday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Just like that last winter, the Oakland Athletics traded away three of their best pitchers: All-Stars Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez, and 2009 Rookie of the Year closer Andrew Bailey.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Prince Fielder made a splash at the All-Star Home Run Derby. Eight of them.
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.