Some relievers thrive when they move into the huge ninth-inning spotlight and some fizzle. And others turn into one-year wonders.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Maria Sharapova was happy to play an 11 a.m. match Monday, especially when her work day was already done by the time a mid-afternoon shower interrupted play.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tiger Woods is not sure whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the Masters, which is two weeks away.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal plans to minimize the congestion of climbers near the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of Mount Everest, which gets clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather, officials said Monday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kansas knows all about Stanford now.
FONTANA (AP) - Kyle Busch won at Fontana for the second straight year Sunday, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and his older brother Kurt on a frantic two-lap sprint to the finish.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Andy Murray won Sunday while Ivan Lendl watched as a fan rather than as a coach.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 30 points and eight assists in the Sacramento Kings' 124-107 victory Sunday that sent the Milwaukee Bucks to their seventh straight loss.
PHOENIX (AP) - Karrie Webb flew up the leaderboard with a course-record 9-under 63, then waited about 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her in the JTBC Founders Cup.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour, and he's still not sure how it happened.
WACO (AP) - California coach Lindsay Gottlieb can envision her team one day being in the position the Golden Bears now face with a second-round NCAA tournament game at perennial power Baylor.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Dom Dwyer scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute, lifting Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - John Calipari stood frozen on the Kentucky sideline. Every player on the Wichita State bench held his breath. Everything seemed to stop inside the Scottrade Center as Fred VanVleet let loose with a 3-pointer that could have kept the Shockers perfect.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jabari Parker looked to the floor as he if was searching for answers for Duke's stunning loss to Mercer to open the NCAA tournament. Tears filled his eyes, disappointment cast a pall over his face, his words mumbled, almost inaudible.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs, including three homers, but the San Francisco Giants came all the way back to beat the Kansas City Royals 13-9 on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner sat in the outfield alongside Jake Peavy before Game 7 of the World Series and told his teammate exactly what needed to happen: Tim Hudson would work a few innings and get the ball to Bumgarner, who would hand it off to the bullpen to finish the championship.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Jannik Hansen angered the San Jose Sharks with his hit to Tommy Wingels' head. They got even more upset when he scored immediately after leaving the penalty box.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh walked through the locker room saying emotional goodbyes, offering a handshake or hug while wishing his players well and planning his long-anticipated but bittersweet departure from the San Francisco 49ers.
NEW YORK (AP) - OK, it is done.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Tony Sparano won over the locker room and changed the mindset of the Oakland Raiders in 12 games as interim coach.
NFL teams searching for a new coach or general manager have no shortage of qualified candidates.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers "earned" the first pick in next spring's NFL draft with their 2-14 record.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh gathered his players and told them he is leaving, and they joined their voices for one final, familiar chant: "Who's got it better than us? No-body!"
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is done as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
DENVER (AP) - Charles Woodson is 38 and beat up from a long season. Still, he hopes to return for an 18th season - if the Oakland Raiders will have him, of course.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL.