So long, power ratings. The Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers voted unanimously Wednesday to accept a proposal that changes how teams qualify and are seeded for the basketball playoffs starting this winter. The formula-based power ratings system had been used by the section for 24 years. Now, the way in is much more simple. The top three teams in each league advance, and the nine conferences with the highest postseason winning percentage from the previous ...
DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For four straight starts, Michael Wacha has been all but untouchable and appeared totally oblivious to the stakes.
CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.
DALLAS (AP) - Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored in the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over San Jose on Thursday night that ended the Sharks' perfect start to the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead the Sacramento Kings to their third straight preseason win, a 107-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping down as CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks are dominating the NFC West. Thursday night in Arizona provided the latest evidence. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and Seattle beat the Cardinals 34-22. "This was a really cool night for our football team,'" Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "We wanted to get on the road and get this thing done and continue to feel good about our ability to win on ...
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The pain Patrick Willis is feeling in his groin is not enough to keep him from starting in his home state when the San Francisco 49ers face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With an 0-6 record, Tom Coughlin is considering a lot of things to make the New York Giants better.
HOUSTON (AP) - Case Keenum, who hasn't played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday's game against Dallas.
DETROIT (AP) - A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The 49ers are back to their old ball-hawking ways. Among the biggest reasons Jim Harbaugh's Niners (4-2) are on a nice roll again and riding a three-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Tennessee is because a once-dominant defense challenged itself to return to top form after several sub-par weeks. And that means forcing turnovers all over the field. It's happening, all right. As in 10 takeaways in the past three ...
HOUSTON (AP) - Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald picked up another award Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Oakland sent left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns, the Athletics' fifth trade in 10 days.
NEW YORK (AP) - The members of the College Football Playoff selection committee begin work next season. As for this season, they'll pass on picking teams.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Matt Kemp's agent said the Los Angeles Dodgers are not trading the All-Star outfielder.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Austin Dillon using the number.
Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career - or worse - at risk.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
STANFORD (AP) - When Shayne Skov committed to Stanford in the fall of 2007, he figured just making a bowl game would make for a successful college career.
The Seattle Seahawks are still the clear favorite in leading the Associated Press power rankings, with commanding home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs there for the clinching with a couple of wins.
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip - "like you're being electrocuted" - would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger Mark Trumbo. Arizona also will receive player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics found a trade partner for pitcher Brett Anderson and his big salary.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Paul George had 15 of his 17 points during a second-half rally to lead the Pacers past Miami 90-84 Tuesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.