DETROIT (AP) - There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit - and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds owner Bob Castellini couldn't imagine Dusty Baker leaving.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh didn't spend any time wallowing Monday after the most lopsided loss in his two seasons as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He has only three days to prepare his team for Thursday's key NFC West game against Seattle, which is tied with the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals at 4-2, ...
BASKETBALL KINGS SIGN NAMING RIGHTS DEAL FOR ARENA: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings will have a new name for their arena. The team on Monday announced a multiyear naming rights deal with Sleep Train Mattress Centers. The arena in Sacramento was called Power Balance Pavilion last season but the Kings were looking for a new partner after Power ...
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Oakland Raiders rookie coach realizes it's not enough. Not even taking unbeaten Atlanta to the wire before losing on Matt Bryant's 55-yard field goal in the final seconds provided Allen with a ...
DALLAS (AP) - Mike Modano made his mark long before he and the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas and brought hockey to the Sun Belt. Once he got there in 1993, he didn't miss a beat. Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, joined longtime New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, and player-turned-broadcaster ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The New York Giants gave the San Francisco 49ers another reason to simmer.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of mistakes to work on during their bye week.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Detroit Tigers got a big boost from Anibal Sanchez's arm. They got a helping hand from an umpire, too.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime as the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? It was the big question going into the 1998 draft and one that was quickly answered that fall. Indianapolis made the right choice and Bobby Beathard and the San Diego Chargers were stuck with a colossal mistake. Nearly 15 years later, Manning is still crossing paths with the Chargers. On Monday night, he'll bring his Denver Broncos (2-3) to Qualcomm Stadium to face the AFC West ...
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) - Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forward Jozy Altidore has earned his first Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - The United States could wind up in a group with powers Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands after FIFA tinkered with its format for Friday's World Cup draw.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Few things could damage the image of Brazil more than violent street protests during the World Cup.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The new ball for next year's World Cup - called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course - was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Donte Whitner realizes how different the San Francisco 49ers are now from the team that got whipped at Seattle in Week 2.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.
NEW YORK (AP) - New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment for leukemia, and Portland's Caleb Porter has been selected Coach of the Year.
SEATTLE (AP) - A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rod Streater and Andre Holmes are perfect examples of how things have changed with the Oakland Raiders in the post-Al Davis era.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.