BOSTON (AP) - Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia and the bearded guys from Boston. Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and those fresh mugs from St. Louis.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, helping the Portland Trail Blazers edge the Sacramento Kings 109-105 in a preseason game on Sunday night.
CARSON (AP) - The Los Angeles Galaxy clinched a playoff berth with a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Webb Simpson got the fast start he has looking for - in the final round at TPC Summerlin and in the PGA Tour's new wraparound season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Phelps has been working out with his former coach but there is no word yet on a return to swimming for the Rio Olympics.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rosters turn over so quickly these days, the St. Louis Cardinals used only seven players from their 2011 World Series roster in this year's NL championship series.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tom Sermanni could have been forgiven for any pangs of nostalgia when facing his old team. His new players, however, had no similar emotional attachment.
STANFORD (AP) - Any worries Stanford coach David Shaw had about how his team would respond from a loss at Utah last week subsided when more players showed up in the weight room the following day - a voluntary day off - than any time in the last two years.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Everyone expects the big one to happen at Talladega Superspeedway.
FONTANA (AP) - Scott Dixon won his first championship at 23, too young to appreciate what he'd accomplished in his first full season with Chip Ganassi Racing and their first year competing in the IndyCar Series.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski jumped into the team points lead after scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. Not that he was paying much attention.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers finally are starting to click like they did running to the Super Bowl last season. They're not about to let their longest road trip of the year distract them now.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series - not even Clayton Kershaw could stop them this year.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to return the franchise to glory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Game 2 of the World Series stayed close deeper into the night, boosting television ratings.
MIAMI (AP) - A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Serena Williams did not hesitate when asked to describe her performance Wednesday, when she took her heaviest defeat since she was 16 years old.
LONDON (AP) - The British government wants an NFL team based in London.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons.
The Denver Broncos fear no one in the AFC, nor should they given their recent record.
BERKELEY (AP) - With his banged-up and beleaguered secondary still trying to get healthy, California coach Sonny Dykes wouldn't mind getting a break in the schedule.
ARCADIA (AP) - Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and undefeated Shared Belief will face off in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic next week, with Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist also in the overcrowded field.