OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson placed a prominent poem by an unknown author in every player's locker before Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday that had a simple title:
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Although Joe Thornton and Dustin Brown might not agree on much else over the next two weeks, both captains believe hockey has never been bigger or better in California, from the thriving youth game all the way to their state's three winning NHL clubs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At around age 10, Hunter Pence acquired a Barry Bonds poster from his elementary school fair. It was then that Pence started choking up on his bat just as Bonds did in that prized picture that wound up on his wall.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sure, it's the Texas Rangers in town. The very team the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat in Game No. 162 last October for a stunning sweep to steal away the AL West crown from the two-time reigning AL champions.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Orb has settled into the place reserved for royalty at Pimlico Race Course - stall 40.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have never had a conversation longer than a couple of minutes, and rarely about golf. Maybe it's because they already think along the same lines when it comes to winning tournaments.
BRUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1
HEAT 88, BULLS 65
• Greinke could make debut on Wednesday: LOS ANGELES – Zack Greinke will pitch on Wednesday. Whether he does it against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium or the San Jose Giants in Rancho Cucamonga, where the Dodgers' Single-A team plays, remains to be seen. Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in the offseason but has been on the disabled list since April 12, the day after he broke his clavicle in a fight with San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. He made a rehab start Friday and came out of a weekend bullpen session in good shape ...
OAKLAND (AP) - Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs quieted the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a 102-92 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder earned a late third period goal by Maxime Boisclair and used a key save by Olivier Roy on a penalty shot with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Idaho Steelheads and take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals in front of 4,417 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - If this is Chris Hansen's final salvo in his attempt to purchase the Sacramento Kings, it's coming with an additional $75 million price tag to what already could be the richest franchise sale in NBA history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched eight strong innings and San Francisco beat Tim Hudson for the first time in seven years in the Giants' 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
SEATTLE (AP) - Bob Melvin is still trying to figure out what happened to the consistency Oakland had the first month of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye was one of the last players to leave the "pitch" Friday afternoon - one of several things that set the big Brit apart from other newcomers at the San Francisco 49ers' rookie minicamp.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Call it the Shot That Shook the Bay.
Lorenzo Cain gearing up to run on Buster Posey. Pablo Sandoval trying to launch long balls, Alex Gordon banging into walls chasing them. Madison Bumgarner and James Shields starting big games, with lights-out bullpens poised to close 'em.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The big man they call MadBum is a playoff MVP.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - John Tavares scored the decisive goal of the shootout and the New York Islanders remained unbeaten with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October - even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile.
BEIJING (AP) - Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points to lead the Nets to a 129-117 overtime preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, as Brooklyn swept a pair of exhibition games in China between the teams.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland cornerback DJ Hayden practiced for the first time since breaking his foot in June, a potential boost for the Raiders' struggling defense.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Adam Wainwright is determined to forget about his frustrating October outings and get back to the dominant postseason pitcher he used to be.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's $11,025 fine from the NFL for what a game official called "inappropriate language" during the 49ers' loss to the Chicago Bears last month was cut in half Wednesday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Even though he's just two touchdown throws shy of Brett Favre's NFL record of 508, Peyton Manning isn't getting caught up in history, and neither are his teammates.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Three days after his triumphant return against the Washington Redskins, Carson Palmer was looking forward to practice.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Robert Griffin III returned to practice Wednesday for the Washington Redskins, and coach Jay Gruden confirmed that the third-year quarterback will regain the starter's job this season.