The U.S. drew a daunting task for next year's World Cup: difficult opponents, tropical venues and a wearying 9,000-mile zigzag journey across Brazil.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Rockets' offense is one of the best in the NBA. However, against Golden State on Friday night, it was the defense that was the key.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jodie Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes used a strong third period to extend their winning streak to three games.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Tiger Woods didn't like the way he warmed up on the range. What he produced on the golf course Friday left him with no complaints.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As if playing in the Eastern time zone where they've lost 12 straight games isn't bad enough, the Oakland Raiders could be facing snowy conditions for Sunday's game in New York. Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't be more excited.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will both be out for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team started the season with a bang Thursday in Modesto.
I've learned over the years that people could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The San Jose Sharks kept coming at Marc-Andre Fleury. From the point. From the left circle. From the right circle. From the slot. From right in front of the net.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - Thirty-two teams, a world of possibilities.
STANFORD (AP) - The tough and tenacious way Trent Murphy plays football can be traced to his early years growing up just a few miles away from where the outside linebacker will take the field for Stanford against Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Glenn Dorsey quickly emerged as a stabilizing force in the middle of San Francisco's dominant defensive line.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Zach Johnson already is looking ahead to next year, and one of his priorities is to score better on the par 5s. He got started on that Thursday in the World Challenge.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Bubba Watson shot a 3-under 67 on Friday to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Travelers Championship.
SONOMA (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, called the Confederate flag "offensive to an entire race" Friday while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Tyson Gay was going so fast through the finish line that he nearly ran out of track to apply the brakes, sidestepping cameramen to avoid a nasty collision.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle. The Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - The Sacramento Kings drafted Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick Thursday night, adding an elite defender to one of the NBA's worst defensive teams.
OAKLAND,(AP) - The Golden State Warriors drafted UCLA forward Kevon Looney with the 30th and final pick of the first round.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray wins at Texas even when he's not at his best.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Padres' eighth inning began and ended with pinch-hitters - and they were one and the same player.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country Thursday night when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - It's been a rather short turnaround for the United States between Monday night's 2-0 victory over Colombia in the round of 16 and Friday's World Cup quarterfinal against China.
The Memphis Grizzlies acquired forward Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Luke Ridnour, who later was sent to Oklahoma City.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship.
Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon halfway to a Grand Slam.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The United States is still looking for its offense at the Women's World Cup even though its stellar defense has it three wins from a title.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kendall Graveman enjoyed watching and waiting to go to the mound, especially with the Oakland Athletics giving him a five-run lead before throwing his first pitch.