SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
MIAMI (AP) - The man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary testified Tuesday that he never went into the player's home that night and cast his confession as coming only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is undecided whether he will allow himself a day off during San Francisco's bye week. Even with a whirlwind stretch of travel finally over.
The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.
STANFORD (AP) - The toughest test of the year for Stanford's defense just got a whole lot tougher.
LONDON (AP) - With his playing career over, former England captain David Beckham has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
MIAMI (AP) - Shane Battier went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, including a critical one from the right corner with 1:33 remaining, and Miami wasted most a 25-point lead before holding off Derrick Rose and Chicago 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
ALAMEDA (AP) - If the Oakland Raiders are going to make a run in the second half of the season they will have to become a much better second-half team.
CHICAGO (AP) - Kris Bryant connected twice for his first career multi-homer game, and the Chicago Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Monday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - No one in the majors, no position player anyway, is having a better season than Paul Goldschmidt.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some later-voting fans aren't on the Kansas City Royals' All-Star bandwagon.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Alvin Gentry apologized for a raspy voice during his introductory news conference Monday as coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Small ball was the story of the NBA Finals.
ATLANTA (AP) - Danny Ferry officially stepped down as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and said having to watch the team's most successful season from a distance was "bittersweet."
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Never mind the infamous punch and the trash talk: The U.S. women's team says the only motivation it needs for defeating Colombia is the opportunity to move on at the Women's World Cup.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasmani Grandal homered twice, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner also went deep, and the Los Angeles Dodgers knocked two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum out of the game in the second inning en route to a 10-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics closer Tyler Clippard nearly paid a hefty price after lobbying manager Bob Melvin to work the ninth inning for a second straight day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A day later, Max Scherzer couldn't stop smiling.
SEATTLE (AP) - Matias Perez Garcia set up Sanna Nyassi's first-half goal, and then scored in the second half to help the San Jose Earthquake beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Natalie Coughlin chatted with teammates and helped one of them fix her starting block. Then the Olympic gold medalist set an American and U.S. Open record in winning the 50-meter backstroke at the Arena Pro Series on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buster Posey hit a grand slam and the San Francisco Giants got two RBIs each from Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy in a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.