LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Clarence Campbell Bowl was in Staples Center for the first time, waiting to be presented by Commissioner Gary Bettman to the NHL's Western Conference champions. The Los Angeles Kings' long-suffering fans gathered downtown shortly after dawn, eager to witness a series sweep and a coronation.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The trick play, a delayed double steal, had blown up moments earlier and now Mike Matheny had to face the music.
NEW YORK (AP) - Taking batting practice and infield practice are rituals in baseball.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon McCarthy is back where he was a year ago - on the disabled list with a troublesome right shoulder.
NEW YORK (AP) - A baseball jersey worn by Babe Ruth has sold for more than $4.4 million, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.
CASARES, Spain (AP) - Nicolas Colsaerts handled fierce winds to top Graeme McDowell and capture the World Match Play Championship on Sunday, boosting his chances of making Europe's Ryder Cup team.
GLADSTONE, N.J. (AP) - Azahara Munoz is never going to forget her first LPGA Tour win. It was as emotional as it was controversial and possibly tainted.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - A month ago, Jason Dufner was a single man still in search of his first PGA Tour victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis Motor Speedway might have set a track record Sunday.
BALTIMORE (AP) - I'll Have Another poked his head out of his stall, started nibbling on his nameplate tacked to a wall and looked up at all the people watching his every move.
LOS ANGLES (AP) - Eight months after breaking his leg in a training accident, Dutchman Robert Gesink sealed his overall race title Sunday with a main field finish in the eighth stage of the Amgen Tour of California.
ROME (AP) - A week after Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal made early exits in Madrid on an experimental blue court, both showed they remain a force on red clay Friday by reaching the Italian Open semifinals.
CASARES, Spain (AP) - Top-seeded Martin Kaymer was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship by the lowest-ranked player in the field on Friday, losing by 1 hole to Richard Finch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former welterweight champion Andre Berto has failed a doping test, and the promoter of his rematch with Victor Ortiz says next month's fight is off.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife received multiple online threats after he missed a big shot late in Game 2 of Los Angeles' second-round playoff series with Oklahoma City.
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo "an exciting, athletic player."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jordan Norwood's season-ending knee injury jumbled the Denver Broncos' search for Trindon Holliday's replacement on punt returns and dented the team's depth at wide receiver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Early in his career, Jonathan Martin had a harder time keeping plays straight while shifting from one side of the offensive line to the other.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - One of the NFL's top quarterbacks learned from one of the best defensive backs in the game.
CHICAGO (AP) - All the San Francisco Giants asked for was a fair shot, and that's exactly what they got in the end.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.
MIAMI (AP) - As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.
CHICAGO (AP) - Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a "commitment" to his family.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) - On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S.Open.
BERKELEY (AP) - Michael Williams makes it clear: The word "caretaker" is not the description for how he sees his role as interim athletic director at California.
CHICAGO (AP) - Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer, leading Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.