SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Hector Sanchez spent the winter back home in Venezuela fine-tuning his swing while turning most of his attention to becoming a better defensive catcher. Day after day, he fueled his improvement with thoughts of making the Giants' opening day roster.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to have much left in the tank.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained, surgically repaired throwing shoulder and will not do any baseball activity for three weeks.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Get ready for a "birdie-fest" at Augusta National.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to power the United States to a 3-0 victory over Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern would love a system in which Anthony Davis and the rest of Kentucky's freshmen stars were required to try to repeat.
STANFORD (AP) - Stepfan Taylor's teammates call him the country's quietest 1,000-yard rusher. Overshadowed and underappreciated might fit just as well, too.
DALLAS (AP) - Logan Couture's timing was perfect.
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.