KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - The ball hung in the humid night air, so Venus Williams charged forward, using her long strides to arrive quickly and swat a winner.
Josh Johnson has no idea how much he'll play behind 49ers starter Alex Smith, or if the backup job is even his to earn ahead of second-year pro Colin Kaepernick.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Kaman scored 20 points and the Hornets rallyied for a 97-90 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, spoiling Chris Paul's return to New Orleans.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Evgeni Malkin scored twice, James Neal had four assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff spot with a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Al Jefferson's putback with 0.9 seconds remaining lifted the Utah Jazz to a 103-102 win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Daniel Winnik scored his first goal with San Jose to give the Sharks' playoff hopes a needed boost with a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Charlie Wi felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with his last round.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders agreed on one-year contracts with free agent offensive lineman Khalif Barnes and cornerback Pat Lee on Wednesday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - No hard feelings on Alex Smith's part that the San Francisco 49ers pursued Peyton Manning.
DALLAS (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers stopped the Dallas Mavericks' four-game winning streak with a 109-93 victory on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings have finished ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division standings only once in 12 years. Although they moved ahead of the Sharks with an invigorating win Tuesday night, the Kings realize it is unwise to check the standings in this crazy Western Conference race until it is all over.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If rookie Klay Thompson keeps playing like this, Golden State fans may start getting over the loss of Monta Ellis.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Luis Mendoza became the second Kansas City Royals pitcher to be led off the mound by a trainer in four games.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Kevin Slowey remains in the race for the Cleveland Indians' final rotation spot. He's just not gaining ground.
PHOENIX (AP) - Brandon McCarthy has a visit to the nail salon in his future. McCarthy allowed four runs - two earned - and five hits and three walks in four innings in the Oakland Athletics' 5-5, 10-inning tie against a Chicago Cubs split squad on Tuesday. He spent the day battling a torn middle fingernail on his right hand, an injury he'll fix with a fake nail applied at a nail salon. "I wish ...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili's 3-pointer from the wing with 1.2 seconds left in double overtime lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a thrilling 129-127 victory over the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry's 44 points in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals Monday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cliff Lee shut down the Giants once again with eight strong innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double among his three hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies stopped San Francisco's season-best six-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Monday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan sees no need to remind his team of the precariousness of a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jarrod Parker's neck was already sore before the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pokes fun at questions from reporters all the time and can be easily irritated and annoyed, especially after losses, which is what made his reaction to Stephen Curry sinking seven 3-pointers in Golden State's 116-106 win over San Antonio last month such a rare scene.
BOISE, Idaho – Andrew Clark buried a wrist shot during a goal mouth scramble with 8:21 left in sudden death overtime to lift the Stockton Thunder to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Idaho Steelheads in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final before 2,769 fans at Century Link Arena on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another game, another injury and another walkoff loss for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Grant Balfour was angry.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Now that Shug McGaughey has won the Kentucky Derby, it's time for the 62-year-old trainer to go after another race missing from his Hall of Fame resume.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - One phone call changed his plans. One shot changed a whole lot more for Derek Ernst.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Cristie Kerr made a short par putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Suzann Pettersen on Sunday to win the Kingsmill Championship for the third time.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Down by one in the final minute, the Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher turned a tough situation for the Thunder into the worst-case scenario for the Grizzlies.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James was at his best this season, and the voters tasked with selecting the NBA's Most Valuable Player took notice.