COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Alejandro Bedoya remembered back four years ago, when he walked onto the field with his American teammates to face Mexico at the Rose Bowl and saw the crowd of 93,000-plus.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Serena Williams who won the U.S. Open on Sunday didn't flinch at any foot-fault calls.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - After Michael Vick kneeled down for the final time, having sapped the life out of the Robert Griffin III welcome back party, the exhausted Philadelphia Eagles offense exchanged the usual pleasantries with the even-more-spent Washington Redskins defense.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers got off to a dynamite start under new coach Mike McCoy.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Anquan Boldin sprinted off the field for the locker room following a memorable 49ers debut, then insisted afterward that's just how he rolls.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Julius Thomas figures only friends and family drafted him in their fantasy football leagues this season. One catch in two pro seasons didn't exactly make him a tantalizing target.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fussing with her skirt and flubbing her shots, Serena Williams was troubled in the U.S. Open final by the swirling air and the strong play of Victoria Azarenka.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stakes are always high, the encounters always memorable.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a clinching touchdown, and Dallas beat Eli Manning and the Giants 36-31 for the first time at their fancy $1.2 billion stadium with six takeaways.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers got an extra third-down play in the first half because of an officiating error - and scored a touchdown on it.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon won for the first time in more than a month, Seth Smith homered during a seven-run third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Terrelle Pryor threw for 217 yards, one touchdown and broke a franchise record Sunday. That wasn't good enough for Oakland's new quarterback.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Anquan Boldin's sensational San Francisco debut helped keep the 49ers on quite a roll against Green Bay.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clay Matthews and the Green Bay defense spent a good chunk of the offseason focused on figuring out how to stop the read option and defend mobile quarterbacks like San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck went from No. 1 overall pick to playoff starter in one season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams and umpires clarifying this year's experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - So much for all that talk of distractions, letdowns and doubts surrounding San Francisco's longtime dominant defense. One impressive first-half sequence handled all of that.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back LaMichael James was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The offseason plans to beef up both lines are still a work in progress for the Oakland Raiders.
Ray Rice cut after release of video: BALTIMORE (AP) - Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.
DETROIT (AP) - Matthew Stafford improvised brilliantly on two early touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson, and Detroit beat the New York Giants 35-14 on Monday night in Jim Caldwell's first game as Lions coach.
CHICAGO (AP) - Eric O'Flaherty wasn't able to help the Oakland Athletics' ailing bullpen.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Josh Hamilton's sore right shoulder is better, but not improved enough to get him back on the field.
NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams is building a new house, complete with a karaoke room and a purse room for her "bag problem."
NEW YORK (AP) - Marin Cilic was barred from last year's U.S. Open during a doping suspension he still says was unjust.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit rookie Kyle Lobstein earned his first major league win, and Miguel Cabrera homered for the third time in two days in the Tigers' 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - A day after a dramatic comeback victory, the Oakland Athletics had quite the letdown.
NEW YORK (AP) - Standing on the field with a microphone, the end of his baseball career likely three weeks away, Derek Jeter remained as cool and collected as his play at shortstop over the past two decades.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers can put a tumultuous offseason behind them. They have a rusty Tony Romo to thank for making the opener a little easier.