RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The new ball for next year's World Cup - called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course - was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Donte Whitner realizes how different the San Francisco 49ers are now from the team that got whipped at Seattle in Week 2.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.
NEW YORK (AP) - New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment for leukemia, and Portland's Caleb Porter has been selected Coach of the Year.
SEATTLE (AP) - A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rod Streater and Andre Holmes are perfect examples of how things have changed with the Oakland Raiders in the post-Al Davis era.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After Golden State's difficult road loss two nights ago in Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry was anxious to avoid a repeat performance Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.
ATLANTA (AP) - Talk about an SEC surprise.
SYDNEY (AP) - Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open on Sunday, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Marcus Smart had an off game and Oklahoma State lost in a rematch with Memphis.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ryan Kesler scored two goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's the Sweet 16 - the second week of the NCAA Tournament - and that means bragging rights for college basketball programs.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - Fatai Alashe and Ty Harden scored goals in the first half and the San Jose Earthquakes opened their new stadium with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert.
FONTANA (AP) - Brad Keselowski roared past Kurt Busch on the final lap and held off streaking Kevin Harvick to win at Fontana on Sunday, earning his first NASCAR victory of the season in a wild finish.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Matt Every had a tongue-in-cheek response when he heard Tiger Woods was not ready to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year. He said he told Woods, "Don't worry, man, I'll hold it down for you until you get back."
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Missy Franklin of California won the 200-yard backstroke with the second-fastest time ever for her third title of the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships Saturday night, and helped the Golden Bears win the team title.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Marco Dawson won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on Sunday for his first Champions Tour's title, breaking a tie with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole and closing with two pars for a two-stroke victory.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Satin bolstered his case for a spot on Cincinnati's bench, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth and a game-ending RBI single in the Reds' 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner allowed only one hit, an Albert Pujols home run, over six innings, but the Los Angeles Angels rallied Sunday for a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An NFL team owner has designed a Los Angeles-area stadium for two clubs - with two home locker rooms, identical sets of office space and two owners' suites.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Alex Rios each had two hits as the Kansas City Royals defeated a San Francisco Giants split squad 4-2 Sunday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the Washington Wizards, a lopsided loss to the lowly Sacramento Kings is no way to be playing if they hope to make a statement in the playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry overcame a subpar shooting performance to score 16 points with 11 assists, Harrison Barnes added 22 points and the Golden State Warriors kept rolling at home with a 112-96 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rudy Gay had 33 points and nine rebounds, leading the Sacramento Kings past Charlotte 101-91 on Friday night for their second victory over the struggling Hornets in 10 days.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Clayton Kershaw broke a tooth when was hit in the face by a line drive in the third, then he finished a sharp five-inning outing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics in a game between split squads Friday.