CHICAGO (AP) - Theo Epstein expected some rough stretches. He just didn't envision anything like this.
By MIKE & JEFF BURGHARDT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dan Wheldon couldn't win his third Indianapolis 500. Dario Franchitti did it for him.
MIAMI (AP) - Not even a ball to the face could stop Melky Cabrera.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics can only hope that the help they are expecting from the minors will come soon enough to spark their dormant offense.
PARIS (AP) - Easy to understand why Andy Roddick never enjoyed playing on red clay all that much.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Roy Halladay gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in an abbreviated two-inning start before leaving with shoulder soreness, and the St. Louis Cardinals avoided a four-game sweep with an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
BOSTON (AP) - Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Boston closer Alfredo Aceves, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, a day after losing in the final inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It used to be that baseball fans would head for the concourse to grab a beer between innings, a cold one as much a part of America's pastime as hotdogs and Cracker Jack.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Freese expects everything to happen just like last fall. Call him spoiled.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have recalled right-hander Andrew Carignan from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned right-hander Graham Godfrey back to the River Cats.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - C.J. Sapong broke a seven-match goal drought, and Kei Kamara scored his team-leading fifth goal and added an assist to help Sporting Kansas City beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Sunday.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Welcome to the Hendrick family, Kasey Kahne.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gregg Popovich wanted some "nasty." The San Antonio Spurs obliged, and they've now tied NBA history.
MILAN (AP) - Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win one of cycling's three major tour races, capturing the Giro d'Italia on Sunday by overtaking Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez in the final stage.
SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch ran for a 9-yard touchdown and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks had a 22-10 lead over the Green Bay Packers after three quarters in the NFL season opener on Thursday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Shelby Harris had no idea what his football future would hold when he was suspended for his final college season at Illinois State.
NEW YORK (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers' new stadium is the most expensive venue to take a family of four for an NFL game.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Wes Welker's suspension didn't exactly send the Denver Broncos into a scramble. Their adaptable offense is built to weather such setbacks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Through a pair of back-and-forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past U.S. Open champions.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) - They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - In a week that should be filled with talk about another Super Bowl run and the pomp and circumstance of finally playing the much-hyped season opener, the San Francisco 49ers once again find themselves dealing with potential embarrassment and legal problems away from the field.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jon Lester did just about everything the Oakland Athletics had hoped he would do in big games against big pitchers during the season's stretch run.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Through three coaching staffs, hundreds of players and countless opponents, the Oakland Raiders have been unable to solve their East Coast hex.
DENVER (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong was hurt by the home run ball at Coors Field - again.
Starting his second World Cup cycle as U.S. coach, Jurgen Klinsmann set a bold goal for the Americans: reach the final four of the 2018 tournament in Russia.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr has been groomed to be a starting quarterback in the NFL ever since he was an 11-year-old breaking down film with big brother David.
The Seattle Seahawks are still on top. Soon, they'll have to start proving it again.