OAKLAND (AP) - For much of the season, Stephen Vogt caught Sonny Gray with Triple-A Sacramento. Neither could have pictured pairing up on such a sensational playoff moment for the Athletics when they were 90 miles away in California's capital.
OAKLAND (AP) - Max Scherzer overpowered Oakland with his dominant fastball, then baffled the Athletics with his off-speed stuff.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.
BOSTON (AP) - One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing plenty of fire and some nifty defense, the Atlanta Braves recaptured their Turner Field swagger.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Embattled Texans quarterback Matt Schaub might be better off hitting the road and getting out of Houston for the weekend.
OAKLAND (AP) - Terrelle Pryor promises the San Diego Chargers will see a completely different quarterback than the one who made his first NFL start in last year's season finale.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Clint Hurdle waited patiently for the double-play ball that never materialized.
ATLANTA (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the playoffs looking intent on ending that quarter-century drought since their last World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski walked slowly through the Raiders locker room, a thick black brace around his right knee. He paused at his stall briefly, donned a black hoodie then moved back out the way he came.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Football's days as a backup are over this season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Magic Johnson praised recent activism by professional athletes on Tuesday and called for more conversation between government, law enforcement and black leaders.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians addressed the need for more power in their lineup. Now Brandon Moss has to provide it.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh isn't budging, even if his new broken tooth offers a symbolic glimpse into the story of his disappointing year.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders responded to their first win of the season with their most lopsided loss in more than a half-century.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Eddie Lacy and Aaron Rodgers powered the Green Bay Packers to another big first half in a home victory.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The doors to baseball's Hall of Fame remained shut to this year's Golden Era committee candidates.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseball's winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star and the Chicago White Sox adding a closer.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders may have come up with the best description of what it's like to play the Golden State Warriors these days.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With DeMarcus Cousins sidelined with an illness, Rudy Gay felt the burden to carry the load for the Sacramento Kings as a scorer, defender and team leader.
WINDEMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods appears to be on the road to recovery again, only it's no longer a question of how soon before he reaches full speed.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Paul MacLean was fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Monday, less than 18 months since he was the NHL's coach of the year.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the Board of Governors had no objection to billionaire businessman Bill Foley exploring the level of interest in an expansion team coming to Las Vegas.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Five more world records were broken at the short-course world championships on Sunday, with Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden setting two on the final day.