OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - After a month and a half of dominance, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich suddenly had a reason to question his team's passion and desire.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Melky Cabrera is a new marketing phenomenon: "Got Melk?"
PARIS (AP) - Used to be that Venus Williams was the one who was highly ranked, the one considered a title contender, the one who would dominate foes so thoroughly that matches would be tidily wrapped up in an hour.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gregg Popovich implored his San Antonio Spurs to get nasty to take control of the Western Conference finals.
MIAMI (AP) - Back and forth they went in overtime, Rajon Rondo and the Miami Heat.
NEW YORK (AP) - After a promise from players that the game will be more competitive, the NFL will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu next Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Brazil had its way with the U.S. soccer team, with the stars in the famous yellow jerseys dribbling past the Americans and generally pushing them around for the first half-hour.
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs in his last three at-bats, Michael Cuddyer had a grand slam and Dexter Fowler also homered, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Houston Astros 13-5 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Seattle Mariners used a pair of early eight-run innings to rout the Texas Rangers for the second straight game, winning 21-8 Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) - Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the move being made about six weeks after he became the oldest starting pitcher to win a game in major league history.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Francisco Liriano needed a strong start in his return to the Minnesota Twins rotation. The punchless Oakland Athletics provided the perfect remedy for the vexing left-hander's recent struggles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kirk Gibson asked Ian Kennedy if he could keep going, and Arizona's ace delivered with a career-high 122 pitches.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - East. West. It doesn't make a difference to the Los Angeles Kings.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors finally caught a break again in the NBA draft lottery.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh insists the 49ers planned to have Alex Smith as their quarterback even while they examined the possibility of signing then-free agent Peyton Manning.
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) - With an overwhelming offensive display, Real Madrid became the first road team to score six goals in a knockout-stage game of the Champions League and put itself in position for its fourth straight trip to the quarterfinals.
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was involved in a scuffle with another jail inmate, but neither man required medical attention, a Massachusetts sheriff said Wednesday.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James says his new protective mask is hot, uncomfortable and prone to fogging up. Plus, as teammate Dwyane Wade pointed out, it looks weird.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Raymond Felton is determined to keep personal turmoil from affecting what was already his most trying season professionally.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Up ahead is what figures to be a nine-figure deal.
SACRAMENTO - James Harden scored a season-high 43 points before resting for all of the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets routed the Sacramento Kings 129-103 on Tuesday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco's Buster Posey is already among the most accomplished catchers in baseball with a pair of World Series rings and All-Star selections, the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2010, and a batting title and NL MVP in the same season of 2012.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Imagine being one-third of the way through the PGA Tour season and having a slight edge over Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The saga of Neymar's transfer to Barcelona is threatening to disrupt the Spanish champion's performances on the pitch.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to face WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana on May 3 in a bout to unify their 147-pound titles.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Marcus Lattimore feels close to 100 percent and is counting down the days until he can run free and easy for the San Francisco 49ers.
PHOENIX (AP) - Oakland catcher Derek Norris said collisions at home plate are part of the game and he applauds the updated rule that still allows for them in major league baseball.
The Sochi Olympics are over and the NHL is back after freezing its schedule so that the world's best hockey players could compete for gold - perhaps for the last time.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has no plans to stop being a two-sport man.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - When it comes to his 50-game drug suspension, Nelson Cruz didn't have much to say during his introduction by the Baltimore Orioles.