HOUSTON (AP) - A's closer Grant Balfour hadn't blown a save all season, and his streak of 44 straight saves was an Oakland record and the sixth longest run in major league history.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Much like when they came together for training camp last summer, the San Francisco 49ers return yet again determined to take another important step this season - from Super Bowl runner-up to champion.
BOSTON (AP) - All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.
• Obama to salute Giants on World Series win: WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series. The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins has everything USA Basketball is looking for in a big man.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth career shutout, beating Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 11-0 Monday night for his first victory at AT&T Park and No. 100 with the Cincinnati Reds.
HOUSTON (AP) - There was only one word to describe Oakland's play through four innings on Monday night against the Houston Astros.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson described his feelings toward links golf as a "hate-love" relationship, meaning he once dreaded coming over to the British Open for a brand of golf played only once a year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the first penalty from baseball's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers, nullifying a trade to bring him to Northern California from Tampa Bay.
The NFL and players union are talking again about getting a test in place for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
• MEYER DISCIPLINES 4 BUCKEYES: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus. In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar this past weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week's Big Ten media days. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the annual event. Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey took off from first on Pablo Sandoval's sixth-inning double with what looked like a good chance of scoring the tying run.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam.
Some of my best friends have been dogs. They are more dependable than most people, and smarter than a lot of folks I know. As a kid, when Mom wasn't looking I'd let my dog into my bed and use him as a pillow.
CHICAGO (AP) - Kris Bryant connected twice for his first career multi-homer game, and the Chicago Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Monday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - No one in the majors, no position player anyway, is having a better season than Paul Goldschmidt.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some later-voting fans aren't on the Kansas City Royals' All-Star bandwagon.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Alvin Gentry apologized for a raspy voice during his introductory news conference Monday as coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Small ball was the story of the NBA Finals.
ATLANTA (AP) - Danny Ferry officially stepped down as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and said having to watch the team's most successful season from a distance was "bittersweet."
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Never mind the infamous punch and the trash talk: The U.S. women's team says the only motivation it needs for defeating Colombia is the opportunity to move on at the Women's World Cup.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasmani Grandal homered twice, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner also went deep, and the Los Angeles Dodgers knocked two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum out of the game in the second inning en route to a 10-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics closer Tyler Clippard nearly paid a hefty price after lobbying manager Bob Melvin to work the ninth inning for a second straight day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A day later, Max Scherzer couldn't stop smiling.
SEATTLE (AP) - Matias Perez Garcia set up Sanna Nyassi's first-half goal, and then scored in the second half to help the San Jose Earthquake beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Natalie Coughlin chatted with teammates and helped one of them fix her starting block. Then the Olympic gold medalist set an American and U.S. Open record in winning the 50-meter backstroke at the Arena Pro Series on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buster Posey hit a grand slam and the San Francisco Giants got two RBIs each from Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy in a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.