LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings have finished ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division standings only once in 12 years. Although they moved ahead of the Sharks with an invigorating win Tuesday night, the Kings realize it is unwise to check the standings in this crazy Western Conference race until it is all over.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If rookie Klay Thompson keeps playing like this, Golden State fans may start getting over the loss of Monta Ellis.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Luis Mendoza became the second Kansas City Royals pitcher to be led off the mound by a trainer in four games.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Kevin Slowey remains in the race for the Cleveland Indians' final rotation spot. He's just not gaining ground.
PHOENIX (AP) - Brandon McCarthy has a visit to the nail salon in his future.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks got a good look at three of their top prospects on Tuesday and they had to like what they saw.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each had a goal and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings moved into an eighth-place tie in the Western Conference with their fifth consecutive victory, 5-2 over the stumbling San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 31 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points and five rebounds before fouling out and the Sacramento Kings held off the Memphis Grizzlies 119-110 on Tuesday night for only their second three-game winning streak this season.
MIAMI (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 29 points, LeBron James survived two scary falls and the Miami Heat used a 17-0 fourth-quarter run to erase a 10-point deficit and beat the Phoenix Suns 99-95 on Tuesday night for their 14th straight home victory.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Neal recorded his second NHL hat trick, and Sidney Crosby had four assists in his first home game in more than three months as the Pittsburgh Penguins ripped the Winnipeg Jets 8-4 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob worked into the wee hours of Tuesday morning to return "hundreds" of emails in the wake of a stunning display by typically well-behaved Bay Area fans, who booed him throughout a halftime ceremony to retire Hall of Famer Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers were working Tuesday night to finalize a three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Last spring during the NFL lockout, Jim Harbaugh handed over his playbook in good faith to quarterback Alex Smith as a commitment that the 49ers planned to bring him back.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kevin Love banked in a 16-foot jumper with 4 minutes left, then added an insurance tip-in off a miss by J.J. Barea to help the Minnesota Timberwolves keep their dimming playoff hopes alive with a 97-93 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Chris Mullin didn't think he'd see his No. 17 Golden State jersey hanging from the rafters at Oracle Arena, not after a bitter parting with the Warriors three years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision.
PLANCHER-LES-MINES, France (AP) - After just 10 stages, the two pre-race favorites have crashed out of the Tour de France. And Vincenzo Nibali is wasting little time in showing that he's now the man to beat.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned after the team failed to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said Monday.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - U.S. captain Tom Watson had been looking forward to seeing Tiger Woods at theBritish Open to "tell him my feelings about him direct" about the Ryder Cup.
BERLIN (AP) - It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title.
NEWTON, Kansas (AP) - Garrett Rank, Michael Colgate and Zane Thomas opened with 5-under-par 66s Monday for the first-round lead at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
LINZ, Austria (AP) - Justin Gatlin stretched his season's unbeaten streak in the 100 meters to 10 races by trashing the 20-year-old best mark of the Gugl Games on Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League's All-Star starter.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was so enthused by seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam, he did the same thing the next inning.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics needed a strong start from Sonny Gray to avoid being swept entering the four-day break for the All-Star game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The youngest player in the All-Star Futures game made one of the biggest impressions.