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. He promised that if he ever got the chance to start for the Browns again he would make the most of it. And on Thursday night, in front of a home crowd that booed some of his early throws and a national TV audience, Weeden came to Cleveland's rescue. Weeden replaced injured starter Brian Hoyer and rallied the Browns to a 37-24 ...
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Meet Mr. Hitner. Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the 'W' - after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so. "My last name was Whitner, now it's Hitner," Whitner said Wednesday. "Yeah, it's legal, I'm taking the 'W' off. I asked my ...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it's in a much different role than he's accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston. Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game. Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's playoffs no longer are an exclusive club of high rollers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Donte Whitner may start his own clothing line if he continues to get flagged for unnecessary roughness.
SANTA BARBARA, (AP) - Ocean breezes drifted through the open gym doors while the Sacramento Kings ran the final wind sprints of their first practice Tuesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ryan Kesler scored two goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Lindsey Vonn is delaying further surgery on her right knee for as long as possible in hopes of skiing at the Sochi Olympics.
STANFORD (AP) - The Pac-12 title game matchup has been set for a week. Now so is the location.
Stakes will be high for No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game - though there might be some good consolation prizes for the loser.
NEW YORK (AP) - Florida State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and No. 3 Auburn, which shook up the national title race by upsetting Alabama.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Another sharp performance by Nick Foles and tough defense at the end kept the Philadelphia Eagles on a roll.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four of them to Eric Decker, and the Denver Broncos held off a furious rally to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 Sunday and seize control of the AFC West.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are heading to New Orleans with a head of steam.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings avoided a second straight tie, and dealt the Chicago Bears a serious blow in the NFC North.
HOUSTON (AP) - The New England Patriots needed another big second half to grab another victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Adam Vinatieri's reliable right foot put Indianapolis on the verge of another playoff appearance.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cecil Shorts came home and broke some hearts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Crabtree produced a career season a year ago and helped lead the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years as Colin Kaepernick's top target.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks might have some choices to make when scripting last-second shots.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamal Crawford had a season-high 31 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds off the bench to help the Los Angeles Clippers to a 104-98 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.