When last season's NBA Finals ended, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was all smiles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo has rejoined the San Francisco 49ers, 2 ½ years after leaving the organization to play for the Chicago Bears.
ALAMEDA (AP) - David Ausberry was poised to win the starting tight end job for the Oakland Raiders last summer before a nasty shoulder injury ended his year in the preseason.
NEW YORK (AP) - Art Sherman got his first glimpse of California Chrome in action in two weeks, and the trainer liked what he saw.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Even at age 37, Charles Woodson is feeling a bit younger in his second season back with the Oakland Raiders.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For decades, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was the technology giant's biggest cheerleader. His booming voice and energetic high-fives are famous around Seattle. Now that he's agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, Ballmer is expected to bring that boosterism to the hardwood down south.
PARIS (AP) - Hardly a good day to be an American in Paris.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist had his game-day face on at practice.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Jozy Altidore appreciates your concern.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Villa of Spain has signed a three-year contract with New York City FC, becoming the first player on the expansion Major League Soccer team that starts play next season at Yankee Stadium.
CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Morgan could return to the U.S. women's soccer team for the first time since an ankle injury last fall when the Americans play a pair of exhibition games against France.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - For the first time in its 25-year history, the favorite to win the annual celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe is a golfer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After three years of coming up short in qualifying, Justin Leonard earned a return to the U.S. Open.
PARIS (AP) - Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A message to horse lovers and dreamers out there: This will not happen to you.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The man was so darned agreeable from tee to green you half-expected his post-round interview to begin:
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and handed out 10 assists as Oklahoma City held off the pesky Sacramento Kings 116-103 to remain even with New Orleans for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - His flowing locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that fueled the Pittsburgh Steelers' return to the NFL's elite.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick dropped back to pass and tight end Vernon Davis could hardly believe he was watching the same player.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Lauren Hill's teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: "Never give up."
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors bet on Andrew Bogut staying healthy when they signed him to a three-year, $36 million extension before last season, and Bogut bet on himself by taking an incentive-rich deal.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez completed a fourth day of deliberations on Friday with no verdict.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry eclipsed his own NBA record for most 3-pointers in a season, scoring 45 points to rally the Golden State Warriors to a 116-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jordan Spieth pulled off the unthinkable Thursday. With the best opening round in 19 years, he managed to make the Masters about a lot more than the Grand Slam bid of Rory McIlroy and the curious return of Tiger Woods.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Not exactly the Tiger of old.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell delivered an RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants spoiled the new-look San Diego Padres' home opener with a 1-0 victory Thursday.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Bryan Lerg scored in his NHL debut and the San Jose Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Thursday night in a game between two teams out of the playoff picture.
PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Heston pitched six effective innings in a combined five-hitter for his first big league win, Casey McGehee hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 Wednesday night
OAKLAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir struck out 10 and was backed by a couple of rookies getting their first big league hits, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 10-0 on Wednesday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Already, it's a Masters unlike any other for Tiger Woods.