STANFORD (AP) - Even though Kevin Hogan grew up the son of a lobbyist and attended high school six blocks from the Capitol building, nobody had to do any politicking for him to be Stanford's starting quarterback.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players' association lasted deep into Tuesday night, and went well enough that the sides agreed to return to the bargaining table for more talks Wednesday.
BERKELEY (AP) - Allan Bridgford prepares each week as if he is the starting quarterback for California.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title looking like the man to beat again.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State has gone into a small tailspin, losing three straight games, all in conference.
NEW YORK (AP) - A close call on the field for the Atlanta Falcons, a near unanimous choice to stay atop the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
INDIAN WELL (AP) - The baseball players' union concluded Melky Cabrera's agents didn't know about a scheme to create a phony website in a defense of his positive drug test but said they failed to properly manage the employees of the firm who tried to carry out the scheme.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Golden State Warriors 94-92 Monday night to avoid an 0-4 start.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints picked up a much-needed win.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that linebacker Aldon Smith spoke with general manager Trent Baalke about what happened during the bye week while the player visited his former college, Missouri.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have been struggling to run the ball with a healthy Darren McFadden for most of this season.
CARSON (AP) - Victor Bernardez scored on a free kick deep into stoppage time Sunday night to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series.
OAKLAND (AP) - Doug Martin never had a homecoming like this during his stellar college career at Boise State.
OAKLAND (AP) - Suspended pitcher Bartolo Colon is getting a second chance with the Oakland Athletics, agreeing to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract that includes potential performance bonuses.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After opening the season in Australia and San Diego, the Dodgers are finally coming home.
NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair.
YANKEES 4, ASTROS 2
CARDINALS 7, REDS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jose Calderon added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, 113-107 on Thursday night.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the early lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams couldn't dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Michael Brantley atoned for a rare error by hitting a two-run sungle in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Athletics in the nightcap Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tim Hudson was backed to his old self with his new team.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big, which is enabling them to rest players and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exhibition match Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Wednesday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Phil Mickelson has never shied away from suspense, though it's usually limited to his play.