BALTIMORE (AP) - Nelson Cruz was branded a cheater and punished accordingly. As he waited to be introduced on his first opening day in Baltimore, the former All-Star wondered how Orioles fans would react in the aftermath of the 50-game suspension he received last year for using performance-enhancing drugs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Hudson walked to the dugout after an impressive eight-inning performance in his Giants home debut and hardly realized 42,000 people were celebrating him with a roaring ovation.
ATLANTA (AP) - Hank Aaron is still the home run king to many. Even baseball commissioner Bud Selig has a difficult time seeing it any other way.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Left-hander Matt Moore has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Tampa Bay Rays because of an elbow injury.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Caron Butler made all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder started the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run to pull away for a 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alex Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score 50 or more goals in a season five times, and the Washington Capitals kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the slumping St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Adam Scott is relishing every part of being Masters champion.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Abby Wambach quickly dismissed any notion that players on the U.S. women's soccer team were behind the surprise firing of coach Tom Sermanni.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Oakland Athletics can win a lot of different ways, as evidenced by their two-year hold on the AL West division title.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse is counting on a comeback season, and the San Francisco Giants fully expect their new left fielder to bring life to a lineup that sure could use some added power.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) - The thunder rumbled near the stadium and pelting sleet began to fall, sending the U.S. players scurrying for cover.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Lexi Thompson left Michelle Wie behind Sunday - off the tee and on the leaderboard in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A night after giving San Jose an opening to the Pacific Division title by winning in Anaheim, the Nashville Predators might have closed it up again by beating the Sharks.
VANCOUVER, British Colombia (AP) - The United States' bid for a third Women's World Cup title remains very much alive, as do the championship hopes of all five of the top-ranked teams in the world.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry came off the plane, lifted the Larry O'Brien Trophy as he walked down the mobile staircase and let the gold award shine in the California sun.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marco Scutaro is back on a major league contract thanks to the San Francisco Giants, even if he never plays again.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Andre Iguodala was more than just a key player on a team that beat LeBron James and Cleveland.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - High-level executives of the St. Louis Cardinals were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database, an attorney hired by the team said Wednesday, citing an internal review.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, though Carol Williams knows how much it would have meant to Burke to be honored in his former ballpark as baseball's first openly gay player.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will get their championship rings. LeBron James will try yet again to end Cleveland's epic title drought. And barring a most unlikely change of heart, Kobe Bryant's illustrious NBA career will end.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - Tiger Woods speaks of him in reverential tones.
CLEVELAND (AP) - As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Credit Union have reached an agreement on a naming rights deal for the NBA team's future arena.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Oakland's Eric Sogard took pleasure in helping ruin a big day for his former college coach, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Abby Wambach scored late in the first half and the U.S. women's national team went on to beat Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday night for a first-place finish in its group at the Women's World Cup.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Things have been going so bad at home for the San Francisco Giants that they didn't even have a lead at any point in the first four games of the homestand.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on their former division rival's players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even former Kansas City Royals are doing well in fan voting for the All-Star starters.