MIAMI (AP) - Their season, their legacy, their reign atop the NBA was all at stake, and the Miami Heat responded in a manner befitting defending champions - with a blowout.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Boston Bruins keep talking about fortunate bounces and a dash of luck, insisting the margin between themselves and the Pittsburgh Penguins is thin.
PARIS (AP) - Less than 48 hours after learning of the death of his childhood coach, Novak Djokovic was on court at the French Open, determined to complete a career Grand Slam in honor of the woman he likened to a "second mother."
PARIS (AP) - A day before Serena Williams puts her 28-match winning streak on the line at the French Open, the three other U.S. women left in field tried to join her in the quarterfinals.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon tossed a five-hitter a week after turning 40, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Friday night in a game that took only 2 hours, 14 minutes.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - This time, the St. Louis Cardinals got some help from the bad weather.
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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Bill Haas played the best golf in the toughest conditions Friday in the rain-delayed Memorial.
PARIS (AP) - Miffed about the scheduling of matches at the French Open, Rafael Nadal took the court at 11 a.m. Friday lacking his usual intensity, and it showed. The seven-time champion had to come from behind for the second match in a row to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
PARIS (AP) - Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title because of a knee problem, giving teammate Chris Froome the chance to win cycling's premier race after finishing runner-up last year.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore signed a four-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
MIAMI (AP) - Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra, both trying to regain their spots on the U.S. national team, are among 35 players on the American preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer has suspended San Jose defender Victor Bernardez two games for violent conduct in a game on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Bochy envisioned a disappointing flight to St. Louis that might have been if San Francisco's mistake-filled funk had extended into another day against the Oakland Athletics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Incoming Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is already making moves to rebuild the fallen franchise.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matthew Stafford and Detroit's passing game looked in midseason form even with star Calvin Johnson on the sideline watching.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team Friday, inking a deal to join the Sacramento Kings in training camp.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chase Utley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper - one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Brittany Lincicome opened a three-stroke lead Friday in the wind-swept LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of a tournament she has never won. Given her history in Cincinnati, she'll avoid thinking about the long-awaited title.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour's postseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis, one of two girls at the Little League World Series, threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 on Friday in the opener for both teams.
CHICAGO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had a big bag of ice on his right knee while he watched the end of practice Thursday. He briefly covered his face with a towel as trainers milled around his table next to the folded gym bleachers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park - the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two days of practice in front of boisterous Raiders supporters gave Oakland's newcomers a taste of the passion of the fan base.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a spotless stretch for 18 days earlier this month, the Oakland Athletics bullpen is struggling a bit.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.