NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell sent a message to every coach and player in the NFL: safety first. The league commissioner stuck with his punishments for New Orleans' pay-for-pain bounties on Monday, rejecting Saints coach Sean Payton's appeal of a season-long suspension. An NFL investigation found that, under Payton's watch, an assistant ran a program offering cash payouts for hits that ...
TORONTO (AP) - The beer taps weren't turned off this time, but fans in the upper deck at Monday night's Toronto Blue Jays home opener found it harder than usual to get their hands on some suds. With a sellout crowd of 50,000 expected at Rogers Centre for the game against Boston, the Blue Jays limited beer sales to one per customer, ...
CYCLING TOM BOONEN WINS PARIS-ROUBAIX FOR 4TH TIME: ROUBAIX, France (AP) - Belgian rider Tom Boonen has won the Paris-Roubaix race for a record-tying fourth time, successfully breaking away from the pack about 35 miles from the end of Sunday's one-day classic. The 2005 world champion crossed the finish line alone, before five chasing riders had reached the velodrome in the northern French town of Roubaix. <p ...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Alan Gordon added a goal in a 10-minute span midway through the second half to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 points, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime, and the New York Knicks spoiled a rusty Derrick Rose's return to the lineup to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-99 on Sunday.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's Olympic chief fears the London Games could be marred by a protest like the one that disrupted the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge on the River Thames.
ROQUEBRUNE, France (AP) - Having beaten Roger Federer's Switzerland and France on the road, the U.S. Davis Cup team now awaits a more daunting obstacle - defending champion Spain in the semifinals.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Courtney Lee scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods arrived at Augusta National as a favorite to win his fifth green jacket. Instead, he left with his worst score as a pro.
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Timberwolves' five starters have logged more minutes than any other starting group in the NBA this year, in part because former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams couldn't gain the trust of coach Rick Adelman.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Colin Kaepernick looked left, scrambled right, then found Anquan Boldin open in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension Monday, securing the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history into his 20th season with the franchise.
OAKLAND (AP) - A woman who jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders' stadium survived after a man tried to catch her and broke her fall, authorities said.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As painful as it was to blow a late lead and lose a game that dropped them from sixth place to 12th place in the AFC standings, the Oakland Raiders have no choice but to move ahead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing his one-game suspension without pay after being labeled by the NFL as a repeat offender of the league's rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - While Jon Bon Jovi is interested in becoming an NFL owner one day, he's not currently pursuing the Buffalo Bills, the New Jersey rocker's publicist told The Associated Press on Monday.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo has now directed decisive fourth-quarter drives in the past two Dallas wins.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil's traditional yellow jersey has lost its all-conquering allure.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Fernando Abad from Washington on Monday and sent Class A outfielder John Wooten to the Nationals.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders have new lease agreements to remain at the stadium they share in Oakland. Officials overseeing the O.co Coliseum approved short term leases on Monday for both teams.
OAKLAND (AP) - After Matt McGloin delivered another big play to give Oakland a late lead, the Raiders turned the game over to their most consistent unit.