The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Clint Hurdle waited patiently for the double-play ball that never materialized.
ATLANTA (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the playoffs looking intent on ending that quarter-century drought since their last World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski walked slowly through the Raiders locker room, a thick black brace around his right knee. He paused at his stall briefly, donned a black hoodie then moved back out the way he came.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Meet Mr. Hitner.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it's in a much different role than he's accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's playoffs no longer are an exclusive club of high rollers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Donte Whitner may start his own clothing line if he continues to get flagged for unnecessary roughness.
NICE, France (AP) - Richie Porte of Australia mastered tricky conditions to win Paris-Nice for the second time after being fastest in Sunday's final time-trial stage.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Serena Williams is settling right on into the BNP Paribas Open, producing a quick, business-like effort in advancing to the fourth round Sunday while enjoying her return after a 14-year absence.
SEATTLE (AP) - The key to Saturday night's game was simple for the San Jose Earthquakes: Effort.
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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Some of the best short-game shots Jordan Spieth has hit in his young career have been on the final two holes on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - The Los Angeles Marathon didn't even wait for the sun to rise.
DENVER (AP) - Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Randy Foye hit three crucial 3-pointers down the stretch and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat short-handed Golden State 114-103 on Friday night as the Warriors rested several of their top players, including Stephen Curry.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Robert Covington scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-107 on Friday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Texas top prospect Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer off San Francisco's Jake Peavy, and the Rangers beat the Giants 3-0 on Friday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Edinson Volquez had a shaky start, but Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer to offset a two-run double by former teammate Billy Butler and the Kansas City Royals beat an Oakland Athletics split squad 8-4 Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders added another new starter to their defense, signing former Philadelphia safety Nate Allen to a four-year contract on Thursday to fill the hole created when Tyvon Branch was released.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Antti Niemi made 35 saves to shut out Nashville for the second time this season, and Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal late in the second period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-0 victory over the Predators on Thursday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a two-year contract while also releasing wide receiver Stevie Johnson a day after acquiring Torrey Smith.