EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Although Joe Thornton and Dustin Brown might not agree on much else over the next two weeks, both captains believe hockey has never been bigger or better in California, from the thriving youth game all the way to their state's three winning NHL clubs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At around age 10, Hunter Pence acquired a Barry Bonds poster from his elementary school fair. It was then that Pence started choking up on his bat just as Bonds did in that prized picture that wound up on his wall.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sure, it's the Texas Rangers in town. The very team the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat in Game No. 162 last October for a stunning sweep to steal away the AL West crown from the two-time reigning AL champions.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Orb has settled into the place reserved for royalty at Pimlico Race Course - stall 40.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have never had a conversation longer than a couple of minutes, and rarely about golf. Maybe it's because they already think along the same lines when it comes to winning tournaments.
BRUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1
HEAT 88, BULLS 65
• Greinke could make debut on Wednesday: LOS ANGELES – Zack Greinke will pitch on Wednesday. Whether he does it against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium or the San Jose Giants in Rancho Cucamonga, where the Dodgers' Single-A team plays, remains to be seen. Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in the offseason but has been on the disabled list since April 12, the day after he broke his clavicle in a fight with San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. He made a rehab start Friday and came out of a weekend bullpen session in good shape ...
OAKLAND (AP) - Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs quieted the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a 102-92 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder earned a late third period goal by Maxime Boisclair and used a key save by Olivier Roy on a penalty shot with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Idaho Steelheads and take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals in front of 4,417 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) - If this is Chris Hansen's final salvo in his attempt to purchase the Sacramento Kings, it's coming with an additional $75 million price tag to what already could be the richest franchise sale in NBA history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched eight strong innings and San Francisco beat Tim Hudson for the first time in seven years in the Giants' 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
SEATTLE (AP) - Bob Melvin is still trying to figure out what happened to the consistency Oakland had the first month of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye was one of the last players to leave the "pitch" Friday afternoon - one of several things that set the big Brit apart from other newcomers at the San Francisco 49ers' rookie minicamp.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal in the final second of the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Friday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - All the big names from Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe to Pete Sampras, Michael Chang and Andy Roddick are on the list of past champions.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The qualifying session for NASCAR's biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as "a complete embarrassment" and called a "cute show" by Clint Bowyer.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Bode Miller crashing and slicing his leg in what possibly could be his last race. Lindsey Vonn breaking into tears with all the pressure weighing on her. Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin coming through with gold medals as expected.
OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - Another dry winter in the Sierra Nevada has prompted the cancellation of World Cup skicross and snowboardcross races at the Squaw Valley resort in early March.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Curry will take on his teammate and team up with his father, then finally take the floor as the leading vote-getter for the All-Star game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored three goals, Antti Niemi stopped 32 shots and the San Jose Sharks ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Enjoying the best weather Pebble Beach has to offer is one thing. Brandt Snedeker knew he had to take advantage of it with his golf clubs, too.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart opened Speedweeks with a weighty - and heated - issue.
Alex Morgan is back.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday that they had reached an agreement in principle with George Karl to become the head coach.
CHICAGO (AP) - A day after Little League International stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West of its national championship, team officials announced they've hired a high-profile attorney to conduct an investigation they hope will end with the return of their title.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk - about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet - and conversations about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and possibly his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become the home of an NFL team moved forward Thursday when election officials cleared the plan for a local vote, possibly in mid-June.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that the Raiders plan to incorporate the no-huddle offense into their system next season.