NEW YORK (AP) - Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York's third shot of the third period, and the Rangers clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jim Johnson struggled again. The Oakland Athletics picked up their new closer with a strong finish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer and sacrifice fly to pound Tim Lincecum again, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and the Anaheim Ducks clinched their second straight Pacific Division title with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the late-charging Sacramento Kings 100-99 on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Now that they're no longer receiving awards, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are getting their names on some.
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.
The United States not only avenged last month's stinging loss to France with its 10th Algarve Cup title, the Americans addressed concerns about their readiness for the Women's World Cup.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson reached the 5,000-point milestone and knocked down two late 3-pointers in a 69-second span, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Detroit Pistons 105-98 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - His eyes swollen from crying and reciting scripture as he spoke of retirement, five-time All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis bid farewell to football and called it one of his happiest days yet because he is leaving on his own terms.
NEW YORK (AP) - Until the New York Jets landed Darrelle Revis, the first hours of NFL free agency Tuesday looked more like fantasy football.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray pitched into the third inning, Barry Zito went 2 2-3 innings and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in an exhibition game Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Farmers Field had a prime location in downtown Los Angeles, big-time boosters, a builder with an impeccable professional sports resume, even a name and sponsor - rare for a project in the planning stages.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders opened free agency by agreeing to contracts on Tuesday with former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, blocking tight end Lee Smith and running back Roy Helu.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers made a splash before free agency even began.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Quarterback Jake Locker has retired from football rather than hit free agency after four NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans, saying he no longer has the "burning desire" needed to keep playing the game for a living.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Kemp hit a three-run drive and Justin Upton followed with a home run as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Make it 50 wins and counting for the Splash Brothers and Co.
NEW YORK (AP) - The salary cap has been set, and it's time for the NFL's shopping spree to begin.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched two perfect innings in his spring debut, Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the exhibition season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played to a 5-5 tie Monday.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks gave Kyle Korver the weekend off, hoping it would help him break out of his shooting slump.
When NFL free agency begins today, lots of players will get lots of money. Some will even earn it throughout those massive contracts.