NFL GLEASON UPSET OVER RELEASE OF WILLIAMS RECORDING: NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason says he never authorized a documentary film maker to release an inflammatory recording of disgraced former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Gleason, who has ALS, says he feels "deflated and disappointed" over the release of the audio, which film maker Sean Pamphilon got ...
CLEVELAND (AP) - In the longest opening-day game in major league history, J.P. Arencibia's three-run homer in the 16th inning sent the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - With Magic Johnson and Frank McCourt watching from next to the dugout, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 Thursday even though reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw left after three innings with the flu.
OAKLAND (AP) - By the time Oakland gets through its first eight games, the Athletics will already have faced Mariners ace Felix Hernandez three times.
PHOENIX (AP) - The game between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks has just about everything a season opener needs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Florida Panthers ended one of the longest playoff droughts in major North American sports Thursday night despite a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, who also earned a postseason bid to complete the eight-team field for the Eastern Conference.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored the only shootout goal, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Kings 6-5 Thursday night to pull even with Los Angeles atop the Pacific Division with two days left in the regular season.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points, Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds and the New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic 96-80 on Thursday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - With his words and then his play, Lee Westwood shot down the notion Thursday that this Masters was a two-horse race.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Blake Griffin made three straight jumpers in the closing minutes to finish with 14 points and nine rebounds, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 93-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
NFL GOODELL HEARS APPEALS FROM SAINTS' PAYTON, LOOMIS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Payton slipped out a back entrance from NFL headquarters and directly into to a waiting car. The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl-winning coach now must wait for Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide whether he will reduce any of the penalties in the team's bounty scandal. <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On the same day the NFL heard the Saints' appeals in their hits-for-cash scandal, a recording of Gregg Williams emerged that purports to capture the disgraced defensive coordinator telling players to "put a lick" on 49ers receiver Kyle Williams to see if he had lingering effects from a concussion.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Johan Franzen scored on consecutive shots in the third period to end Brian Elliott's shutout streak after more than 3 1-2 games, and Todd Bertuzzi netted the lone goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Josh Donaldson is starting to show signs that he might be a reliable replacement for Scott Sizemore.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Hector Sanchez spent the winter back home in Venezuela fine-tuning his swing while turning most of his attention to becoming a better defensive catcher. Day after day, he fueled his improvement with thoughts of making the Giants' opening day roster.
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.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors All-Star power forward David Lee had surgery Thursday to repair a torn right hip flexor, an injury that forced him out of the starting lineup and limited his minutes in the playoffs.
MIAMI (AP) - The game was very much in doubt. A sold-out arena was basically silent. The chance of getting back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year could have slipped away.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Charl Schwartzel made sure one hole didn't ruin an entire round Thursday in the Memorial.
PARIS (AP) - Bethanie Mattek-Sands skipped backward across the clay, her wagging tongue framed by a smile as she savored yet another surprising victory for American tennis at the French Open.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that clears a procedural step in the Golden State Warriors' attempt to build a new arena in San Francisco.