SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension Wednesday to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free-agent market next offseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been busy taking flights across the country and overseas, meeting with players and agents and talking to other NBA executives ahead of next week's draft.
MIAMI (AP) - Game 7s do more than settle championships. They define legacies.
In little more than a month, Tiger Woods went from being tough to beat to having a tough time even playing.
BOSTON (AP) - A man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's home had been killed, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Replacing Mia Hamm as the all-time leading goal scorer for the United States women's soccer team can't happen soon enough for Abby Wambach.
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Neymar scored one goal and set up another for Jo to lift Brazil to a 2-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday and secure a spot in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup for the host nation.
HOUSTON (AP) - Mark Appel received high praise from MLB commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday when the No. 1 overall pick signed with the Houston Astros.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat San Diego 5-4 on Tuesday night, snapping the Padres' seven-game winning streak.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Facing Yu Darvish has been no problem for the Oakland Athletics. They have beaten the Texas Rangers' Japanese ace four times, more than any other team.
BOSTON (AP) - Marian Hossa is one of the Chicago Blackhawks' top scorers, with three game-winning goals already this postseason.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James led a title-saving charge, and now his crown will be on the line one more time in Game 7.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks agreed to a contract extension with star center Logan Couture to keep him off the market next summer.
SANDY, Utah (AP) - No amount of tight defense could keep Jozy Altidore from doing what he does best.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Another World Cup, another sad story for the Netherlands.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As awful as the San Francisco Giants have played for most of the last month, they are back in an enviable position: first place in the NL West.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Kobe Bryant feels great, would welcome Byron Scott as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, would love to play alongside free agent Carmelo Anthony and is pleased with the moves of the team's front office so far.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The New York Yankees' battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The Cavaliers have cleared a path for LeBron James to return to Cleveland.
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ARENBERG, France (AP) - An injured wrist was just too much for Tour de France champion Chris Froome, in one of the most memorable and crash-marred stages in recent race history.
OAKLAND (AP) - With 57 victories, the Oakland Athletics have their most wins ever before the All-Star break and lead the majors by a long shot. They still have five more chances to boost that number, too.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is in doubt for the World Cup semifinal against Argentina after succumbing to a stomach problem.