SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a team known for stellar pitching, bushy beards and quirky personalities, the unquestioned leader of the San Francisco Giants is their understated catcher, Buster Posey.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelans are celebrating their homegrown baseball heroes as a record contingent of players from the country heads into the World Series with the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Abby Wambach scored for the 23rd time this year, but the U.S. had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Germany on Tuesday, the teams' second draw in four days.
NEW YORK (AP) - Being the NFL's only unbeaten team has its perks - at least this week.
PHOENIX (AP) - Oregon State is off to its best start since before World War I, undefeated and up to No. 7 in the BCS standings after winning eight combined games the previous two seasons.
STANFORD. (AP) - One of the last things that might come to mind when most people think about Stanford is a spread-option formation and a running quarterback.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee and rookie Harrison Barnes each scored 16 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 107-92 on Tuesday night to close out their preseason.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From postseason bystander to starting the World Series opener. That's how far Barry Zito has come in two years to resurrect his career.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen likes the production his team is getting out of the no-huddle offense.
Turner: Chargers didn't use Stickum in MNF loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Marty Hurney admits the "losing environment" for the Carolina Panthers must end. He won't be a part of the effort.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - After a pair of games in the span of five days, a Monday night matchup was a welcome sight on the schedule for the San Francisco 49ers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair.
YANKEES 4, ASTROS 2
CARDINALS 7, REDS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jose Calderon added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, 113-107 on Thursday night.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the early lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams couldn't dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Michael Brantley atoned for a rare error by hitting a two-run sungle in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Athletics in the nightcap Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tim Hudson was backed to his old self with his new team.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big, which is enabling them to rest players and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exhibition match Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Wednesday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Phil Mickelson has never shied away from suspense, though it's usually limited to his play.
RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 2