OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - For James Harden, the notion that he could impact a game just as much off the bench as he would from the starting lineup didn't really click until he was forced to test it out.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Joey Votto's RBI double broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - On a day Oakland struggled to generate much offense, the Athletics were thrilled to learn after the game that cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes has only a strained muscle on the top of his left hand and no broken bone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants' rally and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.
MADRID (AP) - Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.
LONDON (AP) - Manchester City always seems to be second best in its own backyard, like a little brother overshadowed by his bigger and stronger sibling.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lose one game, win the next.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both scored 19 points and Miami beat New York 106-94 on Wednesday nigh to win the Eastern Conference first-round series in five games.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Golf's world ranking has been more like a game of musical chairs with the most turnover at the top in the 26-year history of the ranking. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald would like the music to stop playing for good sometime this year, the sooner the better. And both want the same outcome.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie started restructuring the player personnel department by announcing on Tuesday the departure of four longtime employees.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danny Granger scored 25 points and Indiana beat Orlando 105-87 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer off Washington closer Henry Rodriguez with two outs in the ninth to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Josh Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, launching a quartet of two-run drives against three pitchers in a history-making performance that carried the Texas Rangers to a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Newcomer Brandon Inge hit a game-ending grand slam to cap a five-run ninth inning rally that led the Oakland Athletics to a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
PLANCHER-LES-MINES, France (AP) - After just 10 stages, the two pre-race favorites have crashed out of the Tour de France. And Vincenzo Nibali is wasting little time in showing that he's now the man to beat.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned after the team failed to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said Monday.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - U.S. captain Tom Watson had been looking forward to seeing Tiger Woods at theBritish Open to "tell him my feelings about him direct" about the Ryder Cup.
BERLIN (AP) - It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title.
NEWTON, Kansas (AP) - Garrett Rank, Michael Colgate and Zane Thomas opened with 5-under-par 66s Monday for the first-round lead at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
LINZ, Austria (AP) - Justin Gatlin stretched his season's unbeaten streak in the 100 meters to 10 races by trashing the 20-year-old best mark of the Gugl Games on Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League's All-Star starter.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was so enthused by seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam, he did the same thing the next inning.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics needed a strong start from Sonny Gray to avoid being swept entering the four-day break for the All-Star game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The youngest player in the All-Star Futures game made one of the biggest impressions.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have activated left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.