GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) - Central America or Europe, it doesn't matter. World Cup qualifiers are tough.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LeBron James is quickly racking up MVP awards while Kevin Durant is collecting scoring titles at the same pace.
SEATTLE (AP) - Before they became critically acclaimed documentary filmmakers, Adam Brown and Jason Reid were simply basketball junkies. And being hoops aficionados, Brown and Reid can appreciate the way the Oklahoma City Thunder play.
ATLANTA (AP) - Ivan Nova combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Monday night to claim a share of first place in the AL East for the first time in seven weeks.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When the Oklahoma City Thunder signed five-time champion Derek Fisher late in the season, they added a veteran guard with oodles more NBA finals experience than the rest of the roster he was joining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum avoided the one bad inning that has buried so many of his starts this season. Instead, the lanky right-hander spread out his mistakes all over the place.
PHOENIX (AP) - Winning streaks are made of little things, such as tagging up at first base and advancing to second.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings gave defenseman Brad Stuart and the San Jose Sharks a head start on completing a reunion for next season.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Forget the Stanley Cup coronation for the Los Angeles Kings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Martin led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his second homer of the game and the New York Yankees took advantage of some shoddy infield defense to beat the struggling Mets 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even with its star sidelined and no Triple Crown to contest, the Belmont Stakes proved this much: The show does go on.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Joey Logano stood on top of the No. 20 high-fiving everyone he could reach in Victory Lane. Beverages were sprayed, fists were pumped and throaty shouts of celebration could be heard well down the 2½-mile track.
PARIS (AP) - His big lead over Novak Djokovic in Sunday's drenched French Open final slipping away, Rafael Nadal tossed a soaked, clay-smeared tennis ball toward the chair umpire.
PARIS (AP) - On the days when her doctors argued over what was wrong and her right shoulder barked each time she reared back to serve, Maria Sharapova used to ask herself a question.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rod Pampling actually used the words "every enjoyable" and "U.S. Open" in the same sentence.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Wes Welker's suspension didn't exactly send the Denver Broncos into a scramble. Their adaptable offense is built to weather such setbacks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Through a pair of back-and-forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past U.S. Open champions.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) - They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - In a week that should be filled with talk about another Super Bowl run and the pomp and circumstance of finally playing the much-hyped season opener, the San Francisco 49ers once again find themselves dealing with potential embarrassment and legal problems away from the field.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jon Lester did just about everything the Oakland Athletics had hoped he would do in big games against big pitchers during the season's stretch run.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Through three coaching staffs, hundreds of players and countless opponents, the Oakland Raiders have been unable to solve their East Coast hex.
DENVER (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong was hurt by the home run ball at Coors Field - again.
Starting his second World Cup cycle as U.S. coach, Jurgen Klinsmann set a bold goal for the Americans: reach the final four of the 2018 tournament in Russia.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr has been groomed to be a starting quarterback in the NFL ever since he was an 11-year-old breaking down film with big brother David.
The Seattle Seahawks are still on top. Soon, they'll have to start proving it again.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Boone would hold out again if necessary - and has no regrets about missing the offseason program with the San Francisco 49ers - if it means more financial stability for his family.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.
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