SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Looking for advice on how to win the same golf tournament four years in a row, Steve Stricker went to the authority:
STANFORD (AP) - Serena Williams had to get her bearings after flying halfway around the world.
BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France (AP) - Thomas Voeckler nearly opted out of the Tour de France weeks ago because of an injured knee. Two days before the start, he was pained even more over allegations of doping by his French team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeBron James was the big winner at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, collecting three trophies including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win the NBA championship.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Wednesday that trade talks involving Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets are "stationary," but that discussions remain open with them and other teams.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Steve Nash knew the scene was more than a bit surreal when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, grinning and holding up a gold No. 10 jersey with his name on the back.
The Miami Heat got two more shooters. The Orlando Magic, at least for now, are keeping their center.
Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan had a blazing fastball, the first ever clocked at 100 mph, during 27 seasons that included 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters. Mariano Rivera has used a devastating, bat-cracking cutter for a record 608 saves to be part of five World Series championships with the New York Yankees.
There was a public outcry when R.A. Dickey did not start the All-Star game, a journeyman for the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game and the Pittsburgh Pirates of all teams were in first place as the first half of the baseball season drew to a close.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors are getting more for Dorell Wright after all.
MIAMI (AP) - Rashard Lewis has decided to join the Miami Heat, becoming yet another shooting option for the reigning NBA champions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball's new schedule format for 2013.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Major League Baseball could start in-season testing for human growth hormone next year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has gone to the Boston Red Sox with complaints over a film Bobby Valentine produced about Dominican prospects.
OAKLAND (AP) - Steve Kerr is smiling a lot these days.
MILL VALLEY (AP) - As the fungo bats emerge and pitchers and catchers begin their February fielding practice, Tim Flannery plans to be catching a big wave somewhere off Costa Rica.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez met with top New York Yankees officials on Tuesday and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.
NEW YORK (AP) - All-Stars James Harden, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are among the players to compete in the NBA's first fashion show.
By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has established an internal committee to review stadium options in Los Angeles and coordinate any possible move to Southern California, according to a league memo obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have hired Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as assistant defensive backs coach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has completed his coaching staff, a nearly even balance of offensive and defensive coaches that includes the promotion of Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The Calgary Flames responded to a potential momentum-shifiting, last-second goal in the second period with a typical strong third to earn another win against the San Jose Sharks.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The weather already presented its first hurdle to the NHL in building an ice rink for California's second outdoor hockey game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Right-hander James Shields, who helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season, has agreed to a $75 million, four-year contract with the San Diego Padres.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and reimagined pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch theater, has died. He was 98.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Prosecutors dismissed domestic violence charges against Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy on Monday after they said the accuser in the case couldn't be found.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Lindsey Vonn smiled and waved to the hometown crowd after finishing a run that didn't count.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Golden State coach Steve Kerr thinks his team is tired. You wouldn't be able to tell by its record.