DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bulls saw it all year from Luol Deng, so what he did against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals hardly shocked them.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Michael Brantley's three-run homer and Travis Hafner's bases-loaded double keyed a 10-run fourth inning Monday night that sent Cleveland to a 19-1 win over Kansas City and put Vin Mazzaro in the record book as pitching the worst game in Royals history.
DALLAS (AP) - Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been through so many playoff series, they would be good sources to discuss the prevailing themes in the Western Conference finals, like how valuable experience is at this stage and whether there's such thing as too much rest between rounds.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Even by Jose Bautista's recent standards, this a remarkable stretch of hitting.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Coming off his worst performance in the playoffs, Kevin Durant couldn't get his shots to fall again.
NEW YORK (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and Josh Beckett shut down the skidding New York Yankees for the second time this season, sending the Boston Red Sox to a 6-0 victory Saturday on a bizarre night in the Bronx.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had trouble sleeping, trying to shake off the worst playoff performance yet in his young NBA career.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Within days of one another, two unrelated and very expensive scandals have finally wound down at Kansas State and Kansas.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Nick Watney and Graeme McDowell were atop the leaderboard after a short day of work Saturday in The Players Championship. The winner of golf's richest prize will have to work overtime.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - On the night of the big "Decision" last summer, Luol Deng was at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with no TV, and no one was asking if LeBron James would sign with the Chicago Bulls.
DETROIT (AP) - One day after being shut down by Justin Verlander, the Kansas City Royals fared no better against Brad Penny.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James will take some turns guarding Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference finals. So will Dwyane Wade. Mike Bibby, Mario Chalmers and even Chris Bosh in some moments, too.
NEW YORK - Eric Hosmer and Melky Cabrera homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Yankees 11-5 on Thursday night, sending New York to its first home series loss of the season.
MIAMI (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal limped off Miami's court silently Wednesday night, into the offseason.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant's work was done early.
RENTON, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell has waited patiently for his opportunity to excel in a secondary loaded with talent.
MIAMI - One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The moment when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will no longer discuss his contract situation is rapidly approaching, even though he makes it seem as if the deadline has already passed.
PARIS - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The presumptive favorite to win the starting right guard spot with the Kansas City Chiefs worked out with the third team on Monday. The guy who is challenging him for the spot slid over to center during another portion of the workout.
LOS ANGELES - A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn't do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City.
DETROIT - Dave Dombrowski's latest trade also felt like one of his most predictable.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.
With no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's Team USA basketball roster.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
PERIGUEUX, France - Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France and two Frenchmen will join him on the podium after a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made.