DeleteDALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki was a free agent last summer, unshackled from the Dallas Mavericks for the first time in his career. It was his chance to escape a franchise with a long track record of winning big in the regular season and losing painfully in the postseason.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Good news for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose: An MRI has come back negative on his sprained left ankle.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas will play Kentucky, Ohio State and maybe Duke too next season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The NCAA is accusing Ohio State coach Jim Tressel of lying to hide violations by players who traded memorabilia for cash and tattoos.
Red Sox 7, Angels 0
Phillies 3, Padres 1
Celtics 101, Knicks 89
DENVER (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the verge of winning their first playoff series since moving from Seattle in 2008 thanks to All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and their terrific supporting cast.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Alexi Ogando allowed only one run pitching into the seventh inning, Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 13 games and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Chicago's fans traveled to Indiana by the thousands, planning to celebrate a first-round playoff sweep.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Zach Randolph scored 25 points, including a rare 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 91-88 Saturday night for the franchise's first playoff victory on its home court.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brandon Roy's go-ahead bank shot with 39.2 seconds left capped Portland's 23-point second half comeback and the Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 84-82 on Saturday night, evening the first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
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.