ARLINGTON, Texas - Josh Hamilton understands why Nolan Ryan believes the struggling Texas Rangers slugger sometimes appears to be giving away at-bats.
SEATTLE (AP) - With Alex Rodriguez headed for the disabled list and possibly out into September, Eric Chavez will get his chance to prove to the New York Yankees that his injury problems are in the past and he can be an everyday position player again.
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Cal Ripken Jr.'s 74-year-old mother was found with her hands bound in the back seat of her car Wednesday after she said she was kidnapped at gunpoint a day earlier at her home outside Baltimore and driven around blindfolded by her abductor, police and neighbors said.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Gold medal at stake or nothing at all, the United States Olympic basketball team was bringing its best Tuesday.
QUINCY, Fla. (AP) - Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Monday the NCAA's unprecedented punishment of Penn State's football program "cannot replace those boys who were molested."
NEW YORK (AP) - The $60 million fine levied on Penn State by the NCAA doesn't look so big next to the scale of the athletic department's finances.
SEATTLE (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A potential exodus of star athletes. No hope of playing in the postseason. More than a decade of accomplishments erased from the record books. And Joe Paterno's legacy in shreds.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Seth Smith hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 12th and the surging Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to stun the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday and complete a four-game sweep.
NATIONALS 9, BRAVES 2
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Adam Scott, meet Jean Van de Velde.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA announced Sunday that it will levy "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky and a scathing report that found school leaders covered up allegations against the now-convicted former assistant football coach.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lorenzo Cain is showing the Kansas City Royals what they missed the first half of the season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Mariano Rivera knows it's not likely, but the New York Yankees closer has not ruled out the possibility of returning this season - just a little over a month after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A trip back to Angel Stadium cures anything that might be wrong with Mike Napoli's swing.
NEW YORK (AP) - Atlanta Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for a banned substance under Major League Baseball's drug program.
BOSTON (AP) - Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the 119th Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo wants country fans to know that when he throws, his footballs are properly inflated.
BRINDISI, Italy (AP) - Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Don't expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket - or any other ticket - at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
MIAMI (AP) - No Kobe. No D-Wade.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - It was just like old times at Oklahoma State when billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens arrived at the football facilities he is largely responsible for Friday.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas guard Brannen Greene had surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and the extensive recovery will cause him to miss the World University Games in July.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas forward Perry Ellis announced Monday that he will return to school for his senior season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has expressed remorse and asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab.
BEIJING (AP) - After nearly four decades of bypassing the United States, track and field's marquee event is finally headed to the country that has been the dominant force in the sport.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The NFL's stadium czar has visited Oakland to press Raiders executives and city and county officials for signs of progress in their efforts to keep the team in the East Bay.
Let the championship chase begin.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game has died.