NEW YORK (AP) - Freddy Garcia's first scheduled start this season was wiped out by rain. The weather wasn't much better when he finally got another chance to take the mound.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A handwritten sign hastily taped above the little corner of the Royals clubhouse where Sean O'Sullivan and three relievers have their locker stalls told the story:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Back at his best after an unusually brief outing, Cliff Lee struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout Thursday night, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to overcome their own problems at the plate in a 4-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Freshman guard Josh Selby is declaring for the NBA draft, leaving Kansas with only two players who had a significant role in last season's 35-3 record.
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Bruce Chen pitched eight strong innings, Wilson Betemit and Alex Gordon drove in two runs apiece and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 in a rain-shortened game on Thursday night.
Just 10 months ago, they feared being turned into intercollegiate orphans - castouts who were unwanted by any major conference.
Federal prosecutors got their conviction on Barry Bonds. Now on deck: Roger Clemens and, maybe, Lance Armstrong.
CHICAGO - Kyle Korver scored 19 points, Derrick Rose had 15 and the Chicago Bulls closed the regular season with their ninth straight victory, beating the New Jersey Nets 97-92 on Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON - At his dominant best until a shaky ninth inning, Roy Halladay held on to throw his first complete game of 2011, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 3-2 Wednesday night.
DETROIT - Brandon Inge hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers in their last at-bat for the second straight day, 3-2 on Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just like the whole Steroid Era: We'll never really know.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Different state. Different mediator. Same disagreements.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Aviles didn't feel he was in a funk. Even at 0 for 18, he didn't consider that long enough to be a slump.
LOS ANGELES - Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.
TORONTO - The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota.
BOSTON - Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he'd managed to wiggle out of three straight jams.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.
WIZARDS 118, CELTICS 102
NEW YORK - Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber has received a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 school year after leading the Wildcats to 47 wins in his first two seasons, the most victories by any coach in his first two years in school history.
Aaron Gordon's decision was expected. Part of a heralded class of freshmen last season, anything but one and done would have been a surprise.
HOUSTON - Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
BOBCATS 95, HAWKS 93
LAWRENCE - In the early stages of yet another quarterback battle at Kansas, Montell Cozart made quite the case for being the starter during the Jayhawks' spring game Saturday.