NEW YORK - Derek Fisher was never the best player, certainly not the tallest or quickest.
NEW YORK - The gravity of the situation was etched on the face of New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. One more loss Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Kings and his squad gets the distinction of being swept in the Stanley Cup finals.
NEW YORK - Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are close to finishing off the New York Rangers in a big hurry.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade thinks there's no one better than the Miami Heat at dealing with the mental challenge of the playoffs. In his eyes, only one other team might compare.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There might as well be a sign propped up on the road outside Arrowhead Stadium that reads "Casting Call," considering the number of jobs that are up for grabs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals selected TCU left-hander Brandon Finnegan with their first-round pick in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES - Captain Dustin Brown redirected Willie Mitchell's shot 10:26 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings outlasted the New York Rangers 5-4 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
SAN ANTONIO - The teams with the best 3-point percentage so far in these playoffs are San Antonio and Miami, so it might seem logical to think that the Spurs and Heat love the long-range game.
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs are on an unprecedented postseason roll that not even a boatload of turnovers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals could stop.
NEW YORK - California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to long shot Tonalist and leaving his owner to complain others took "the coward's way out" by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
PARIS - Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Eric Hosmer also went deep and the Kansas City Royals cruised to an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday night.
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 110-95 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals inside a sweltering AT&T Center.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals manager Ned Yost admitted that he often manages an entire game around getting the ball to reliever Wade Davis in the eighth inning and closer Greg Holland in the ninth.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
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CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
CHICAGO - About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn't make Monday night was his case for the American League's Cy Young Award.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a two-win season that led to the ouster of the general manager and coach, and the turnover of roughly half the roster.
INDIANAPOLIS - Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson.
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers have gotten a good return on their short-term investment in right-hander Joba Chamberlain.
LOS ANGELES - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
NIMES, France - Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming - their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way.
BOSTON - Jon Lester just wants to put up impressive numbers on the mound. He will worry about the figures on his next contract later.
BOSTON - Rubby De La Rosa quietly walked up behind reporters waiting for him and went unnoticed before he got their attention.
PHOENIX - Showtime Shoni lived up to her nickname in her first WNBA All-Star Game. And a wild game it was.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Two of the U.S. team's breakout stars from the World Cup will keep playing at home.
LAS VEGAS - Andrew Wiggins got a little of everything out of a week in Las Vegas.
RISOUL, France - Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday.