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.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots.
BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies will be the leading contenders to make another championship run next season. It would be an unprecedented 11th title that would eclipse John Wooden's UCLA Bruins and their 10 championships.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Over a matter of mere minutes, the youngsters at Duke grew into salty old pros.
Alex Rodriguez got cheered at Yankee Stadium, a rain delay got booed in Miami, and David Ortiz got a quick introduction to baseball's new speed-up rules.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women's national championship. It wasn't as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years last Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder still has high hopes for Travis Ford as Oklahoma State's basketball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz defended the NCAA's role in policing academics and says there's no need for more involvement.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins spent $55 million on Ervin Santana to bring some much-needed talent and experience to their beleaguered starting rotation.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.