DENVER (AP) - Jeff Francis returned to Colorado on Saturday, his homecoming short, painful and without a hint of nostalgia.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Win or lose, Kevin Durant can be found after just about any Oklahoma City Thunder game talking about the need to keep working and getting better.
PARIS (AP) - Sidelined in 2008 by a right shoulder that needed surgery, putting her tennis future suddenly in doubt, Maria Sharapova decided to use the free time to study a new language, the one spoken at the only Grand Slam tournament she had yet to win.
NEW YORK (AP) - Union Rags picked up where I'll Have Another left off - coming from behind to catch a Bob Baffert-trained horse at the finish in a Triple Crown race.
SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners catcher Jesus Montero ran around with his arms in the air looking for someone to join in the party.
BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James refused to let another season end in Boston.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was released from a New York hospital Thursday morning, three days after suffering a mild heart attack.
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - A Kansas businessman, his wife and their four children were killed Thursday when their small plane crashed into a swampy area of central Florida, according to authorities.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a spot in the NBA finals by beating the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Nick Blackburn shook off a slow start and pitched five effective innings, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James appreciates the irony.
MIAMI (AP) - Paul Pierce watched the shot sail just over LeBron James' outstretched arm. And when it swished, he turned toward the Boston bench, shaking his head.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bruce Chen outdueled Francisco Liriano to make a lone run scored in the second inning stand up Tuesday night, giving the Kansas City Royals a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles practiced in a limited capacity Friday for the second straight day, raising hopes that the Chiefs' Pro Bowl running back will be available for Sunday's game in Miami.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Slogging through the rubble of that Super Bowl landslide, John Elway blew up his defense.
Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the fifth-ranked Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and the Kansas City Royals roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that kept the pressure on Detroit in the AL Central.
Some victories can be a sign that a program that has hit hard times could be heading for better days.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column.
BALTIMORE - Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create.
MINNEAPOLIS - For as long as he has been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser's dream.
The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.
BALTIMORE - The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.
MANHATTAN - In many ways, the direction of Kansas State and Auburn the past couple of seasons has been shaped by a surprising decision that Jake Waters made nearly two years ago.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning didn't take a single second-half snap in the preseason, and he's barely breaking a sweat after halftime in the regular season.