SAN FRANCISCO - The game was still an hour and a half away and the man who will be the home run king was sitting in his private enclave in the Giants' clubhouse, head in hands and watching his personal flat-panel TV.
PHOENIX - Conor Jackson's game-winning hit went nowhere near the outfield fence on Saturday, but it counted just the same.
ATLANTA - There's more than one side to Michael Vick, the star quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick on Friday, while Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.
In another dose of bad news for the indicted quarterback, a top trading card company announced it was pulling Vick's likeness from any new packs.
SAN FRANCISCO - Hammerin' Hank, he's right behind you now.
Barry Bonds hit his 754th career home run Friday night, and needed just one more to tie Hank Aaron's record.
PHOENIX - Tony Clark homered to lead off the bottom of the eleventh inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 Friday night after squandering a seven-run lead.
Clark's homer followed a game-winning shot by Eric Byrnes the previous night, and is the Diamondbacks' fifth game-winner this season. Arizona has won seven straight to move within one game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
RICHMOND, Va. - While his Atlanta Falcons teammates reported to training camp without him, Michael Vick declared his innocence on federal dogfighting charges Thursday and said he looked forward to ''clearing my good name.''
SAN FRANCISCO - Rich Aurilia hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Noah Lowry held Atlanta scoreless after allowing a run in the first and the San Francisco Giants got a rare win with Barry Bonds out of the lineup, beating the Braves 2-1 Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO - The closest Barry Bonds came to a home run was watching Jeff Francoeur's drive sail over his head into the left-field seats.
SAN FRANCISCO - After months of questions, Bud Selig grabbed a front-row seat for Barry Bonds' chase of history. On the slugger's 43rd birthday, no less.
It might be a long wait for the commissioner and everybody else.
The bomb planted Wednesday near the Tour de France route wasn't really necessary because the doped-up cyclists have done a good enough job themselves destroying the race. By the time they ride into Paris this weekend, the only ones left pedaling will be a few French kids on Schwinns with training wheels.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Bobby Petrino because they thought he could turn Michael Vick into a complete quarterback. They signed Joey Harrington merely to serve as No. 7's backup.
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' home fans might have to wait a while to celebrate history.
SAN FRANCISCO - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will try to be there when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record, saying the San Francisco Giants star was "innocent until proven guilty."
ATLANTA - Skip Schumaker insists he's not a home run hitter. At least for one night though, he was.
Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite.
The South Alabama Jaguars scored four runs in the sixth inning and got another gem on the mound from reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week Kevin Hill to take the series opener 7-1 over the Georgia Southern Eagles at J.I. Clements Stadium.
LAS VEGAS - Five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao meet Saturday night in the richest - and arguably most overhyped - fight in the history of the sport.
NEW YORK - Being tied after four games of the first round brought out the best in theAtlanta Hawks.
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Jameis Winston to help them become relevant again.
Three members of the Georgia Southern football team were arrested by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department and are currently suspended from the program indefinitely.
ATLANTA - Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 107-97 Wednesday night in an NBA playoff series that's closer than anyone envisioned.
BALTIMORE - With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert clapped his hands to his mouth when early 5-2 favorite American Pharoah avoided the dreaded No. 1 post for the Kentucky Derby. The anxiety wasn't over yet.
NEW YORK - Deron Williams rebounded from two dismal games with 35 points, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, tying the series at two games apiece.
Despite my personal preference for baseball and football, one of my first sports-related memories stems from the boxing ring.
NEW YORK - The NFL draft heads to Chicago this year, with the top overall choice in ourmock draft not planning to be on hand. No matter: Tampa Bay will already have let its selection know when the crowd in the Windy City gets, uh, wind of the pick.
ATLANTA - When DeMarre Carroll is having one of those nights where the shots just won't fall, like Game 2 of the playoffs, he doesn't get down on himself.
NEW YORK - They were beaten badly in the regular season and were losing by a little in the playoffs.
AVONDALE, La. - Erik Compton birdied three of five holes after a nearly six-hour rain delay Saturday, giving the two-time heart transplant recipient a share of the lead with Jason Day early in the third round of the rain-plagued Zurich Classic.