ATLANTA - Atlanta fans love a big winner, and they love big stars.
IndyCar had a crisis looming well before James Hinchcliffe was injured in another spectacular accident during preparations for the most esteemed race in motorsports.
WASHINGTON - Kyle Korver was the Atlanta Hawks' closest defender as Paul Pierce shimmied to his left and launched a 3-point try, hoping to extend the Washington Wizards' season by forcing overtime in Game 6 of the teams' second-round series.
BALTIMORE - American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, yet didn't look unbeatable, as he had in his previous races. His trainer says he struggled. His jockey went to the whip about 30 times to urge him on in the stretch. His owner says the Derby wasn't even close to his best effort.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Phil Mickelson faded early and Rory McIlroy tailed off late. Robert Streb just kept on making birdies.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.
BALTIMORE - As the Baltimore Orioles prepared to play before their home fans for the first time in two weeks, the sights and sounds around Camden Yards on a lovely Monday afternoon were all about baseball.
NEW YORK - The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.
BOSTON - Former New England Patriots player and convicted murdererAaron Hernandez has been charged with trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting him in the face and leaving him for dead, prosecutors said Monday.
WASHINGTON - Paul Pierce's banked-in 21-foot jumper at the buzzer gave the Washington Wizards a 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, even with an injured John Wall reduced to cheerleading, and after a 21-point lead had dwindled down to nothing.
TAMPA, Fla. - Attorneys for top NFL draft pick Jameis Winston contend a woman seeking civil damages from the quarterback after accusing him of rape is trying to tarnish his reputation and tap into the Heisman Trophy winner's newfound wealth.
After a sullied week in sports, we sure could use a shower.
The NFL moves heaven and earth a dozen times every Sunday of the season to get calls on the field exactly right.
VANCOUVER, British Colombia - The United States' bid for a third Women's World Cup title remains very much alive, as do the championship hopes of all five of the top-ranked teams in the world.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The parade is not until Friday. The Golden State Warriors are already looking ahead to what could be a promising future.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Adrian Peterson has been back on the football field, wearing that familiar purple No. 28 jersey and running through the plays that he ran last year before everything fell apart.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - When Chambers Bay first opened, one of promotional tags for the course was the opportunity to play, "Pure Links Golf."
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach scored late in the first half and the U.S. women's national team went on to beat Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday night for a first-place finish in its group at the Women's World Cup.
Back in 2003, you could find Brooks Brown pitching his Portal Panthers to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Nowadays, the 30-year old right-hander can be seen trotting out of the bullpen to hold down a lead for the Colorado Rockies in the late innings.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach will do whatever it takes to win the Women's World Cup, even if that means she's coming off the bench.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Robert Streb walked off the third green at Chambers Bay, looked both directions and headed left down a dirt path toward Puget Sound.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Meghan Klingenberg - not Hope Solo - made the biggest save of the night for the United States.
TAMPA, Fla. - Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that's clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
GENEVA - FIFA's top spokesman left his job on Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - On the eve of the match against her former team, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage addressed Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and the challenge of beating the talent-laden United States in the World Cup.
The Portal Panthers were unceremoniously left on the outside looking in as teams competed for a Class A state champions last year.
COLOGNE, Germany - Substitute Bobby Wood scored in the 87th minute to give the United States a 2-1 victory over World Cup champion Germany in a friendly on Wednesday.