NOME, Alaska (AP) - Lance Mackey picked up a few rewards on his way to winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The 39-year-old musher from Fairbanks stopped to pick up a moose rack along the trail, and, 10 miles from the finish line in Nome Tuesday, he spent five minutes digging up a pair of caribou antlers that he used as a sort of hood ornament on the homestretch.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports.
"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta."
TURKU, Finland (AP) - The doctor who performed surgery on David Beckham says his left Achilles' tendon was "totally torn."
Surgeon Dr. Sakari Orava says Beckham "is doing well" and that Monday's operation lasted just under an hour at the clinic in Turku, southwestern Finland.
Matt Moore said Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox pulled him aside on Friday and took the 2002 Hart High graduate into his office.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods intends to remain out of golf at least until the Masters, two people with knowledge of his plans told The Associated Press.
Woods has been practicing at Isleworth near his Orlando home the last two weeks, and swing coach Hank Haney flew there during the weekend to work with him. That led to speculation Thursday he was close to playing again.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) - Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn capped a historic season with her third straight overall World Cup title on Friday.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) - Lindsey Vonn crashed and bruised her right knee during the World Cup giant slalom Thursday, but is expected to compete Friday in the super-G in an attempt to win her third straight overall title.
Vonn fell in first run of the giant slalom when her skis locked, she spun in the air and crashed into the safety netting. She skied down the slope and was taken away from the race area for medical evaluation.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Former sprinter Marion Jones signed with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock on Wednesday, hoping to launch a new career after losing five Olympic medals for using steroids and doing jail time for lying to federal prosecutors.
Jones was a star at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney but admitted two years ago that she had taken a designer steroid known as the "clear" and was stripped of her medals, including three golds. She also spent about six months in a Texas federal prison for lying about doping and her role in a check-fraud scam.
It may not have been the place he expected to move one step closer to his dream, but Shane Harper will take it.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says it's too soon to determine whether a blood test for human growth hormone can be used for minor leaguers.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick is getting one more big check from the Philadelphia Eagles. The one after that still could be from a new team.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina general manager Marty Hurney choked up while calling releasing Jake Delhomme the toughest decision he's ever had make. Panthers coach John Fox was in tears and pleaded with fans to remember the good moments.
Ending the Delhomme era proved difficult - and costly - for the team's brass.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brett Favre said Thursday he still hasn't decided whether he'll play again next season - and doesn't expect to make an announcement anytime soon.
Appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show" on Thursday night, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback politely demurred when host Jay Leno asked for his thoughts on returning for 2010.
DALLAS (AP) - Baylor dunking sensation Brittney Griner will be suspended at least one game, and possibly longer, after punching an opposing player in the face.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - John Daly was so irritated that a Florida newspaper wrote about his PGA Tour disciplinary file that he referred to the writer as a "jerk" on Twitter and posted the writer's cell phone number for his followers to call.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Saugus High graduate Tommy Milone's second start with Minnesota fell apart in a hurry.
If ever a time a team needed Hart High graduate James Shields to be "Big Game James," it's right now.
This is the home stretch for professional baseball's minor leagues.
Marquis Jackson's journey with football has already brought him plenty of ups and downs.
LOS ANGELES - The grinder kept grinding.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander and Saugus High graduate Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.
The offseason is over and training camp is officially in session for all 32 teams in the National Football League.
Location. Location. Location.
DETROIT (AP) - Former Hart High pitcher Trevor Bauer earned his first career road victory on Friday with a six-inning, three-run performance to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Back on the mound at Tropicana Field, Kansas City's James Shield looked and felt right at home.
When does it stop?
LOS ANGELES - Trevor Bauer insisted he didn't feel any different while pitching at the home of his favorite childhood baseball team for the first time.
Call it the 800 meters heard 'round the world.
Next week will mark the midway point in the Major League baseball season and we currently have a quintet of locals pitching on big league teams.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera homered, and Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer earned his first win since May 20 as the Cleveland Indians won 4-3 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.