For the first time in the brief history of the World Baseball Classic, Japan will not be crowned champions.
Puerto Rico used pitching, defense and just enough hitting to scratch out a 3-1 win over the two-time defending champs Sunday at AT&T Park. Read More
In its 13-year history, AT&T Park has already played host to three World Series, an All-Star Game, an annual college bowl game and countless concerts and events. Starting today, the park some think is the best in the business will add another event to its résumé when the World Baseball Classic comes to the shores of McCovey Cove.
The Giants’ organization is not taking its experience for granted, however, as the WBC will carry a unique feel with it to The City. Read More
MIAMI (AP) — Horns honked, percussion pulsed and school kids squealed. Miami can make quite a din when the Dominicans win.
The visiting team on the scoreboard, the Dominican Republic made itself at home by beating the United States 3-1 Thursday night to earn a berth in the final round of the World Baseball Classic. Read More
MIAMI (AP) — Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish.
Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings and the Americans beat Puerto Rico 7-1 in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night.
Wright drove in five runs, the last three with a bases-loaded double in the eighth. That prompted chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" from the crowd of 32,872. Read More
PHOENIX — Many big-name pitchers found reason to say no to the World Baseball Classic. R.A. Dickey was an automatic yes.
The knuckleball master, winner of the NL Cy Young Award with the New York Mets last season now plying his unorthodox trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, made it known before anyone asked him that he wished to play. Read More
Talk to Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau or Dan Boyle and they will tell you that bringing home an Olympic gold medal in hockey is almost on par with winning the Stanley Cup. International competition is even more meaningful in soccer as the world stops spinning for 32 days as 32 nations compete for the sport’s ultimate prize. Read More
The United States won its third successive women’s Olympic soccer title by beating Japan 2-1 in a superb gold-medal match at Wembley Stadium on Thursday to avenge their defeat in last year’s World Cup final.
Two goals from midfielder Carli Lloyd, a header after eight minutes and a rasping shot from the edge of the box in the 54th, set the U.S. on its way to a fourth Olympic gold in the five women’s tournaments played. Read More
Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics when he clinched the men’s 200-meter individual medley gold medal at the London Games on Thursday.
The American may no longer be the unstoppable force he was in Beijing four years ago, but he still provided an everlasting reminder of his incredible talent and determination by winning the grueling multi-discipline event. Read More
LONDON — When Gabby Douglas arrived at the London Olympics all she wanted to do was meet Usain Bolt.But after the 16-year-old American added the Olympic all-round title to her gymnastics team gold on Thursday, it might be the world’s fastest man seeking a meeting with her. Read More
Tunisia slowed down the dazzling U.S. men’s basketball team in the first half before the Olympic champions found supersonic mode to record a 110-63 win on Tuesday that ended the second batch of games in Group A.
The Africans led 15-12 with less than three minutes to go in the first quarter when American coach Mike Krzyzewski sent a fresh crew of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams and Andre Iguodala on to the court. Read More