When Brazil's football fans finally got their best chance to see Sepp Blatter at the World Cup, they had a message for him.

Canelo Alvarez chased Erislandy Lara far too long Saturday night to pay much attention afterward to Lara's complaint that he won their fight.

This is a story about soccer, but its really about one word – a vulgarity in Spanish that can be a gay slur or a chant at soccer games in Mexico that has infiltrated sellout crowds here in Sacramento.

Republic FC lost its third consecutive USL Pro road match Saturday night, 2-1 to the Richmond (Va.) Kickers, the team reported.

Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, and Buster Posey also hit a slam Sunday that boosted the San Francisco Giants over the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4.

Bee staff writers and horse players Debbie Arrington and Steve Pajak are renewing their head-to-head bankroll battle during the State Fair. Each started with a hypothetical $500 for seven racing days.

In his last four starts, Vogelsong has allowed a total of eight earned runs in 242/3 innings. He has lost all four, in no small part because the Giants have not scored a single run for Vogelsong over that stretch.

Matt Buschmann and rehabbing Drew Pomeranz limited the Reno Aces to three hits over eight innings and Alden Carrithers had two doubles to pace the River Cats to a 4-3 victory Saturday night before an announced crowd of 13,168.

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Buenos Aires taxicab pulled up to Maracana Stadium Friday afternoon with a giant Argentina flag flapping from its trunk after a 37-hour journey. Out popped Ariel Banega, Juan Arrieta and brothers Matias and Diego Romero Vetera - all in sky blue and white Argentina jerseys.

Hisashi Iwakuma was impressed with his likeness on the bobblehead the Seattle Mariners handed out on Saturday night.

Australia’s Olivia Rogowska displayed tenacity early, then dominance later to win the FSP Gold Challenger singles title at the Gold River Racquet Club on Saturday with a straight-set victory over Santa Monica’s Julie Boserup.

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Kings coach Michael Malone was looking for someone he could lean on for advice who had been a head coach in the NBA. He believes he has that in Ty Corbin, the former NBA player who was Utah’s coach before being let go at the end of last season after four seasons.

Marco Scutaro stepped into the batter's box for the first time this year and was supported by a standing ovation.

Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez and Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney are the newest additions to the All-Star rosters.

When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup.

In a solo breakaway, Blel Kadri gave France its first stage winner at the Tour de France in the entree to the Vosges mountains on Saturday.

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LAS VEGAS The Kings have been looking for veteran leadership and believe they’ve found it in Darren Collison.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday began on a high note for the Giants, who welcomed back Marco Scutaro to his customary second spot in the lineup for the first time all season. It ended on an all too familiar one, with starter Ryan Vogelsong giving a strong outing in a losing cause, the victim of a remarkable lack of run support.

The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on forward John Salmons.

Months before the first whistle of the World Cup, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, the president of Univision Communications’ sports division, presented his engineers with a challenge: Could they figure out how to beam its soccer broadcasts into American homes faster than its English-language competitors?

SAN FRANCISCO - On the day Marco Scutaro finally returned to the batter's box, the Giants lineup did something they hasn't done since the veteran was only a year old. Unfortunately, it was far from a positive accomplishment.

Madison Bumgarner is starting the Giants’ final game before the All-Star Break on Sunday, meaning once he does the Giants’ lone pitcher named to the N.L. All-Star team won’t be eligible to pitch in the game next week in Minneapolis.

If it had been simply about statistics, it should have been simple for the Kings to re-sign Isaiah Thomas.

A quirky USL Pro rule regarding yellow card accumulations and suspensions has allowed Republic FC midfielder and leading scorer Rodrigo Lopez to play today against the Richmond Kickers in Virginia.

Tim Lincecum has been on such a roll over the past three weeks that even a matchup against longtime nemesis Paul Goldschmidt wasn't enough to rattle the two-time NL Cy Young winner.

The Kings didn’t want to keep Isaiah Thomas enough to match the Suns’ four-year, $27 million offer; will he make them regret that decision?

LeBron James always hinted he would move back to Cleveland, finish his career with the Cavaliers, continue working with youngsters and the underprivileged, keep trying to help his community. No one really saw this coming?

Felix Hernandez put an exclamation on the best first half of his career by outpitching Jeff Samardzija and shutting down the team with the top record in baseball.

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