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San Diego Padres - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH MILWAUKEE -- The Padres had high hopes for Josh Johnson but the veteran right-hander will not throw a single pitch for San Diego this season. Johnson, 30, will undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., after it was determined he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.

New York Yankees - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH NEW YORK -- Right-hander Michael Pineda has been writing a nifty comeback story so far this season, bouncing back from missing two years after shoulder surgery. But Wednesday night, Pineda added a dreadful chapter to his story.

San Francisco Giants - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH DENVER -- Hector Sanchez is the Giants' backup catcher. He plays behind Buster Posey, which means Sanchez doesn't play a lot. And the switch-hitting Sanchez is used often as a pinch hitter. He's 1-for-9 in that role, leading the team in pinch hit at-bats.

RugbyU: Stade Francais sign Mont de Marsan prop Oleon

Prop Adrien Oleon has become Paris-based Top 14 club Stade Francais' first recruit for next season after signing from Second Division Mont de Marsan. Oleon, 25, makes a quick return to the top flight after stepping down a division when he left Clermont for Mont de Marsan last October in search of a regular first-team place. sva/jcp/ps/ak

Obama ate only half the sushi course

Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday. Pictures showed the US president being served sake by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the counter of the tiny Tokyo eatery, as part of a meal billed as a chance for bonding, at which neither wore a tie.

Lincoln, Cadillac chase Audi in China luxury market

Classic American luxury brands Lincoln and Cadillac are taking on Germany's long-dominant Audi in China, but face a market leader fortified by enviable brand awareness built over years as officialdom's favourite car. Black Audis -- with their four interlocking ring symbols, signifying the long-ago merger of four German auto companies -- are ubiquitous at state events, such as the annual meeting of China's legislature in central Beijing.

Lincoln, Cadillac chase Audi in China luxury market

Classic American luxury brands Lincoln and Cadillac are taking on Germany's long-dominant Audi in China, but face a market leader fortified by enviable brand awareness built over years as officialdom's favourite car. Black Audis -- with their four interlocking ring symbols, signifying the long-ago merger of four German auto companies -- are ubiquitous at state events, such as the annual meeting of China's legislature in central Beijing.

Bourn helps Indians to 5-3 win over Royals

Bourn helps Indians to 5-3 win over Royals CLEVELAND -- Center fielder Michael Bourn was late getting to the party, but he is back in the lineup and Wednesday night he was a key contributor in the Cleveland Indians' 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Bourn, who started the season on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, had three hits, including a two-out, two-run triple in the second inning to help kick-start the Cleveland offense.

Tennessee Titans - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Tennessee Titans - INSIDE SLANT The Tennessee Titans, at least on paper, believe they have addressed most of their offseason issues. Certainly, that remains to be seen since the Titans have brought in an entirely new coaching staff with Ken Whisenhunt at the helm. There have been two main changes in the coaching switch, one on each side of the football.

Jacksonville Jaguars - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - INSIDE SLANT Everyone knew that this would be a key offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars. When a team has plenty of cap space available and a number of holes to fill, it is bound to be an active time for the front office, led by general manager Dave Caldwell.
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