MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have become one of the NFL's most feared and revered teams under coach Jim Harbaugh, using a punishing, disciplined defense and a mistake-free, balanced offense to brand themselves as arguably this season's Super Bowl favorite.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Francisco Peguero celebrated his first major league hit, Yusmeiro Petit celebrated his first start in three years and the San Francisco regulars were able to relax a day after their own celebration.
NEW YORK (AP) - Grant Balfour watched as Alex Rodriguez's high fly soared toward right field and thought the worst. Hard to blame him after Oakland's first two games at Yankee Stadium.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers spent the offseason implementing new offenses designed to rely heavily on running games that could take a little pressure off their passers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Martin led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a homer off Sean Doolittle, and the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jim Furyk, the only American on the Ryder Cup team without a win this year, put himself in position Friday to join them.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers understand the value of taking a sack.
SAN FRANCISCO (2-0) At MINNESOTA (1-1)
PITTSBURGH (1-1) At OAKLAND (0-2)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland free safety Michael Huff says he isn't sure where he'll be lining up when the Raiders come out on defense against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into weekend play in the Navistar LPGA Classic.
NEW YORK (AP) - Safety Kenny Phillips has been fined $30,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness, one of four New York Giants disciplined for their conduct in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Barkley apparently figured one way he could help Southern California bounce back from a disheartening loss at Stanford was with an unusual blast of bravado.
NEW YORK (AP) - Melky Cabrera ended the debate over whether a suspended drug cheat should be able to win a batting title. The San Francisco outfielder asked Major League Baseball officials to disqualify him and on Friday they agreed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings are in the early stage of their plan to return to perennial playoff contention with a team supporting a power running game with smart, productive passes and backs that up with a stingy, turnover-forcing defense.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.
OAKLAND (AP) - Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics went deep four times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.
OAKLAND (AP) - In three short years, Sean Doolittle transformed himself from a top first base prospect into a shut-down reliever.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night.
MIAMI (AP) - Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.
Jozy Altidore's disappointing first season with England's Sunderland has less than a month remaining, and it appears as though the American's struggles for playing time aren't finished.
Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there's a strong chance he'll be the No. 1 pick.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched for his country, doing anything he could from afar to lift spirits in South Korea after all the lives lost during a devastating ferry accident.
MIAMI (AP) - The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.
DENVER (AP) - Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points and Harrison Barnes added 30 as a squad of Golden State backups beat the Denver Nuggets 116-112 Wednesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - For more than a decade there have been no questions about who will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks come playoff time.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Chris Iannetta homered with two outs in the 12th inning against Drew Pomeranz, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night and into first place in the NL West.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change.