SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody represents the win-now mentality of the San Francisco 49ers more than Justin Smith. The All-Pro defensive tackle will tell you so himself.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After spending most of the past two months installing an entirely new playbook on offense and defense and building a relationship between a new coaching staff and players, the Oakland Raiders ended their offseason program.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito had a tough act to follow.
DENVER (AP) - For two games, Jarrod Parker sat around and waited for his turn to take the mound, watching two pitching staffs get roughed up to the tune of 31 runs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain tossed and turned and managed all of about four hours of sleep following his history-making gem for the Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff has become the second big leaguer to get injured this month while celebrating a no-hitter.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LeBron James has seen his share of great starts turn into faulty finishes.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Two goals from rejuvenated forward Fernando Torres helped Spain knock Ireland out of the European Championship on Thursday, and Italy drew 1-1 with Croatia to leave Group C finely balanced.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong is gearing up for a fight over the latest round of doping allegations.
SEATTLE (AP) - Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff homer and later connected for a two-run shot, and the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in major league history and first for the Giants, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) - Coco Crisp started the rally and Brandon Inge put the finishing touch on it.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - With a full offseason to work with one of the NFL's most fearsome units, Vic Fangio sees no limit to what the San Francisco 49ers can achieve on defense this season.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor's rookie year in the NFL amounted to a false start.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As golfer Dustin Johnson crushed drives from home plate over the right-field wall and into San Francisco Bay, pitcher Matt Cain and manager Bruce Bochy glanced at each other before looking into the stands for approval from Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is continuing his outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community more than a year after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl.
DENVER (AP) - Champ Bailey spent a decade with the Denver Broncos, making eight Pro Bowls and picking off 34 passes even with quarterbacks only reluctantly glancing his way.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday - this time because of the weather, not his back.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tony Stewart can recite nearly every line in "Smokey and the Bandit" and high on his bucket list is meeting star Burt Reynolds to discuss the popular 1977 movie.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Los Angeles Clippers, who routed the Lakers again 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray is headed to the Oakland Athletics' rotation this year.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Coach Mike Krzyzewski is out of the hospital and at practice with No. 4 Duke after feeling light-headed during a loss at Wake Forest.
BOSTON (AP) - Golden State didn't need another winning, last-second basket this time.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The only tools Tiger Woods used Wednesday at Doral were wedges, a putter and a pair of gold scissors.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a surprising move just hours before the NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a major deal on Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis in a blockbuster.
LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) - One banner in the stands read "Ukraine is Undivided!" on the top and "One Country - One Team!" on the bottom. Ukrainian fans sang their nation's anthem in the final moments, and some broke into a chant of "No war in Ukraine!" after the final whistle.
CHICAGO (AP) - Record-setting returner Devin Hester said Wednesday he will not be back with the Chicago Bears next season.