KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers don't seem too concerned with wide receiver A.J. Jenkins' slow start to the preseason.
OAKLAND, (AP) - Sonny Gray has been hearing the comparisons since his high school days in Tennessee. The references to Tim Hudson, another right-hander with a slight build and a big arm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington homestand that began with three losses to Atlanta was about to culminate in a six-game winning streak and the Nationals at .500 for the first time since mid-July.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs.
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The "Honey Badger" is about to get his first NFL start.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Imagine how different it might have been for Tiger Woods if not for one perfect shot.
OAKLAND, (AP) - In a span of 24 hours Chris Young came within inches of giving the Athletics a pair of walkoff wins.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hunter Pence had just sent a liner into the gap in left-center, and as he headed toward second base he figured the San Francisco Giants had completed a ninth-inning comeback against the Washington Nationals.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick Wednesay to lead an impressive second-half comeback by the United States, which scored all of its goals in the second half to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in a friendly in Sarajevo and extend its record winning streak to 12 games.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs said he agrees with the NFL's decision to suspend him for one game without pay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy that happened last season.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed hot, beating the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.
DeMarcus Cousins is going to the All-Star game, after all.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz upset the league's highest-scoring team, the Golden State Warriors, 110-100 on Friday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.
NEW YORK (AP) - Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Andrew Harrison scored 15 points to lead a balanced Kentucky attack, and the No. 1 Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 69-53 victory over Missouri on Thursday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks used a five-goal second period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Thursday night.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Neymar's two-goal performance to help knock Atletico Madrid out of the Copa del Rey showed why Barcelona spared no expense to win the bidding war for the young Brazilian striker.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating Tomas Berdych in a tension-filled semifinal to earn one more shot at a long elusive title.
PHOENIX (AP) - Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child - a son - before Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Gamble is returning to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive.