OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics exercised their $4.5 million contract option for closer Grant Balfour on Monday, while the AL West champions declined their half of a $10 million mutual option for shortstop Stephen Drew.
DETROIT (AP) - Finally pressed in the World Series, the San Francisco Giants finished off a most unexpected and stunning sweep.
DETROIT (AP) - Pablo Sandoval not only has baseball's neatest nickname, Kung Fu Panda has a World Series MVP award to go along with it.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They came from all corners of the region and screamed louder with each strike and every out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants closed in on a second championship in three years Sunday.
STOCKTON – Tony DeHart's blast from the high slot with six seconds left in sudden death overtime lifted the Stockton Thunder (4-1-1, 9 points) to a 3-2 victory over the Bakersfield Condors before 5,062 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski tied the MLS single-season record with his 27th goal and the San Jose Earthquakes wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Take your pick of problems and the Kansas City Chiefs probably have them.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The NFC West takes over Monday night football, and this season at least that means defense.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta's first three possessions against Philadelphia and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL's only unbeaten team with a 30-17 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Dante Cano had a big idea, so he wrote a letter and sent it to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson's expectations are high at Martinsville Speedway, and his results keep showing why.
OAKLAND (2-4) At KANSAS CITY (1-5)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's gigantic defensive end Calais Campbell talked this week about how he "hates" the San Francisco 49ers "with a passion."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.
NAPA (AP) - The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL - even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce.
MONTREAL (AP) - Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard.
OAKLAND (AP) - A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jim Johnson just never got comfortable with the Oakland Athletics. A slow start for the two-time AL saves leader turned into a nightmare.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "in the near future" to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.