BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have multiple reasons to get fired up to play in New York this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The roles are reversed in the NL West this September. The defending champion Arizona Diamondbacks are playing out the string as San Francisco prepares for the playoffs.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler and the Texas Rangers moved closer to another AL West title with a split.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Oakland Athletics left Texas for a final stretch at home in the same position, even after two big wins.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wade Miley has been impressive most of the season. One bad outing won't change that, though it's little solace to the young left-hander after throwing a season-low four innings and losing to San Francisco for the second time in 11 days.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders made a move to bolster their struggling pass rush on Wednesday by signing proven defensive end Andre Carter to a free-agent contract.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) - Rory McIlroy has gone from being a rookie in the Ryder Cup to a marked man at Medinah.
NEW YORK (AP) - With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the NFL and referees' union pressed toward a settlement Wednesday to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season.
BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) - Coach Jim Harbaugh wants the San Francisco 49ers to get focused, avoid obstacles and get back to winning.
OAKLAND (AP) - Mark Jackson isn't making any playoff promises for the Golden State Warriors this season.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Oakland Athletics may be able to do better than just get into the playoffs as a wild card.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - All it took was one big swing from George Kottaras to give the Oakland Athletics a much-needed victory against the team they're chasing in the AL West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have no plans to bring back suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera for the postseason if the club is still playing when he is eligible to return.
TEXANS TAKE OVER TOP SPOT IN AP'S POWER RANKINGS: NEW YORK (AP) - The top of the AP Pro32 power rankings is a tough spot to hold.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL put its stamp of approval on the still-smoldering outcome of the Green Bay-Seattle game:
LAS VEGAS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have been joking with one another during the U.S. basketball team's first two days of practice, about which big man is better.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brandon Moss was having a frustrating night before the ninth inning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Brandon Lloyd returned to the San Francisco 49ers to finish what he started.
NAPA (AP) - The anointed starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders is strengthening his hold on the position this training camp instead of losing it.
STANFORD (AP) - Ana Ivanovic has a new coach and a better outlook.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs but has never been drafted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain plans to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his injured elbow.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a 10-year lease extension to keep the Athletics in Oakland.
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former UFC champion Anderson Silva will return to the octagon Jan. 31 against Nick Diaz in Las Vegas.