SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith had just engineered the most offense in San Francisco 49ers history and the best balanced approach the NFL had ever witnessed when the attention started to shift to this week's NFC championship game rematch against the New York Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner mastered the postseason as a 21-year-old pitcher in 2010. Two years later, neither he nor the Giants are the same.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals had the right guys up and were ready to break open their playoff opener against the Washington Nationals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the most prolific passing performances of Alex Smith's eight-year career again put the Buffalo Bills on the wrong end of a San Francisco 49ers record.
BERKELEY (AP) - California quarterback Zach Maynard made a bad read on his first pass attempt when he tried to squeeze a pass into double coverage and it ended in an interception. He spent the rest of the night making UCLA's defense pay for his mistake. Maynard matched his career high with four touchdown passes and added a ...
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored three goals and added an assist to help the San Jose Earthquakes clinch the Western Conference title with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Marvin Chavez added his second goal of the season 95 seconds into the game for San Jose (19-6-7). The Earthquakes hold a six-point lead over idle ...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Antonio Cromartie knows exactly how to shut down Andre Johnson.
STANFORD (AP) - No quarterback in the country has had to manage expectations the way Josh Nunes has had to this season succeeding the NFL's No. 1 overall pick.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The championship contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
MACAU (AP) - Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, was involved in a physical altercation with the entourage of opponent Brandon Rios on Wednesday, days before their fight.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Josh Johnson was looking for a team close to his Las Vegas home, and the San Diego Padres were looking for a potential top-of-the rotation pitcher. The sides quickly agreed on an $8 million, one-year contract that was finalized on Wednesday.
Lindsey Vonn partially tore one of the reconstructed ligaments in her surgically repaired right knee in a training crash that at the very least puts her preparation for the Sochi Olympics on hold.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jaromir Jagr scored the tying goal with 1:01 left in regulation, and the New Jersey Devils ended Anaheim's eight-game home winning streak to open the season with a 4-3 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been fined $15,570 by the NFL for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Robert Griffin III parsed the appropriate uses of "me" and "I'' when it comes to owning up to a mistake and privately explained his words to teammates Santana Moss and coaches Wednesday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt McGloin has made a career out of exceeding other people's expectations.
What a juicy matchup the NFL scheduled for tonight, a showdown for the lead in the NFC South and maybe for the best record in the conference. Then the Atlanta Falcons didn't do their part.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Sacramento Kings rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 107-104 on Tuesday night.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have separated themselves from the rest of the NFL in the eyes of the voters who make up the AP Pro32 power rankings.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera knows Cam Newton is capable of making big plays.
DENVER (AP) - Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn crashed Tuesday while training in Copper Mountain, Colo., ahead of her planned return to racing following major knee surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jay Z, the new agent for Robinson Cano, had dinner Monday night with top officials of the New York Mets.
GENEVA (AP) - Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen called Lance Armstrong's claim that he helped cover up the rider's doping at the 1999 Tour de France a "ridiculous story" and said Tuesday he has nothing to fear from an independent investigation.