SANTA CLARA (AP) - Much like when they came together for training camp last summer, the San Francisco 49ers return yet again determined to take another important step this season - from Super Bowl runner-up to champion.
BOSTON (AP) - All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.
• Obama to salute Giants on World Series win: WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will honor the San Francisco Giants at a ceremony saluting their victory in the 2012 World Series. The team will visit the White House on Monday. The president will also honor the team for its community service work.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins has everything USA Basketball is looking for in a big man.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth career shutout, beating Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 11-0 Monday night for his first victory at AT&T Park and No. 100 with the Cincinnati Reds.
HOUSTON (AP) - There was only one word to describe Oakland's play through four innings on Monday night against the Houston Astros.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson described his feelings toward links golf as a "hate-love" relationship, meaning he once dreaded coming over to the British Open for a brand of golf played only once a year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the first penalty from baseball's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers, nullifying a trade to bring him to Northern California from Tampa Bay.
The NFL and players union are talking again about getting a test in place for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
• MEYER DISCIPLINES 4 BUCKEYES: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus. In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar this past weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week's Big Ten media days. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the annual event. Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey took off from first on Pablo Sandoval's sixth-inning double with what looked like a good chance of scoring the tying run.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam.
Some of my best friends have been dogs. They are more dependable than most people, and smarter than a lot of folks I know. As a kid, when Mom wasn't looking I'd let my dog into my bed and use him as a pillow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum has tweaked his delivery, altered his workload between starts, changed his diet, and even his hair, trying just about anything in recent years to rediscover his old Cy Young form.
At this time a year ago, the Indiana Pacers were 29-7 and well on their way to finishing with the Eastern Conference's best record.
DENVER (AP) - Andrew Luck has his signature NFL win, and it came against his predecessor, of all people.
NEW YORK (AP) - By holding serve at home, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots get to try again. The next prize: a spot in the Super Bowl.
DALLAS (AP) - From the high heat and humidity of August until the snow and bone-chilling winds of January, this has been the longest major-college season ever.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Doc Rivers would be open to coaching his son if Austin Rivers became available in a trade.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Rex Ryan is switching teams - not divisions - after reaching an agreement to coach the Buffalo Bills.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan made their moves on different parts of the Plantation Course on Sunday and wound up in the same spot - tied for the lead going into the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
DALLAS (AP) - Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Hobbled but happy, Aaron Rodgers might have felt a bit lucky, too.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings beat Cleveland 103-84 on Sunday night, the Cavaliers' seventh loss in eight games with LeBron James out with a strained back and sore left knee.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer turned the Brisbane International final into a grand occasion Sunday, beating the up-and-coming Milos Raonic in three see-sawing sets to register his 1,000th career match win.
CHENNAI, India (AP) - Stan Wawrinka's preparations for the defense of his Australian Open title appear on track as he notched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene to win the Chennai Open on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several of the San Francisco 49ers have said they are hopeful their new head coach is a lot like the old one, Jim Harbaugh.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Stephen Curry had 23 and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors completed a perfect six-game home stand with a 112-94 win Friday night over the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers.
DALLAS (AP) - There has been no discussion among the group that runs the college football playoff about adding more teams.