SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody represents the win-now mentality of the San Francisco 49ers more than Justin Smith. The All-Pro defensive tackle will tell you so himself.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After spending most of the past two months installing an entirely new playbook on offense and defense and building a relationship between a new coaching staff and players, the Oakland Raiders ended their offseason program.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito had a tough act to follow.
DENVER (AP) - For two games, Jarrod Parker sat around and waited for his turn to take the mound, watching two pitching staffs get roughed up to the tune of 31 runs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain tossed and turned and managed all of about four hours of sleep following his history-making gem for the Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff has become the second big leaguer to get injured this month while celebrating a no-hitter.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LeBron James has seen his share of great starts turn into faulty finishes.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Two goals from rejuvenated forward Fernando Torres helped Spain knock Ireland out of the European Championship on Thursday, and Italy drew 1-1 with Croatia to leave Group C finely balanced.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong is gearing up for a fight over the latest round of doping allegations.
SEATTLE (AP) - Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff homer and later connected for a two-run shot, and the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in major league history and first for the Giants, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) - Coco Crisp started the rally and Brandon Inge put the finishing touch on it.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - With a full offseason to work with one of the NFL's most fearsome units, Vic Fangio sees no limit to what the San Francisco 49ers can achieve on defense this season.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor's rookie year in the NFL amounted to a false start.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As golfer Dustin Johnson crushed drives from home plate over the right-field wall and into San Francisco Bay, pitcher Matt Cain and manager Bruce Bochy glanced at each other before looking into the stands for approval from Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans on Wednesday, removing two little-used veterans from their aging roster and hoping a younger one can rediscover his scoring touch.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are close to being a complete team again even without a couple of stars still over at the Olympics.
PHOENIX (AP) - At first glance, Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt appears to be lobbying for a spot on the A's opening day roster.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The setbacks that limited Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to 127 games last year have done nothing to tarnish the optimism and gusto he brings to the game.
PHOENIX (AP) - For each of his first five major league seasons, Luke Gregerson came to spring training smack dab in the middle of suburbia, surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are likely returning from the All-Star break without their franchise centers.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - If Yu Darvish is feeling any pressure after leading the majors in strikeouts last season, it isn't showing.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Rory McIlroy makes his American debut this week in the Match Play Championship. The only goal is to make sure it's not a short week.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick popped in for what he thought was a quick hello with a bedridden Tony Stewart.
PHOENIX (AP) - Major League Baseball managers are getting ready to test the expanded instant replay system.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jim Boeheim has known it since the season started, and two straight nail biters only has reaffirmed it: his top-ranked Syracuse Orange may still be unbeaten, but they're certainly not invincible.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LeBron James won't assume the eventual date with Indiana that so many others expect.
PHOENIX (AP) - Despite getting hurt late last season, A.J. Griffin has already shown he can handle a heavy workload for the Oakland Athletics.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Morse is healthy again, and he thinks he's ready to return to the form that made him one of the top hitters in the National League in 2011.