SANTA CLARA (AP) - Considering the career season he produced a year ago, Michael Crabtree hesitates to say he is completely back to his former playmaking self only seven months after Achilles tendon surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA said Thursday that its referees made a mistake when they ejected Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin in the Clippers' 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Pat Sims' future with the Oakland Raiders is unclear. He should have plenty of options for next season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return from a left collarbone injury, just in time to start Sunday for the Packers against the Chicago Bears in a game to decide the NFC North title.
MIAMI (AP) - The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jeff Teague scored a career-high 34 points, including a tiebreaking 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in the second overtime, leading the Atlanta Hawks a 127-125 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The bidding for Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has begun.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson blocked a shot by Chris Paul with 1 second left then contested Jamal Crawford's 3-pointer that fell short at the final buzzer, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 105-103 in a feisty game that featured a pair of ejections on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For an organization seeking to rebuild through the draft, the Oakland Raiders have struggled to find impact players in the first two drafts under general manager Reggie McKenzie.
NEW YOPRIK (AP) - Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tonya and Nancy.
NEW YORK (AP) - In the seventh season of Dashon Goldson's NFL career, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been trying to teach an old safety a new trick: how to tackle effectively without breaking a rule or, worse, damaging a body part.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sat at his locker and chuckled at the thought of his first trip to the playoffs, his belly shaking like a shopping mall Santa Claus.
Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Michael Vick is still making plays with his legs, running up his record-setting rushing total with each knee-buckling scamper.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rudy Gay hit a turnaround jumper with 1:07 left in the second overtime, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 114-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - One of the biggest thrills of Eric Reid's rookie season followed a loss.
OAKLAND (AP) - As trying as the first half of Derek Carr's first NFL season has been with no wins, rookie mistakes and the challenge of adjusting to the pro game, he can take some comfort when he looks across the field Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is generally a man of few words when speaking about his team.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack has spent plenty of time this week watching video of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Washington's Ian Desmond have won their third straight Silver Slugger Awards.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree has had two operations on his left foot since 2009 and missed most of last season because of an Achilles tendon tear. Yet the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver insists he's healthy and says lingering effects have nothing to do with his recent drop in production.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Trying to stop Denver's pass rush tandem of defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Von Miller would be a tough challenge for the winless Raiders under the best circumstances.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Alex Edler and Chris Bonino scored second-period goals and Ryan Miller preserved the lead through the final second as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Giants are planning their offseason around efforts to re-sign Pablo Sandoval.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Graeme McDowell likes a tough golf course, and Sheshan International was perfect for him Thursday. He opened with seven birdies in 12 holes and then hung on for a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the HSBC Champions.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton's harried look summed it up. Cleveland's defense was all over him all night long, turning an AFC North showdown into a shockingly one-sided matchup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton was suspended for 20 games without pay by the NHL on Thursday after failing a drug test.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - Her right knee finally free of pain, Lindsey Vonn is actually considering moving up her return to racing.