SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey glanced toward Tim Lincecum's locker and pondered what the Giants' clubhouse might look like without The Freak or fellow starter Barry Zito, and only because the catcher got asked about it last week.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Vivek Ranadive has made a fortune in the software industry by betting on the right people.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders head into preparations for Sunday's game against San Diego with uncertainty at four key offensive positions.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of Yoenis Cespedes is finally safe after a months-long ordeal that took them from Cuba to the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Miami and, at last, to the Bay Area to join him. Their arrival in itself is a major burden lifted for the Oakland left fielder.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Flynn heard a smattering of boos during pregame introductions before his first start with the Oakland Raiders even started.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hunter Pence got the last laugh, and it had nothing to do with his new contract.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns signed guard/forward James Nunnally on Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Sonny Gray's tuneup for his first stint in the postseason went as Oakland manager Bob Melvin hoped.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hunter Pence followed his first long-term contract with his first game-ending hit with San Francisco.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Kirk Triplett successfully defended his First Tee Open title Sunday at Pebble Beach, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Doug Garwood and Dan Forsman.
HOUSTON (AP) - Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday and the first 4-0 start in franchise history.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA Finals could return to a 2-2-1-1-1 format.
CARSON (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored in the 87th minute and the short-handed San Jose Earthquakes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Sunday night.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg grew up in San Diego, admiring then-Padres star Jake Peavy. They've become friends, working out together in the offseason, chatting, trading texts.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
ATLANTA (AP) - Extra innings boosted viewership for the American League wild-card game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.