SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Harbaugh pulled his young quarterback aside last week to praise him for his professionalism and leadership during a rough patch for the reigning NFC champion 49ers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After many of his teammates were dressed and walking to the bus outside New Orleans Arena, Jermaine O'Neal sat in the visitors' locker room, still in uniform, with large packs of ice wrapped around his legs and a slight smile on his face.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt McGloin's rapid ascent from undrafted rookie to starting NFL quarterback is headed to the big stage.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks will go into their showdown against New Orleans on Monday night short-handed in the secondary after starting cornerback Walter Thurmond was officially suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the team's next four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says jobs are on the line - and his own is on the list.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The impenetrable wall that was the Kansas City defense was breached by the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, when Peyton Manning and his cohorts ran up and down the field in a 27-17 victory.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice on a limited basis but appears highly unlikely to play against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Timberwolves' five starters have logged more minutes than any other starting group in the NBA this year, in part because former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams couldn't gain the trust of coach Rick Adelman.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Colin Kaepernick looked left, scrambled right, then found Anquan Boldin open in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension Monday, securing the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history into his 20th season with the franchise.
OAKLAND (AP) - A woman who jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders' stadium survived after a man tried to catch her and broke her fall, authorities said.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As painful as it was to blow a late lead and lose a game that dropped them from sixth place to 12th place in the AFC standings, the Oakland Raiders have no choice but to move ahead.
OAKLAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir was pleased with his first win in nearly two months - and with fastball.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Latavius Murray provided a tantalizing glimpse of what he might be capable of during his 82 carries last season for the Oakland Raiders.
NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Cuddyer singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday night to prevent a three-game sweep.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - On the eve of the match against her former team, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage addressed Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and the challenge of beating the talent-laden United States in the World Cup.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that's clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
GENEVA (AP) - FIFA's top spokesman left his job on Thursday, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - South Korean Jenny Shin kept moving up the leaderboard, chasing Hall-of-Famer Karrie Webb.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Palmer, Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen each shot 6-under 64 Thursday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.
Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro has accepted a front-office position in Denver, a person familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have acquired veteran Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks, adding a long-range shooter to their frontcourt.
CLEVELAND (AP) - All things considered, the Golden State Warriors would rather have been golfing.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders began overhauling their team after another dismal season, one position noticeably didn't get much help.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The U.S. national team is dismissing critical comments that former coach Pia Sundhage made about some of the team's players.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - Five days after beating the Netherlands for the first time, the United States defeated Germany in Germany for the first time.