EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - For the past two seasons it has been the same thing for Stanford: Great expectations dashed by Oregon.
OAKLAND (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have overcome an 0-4 start and the distractions from the bounty scandal to fight their way right back into position for a possible late-season playoff run.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett.
CHICAGO (7-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2-1)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama has already given his hometown Chicago Bears the nod for best defense in the NFL.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - There could be a lot of finality for California at No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday night, and not just because it's the Golden Bears' last game in a disappointing season.
NEW ORLEANS (4-5) At OAKLAND (3-6)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch practiced Friday for the first time this week but remains questionable with a neck injury.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh practically galloped through the locker room, lively as ever, offering a wave and a smile to long snapper Brian Jennings before putting his arm around right guard Alex Boone.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat.
NEW YORK (AP) - Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown. And Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy had no problem being patient as the San Francisco Giants pursued re-signing Pablo Sandoval and went after Jon Lester.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged Tuesday that he visited Ray McDonald's home for a short time the day the ex-49ers defensive lineman is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Fifteen years of wasted or traded away first-round draft picks have laid the foundation for a dismal decade for the Oakland Raiders.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors too often let lesser competition keep games close - and allowed a few of them to slip away - on their home court last season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has kept quiet about the speculation surrounding his future for nearly a year.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The way the Anaheim Ducks win close games, they already like their chances for a long playoff run after last season's early exit.
Smiling or frowning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Romo tested free agency, had some offers and ultimately decided he wanted to stay put in San Francisco pitching for the only team he has known.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders salvaged a little something from this season by winning their final three home games.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Broncos got the ball back at their 20-yard line with 4:04 left, the rain coming down heavy and Peyton Manning trying to get Denver in range with his 51st game-winning drive.
With five of the six playoff slots in both conferences decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick jumped into the open arms of his leaping coach and all seemed right with the San Francisco 49ers for a few hours Saturday night.