OAKLAND (AP) - Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract.
NEW YORK (AP) - Eager for a new challenge and certainly a better chance to win, R.A. Dickey broke the news of his trade even before the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Jamaal Charles had nowhere to run, Brady Quinn was under pressure all day and the Oakland Raiders defense posted its most statistically dominating performance in decades.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers hung tough late in the game to stun Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road and in the rain to clinch a playoff berth when few expected them to win at Foxborough.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns couldn't seem to make a shot from anywhere, struggled defensively and gave up too many offensive rebounds while falling behind by 19 points in the first half.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and the Denver Nuggets built a big lead in the first half and cruised past the Sacramento Kings 122-97 Sunday.
OAKLAND (AP) - When the Golden State Warriors began madly celebrating a stunning, last-second win against defending NBA champion Miami on the Heat's home court this week, Jarrett Jack quickly offered a message to his teammates.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For most of the past decade, December has meant only one thing to Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler - searching for motivation as he plays out the string of another lost season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Running against the San Francisco 49ers is tough. Passing isn't any easier. And scoring is a huge challenge.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Aldon Smith chases down the NFL record for sacks, his specialty becomes of particular significance this week when the San Francisco 49ers face New England and the NFL's top-ranked offense.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch practiced for the first time this week, an encouraging turn for a struggling secondary sorely lacking depth.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Poor starts have often been the cause of Orlando's worst outings this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - There was no coasting to a 10-game winning streak for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system Tuesday that for the first time will define specific offenses with pre-determined penalties.
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SEATTLE (AP) - The guitar riffs ripped from the hotel ballroom where owner Paul Allen's band was performing and filled the lobby. Down on the lower level, Hall of Famer Walter Jones posed for pictures with exuberant fans.
HOUSTON (AP) - Tracy McGrady wants to follow Michael Jordan's path to the national pastime.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Three times during his Hall of Fame playing career, John Elway slogged through the rubble of a Super Bowl landslide.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves agreed to eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million on Tuesday.
MIAMI (AP) - The NFL's report in the Miami Dolphins bullying case is expected to be released soon, shedding further light on the much-scrutinized, troubled relationship between offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas now has a World TeamTennis franchise.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating the Chicago Bulls 99-70 on Monday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - At the beginning of training camp, Andrew Bogut set a goal to play all 82 regular-season games and regain his place among the NBA's best centers.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored in a span of 2:45 early in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit and lead the Philadelphia Flyers past San Jose 5-2 on Monday night for their first win over the Sharks since 2000.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have hired Joe Woods as defensive backs coach and Marcus Robertson as assistant secondary coach.
MIAMI (AP) - David Beckham will take part in a news conference Wednesday to discuss his progress in trying to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) - Less than 12 hours after winning the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll already was talking about getting started on next season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Three words raced through Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith's mind as he streaked toward the end zone in the Super Bowl, returning his interception of a pass by Peyton Manning: "Don't get caught."