SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps as they chase another Super Bowl berth: Michael Crabtree is sidelined after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Kings goalie Jonathan Quick sometimes seems to be the only obstacle between San Jose and the Western Conference finals while the Sharks dominate much of their 2-2 series with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner is back on track. After a couple of rough starts in May, he pitched another gem.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Eric Sogard's blooper to left field looked as if it might get Oakland even against Texas until shortstop Elvis Andrus ran it down and made a sliding catch over his shoulder.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) - Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods on Wednesday for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Charles Woodson had gotten word that Oakland fans had mobilized through social media to hold a rally at his free-agent visit to the Raiders.
SANTA CLARA - Only a Colin Kaepernick deep ball away from the San Francisco 49ers' practice field, Levi's Stadium is taking shape in a hurry.
STOCKTON – Yannick Tifu's two unanswered goals helped send the Stockton Thunder to a 3-1 loss to the Reading Royals in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals in front of 4,379 fans at Stockton Arena on Tuesday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brent Burns helped San Jose jump off to a fast start with his second goal of the postseason and the Sharks tied their second-round series against Los Angeles at two games with a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - When Tony Parker started running low on masterful plays, Tim Duncan was there to take over and lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning after Gregor Blanco's tying triple in the ninth, and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Tuesday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Oakland rookie right-hander Dan Straily was well aware of the ace pitcher and the powerful lineup he was facing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Jeremy Affeldt came to the Bay Area as an opposing player, he refused to leave his hotel room aside from going to and from the ballpark. He was admittedly homophobic.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Charles Woodson is coming back home to Oakland.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year - a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - There were times during John Orozco's grueling rehab after he tore the ACL in his left knee during a post-Olympic tour two years ago that he figured his gymnastics career was done.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season.
CINCINNATI (AP) - As his term winds down, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig hasn't changed his outlook on Pete Rose's lifetime ban for gambling.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are checking out the possibility of building a new stadium on the same site of their current home.
BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo "an exciting, athletic player."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jordan Norwood's season-ending knee injury jumbled the Denver Broncos' search for Trindon Holliday's replacement on punt returns and dented the team's depth at wide receiver.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Early in his career, Jonathan Martin had a harder time keeping plays straight while shifting from one side of the offensive line to the other.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - One of the NFL's top quarterbacks learned from one of the best defensive backs in the game.
CHICAGO (AP) - All the San Francisco Giants asked for was a fair shot, and that's exactly what they got in the end.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.
MIAMI (AP) - As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.