NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees will need some unproven receivers to emerge this year, and could not help but be encouraged by way rookie Kenny Stills and second-year pro Nick Toon came through against the Raiders.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso is likely to be sidelined another three to four weeks and perhaps for the remainder of the season as he recovers from a lingering concussion.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Vogt can really fly. Especially for a catcher, as he cheerfully points out.
MIAMI (AP) - With a score that resembled a football game more than baseball, the San Francisco Giants came out on top with their best offensive performance of the season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With Charlie Manuel seated to his left, Ruben Amaro Jr. broke down in tears after announcing he fired his manager.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez got booed in pregame introductions, booed when his picture was put up on the video board and booed again when came to bat in the first inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers don't seem too concerned with wide receiver A.J. Jenkins' slow start to the preseason.
OAKLAND, (AP) - Sonny Gray has been hearing the comparisons since his high school days in Tennessee. The references to Tim Hudson, another right-hander with a slight build and a big arm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington homestand that began with three losses to Atlanta was about to culminate in a six-game winning streak and the Nationals at .500 for the first time since mid-July.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs.
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The "Honey Badger" is about to get his first NFL start.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Brooks Koepka has lost track of the miles flown, the oceans crossed and the stamps in his passport as he toiled in remote corners of the golfing world for more than two years to prepare himself for moments like Sunday at the Phoenix Open.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - As a kid, years before he became a pretty good quarterback in his own right, Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana.
PHOENIX (AP) - In previous years, the scenario for getting Super Bowl tickets at a reasonable price was simply waiting until the last possible minute to buy.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed hot, beating the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.
DeMarcus Cousins is going to the All-Star game, after all.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz upset the league's highest-scoring team, the Golden State Warriors, 110-100 on Friday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.
NEW YORK (AP) - Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Andrew Harrison scored 15 points to lead a balanced Kentucky attack, and the No. 1 Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 69-53 victory over Missouri on Thursday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks used a five-goal second period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Thursday night.