SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just two years ago, the wild and wretched NFC West produced a champion with a 7-9 record. Now, it's the NFL's biggest bully.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland cornerback Michael Huff hasn't had much time to rest since changing positions to help the Raiders' injury-ravaged secondary.
NEW YORK (AP) - His production shriveled, his aura dissipated, his place in history unsettled and his ego almost certainly bruised, Alex Rodriguez took a seat following the Snub Seen 'Round the World and became a spectator, little different than the 50,000 other fans at Yankee Stadium.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Joyous, bouncing teammates waiting to greet him at home, the red-clad crowd raucous as can be, Jayson Werth yanked off his red batting helmet with two hands and thrust it a dozen or more feet overhead.
OAKLAND (AP) - Already an ace and MVP, Justin Verlander proved to be the Detroit Tigers' ultimate closer, too.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Not just any comeback would get San Francisco back to playing for a pennant. It would take one of Giant proportions.
OAKLAND (AP) - Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and the never-say-die Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of their AL division series against the Detroit Tigers with their most memorable comeback yet.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Set aside the high-pressure task of postseason pitching that Chris Carpenter routinely masters for the St. Louis Cardinals and think about this:
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-paid player in baseball could only sit and watch when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run.
MIAMI (AP) - Alan Gordon celebrates his 31st birthday Tuesday. Maybe U.S. Soccer will give him a cap.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.
SAN MARTIN . (AP) - Ernie Els suggested that playing in the Frys.com Open last year helped him achieve a major victory this year. He's hoping it can happen again.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Oakland Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants ended their six-game losing streak in the most wacky way. They don't care how it happened, any break is welcome these days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.
MIAMI (AP) - One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.
Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The 16th edition of Reno's PGA Tour event has a new sponsor, a new name, no defending champ and a modified Stableford scoring format that encourages aggressive play up and down the edge of the Sierra Nevada.
STANFORD (AP) - Serena Williams looked healthy and played sharp in her first tournament since defaulting during a doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vin Scully poked fun at himself after word came out that he plans to return for his record 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' broadcast booth next year.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez announced his retirement Wednesday, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36.
PHOENIX (AP) - Aeneas Williams spent most of his NFL career on bad teams.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater made a quick recovery from the concussion he suffered early in training camp and is expected to be cleared for full contact for Thursday's practice.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have been joking with one another during the U.S. basketball team's first two days of practice, about which big man is better.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brandon Moss was having a frustrating night before the ninth inning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013.