ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Smith gets noticeably uncomfortable when the spotlight is on him.
NEW YORK GIANTS (3-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (4-1)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame wants to slug it out with Stanford.
OAKLAND (1-3) At ATLANTA (5-0)
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees-Orioles. Playoffs. Disputed home run to right field. Yankees win.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith, Carlos Rogers and Kyle Williams acknowledge what some of their other San Francisco teammates might not: Sunday's rematch with the New York Giants absolutely means a little more to the 49ers.
OAKLAND (AP) - The final rally of Oakland's surprising season fell short.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is taking on another coach.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive end Andre Carter was always taught to do everything on the field at full speed. Recovering from a torn quadriceps injury required a bit more patience.
FIVE ARMSTRONG TEAMMATES ACCEPT SUSPENSIONS: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Five of Lance Armstrong's teammates have accepted six-month doping suspensions, reduced because they provided evidence that helped the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency make the case to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.
LONDON (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers will return to Wembley Stadium to play an NFL regular-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It wasn't very difficult for Mario Manningham to leave the New York Giants after winning a Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) - NHL arenas are dark, and now so are its negotiating rooms.
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.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis will be a game-time decision Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers host the St. Louis Rams.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - An extra week to heal has proved beneficial for San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who says he can play without thinking again. And that's a good thing.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Khalil Mack has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie season.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have declined to exercise their $5.5 million contract option for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima and instead owe him a $500,000 buyout.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Drew Brees had turnovers to end New Orleans' first two drives, while Cam Newton and Carolina couldn't take advantage as the teams were scoreless after the first quarter of Thursday night's game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hunter Pence herded his teammates into the center of a clubhouse that was ready to pop. As the Giants hollered and hugged, he kept asking: "Is everybody here? Is everybody here?"
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A giant, indeed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Steve Kerr a winner in his coaching debut, rolling past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night.
Back in 2010, New Orleans went 11-5 and Seattle was 7-9. But the Saints were a wild card for the playoffs and the Seahawks won their division.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr won the starting quarterback job for the Oakland Raiders in part based on how well he played in the preseason against Seattle.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick offered a few encouraging words, and rookie Marcus Martin knew the quarterback believed in him to step in at center and do the job.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings have officially broken ground on their new downtown arena.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and playfully ruffled the pitcher's long, scraggly locks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals took their dream season to the limit, falling just short of their first World Series title since 1985.