PARIS (AP) - Cycling supporters say that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may actually benefit the sport by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them if they dope.
NAPA (AP) - Carson Palmer is running out of time to get the Oakland Raiders first-team offense into the end zone in the preseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Hance Smith's eyes widened in the dugout as he watched Quinton Gago send a homer well over the left-field fence.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp has been tinkering with his batting stance to finally find something that works. Now that he's feeling it again at the plate, Crisp refuses to offer any details in fear of jinxing a good thing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday that quarterback Alex Smith has become "savant-like" in his understanding of the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast system.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart is OK to play after injuring the index finger on his non-throwing hand but still might be held out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Put the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of Tim Lincecum and he can't help but get pumped.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Drew thinks a change of scenery will help jump-start his slumping bat. The Oakland Athletics hope he's right.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has banned Melky Cabrera associate Juan Nunez from all team clubhouses.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants canceled an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just in time.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For his final game as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Kansas City Royals compete with the high-spending San Francisco Giants for the title.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jake Peavy and the San Francisco Giants hoped Game 6 of the World Series would result in a parade.
DENVER (AP) - Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Gordon Soltau, a wide receiver and kicker who played nine NFL seasons with San Francisco, has died. He was 89.
NEW YORK (AP) - Going into Sunday's highly anticipated matchup against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the unanimous choice as the NFL's top team.
DENVER (AP) - Former teammate Brian Dawkins called Champ Bailey "a great conserver of energy," a rare superstar who was never in a rush to get anywhere "unless it was on a football field."
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's dramatic return from his latest back injury doesn't mean he is cleared to face the next opponent.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the SEC.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After long waits to make their World Series debuts, Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie will get another opportunity to pitch Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yordano Ventura honored his close friend Oscar Tavares the best way he could.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Harden scored 32 points, Dwight Howard added 13 points and 11 rebounds before getting into a shouting match with Kobe Bryant, and the Houston Rockets spoiled Bryant's return to the Lakers with a 108-90 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter's box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber wrote to team employees to say that he regrets if anybody was offended by his unintentional use of "hoodish" in an email.
OAKLAND (AP) - Power forward David Lee is expected to sit out Golden State's season opener at Sacramento on Wednesday night with a strained left hamstring.