OAKLAND (AP) - These decisive Game 5s sure are becoming familiar for Justin Verlander.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald expects to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nobody's better than the St. Louis Cardinals when they can't afford to lose.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders despite being hampered by hamstring injuries.
SAN MARTIN (AP) - The chill of the morning air in California. Veteran players discreetly looking at golf bags on the practice range so they can put names to the faces they have never seen. Young players concerned about getting into enough tournaments. A parking lot filled with Mercedes-Benz courtesy cars.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Nothing has come easily for Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream against the Minnesota Lynx.
The Chicago Bears have two reasons to be in a nasty mood - consecutive losses to Detroit and New Orleans.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored his 10th goal of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes made it stand for a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
BOSTON (AP) - Shane Victorino was hit by one pitch in the right arm and another in the ribs. That brought the total to four in four playoff games for the Red Sox outfielder who was plunked more than anyone else in the AL in the regular season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After two days of waiting, the Los Angeles Dodgers found out they will play St. Louis in the National League championship series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to stay with the New York Yankees through 2017.
DETROIT (AP) - On a night of desperation, dispute and finally, delirium, Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers kept their season alive by the slimmest of margins.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore is quick to point out that a big reason he is on such a nice roll again in San Francisco's running game is because of Bruce Miller's timely, hard blocking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jay Z, the new agent for Robinson Cano, had dinner Monday night with top officials of the New York Mets.
GENEVA (AP) - Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen called Lance Armstrong's claim that he helped cover up the rider's doping at the 1999 Tour de France a "ridiculous story" and said Tuesday he has nothing to fear from an independent investigation.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Animal bones, hair, feathers and river pebbles are secreted around sports fields. The goal posts have been sprinkled with urine. The soccer players, some of whom have smeared ancient herbal potions on themselves, take the field.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Perry Ellis scored 21 points, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance, and No. 2 Kansas used a big late run to bury Iona 86-66 on Tuesday night.
VIENNA (AP) - Marc Janko scored in the 33rd minute after lax defensive marking, and the United States ended a record-setting year with a 1-0 loss to Austria.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh still believes Ahmad Brooks made a clean hit on Drew Brees and should have been credited with a game-clinching fumble.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 22 points, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes had 17 apiece and the Golden State Warriors beat the struggling Utah Jazz 98-87 on Monday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt McGloin's rapid ascent from undrafted rookie free agent could lead to him becoming the regular starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs only intend to lose to the Denver Broncos once, and that thought goes beyond the rematch between AFC West rivals in two weeks at Arrowhead Stadium.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - As "Sweet Caroline" pumped through the stadium and playoff-starved Panthers fans dressed all in black celebrated a big victory, Tom Brady ran after an official in search of an explanation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into "great detail" with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins' locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn't saying for now.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Bowl Championship Series has been good to Urban Meyer.
NEW YORK (AP) - Colts linebacker Erik Walden's head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.