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.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James has had "preliminary talks" with David Beckham about possibly bringing an MLS team to Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-98 Monday night for their seventh straight victory.
Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - It took Jimmie Johnson just 13 races into his rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports to prove to his team he was a rare talent.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby capped a third-period outburst with his 10th goal of the season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Monday night.
Lance Armstrong claims former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a cover-up of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France.
STANFORD w(AP) - UC Davis began the process of becoming a Division I program 10 years ago. The Aggies have played No. 3 Stanford every year since 2007. The program is about to take the next big step.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch High boys soccer team accomplished a lot this season, but the top-seeded Cougars will look back on their 3-2 loss to No. 3 Liberty Ranch for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship on Saturday at Stagg High wondering how different things could have been.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning went virtually untouched by Kansas City's sack-happy defense Sunday night, throwing for 323 yards and a touchdown to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-17 victory over the NFL's last undefeated team.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bloodied, Drew Brees recovered. Garret Hartley made a nifty comeback, too, for the New Orleans Saints.
HOUSTON (AP) - Oakland rookie Matt McGloin was so good in a victory over the Houston Texans that it raised questions about whether Terrelle Pryor will get his job back when he's healthy.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Zach Randolph scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - Jack Taylor renewed his membership in the Century Club.
CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored two goals, including one on a third-period penalty shot, and Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.