NAPA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski has every reason to believe he'll be the Raiders' starting center for a second straight season despite talk about a possible move to left guard.
NEW YORK (AP) - Looming playoffs could force an end to negotiations in baseball's latest drug scandal as pressure builds to impose penalties so stars can still make the postseason.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez will start a second minor league injury rehabilitation assignment on Friday at Double-A Trenton, hoping to return to the New York Yankees before any suspension by Major League Baseball.
BOSTON (AP) - Jake Peavy last appeared in the postseason in 2006.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Just a week into training camp, Colin Kaepernick can already feel the difference between where the San Francisco 49ers' offense is now versus this time a year ago.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon fell behind in the count, his velocity dropped and he hardly received the kind of run support the right-hander has become accustomed to in a sensational comeback season.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder has named two new assistant coaches to its bench, a move that unites two local products.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When Chad Gaudin gets a hit, the rest of the San Francisco Giants have to join along.
NAPA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders probably should wear name tags in the defensive huddle in training camp.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A raucous crowd packed into one of Major League Soccer's glitzy new stadiums to watch a team comprised of its best players in an exhibition game on a picturesque late-summer night.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Missy Franklin climbed to the top of the podium to collect a prize she really wanted.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Major League Soccer plans to add four expansion teams by the 2020 season.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - In the dark, head-to-head, 11 shots clear of the pack, from rooftops and in every other conceivable way, Tiger Woods has dominated at Firestone Country Club.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL Pro Bowl rosters for next year will be selected in a draft by team captains, with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice assisting as alumni captains.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley has a serious biceps injury and could miss the remainder of the season.
DENVER (AP) - Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Letestu scored twice, including the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining, and Ryan Johansen also scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the road-weary San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Thursday night.
The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Serena Williams awoke on Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals crown.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his criticism of the jobs Nick Faldo and Tom Watson did as Ryder Cup captains.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Mariota hasn't given much thought to being part of the first college football game played at Levi's Stadium. It's probably because the Oregon quarterback plans to return to the $1.3 billion facility in another six weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Game 2 of the World Series stayed close deeper into the night, boosting television ratings.
MIAMI (AP) - A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal.