OAKLAND (AP) - From the Bay Area to down near the Mexican border, change has been the approach for two of California's NFL teams.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay is Exhibit A in an NFL trend that emphasizes mesmerizing passing games above all else, and Aaron Rodgers nearly passed the Packers to an undefeated season in 2011.
2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 12-5-1; Green Bay 11-6
NEW YORK (AP) - Locked in a taut, thrill-a-minute second set, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro headed to a tiebreaker and produced a 20-stroke masterpiece of a point befitting a pair of past U.S. Open champions.
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy seem to be spending a lot of time together lately. That includes the top of a busy leaderboard at the BMW Championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Two are All-Pros. One was the runner-up for the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. The other just received a new $44.5 million, six-year contract extension.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' thin receiving corps got a boost Thursday when Denarius Moore returned to practice from an injury and the team signed Derek Hagan.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - She was the first person he called after he got the call. And Cheryl Miller will be on stage to present her brother, Reggie, when he is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trevor Cahill took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 Wednesday night in a game in which the benches cleared after a tag play at third base.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon McCarthy had just finished his delivery when Erick Aybar's line drive zipped back. It struck the Oakland Athletics pitcher in the head and knocked him to the ground in the fourth inning.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy left in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels after Erick Aybar's hard line drive ricocheted off the right-hander's head.
NEW YORK (AP) - More than an hour after hitting one last shot as a professional tennis player, then delivering one last, voice-wavering speech to an adoring U.S. Open audience, Andy Roddick exited the locker room one last time.
NEW YORK (AP) - At first, Tyler Hamilton was impressed with the power Lance Armstrong wielded in cycling circles, his ability to call the head of the international cycling federation at any time - and call him by his first name.
SANTA CLARA. (AP) - Randy Moss still carries himself with that same old swagger and avoids saying much about his NFL return after a year away. Mario Manningham has no qualms speaking out about how he wants to show the West Coast what he can do seven months after leading the New York Giants to a Super Bowl title.
SEATTLE (AP) - Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine insisted Wednesday he wasn't serious when he threatened to "punch" a radio talk-show host in the mouth.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Woodson not only isn't mad the New York Knicks wanted Phil Jackson for his job, he knows a guy if Jackson seeks a coach to run the triangle offense.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been joking about "getting my Pop on" every time he sits a key player with a nagging injury the past couple of weeks.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Sam Fuld scored two runs on two singles and a walk, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 13-3 on Wednesday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday night and taken to a hospital with a cut above his left eye.
Rich Peverley has been released from an Ohio hospital after undergoing successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Panthers say Cam Newton had successful surgery on his left ankle and the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be sidelined for four months.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 23 points and five assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors overwhelmed the Orlando Magic 103-89 on Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Isaiah Thomas had his first career triple double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 117-111 in overtime on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brandon Pirri scored one goal and set up another in a 17-second span of the second period and Roberto Luongo made 52 saves to help the Florida Panthers snap San Jose's six-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a nine-run first inning off Jose Quintana and Sam Fuld added a two-run triple, starting the Oakland Athletics to a 16-6 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Yan Gomes hit two home runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 12-11 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn has hired former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to revive a struggling basketball program that hasn't been to the NCAA tournament in more than a decade.
MORAGA (AP) - Kerry Carter wasn't bothered after he missed his first five shots. The Saint Mary's guard was even less concerned after backcourt mate Stephen Holt fouled out.
SYDNEY (AP) - Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith is being pulled in two directions this week as Major League Baseball prepares for its season-opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Make that two different teams.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United manager David Moyes dismissed suggestions his job is under threat, saying he has the full backing of the club's hierarchy.