OAKLAND (AP) - Just a year ago, Denver and Oakland went to the end of the season in the race for the AFC West title, with the Broncos edging the Raiders for first place on the final day by winning a three-team tiebreaker with San Diego.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - He was adopted as a newborn, has a fully grown pet tortoise named Sammy, and sports 10 or 11 tattoos by his own count covering much of his upper body.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel certainly has the statistics worthy of a Heisman Trophy winner. He plays in the powerful Southeastern Conference. He has a signature win - all things Heisman voters typically look for.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - By now, there's nothing Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other. After 36 rounds in the ring - many of which could have been scored either way - there's not much fight fans don't know about the two, either.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between hockey owners and players are going so well that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the process" - even if he has been left outside the latest rounds of discussions.
BERKELEY (AP) - California hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday to take over for the fired Jeff Tedford.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Grady Allen, the father of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and a former NFL linebacker, has died. He was 66.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As punter Andy Lee and long snapper Brian Jennings playfully practiced their golf swings in the San Francisco 49ers locker room Tuesday, the usually delightful David Akers had no time for laughs while getting dressed for his next meeting.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders running game, which struggled so much the first half of the season when Darren McFadden was healthy, showed signs of life in recent weeks after the star back sprained his right ankle.
OAKLAND (AP) - Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo scored 24 points apiece, and the Orlando Magic outlasted the Golden State Warriors 102-94 on Monday night for their second straight victory.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Being mired in a five-game losing streak with a short week to get ready for Peyton Manning and the first-place Denver Broncos is tough enough.
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.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf's No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away.
LONDON (AP) - Chelsea ended England's one-year absence from the Champions League quarterfinals, beating Galatasaray 2-0 Tuesday night on first-half goals by Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months, the Carolina Panthers announced.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Defending champion Serena Williams is a six-time winner at the Sony Open, collecting more trophies than she's won at any other tournament.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a three-year contract Monday.