SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just two years ago, the wild and wretched NFC West produced a champion with a 7-9 record. Now, it's the NFL's biggest bully.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland cornerback Michael Huff hasn't had much time to rest since changing positions to help the Raiders' injury-ravaged secondary.
NEW YORK (AP) - His production shriveled, his aura dissipated, his place in history unsettled and his ego almost certainly bruised, Alex Rodriguez took a seat following the Snub Seen 'Round the World and became a spectator, little different than the 50,000 other fans at Yankee Stadium.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Joyous, bouncing teammates waiting to greet him at home, the red-clad crowd raucous as can be, Jayson Werth yanked off his red batting helmet with two hands and thrust it a dozen or more feet overhead.
OAKLAND (AP) - Already an ace and MVP, Justin Verlander proved to be the Detroit Tigers' ultimate closer, too.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Not just any comeback would get San Francisco back to playing for a pennant. It would take one of Giant proportions.
OAKLAND (AP) - Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and the never-say-die Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of their AL division series against the Detroit Tigers with their most memorable comeback yet.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Set aside the high-pressure task of postseason pitching that Chris Carpenter routinely masters for the St. Louis Cardinals and think about this:
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-paid player in baseball could only sit and watch when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run.
MIAMI (AP) - Alan Gordon celebrates his 31st birthday Tuesday. Maybe U.S. Soccer will give him a cap.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.
SAN MARTIN . (AP) - Ernie Els suggested that playing in the Frys.com Open last year helped him achieve a major victory this year. He's hoping it can happen again.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Oakland Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jim Johnson just never got comfortable with the Oakland Athletics. A slow start for the two-time AL saves leader turned into a nightmare.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "in the near future" to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.
MONTREAL (AP) - Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - For anyone figuring Vernon Davis has some catching up to do during training camp, quarterback Colin Kaepernick has no concerns.
NAPA (AP) - Shortly after checking in a day before the Oakland Raiders begin training camp, Charles Woodson packed his family into a white SUV for a quick afternoon drive.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Yannick Djalo scored a goal and added three assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hunter Pence drove in all of San Francisco's runs with a double in the ninth and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for testing positive for an amphetamine.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Leaders from the four U.S. cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games will meet with U.S. Olympic Committee leadership Friday in the first gathering to include representatives from all the major interested parties.