SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers picked up right where they left off last season in their preseason opener.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Five years ago, a leading golf publication chose Kiawah Island as the toughest golf course in America. Some of the best players in the world made it feel like a walk on the beach Thursday in the PGA Championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - There has been an enigma running around San Francisco 49ers practices this offseason.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Madison Bumgarner liked the pitch he threw to Carlos Beltran. So did Beltran.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The final major of the year, and everyone was cramming for their last big exam.
NAPA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are relieved running back Mike Goodson's neck injury isn't too serious. When they get him back on the field remains to be seen.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants to a 15-0 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics used pitching to get into the wild-card race. Their hitters are helping keep them there.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Cory Nelms ran off the field in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers' practice Wednesday to go watch television. Don't worry, he had special permission.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson left the hospital and returned to training camp headquarters on Tuesday night after he was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision during practice earlier in the day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick has never sought attention at San Francisco 49ers headquarters. He always praises starter Alex Smith, keeps his answers short and simple, and deflects everything back to the team.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning, four Oakland players hit home runs and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Buster Posey shows no signs of slowing down in the second half of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree smiled, took a breath and tried to explain how his latest injury happened. After a few silent seconds, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver finally gave up.
Keith Smart is getting the closest thing he has ever had to a long-term deal as an NBA coach.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall understands he's going to turn heads when he speaks out, given his well-publicized struggles with mental illness.
DETROIT (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have beaten Detroit with both pitching and power. And that's left the Tigers on the brink of elimination - and simmering with frustration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Coach Jim Harbaugh expects top 2012 wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to game action in mid- to late November after recovering in quick fashion from a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders released quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday, just six months after bringing him in to be the starter.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldn't have been happier on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw started on short rest for the Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, sending Los Angeles into the National League championship series for the first time since 2009.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Michael Wacha heard the chants. Then again, when 40,000 people clad in black scream your name relentlessly for the better part of three hours, it's kind of hard to miss.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are still afloat in the AL division series.
OAKLAND (AP) - When the Golden State Warriors signed free agent Andre Iguodala this summer, most figured that meant Harrison Barnes would be coming off the bench.
ATLANTA (AP) - Geno Smith wasn't flustered. Not after all the mistakes in his first four games. Not after the Atlanta Falcons went ahead on a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining.