OAKLAND (AP) - D.J. Hayden finally gets the chance to answer the critics who thought the Oakland Raiders made a risky bet when they drafted him 12th overall in April.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick's backup, signing nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Sean Doolittle tugs gently on his bushy red beard and soaks in a history lesson as he strolls in silence along the 872-foot wooden flight deck of the USS Hornet. He checks out old war planes while gazing at spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay, then climbs dozens of stairs to take a turn in the ship's "air boss" seat.
A month after acknowledging only that he made "mistakes," Ryan Braun admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
BOSTON (AP) - Don't expect a sentimental reunion when Boston plays the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend and visits former Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and the injured Josh Beckett.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained left Achilles' tendon and might not return this season.
MIAMI (AP) - Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson acknowledged feeling butterflies in the bullpen as he warmed up Thursday, which was understandable since he hadn't pitched in 16 months.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received high praise from ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski and managed to take it in stride.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito understands how unpredictable a game baseball can be. Making his first start in three weeks only added to the mystery for the Giants left-hander.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics manager Bob Melvin was too angry at his team to be concerned with a close call at home plate.
NAPA, (AP) - After four weeks of training camp in wine country, the Oakland Raiders have packed up and headed home with hopes that their work here will translate to the playing field when the season starts Sept. 8.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki slashed a single the opposite way with his unique swing for the 4,000th hit of a career split between Japan and the major leagues.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Chris Paul has already seemingly done the impossible by turning the long-languishing Los Angeles Clippers into a force in the Western Conference. Now he's taken on another big task - rebuilding the reeling NBA players' association.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Another week, another nagging injury for Tiger Woods - this from a soft bed in his hotel.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Brittany Lincicome opened a three-stroke lead Friday in the wind-swept LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of a tournament she has never won. Given her history in Cincinnati, she'll avoid thinking about the long-awaited title.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour's postseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis, one of two girls at the Little League World Series, threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 on Friday in the opener for both teams.
CHICAGO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had a big bag of ice on his right knee while he watched the end of practice Thursday. He briefly covered his face with a towel as trainers milled around his table next to the folded gym bleachers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park - the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two days of practice in front of boisterous Raiders supporters gave Oakland's newcomers a taste of the passion of the fan base.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a spotless stretch for 18 days earlier this month, the Oakland Athletics bullpen is struggling a bit.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Lexi Thompson and South Korea's Meena Lee shot 6-under-66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Championship, the fourth major championship of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Depending on the clubhouse, the response to the latest overturned call at home under baseball's expanded replay system was as debatable as the rule itself.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jason Vargas tossed a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout, Omar Infante hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Wednesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - After three years and six NFL games, San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams finally got his first pro start.