ALAMEDA (AP) - After the Oakland Raiders set NFL records in 2011 for penalties and penalty yards, rookie coach Dennis Allen made it a top priority to field more disciplined team.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The pass rusher in Aldon Smith is getting a little more excited than usual this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Giant dose of small ball, and suddenly San Francisco finds itself in a most unique position - way ahead in a postseason series.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As prolific as he's been in his career, Oakland's Carson Palmer is on an unparalleled pace for him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner joked before his last World Series start that the pressure of pitching on baseball's biggest stage felt similar to his high school championship. After all, he was only 21.
What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looks as if a full-82 game schedule "is not going to be a reality," as the lockout nears its seventh week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is going to be a very hairy World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - In today's "any given Sunday" NFL, the thinking goes, any team can win - or lose - any game. What about any given Thursday? Turns out those matchups are the closest thing to a lock there is.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are about to embark on another season in California's capital.
DETROIT (AP) - There will be no gift baskets, Texas barbeque, Dr. Pepper, Budweiser beer or St. Louis-style toasted ravioli exchanged following this year's World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander's introduction to postseason baseball six years ago left him dazzled and exhausted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers found out the hard way that rest means rust in the World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods doesn't sound too worried over matching his worst score in America on a course where he had won eight times.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is seeking a speedy dismissal of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit challenging a season-long suspension.
HARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson was stunned by the proposed changes to the championship format that NASCAR chairman Brian France laid out in a phone call two weeks ago.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a reckless driving charge against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Broncos third-year tight end Julius Thomas began the season with more NCAA tournament trips (two) on his resume than catches in the NFL (one).
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - The names are hardly as familiar as Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman. Yet, for all the megastars and All-Pros in this Super Bowl, there are guys like Jermaine Kearse and Paris Lenon.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Down three starters and behind by 20 points in the fourth quarter, the Sacramento Kings tried to foul their way back into the game.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The way the Los Angeles Kings have been struggling to score goals, they were fortunate one was enough to snap their five-game losing streak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Flannery received a heartfelt thank-you voicemail from Bryan Stow, who struggles to put thoughts and words together nearly three years after being severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bulls, an affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, folded operations Monday after failing to complete a change in ownership that they hoped would sustain the ECHL organization established in October 2012.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch put his chances at "70 percent" at running the Indianapolis 500 this year because of recent developments that have pushed a potential program along.
HONOLULU (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is showing the Pro Bowl more love after previously threatening to cancel it if play didn't improve.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Kam Chancellor is imposing. He's a strong safety that looks like he should be playing linebacker and the hardest hitter in the best secondary in the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau plans to object to the proposed $765 million settlement of player concussion claims because the fund would not pay wrongful death claims to survivors.