KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers don't seem too concerned with wide receiver A.J. Jenkins' slow start to the preseason.
OAKLAND, (AP) - Sonny Gray has been hearing the comparisons since his high school days in Tennessee. The references to Tim Hudson, another right-hander with a slight build and a big arm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington homestand that began with three losses to Atlanta was about to culminate in a six-game winning streak and the Nationals at .500 for the first time since mid-July.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs.
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The "Honey Badger" is about to get his first NFL start.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Imagine how different it might have been for Tiger Woods if not for one perfect shot.
OAKLAND, (AP) - In a span of 24 hours Chris Young came within inches of giving the Athletics a pair of walkoff wins.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hunter Pence had just sent a liner into the gap in left-center, and as he headed toward second base he figured the San Francisco Giants had completed a ninth-inning comeback against the Washington Nationals.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick Wednesay to lead an impressive second-half comeback by the United States, which scored all of its goals in the second half to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in a friendly in Sarajevo and extend its record winning streak to 12 games.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs said he agrees with the NFL's decision to suspend him for one game without pay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy that happened last season.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders sustained a significant blow Wednesday with the news that starting left tackle Jared Veldheer will need surgery on his torn left triceps and will miss a significant portion of the upcoming season.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.
CARLSBAD (AP) - Cristie Kerr ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Kia Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title in nearly two years.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - There was never a doubt that Team Penske would win the IndyCar Series opener.
BERKELEY (AP) - Ivan Rabb made one free throw with eight-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting Bishop O'Dowd to a 65-64 win over Mater Dei in the Open Division boys' state basketball championship on Saturday.
BERKELEY . (AP) - Aquira DeCosta scored eight points in the final five minutes, Kat Tudor made a critical 3-pointer down the stretch and St. Mary's of Stockton held on to beat Mater Dei 76-69 in the Open Division girls state basketball championship on Saturday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain gave up three runs in four innings, Buster Posey and Angel Pagan each had two hits and drove in two runs and the San Francisco Giants beat a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad 11-9 on Sunday.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - When the ball whizzed past Serena Williams for an ace late in Sunday's match, the subdued crowd suddenly erupted with a roar.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Former NBA coach Eric Musselman says one of the things he's looking forward to most about his new job at Nevada is the opportunity to be a lasting influence in the lives of young men.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Kendall Graveman continued his impressive spring with 6 1-3 innings of three-hit ball, further staking his claim to a spot in the Athletics' rotation and leading Oakland to a 7-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick says he won't be ready for opening day because of his injured oblique.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Kelyn Rowe scored twice and the New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday in steady snow and hail for their first victory of the season.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 38 points and 10 assists, leading the Golden State Warriors to their 60th win - tying a franchise record - 107-84 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 victory over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the South Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.