SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Matt Cain pondered his future, staying put in San Francisco where his career took off became the top option.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey took another big step in his comeback just by playing at home again after an injury-shortened season last year, and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year didn't even need to do much in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 exhibition win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks left town Monday for their final road trip of the regular season barely hanging on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
ALAMEDA. (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and his staff delivered a clear message during their first official meeting with their new players.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tyreke Evans had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and the Sacramento Kings topped the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Monday night.
DALLAS (AP) - Randy Foye had 28 points with a career-high eight 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth consecutive game, 94-75 over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night for their longest winning streak in two decades.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored two late goals, giving him a NHL-best 58 this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the playoff-hopeful Washington Capitals a damaging 4-2 loss on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant needed 11 seconds to make his first basket, then he hit his second and a few minutes later another. No way was the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar going to struggle for a second straight game.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL expects to hold hearings this week on appeals filed in connection with the investigation of the Saints' bounty system, a league spokesman said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Say so long to Linsanity.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a dominating third quarter to beat Chicago 92-78 on Sunday and move within a game of the Bulls for the NBA's best record.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals, Tim Thomas made 33 saves and the Boston Bruins clinched the Northeast Division title with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.
The NFL players' union wants the league and its owners to take disciplining players out of the hands of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins' field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games.
With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in one of the four major North American professional leagues, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years in the NBA.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro took a calculated risk when he acquired veteran forward Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors in a seven-player trade last December.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yankees President Randy Levine offered a succinct response when asked what he thought about the Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaking the record for richest contract that had been held by Alex Rodriguez for more than 13 years until last spring.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have interviewed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and are continuing to investigate allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he assaulted her during the September race at Dover International Speedway.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was scheduled for his first practice of the season Tuesday, officially opening a 21-day window during which the team can decide whether to activate him or send him to the injured reserve list.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson says next season will probably be his last. Now, he won't leave without a World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Ever since Al Davis arrived in Oakland more than a half-century ago to build his beloved Raiders into one of pro sports' most successful franchises, his team has been closely associated with Davis' favorite saying, "Just win, baby."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC's best team?
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have won six games in a row and steamrolled most of their opponents in the process.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ben Tate doesn't have to worry about losing carries with the Browns any longer.
MACAU (AP) - Manny Pacquiao didn't need the huge bouquet of flowers he was holding to feel welcome in this gambling enclave, where he will be fighting at an odd hour Sunday against an opponent who has to already feel as though he won boxing's biggest lottery.
DUBLIN (AP) - The United States' winless streak stretched to four games Tuesday night with a year-ending 4-1 loss to a second-string Ireland team.