SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Tomsula begs to differ with left tackle Joe Staley and linebacker Ahmad Brooks that the San Francisco 49ers overlooked Cleveland in Sunday's rock-bottom loss to the Browns.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Pete Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball was rejected Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport's integrity if allowed back in the game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even after signing Jeff Samardzija to a large, long-term contract last week, the San Francisco Giants had their eye on Johnny Cueto - they've been watching and admiring him from afar for years.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton added to his MVP resume, completing 15 of 21 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 38-0 on Sunday to clinch a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Even though the Oakland Raiders still have a slim chance at the final wild-card spot in the AFC, coach Jack Del Rio is approaching the final month of the season with an eye toward the future.