SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers went back to what they do best: a steady diet of Frank Gore mixed with a dominant defense and timely special teams play.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hank Steinbrenner says too much blame is being directed at Alex Rodriguez for Detroit's sweep of the Yankees, and won't address whether the slumping star will be back in New York next season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The San Francisco Giants waited quite a while for this kind of performance from Barry Zito.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Tebow might add a new job title to an already-lengthy list.
JACKSONVILLE (1-4) At OAKLAND (1-4)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rolando McClain arrived in Oakland two years ago expected to be the impact middle linebacker who could transform a Raiders defense that had struggled for years to stop the run.
TORONTO (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received three counterproposals from the players' association on Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -America's Cup champion Oracle Racing will be sidelined from testing its 72-foot catamaran until early next year because of severe wing sail damage sustained when the yacht capsized Tuesday on San Francisco Bay.
OAKLAND (AP) - Maurice Jones-Drew looks at Oakland's Darren McFadden and sees a running back who has the total package - that rare combination of size and speed that makes other elite running backs in the NFL take notice.
Two weeks on, the glow has lost none of its warmth.
Cauley, Dawson tied for lead at Sea Island
DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder waved his arms frantically, gleefully calling off his teammates while the crowd at Comerica Park roared.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two of the NFL's top defenses dueled it out in a low-scoring game just as everybody expected - and San Francisco's offense did just enough to give the 49ers a narrow lead in the NFC West.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat.
Mike Persons and Vince Bordi have been making a name for themselves on the California MMA circuit.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The best score belonged to Stewart Cink. The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didn't come close to claiming either Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open, where the seven-time champion failed to break par in the opening round for first time in his career.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - With all the setbacks Percy Harvin has faced in his first season with Seattle, it would be easy to dwell on the problems.
With LeBron James sticking around and some of the NBA's best players joining him, the U.S. basketball team could be better than ever.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For the third straight offseason, Adrian Peterson will be recovering from surgery.
MIAMI (AP) - The man who prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary was sentenced Thursday to more than 57 years in state prison.
CLEVELAND (AP) - After nearly a month of twists, turns and talk, the Browns found their man.
MONACO (AP) - Monaco says star forward Radamel Falcao will have surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that could cause the Colombian to miss this year's World Cup.
HOUSTON (AP) - Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in just three quarters to help the Houston Rockets cruise to their third straight win, a 119-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors are getting one big man back sooner than expected but are suddenly trying to get two banged-up starters healthy again.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Richard Sherman wondered if he came to the NFL 20 years too late.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees talked frugality, then reverted to their high-spending ways.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - After hurrying Denver's quick-strike, high-octane offense through a record-shattering regular season, Peyton Manning has turned the Broncos into a slow-grinding, clock-eating machine in the playoffs.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed reserve quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson as one of 13 players signed to reserve/future contracts.