SANTA CLARA (AP) - It was a natural moment for Michael Crabtree to address his 49ers teammates - on his 25th birthday last Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The numbers say there isn't much difference in the NFL with replacement officials. Comments from players and coaches say otherwise.
ATLANTA (AP) - With every week, and every win, Rory McIlroy gets a new moniker. Two-time major champion. The world No. 1. Heir apparent. The latest nickname was courtesy of none other than Tiger Woods.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched eight solid innings to earn his career-best 15th win, Pablo Sandoval homered for his first time in two months and the San Francisco Giants moved another game closer to clinching the NL West title with a 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Middleweight fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be stripped of his $3 million purse, depending on the explanation he offers to Nevada boxing regulators about a positive test for marijuana after his first professional loss last weekend in Las Vegas, officials said Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) - Oakland hopes it only lost a game in the Motor City.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched San Francisco one win closer to an NL West crown, and the Giants lowered their magic number to clinch the division to seven with a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
DETROIT (AP) - The Oakland Athletics may have only one more big hurdle to clear before securing a surprising playoff berth.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis might get fewer style points these days for his touchdown celebrations - and he's perfectly fine with that.
NEW YORK (AP) - An efficient Alex Smith and a rock-solid defense have the San Francisco 49ers on top of the AP Pro32 power rankings.
STANFORD (AP) - David Shaw came home late Saturday night and his wife, Kori, already wanted to watch the television replay of his Stanford team's 21-14 upset over Southern California.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh considers Muhammad Ali the most competitive athlete of all time - in anything.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are still waiting to get their new era off the ground.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Crawford tripled, doubled and scored on a passed ball, and Hunter Pence singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Monday night.
ATLANTA (AP) - Peyton Manning kept throwing up wobbly passes.
ATLANTA (AP) - Andre Iguodala was delighted to help Golden State sneak out of Atlanta with a last-second victory over the Hawks on Friday night.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tajh Boyd threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns, Sammy Watkins had a record-setting night with 16 catches for 227 yards, and No. 12 Clemson rallied to beat No. 7 Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann is turning to experienced hands in looking to set his roster for the World Cup in Brazil.
GRENOBLE, France (AP) Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused Monday to predict an outcome for the seven-time Formula One champion, saying they were taking his critical head injury "hour by hour" following a skiing accident.
KEARNS, Utah (AP) - J.R. Celski is picking up right where Apolo Anton Ohno left off four years ago.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers' playoff game Sunday against San Francisco could be one of the coldest in NFL history, rivaling the subzero temperatures of the 1967 Ice Bowl, so fans are taking plenty of precautions.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Chuck Pagano has kept it loose all week.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ten years after Drew Brees led Westlake High School to the Texas state championship, Nick Foles came along and broke many of his passing records but couldn't deliver another title for the Austin-based school.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh got the scouting report on Anquan Boldin from his brother right around the time of the offseason trade that sent Boldin from John's Baltimore Ravens to Jim's San Francisco 49ers.
HOUSTON (AP) - Bill O'Brien got a bit antsy as his introductory press conference with the Houston Texans started to drag on and a question was posed about how much he knows about his new team.