STANFORD (AP) - No quarterback in the country has had to manage expectations the way Josh Nunes has had to this season succeeding the NFL's No. 1 overall pick.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The championship contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the most prolific passing performances of Alex Smith's eight-year career again put the Buffalo Bills on the wrong end of a San Francisco 49ers record.
DETROIT (AP) - One team has the reigning MVP and another player who just won the Triple Crown.
OAKLAND . (AP) - When Reggie McKenzie took over as general manager of the Oakland Raiders last January, he knew it would be a long process to transform the franchise back into a consistent winner.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jonas Blixt shot his second straight 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Brendon de Jonge in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
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STANFORD (AP) - Any doubts Stanford coach David Shaw had about how his team would respond to last week's stunning 17-13 loss at Washington ended 48 hours later.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers figured they were in for a long term project when they selected Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft.
BERKELEY . (AP) - First-year coach Jim Mora figured it would take some time before No. 25 UCLA looked polished running the spread offense, and he's still not sure the Bruins are there.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis will harass the quarterback. The defense will probably force a turnover. Frank Gore will run for around 100 yards and Alex Smith will protect the ball.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants.
OAKLAND (AP) - Same chaotic, champagne dance-party scene in the clubhouse just two days later. New T-shirt: AL West champions.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree waited nearly eight months to finally step on the field together for game day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore zig-zags his way for important gains up the middle, or to break a big run outside on the edge.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Tricia Liston and Duke did quite well in their first game since Chelsea Gray's season-ending knee injury.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have been searching for a suitable backup to point guard Stephen Curry since veteran Jarrett Jack signed with Cleveland as a free agent last summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball's first player with a $30 million average salary.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - From the moment Glenn Dorsey stepped off the plane last spring and met spirited 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, he understood San Francisco's winning vibe that he had seen from afar with Kansas City in the AFC.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh will turn to lip reading, motioning and even sign language if he has to in order to communicate with Colin Kaepernick to keep things running smoothly in the deafening noise of Seattle's home stadium.
So the top three and four of the top five teams in the final AP Pro32 power rankings have made the NFL's Final Four. Nothing surprising about that.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense haven't exactly produced impressive numbers during the past month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Zimmer is finally a head coach in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive coordinator.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick did the ultimate in-your-face touchdown celebration last weekend when he imitated Cam Newton's Superman pose on his home turf.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn't feeling the heat.
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Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseball's plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve.