OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics used pitching to get into the wild-card race. Their hitters are helping keep them there.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Cory Nelms ran off the field in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers' practice Wednesday to go watch television. Don't worry, he had special permission.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson left the hospital and returned to training camp headquarters on Tuesday night after he was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision during practice earlier in the day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick has never sought attention at San Francisco 49ers headquarters. He always praises starter Alex Smith, keeps his answers short and simple, and deflects everything back to the team.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning, four Oakland players hit home runs and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Buster Posey shows no signs of slowing down in the second half of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree smiled, took a breath and tried to explain how his latest injury happened. After a few silent seconds, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver finally gave up.
Keith Smart is getting the closest thing he has ever had to a long-term deal as an NBA coach.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's difficult to pinpoint where Delanie Walker will line up this season for the San Francisco 49ers.
NAPA (AP) - Punter Marquette King went into Oakland Raiders training camp hoping to get something on tape for the other 31 NFL teams.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics finally met their match on the mound.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Cain says there is no reason to panic.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Erik Bedard allowed two hits over seven innings Monday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates opened a season-long 11-game homestand with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, leading the Detroit Tigers over the New York Yankees 7-2 Monday night.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell was removed from the non-football related injury list on Sunday and expects to play in the team's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 13.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Packers-Bears. Steelers-Browns. Cowboys vs. anybody in the NFC East.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers believes he has put together a roster that has a real chance to win the NBA title. He also knows so much has to go Golden State's way between now and June for that to happen.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Ever since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake didn't know much about Philadelphia before arriving in the city for Major League Soccer's draft on Thursday.
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - Shaun White lay flat on the ground in a daze, with a couple of medics hovering over him to assess the damage.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - For a brief time, Josh McDaniels was a celebrity in Denver and he played the part with gusto - running to the corner of the stadium after his first signature win and pumping his fists at the crowd to celebrate.
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.