SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith hardly has a free moment to stop at his locker, much less give thought to any intriguing matchups or scenarios as he chases Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sacks record.
OAKLAND (AP) - After enduring one of the toughest weeks of his life and career, Raiders coach Dennis Allen's return to the Oakland Coliseum ended with another painful memory.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - In a battle of young backcourts, the Golden State Warriors were an easy winner over the Detroit Pistons.
OAKLAND (AP) - Just a year ago, Denver and Oakland went to the end of the season in the race for the AFC West title, with the Broncos edging the Raiders for first place on the final day by winning a three-team tiebreaker with San Diego.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - He was adopted as a newborn, has a fully grown pet tortoise named Sammy, and sports 10 or 11 tattoos by his own count covering much of his upper body.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel certainly has the statistics worthy of a Heisman Trophy winner. He plays in the powerful Southeastern Conference. He has a signature win - all things Heisman voters typically look for.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - By now, there's nothing Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other. After 36 rounds in the ring - many of which could have been scored either way - there's not much fight fans don't know about the two, either.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between hockey owners and players are going so well that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the process" - even if he has been left outside the latest rounds of discussions.
BERKELEY (AP) - California hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday to take over for the fired Jeff Tedford.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Grady Allen, the father of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and a former NFL linebacker, has died. He was 66.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Oct. 30 against New York, then return to Miami for the first time on Christmas.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard that "there's no reason for" the crash that led to his son's death.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics' combination of Jon Lester and Josh Donaldson was too much for the Kansas City Royals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gordon Beckham hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Tuesday night after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Race car driver Lisa Young remains hospitalized after smashing her car into a wall at Roseville's All American Speedway.
Tony Stewart could still face criminal charges for running down Kevin Ward Jr. with his sprint car, even if the three-time NASCAR champion didn't mean to kill Ward, hurt him or even scare him.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - When the Royals rolled out of bed Tuesday morning and glanced at the standings, they saw something that hadn't been the case since many of them were in junior high school.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is looking forward to writing a book, teaching history and taking it easy when he retires this winter.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Justin Verlander's sore right shoulder will likely force him to miss at least one start, the latest setback for the reeling Detroit Tigers.
OXNARD (AP) - The joint practice between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys went just about how the coaches scripted it Tuesday with high intensity in an emotional environment.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Clippers moved on from months of ugliness Tuesday, with Steve Ballmer officially becoming the team's new owner in a record $2 billion sale that ousted Donald Sterling as the NBA's longest-tenured owner.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks say accusations that star running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of personal property are "bogus."
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Novak Djokovic had a ragged start in the one tournament that has always eluded him.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has injured his leg, forcing the postponement of his title fight with Daniel Cormier to Jan. 3.