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.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Linebacker Aaron Curry has returned to practice with the Oakland Raiders for the first time since May after dealing with nagging knee problems in recent months.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stephen Curry had 19 points and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 98-88 on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran limped to the trainer's room, taking the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest clutch October bat with him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Last October, the San Francisco 49ers were all alone in first place and already on their way to winning the NFC West title in commanding fashion in coach Jim Harbaugh's first season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Marco Scutaro to be in his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series, two days after St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday plowed into the San Francisco second baseman.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' search for a new head coach has included promising coordinators, recycled head coaches and interim coach Tony Sparano.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday after sitting out with a left calf injury.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Offensive tackle Taylor Decker doesn't believe that Ohio State is an underdog to Oregon in the national championship game on Monday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns can't make it through one offseason without upheaval.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 28 points and Darren Collison added 24 to help the Sacramento Kings snap a 12-game losing streak to Oklahoma City with a 104-83 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors shook off a slow start to put away the pesky Indiana Pacers 117-102 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
OAKLAND (AP) - Look past the hot-shooting touch of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the pace-and-space attack under rookie coach Steve Kerr and the highlight-worthy plays the Golden State Warriors deliver every game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick found his quarterback guru to guide him through some adjustments to his game.
Now that was ugly.
DENVER (AP) - Along with great quarterbacks who all own Super Bowl rings, the four NFL teams hosting playoff games this weekend have a little something else on their side: an extraordinary home-field edge.
NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz dominated in an era of offense, each in their own way.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants right-hander Tim Hudson has undergone surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle, the same one he injured during the 2013 season with Atlanta that sidelined him for the final two months.
NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire's chances to enter the Hall of Fame are dwindling.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Thanks to late-game heroics by Marc-Edouard Vlasic, the San Jose Sharks are back on track after an embarrassing loss a few nights earlier.
TORONTO (AP) - Randy Carlyle was fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday following a road trip in which the team lost five of seven games and showed few signs it would regain the promise from earlier in the season.