OAKLAND (AP) - These decisive Game 5s sure are becoming familiar for Justin Verlander.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald expects to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nobody's better than the St. Louis Cardinals when they can't afford to lose.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders despite being hampered by hamstring injuries.
SAN MARTIN (AP) - The chill of the morning air in California. Veteran players discreetly looking at golf bags on the practice range so they can put names to the faces they have never seen. Young players concerned about getting into enough tournaments. A parking lot filled with Mercedes-Benz courtesy cars.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Nothing has come easily for Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream against the Minnesota Lynx.
The Chicago Bears have two reasons to be in a nasty mood - consecutive losses to Detroit and New Orleans.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored his 10th goal of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes made it stand for a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
BOSTON (AP) - Shane Victorino was hit by one pitch in the right arm and another in the ribs. That brought the total to four in four playoff games for the Red Sox outfielder who was plunked more than anyone else in the AL in the regular season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After two days of waiting, the Los Angeles Dodgers found out they will play St. Louis in the National League championship series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to stay with the New York Yankees through 2017.
DETROIT (AP) - On a night of desperation, dispute and finally, delirium, Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers kept their season alive by the slimmest of margins.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore is quick to point out that a big reason he is on such a nice roll again in San Francisco's running game is because of Bruce Miller's timely, hard blocking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
BOSTON (AP) - David Krejci tipped in a shot with eight-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday night, sending the Sharks to their first regulation loss of the season.
LONDON (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series, the league announced Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Cam Newton is playing some of the best football of his career, and the surging Carolina Panthers are back over .500 for the first time in five years.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Terrell Owens has finally found a sport where he doesn't have to worry about getting the ball. T.O. wants to be a professional bowler.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims knows how difficult it is to sack Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The NFL rulebook is thick enough to compete with a New York telephone book - cellphone numbers included.
BOSTON (AP) - Just think how much we like to watch wild arguments in baseball, when a manager flaps his arms, throws his hat and hollers nose-to-nose at the umpire while the spit flies.
BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester says there was nothing but rosin - which is perfectly legal - on his glove when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Luke Guthrie took only 19 putts in his round of 7-under 65, giving Americans the top three spots on the leaderboard Thursday in the BMW Masters.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR will require baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) - A man on trial in the slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor admitted to breaking into the NFL player's home, kicking down the bedroom door and shooting Taylor, and drew a detailed diagram of the house, labeling himself as the shooter, according to a videotaped confession played for the jury Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) - Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher.
LONDON (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are the closest thing the NFL will have to a London-based team for the next four years. And that's just fine, for the moment.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - National TV, a chance to shine with the rest of the NFL watching.