OAKLAND (AP) - After fighting their way back from an 0-4 start to a .500 record, the New Orleans Saints now face a tough task if they want to make it back to the playoffs.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The last thing David Akers wants to do is let down his team. And he's not sure why he even needs to publicly say as much.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks' challenging West Coast road trip was made more difficult by a flu virus that spread throughout the team.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors have started flexing their muscles and picking up steam after being pushed around in a loss to Denver last weekend.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - For the past two seasons it has been the same thing for Stanford: Great expectations dashed by Oregon.
OAKLAND (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have overcome an 0-4 start and the distractions from the bounty scandal to fight their way right back into position for a possible late-season playoff run.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett.
CHICAGO (7-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2-1)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama has already given his hometown Chicago Bears the nod for best defense in the NFL.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - There could be a lot of finality for California at No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday night, and not just because it's the Golden Bears' last game in a disappointing season.
NEW ORLEANS (4-5) At OAKLAND (3-6)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch practiced Friday for the first time this week but remains questionable with a neck injury.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two same-day call-ups helped the San Francisco Giants stay ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the team's leading run producer.
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained neck.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract.