ALAMEDA (AP) - Stumbling to the finish of a losing season has become an all-too-familiar feeling around the Oakland Raiders.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
CHICAGO (AP) - Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The celebration of an NFC West title was put on hold for the Seattle Seahawks.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The mere sounds of soccer brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Roberto Reyes grabbed the bright orange buoy and steadied his breath as sharp columns of hazy sunlight pierced the green seawater beneath him, fading before they reached the depths that he was about to explore off Puerto Rico's northwest coast.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball's winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee.
Citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Frank Gore saw a huge hole with the clock ticking down and his team trailing, and went for it with everything he had.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Dennis Allen was irked by several failures in his Oakland Raiders' latest defeat: a slow start, turnovers and shaky special teams.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild gained some momentum heading into a stretch in which they will spend little time at home.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Prater had a cold, and was dealing with icy temperatures and history as he lined up to kick the frigid football from his 46-yard line.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL set a single-day record for touchdowns when the New Orleans Saints scored three times in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns, helping New Orleans regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South and snap Carolina's winning streak at eight games.
SAN JOSE (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made it clear last week when he came to the Bay Area to promote San Jose's upcoming outdoor game: It is no accident that the Sharks are opening the season against the Los Angeles Kings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Slumping All-Star Yasiel Puig was benched by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 20 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-94 in the teams' preseason opener on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The expectations that accompanied Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer were largely unfair, and anybody in the Kansas City Royals front office would probably be willing to admit it.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors in a preseason game Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York stopped by Jim Harbaugh's office Monday morning, and the coach said the two had a "real good talk" about the direction of the franchise.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Brawls at the San Francisco 49ers' and Los Angeles Angels' stadiums over the weekend have left a football fan and a baseball fan hospitalized in serious condition, raising calls for increased safety at major sports venues.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants' remarkable 10-game postseason winning streak ended on one bad throw by their best pitcher.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - How's this for a frustrating hat trick: Percy Harvin had three touchdowns called back because of penalties.
ALAMEDA (AP) - With four straight losses to open the season and the head coach having already been fired, there are plenty of negatives to dwell on for the Oakland Raiders.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - One by one, the camera panned over the faces of the Kansas City Royals, who had lined up along the first-base line for introductions before Game 3 of their AL Division Series.
Michael Phelps' comeback took a major hit on Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year's world championships.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers got more than expected from Hyun-Jin Ryu. Maybe they should have let the lefty go a little deeper.