SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Jeremy Affeldt came to the Bay Area as an opposing player, he refused to leave his hotel room aside from going to and from the ballpark. He was admittedly homophobic.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Charles Woodson is coming back home to Oakland.
SAN JOSE (AP) - For all that the San Jose Sharks accomplished with their overtime victory over Los Angeles in Game 3, they know it will mean very little if they don't back that win up with another at home against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.
OAKLAND (AP) - The turnaround has taken place. The total transformation might not be far away.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Bartolo Colon celebrated his 40th birthday a few days early with something he's enjoyed quite a few times over the years: a win over the Texas Rangers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong felt the best he had in months, then it all ended on one painful swing.
MIAMI (AP) - This is the matchup Chris Bosh wanted in the Eastern Conference finals.
NEW YORK (AP) - Pat Williams is pretty good at being lucky, and he's got a hunch.
NEW YORK (AP) - Helio Castroneves figures plenty of today's fans have never seen a driver win the Indianapolis 500 for a record-tying fourth time.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods spoke for some 20 minutes about the state of his game, belly putters, the U.S. Open and the AT&T National. As he was wrapping up, he needed just one word to cover the topic of Sergio Garcia.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A dizzying 22-second span that led to a pair of Los Angeles power play goals turned what appeared to be destined to be a tied series into an 0-2 hole for the San Jose Sharks.
OAKLAND (AP) - No debating this home run by Adam Rosales.
DENVER (AP) - Madison Bumgarner, the steadiest pitcher in the San Francisco Giants' rotation so far this season, finally had an off night and it was a doozy.
OAKLAND (AP) - Rookie forward Draymond Green walked out of Golden State's practice facility Friday holding a yellow "We Are Warriors" shirt, taking home the small souvenir to savor the team's captivating playoff run.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Charles Woodson pushed back a visit to Oakland to pursue a reunion with the Raiders because extending his career in the NFL isn't his only mission.
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Mario Balotelli couldn't care less if he's mentioned in the same breath as Neymar or Lionel Messi at this World Cup - as long as he comes away with the trophy.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jozy Altidore will miss the Americans' World Cup game against Portugal on Sunday because of his strained left hamstring and appears likely to sit out next week's match against Germany.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld made no secret on Thursday about his tactics heading into Switzerland's potentially decisive clash with France: Solid defending and quick counterattacks.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Starved of the World Cup action for 16 years, Colombia is certainly making the most of being back on football's biggest stage.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray spent the past few days with Oakland pitching coach Curt Young, making subtle adjustments to his delivery.
CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit to play against the United States in their crucial Group G match at the World Cup, a Portugal teammate said Wednesday.
SAO PAULO (AP) - After one game and one impressive win, the U.S. defense is holding its own.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders made the decision to acquire Matt Schaub this offseason, they did it believing last season's disastrous performance that led to his jersey being burned in effigy in Houston was only an aberration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back Marcus Lattimore might be the most publicized second-year player for the San Francisco 49ers who sat out as a rookie because of a knee injury. Another player from that class - and an even higher draft pick - rehabbing with Lattimore last season is poised to make an even bigger mark.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins' name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and should be stripped of trademark protection - a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.
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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - The NASCAR season is less than half over and already it is fair to ask if anyone can catch Hendrick Motorsports.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The sounds at Pinehurst No. 2 were the first indication that the second week of U.S. Open golf would not be exactly the same as the first one.
LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, while defending champion Andy Murray moved up two spots above his ranking to the third seed.
CHICAGO (AP) - A week ago, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in baseball, a near double-digit division lead and they were piling up the wins seemingly with ease.