SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs.
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife.
HOUSTON (AP) - Yu Darvish was nearly perfect against the Astros once again, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and striking out a career-high 15 to lead the Texas Rangers over Houston 2-1 Monday for their eighth straight win.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vance McDonald has been fortunate to spend his rookie summer as the understudy to veteran San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who has been eager to take McDonald on as a little brother and teammate, to guide him through the rigors of training camp and the regular season.
NAPA (AP) - Two long catches and a touchdown in his NFL exhibition debut earned Oakland Raiders receiver Brice Butler plenty of congratulatory messages from friends and family.
PHOENIX (AP) - Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is moving on a day after tweeting a fan in San Francisco threw a banana onto the field near him during a game.
HOUSTON (AP) - The wayward saga of infielder Adam Rosales has resumed, with the Texas Rangers once again claiming him off waivers from Oakland.
TORONTO (AP) - Alberto Callaspo is quickly turning into quite the deadline acquisition for the Oakland Athletics.
TORONTO (AP) - Oakland's Bob Melvin called the 700th win of his managerial career "excruciating" and an "emotional roller coaster."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buck Showalter has seen enough of his Baltimore Orioles this season to know they can turn a tight game into a runaway in just a couple of swings.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - A bumpy preseason opener didn't provide many answers for the San Francisco 49ers regarding their muddled situation at wide receiver.
NAPA (AP) - At 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, Oakland rookie linebacker Sio Moore is far from an ideal matchup to put his hand down and rush against a 300-plus pound NFL offensive tackle.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Jason Dufner has won his first major title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - There was no slipup on the final lap this time, so Kyle Busch's victory celebration at Watkins Glen International was as sweet as it gets.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito did a lot of things during his year off from the major leagues in 2014.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) - Mikaela Shiffrin defied the pouring rain to comfortably earn her 12th career slalom victory Sunday, taking sole possession of the women's World Cup record for most wins in the discipline by a teenager.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rodney Stuckey brushed off a sprained left ankle in another big game for the Indiana Pacers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Utah receiver Kaelin Clay has moved on from the most embarrassing play of his college career.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Bruce Bochy watched Giants pitchers and catchers while a song by Waylon Jennings wafted over the sound system at Scottsdale Stadium.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season and the 23rd ATP singles title of his career, beating Fabio Fognini on Sunday 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open.
MIAMI (AP) - Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat's season around.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder received an early lift from forward Vinny Scarsella when he finished off a nice centering feed from Keith Seabrook, but the Thunder couldn't stop the Idaho offensive attack as the game ends with a final score of 5-2 in favor of the Idaho Steelheads Sunday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 28 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Boston Celtics 109-101 Friday night to make new coach George Karl a winner in his return to the NBA.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is "doing great" and is expected to be released from the hospital Friday, a day after a heart procedure to insert two stents.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva is speaking out for the first time after his failed doping tests, saying in a statement that he is not a cheater and "never used any substances" to improve his performances.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, took the Bassmaster Classic lead Friday in frigid conditions at Lake Hartwell.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Ever since being awarded an outdoor game back in August, the San Jose Sharks have been looking forward to the opportunity to play their biggest rival in front of 70,000 fans in a brand-new football stadium