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• SERENA BACK IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: NEW YORK (AP) - At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal. Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the ...

September 07, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders enter Year 2 of rebuilding

OAKLAND - Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles.

September 06, 2013 | By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Broncos again class of AFC West

Shaun Phillips joined the Denver Broncos after a decade of jawing with them as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He wants to show both his new team and his old one that he still has plenty of sacks left in him.

September 06, 2013 | By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer | Pro Sports


Goldschmidt has 2 hits, 2 RBIs in D-backs' 4-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday night.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Peacock sharp in Astros' 3-2 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Manning's 7 TDs lead Broncos past Ravens 49-27

DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Raiders seek leadership, sacks from Lamarr Houston

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Lamarr Houston's time in the shadows of the Oakland Raiders defensive line is over.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson ready to start fresh

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium's tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area - his first major move in more than a decade.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Sacramento Kings hire Chris Mullin as adviser

The Sacramento Kings on Thursday hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

September 05, 2013 | By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


Curry back in basketball mode after busy summer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


2012 champ Murray loses US Open QF; Djokovic wins

NEW YORK (AP) - The earliest real signs of trouble for Andy Murray came in the 10th game of his U.S. Open quarterfinal. For 22 points stretched over 15 excruciating minutes Thursday, Murray's body language was as poor as his play.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


Williams nears 5th US Open, 17th Slam title in all

NEW YORK (AP) - When Serena Williams plays in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, probably will pull out a pen and jot some notes in his ever-present black notebook.

September 05, 2013 | | Pro Sports


49ers determined to return to Super Bowl and win

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh recently went back to reread Colin Kaepernick's goal sheet from 2012.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


BEST IN THE WEST?

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks spent the entire offseason going at each other.

September 04, 2013 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Pro Sports


49ers' Smith named in lawsuit in alleged shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former Niners tight end Delanie Walker have been named in a lawsuit by a Northern California man who said he was shot during a party at Smith's house.

September 04, 2013 | | Pro Sports


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Earthquakes salvage draw with Galaxy

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski's goal in the 66th minute drew the San Jose Earthquakes even with the Los Angeles Galaxy for a 1-1 tie in the final California Clasico of the season on Sunday.

September 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

ATLANTA (AP) - Just three weeks ago, Billy Horschel had every reason to start looking ahead to next season.

September 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Peterson case creates new crisis for NFL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.

September 15, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Mariners use long ball to beat A’s

SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 4-2 on Friday night to pull within a half-game of the Athletics for the top spot in the AL wild-card chase.

September 13, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Bumgarner, SF close the gap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner struck out eight and took a share of the major league lead with 18 wins, and the San Francisco Giants moved within one game of NL West-leading Los Angeles by beating the Dodgers 9-0 on Friday night.

September 13, 2014 | | Pro Sports


NFL fines Brown $8K for jump kick

NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been fined $8,268 by the NFL for his kick to the face of Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning last Sunday.

September 12, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Once a guest, Carr now Texans’ foe

OAKLAND (AP) - Derek Carr has followed the Houston Texans closely since their start as an NFL franchise.

September 12, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Time to Bear down: 49ers focused on Cutler, Chicago

SANTA CLARA (AP) - If somewhat unknown before as a backup, Colin Kaepernick's breakout performance against the Chicago Bears two years ago helped make him a star.

September 12, 2014 | | Pro Sports


US beats Lithuania to reach world final

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Madrid awaits. Spain doesn't.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Johnson opens Chase seeking seventh title

CHICAGO (AP) - It's been 11 weeks since Jimmie Johnson's last victory and he suffered through one of his typical summer swoons.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49ers CBs, step up after injuries

SANTA CLARA (AP) - As a fourth-round pick with nothing more than a fill-in performance on his NFL resume, San Francisco 49ers rookie Dontae Johnson knows what to expect when Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears see him matched up against a wide receiver Sunday night.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Jones-Drew sits out practice with hand injury

ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed his second straight practice with a right hand injury, putting his status for Sunday's home opener against Houston in doubt.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Investigation of Stewart crash complete

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will find out no later than next week whether authorities will pursue charges in the death of a driver he struck during a sprint car race in upstate New York last month.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Flacco, Ravens beat Steelers without Rice

BALTIMORE (AP) - The dismissal of Ray Rice wasn't a distraction for the Baltimore Ravens.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Mayweather hoping a bad week gets better

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It didn't start out as the best of weeks for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

September 11, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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