NAPA (AP) - Tommy Kelly needed only one preseason game to become convinced Oakland's defense is already vastly improved from a year ago.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith is an expert. So says Jim Harbaugh, and he's the one who truly matters on this topic.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Luke Hochevar won't see the Oakland Athletics again until 2013, which is none too soon for him.
NAPA (AP) - Jacoby Ford is glad he got a clunker of a game out of the way in the preseason.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - This summer has been unlike any other during Michael Crabtree's four years with the San Francisco 49ers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Will Smith pitched seven strong innings, Chris Getz doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Bochy called his San Francisco Giants together for an impromptu pregame team meeting with some disheartening news: They will be without Melky Cabrera for the remainder of the regular season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Melky Cabrera's MVP-like year is over - at least for the regular season.
The extra playoff spot in Major League Baseball this season has thickened the races, with several teams well within October's reach despite taking mediocre records into the stretch run.
Geoff Cameron has been quite the world traveler.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched a five-hitter and Brandon Belt had three hits and three RBIs, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night in a matchup between NL division leaders.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie learned in June what not to do against the Oakland Athletics.
NAPA (AP) - Rod Streater showed the rest of the NFL in his exhibition debut what the Oakland Raiders have been seeing ever since they signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in May.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - After an impressive quarter of action in San Francisco's preseason opener last week, Colin Kaepernick has grabbed a clear lead in the three-way competition to be the 49ers' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Alex Smith.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kurt Suzuki drove in four runs, Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each knocked in three and the Washington Nationals routed the San Francisco Giants 14-2 Monday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut knocked out Tomas Berdych on Sunday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, beating the fourth-seeded Czech player 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Amane Gobena ran two marathons in two months, and after winning the second in Los Angeles, she'll now have enough money for that dream home.
SOPOT, Poland (AP) - Perhaps people know Calvin Smith Jr, and even then likely because his father was a famous runner a generation back. And David Verburg ran on the 4x400 world outdoor gold medal team last year.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Canelo Alvarez gets a pass, if only because everyone who fights Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets a pass.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David Lee had 18 points and six rebounds, reserve Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors returned home to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 Friday night for their third straight win.
TORONTO (AP) - The game marked the return of Rudy Gay, but the night belonged to the Toronto Raptors.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched three strong innings and Hunter Pence homered as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Friday.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The new Doral in raging wind looked a lot like an old U.S. Open on Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched three sharp innings in his Oakland debut, sending the Athletics to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Joey Logano believes two facts are abundantly clear after he emerged from the organized chaos of NASCAR's first three-round knockout qualifying session Friday with the pole position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is continuing his outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community more than a year after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl.
DENVER (AP) - Champ Bailey spent a decade with the Denver Broncos, making eight Pro Bowls and picking off 34 passes even with quarterbacks only reluctantly glancing his way.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday - this time because of the weather, not his back.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tony Stewart can recite nearly every line in "Smokey and the Bandit" and high on his bucket list is meeting star Burt Reynolds to discuss the popular 1977 movie.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.