ALAMEDA (AP) - Reggie McKenzie heard all the preseason predictions from the pundits that had his Oakland Raiders pegged as one of the worst teams in the NFL.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Not long ago, Trent Richardson was viewed as a cornerstone for Cleveland's future.
• Former heavyweight champion Norton dies: LAS VEGAS (AP) - He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon and the San Diego Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and Tampa Bay took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race by beating Texas 4-3 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry indicated the Golden State Warriors are aiming for 50 wins this season when he said earlier this month that there's a number that "has a five in front of it" written on a whiteboard inside the team's practice facility as a goal.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes again delivered for the Athletics. Oakland's usually reliable closer let an opportunity slip away.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Cain is winless in three September starts despite a 1.29 ERA. That's the sort of season it's been for the San Francisco Giants and their All-Star right-hander.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Owen Marecic joined the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, signing a one-year contract two weeks after being released by the Cleveland Browns.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have that September swagger again.
NEW YORK (AP) - A big game for Angel Pagan left the San Francisco Giants lamenting where they might be in the standings if their leadoff hitter was healthy all season.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff is prepared to pull off those green tarps on the third deck of the Coliseum and pack in more fans for the playoffs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith is still winning in red. He's just doing it for the Chiefs these days.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds has been ordered to meet with U.S. Probation Department officials to discuss terms of his 30-day house arrest.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When Andrew Luck was under pressure Sunday, he stood tall and maintained his poise.
Eighty years ago, on January 1, 1935, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Barber witnessed the annual East-West Shrine football game at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Their son, Jim, was a member of the West team and made the first touchdown of the game when he ran 19 yards after taking a blocked punt. Jim was captain of the University of San Francisco team during the past season and his brother, Ernest, was a member of the same team.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - American skier Mikaela Shiffrin continued her recent resurgence in slalom by convincingly winning her second straight World Cup race, leaving her rivals in awe four weeks before she defends her world title in Beaver Creek.
RALIEGH, N.C. (AP) - Joe Flacco continued his impressive postseason performances, throwing for two second-half touchdowns to beat the Ravens' bitter AFC North rival. The Ravens (11-6) won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason; Pittsburgh had been 9-0 in third games of a season against the same opponent.
Ohio State is looking for its first national title since 2002. Oregon is seeking its first, period.
NEW YORK (AP) - J.J. Watt found a unique way to make the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 32 points and 12 assists, Draymond Green got his first career triple-double and the Golden State Warriors rolled past the Toronto Raptors 126-105 on Friday night in a matchup of conference leaders.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders interviewed Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for their head coaching vacancy on Friday.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Greg Ward threw three touchdown passes in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a winning 2-point conversion in the Cougars' 35-34 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - At 6-foot-10, Randy Johnson stood on the mound and looked down on batters, an intimidating presence before he even threw the ball.