OAKLAND (AP) - Ronde Barber and Carson Palmer spent years in the NFL mastering familiar systems that helped them excel at their crafts.
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PHOENIX (AP) - Carl Landry scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors overcame an awful post-contract night by Stephen Curry to beat the Phoenix Suns 87-85 in the teams' season opener Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls got off to a good start without Derrick Rose, beating the Sacramento Kings 93-87 Wednesday in the season opener.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After a rough adjustment when he first made the move from safety to cornerback for the Oakland Raiders, Michael Huff is now starting to feel right at home at his new position.
OAKLAND (AP) - While the stability of Stephen Curry's right ankle remains uncertain, his financial footing with the Golden State Warriors has never been more secure.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer wants to add more World Series championships to the two his franchise has captured the past three seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - Still unbeaten, still No. 1 in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
Hardy thought he'd hit a home run, only to be robbed when Mike Trout made one of the most sensational grabs of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley claims he caught quarterback and seatmate Alex Smith checking out his trending Twitter self while on the team plane awaiting takeoff Monday night from Arizona.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - On an almost perfect Monday night for Alex Smith, the San Francisco 49ers flexed their NFC West dominance with a 24-3 flattening of the Arizona Cardinals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Giants' championship formula is a familiar one, just with new faces all over the diamond two years later: stellar starting pitching backed by a shut-down bullpen, a late-season surge and a manager making all the right moves.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Game On Dude was made the early 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race he led most of the way last year before being overtaken in the closing strides. This time, he'll have home-field advantage running at Santa Anita, where the 5-year-old gelding is 5-0.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's once-dominant defense is beginning to rediscover the swagger that has defined this unit in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both missed the postseason last year. That's pretty much where the similarities end heading into Friday's NL Division Series opener.
SAN JOSE (AP) - As much as the San Jose Sharks may try to put last season's playoff collapse behind them, there will be constant reminders all season long.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The way Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are hitting this season, it may not matter much who pitches for the other guys.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' Rod Streater will miss at least the next eight weeks after being placed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw had a terrible outing and the Dodgers were bounced out of the postseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers kept scoring on a rainy Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg grew up in San Diego, admiring then-Padres star Jake Peavy. They've become friends, working out together in the offseason, chatting, trading texts.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
ATLANTA (AP) - Extra innings boosted viewership for the American League wild-card game.