SANTA CLARA (AP) - From the moment Glenn Dorsey stepped off the plane last spring and met spirited 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, he understood San Francisco's winning vibe that he had seen from afar with Kansas City in the AFC.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh will turn to lip reading, motioning and even sign language if he has to in order to communicate with Colin Kaepernick to keep things running smoothly in the deafening noise of Seattle's home stadium.
So the top three and four of the top five teams in the final AP Pro32 power rankings have made the NFL's Final Four. Nothing surprising about that.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense haven't exactly produced impressive numbers during the past month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Zimmer is finally a head coach in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive coordinator.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick did the ultimate in-your-face touchdown celebration last weekend when he imitated Cam Newton's Superman pose on his home turf.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn't feeling the heat.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows his audience, there's no doubt.
Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseball's plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, J.J. Hickson grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and the streaky Denver Nuggets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 123-116 on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 111-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks say their decision to limit ticket sales for the NFC championship game to certain states was due to concerns over ticket brokers.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed defensive coordinator Jason Tarver to a new contract to remain on coach Dennis Allen's staff.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a 75-72 upset of previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The playoff-bound San Francisco Giants blew a six-run lead, and then rallied for a 9-8 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night to stay within one game of Pittsburgh for the top spot in the NL wild-card standings.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre hit a walk-off homer in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers kept Oakland from getting closer to clinching an AL wild-card spot with a 2-1 victory against the Athletics on Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Steve Kerr played golf with Stephen Curry, traveled to Australia to meet with Andrew Bogut and spoke with every other player on the Golden State Warriors in some form or fashion this summer.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - A wrist injury that limited San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis in practice will not prevent him from playing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) - The U.S. rookies are being thrown straight into the mix at the Ryder Cup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter didn't want the night to end.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George is getting back on his feet.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ishmael Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an interception 95 yards for another score, sparking No. 11 UCLA's 62-27 trouncing of No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday night.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins still plan to make a multiyear contract offer to NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, despite his recent season-ending injury.
DETROIT (AP) - Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes turned down a chance to pitch again this weekend, even though one more out would have earned him a $500,000 bonus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, Yasiel Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - All that's left for Derek Jeter to do is say goodbye.
OAKLAND (AP) - More luggage than usual piled up outside the Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday as the playoff-hopeful Athletics prepared for an uncertain road trip with no set return date.
Nothing is worse than being hit by a slew of injuries in a Sunday game. Except, of course, having to then play on Thursday. Just ask the Washington Redskins.