SANTA CLARA (AP) - For two guys who didn't know each other before last season, Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner sure look like they belong together on the back end of the San Francisco 49ers' defense.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey doesn't put much stock in the numbers he put up last season, even though he had career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns.
DENVER (AP) - Bruce Bochy gave his players a pep talk before Friday's game at Coors Field, and the San Francisco Giants responded with their biggest offensive night of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Brandon Jacobs never broaches the subject with his new San Francisco 49ers teammates unless he's asked.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics plan to call up right-hander Dan Straily, who has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in professional baseball, to start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer to back another strong outing by Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey has a six-game hitting streak, the only Giants batter who has hit safely in more than two straight games.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jonathon Niese scattered three hits over seven innings and Ruben Tejada homered for the first time in almost two years and singled twice, leading the New York Mets past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - With newborn twins waiting at home and plenty of work to do on the field, NaVorro Bowman is feeling a great sense of responsibility this summer with the San Francisco 49ers.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics knew their remarkable run of success during a memorable July would have to end at some point.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics manager Bob Melvin is hoping his team can turn its fantastic July into stellar stretch run.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With the bases loaded in the seventh inning and everything riding on Tim Lincecum's latest big start, the skinny right-hander with the funky delivery dropped a wicked curveball against pinch-hitter David Wright that landed near the knees to freeze the All-Star third baseman in the batter's box.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wear those Cheeseheads proudly, Packers fans. Your team tops the first-ever AP Pro32 NFL power rankings, a new pro football version of the AP Top 25 college football and basketball polls.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Rush is back where he wanted to be all along.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cliff Lee threw seven innings and scored on Jimmy Rollins' inside-the-park home run to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) - When they walked off the field in Atlanta last January after blowing their chance to play for the NFC championship in the final seconds, there were varying emotions brewing in the Seattle Seahawks' locker room.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It doesn't surprise safety Mike Mitchell that the Carolina Panthers are only the third home underdog in the NFL divisional playoffs in the past 20 years.
BOSTON (AP) - Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend's wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.
DENVER (AP) - Philip Rivers likes to say the San Diego Chargers have been in playoff mode since last month, scrapping just to squeak into the postseason party.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83 Friday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 102-92 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight victory.
The long and winding road to the Meadowlands already has had some unexpected twists and turns.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody could blame Perrish Cox for confusing his uniform, defensive schemes or even what state he's in these days. It's been a constant switcheroo.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Thursday his injured left knee isn't coming along quite as well as he'd hoped.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals didn't wait long or look far for their next offensive coordinator, promoting Hue Jackson on Thursday shortly after Jay Gruden was introduced as the next head coach in Washington.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pete Carroll told Percy Harvin that the Seattle Seahawks were considering placing him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot ahead of the postseason. Harvin's response: "Coach I'm ready to play ball."
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.