MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings are in the early stage of their plan to return to perennial playoff contention with a team supporting a power running game with smart, productive passes and backs that up with a stingy, turnover-forcing defense.
Oakdale made quick work of Manteca at Winter Gym on Wednesday, sweeping in three (25-13, 25-11, 25-11) behind potent serving.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the second half, including the tying goal in stoppage time, to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders made moves to bolster their banged-up secondary on Wednesday by signing cornerback Brandian Ross from Green Bay's practice squad and giving starting free safety Michael Huff work at cornerback in practice.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It was a natural moment for Michael Crabtree to address his 49ers teammates - on his 25th birthday last Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The numbers say there isn't much difference in the NFL with replacement officials. Comments from players and coaches say otherwise.
ATLANTA (AP) - With every week, and every win, Rory McIlroy gets a new moniker. Two-time major champion. The world No. 1. Heir apparent. The latest nickname was courtesy of none other than Tiger Woods.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain pitched eight solid innings to earn his career-best 15th win, Pablo Sandoval homered for his first time in two months and the San Francisco Giants moved another game closer to clinching the NL West title with a 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Middleweight fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be stripped of his $3 million purse, depending on the explanation he offers to Nevada boxing regulators about a positive test for marijuana after his first professional loss last weekend in Las Vegas, officials said Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) - Oakland hopes it only lost a game in the Motor City.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched San Francisco one win closer to an NL West crown, and the Giants lowered their magic number to clinch the division to seven with a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
DETROIT (AP) - The Oakland Athletics may have only one more big hurdle to clear before securing a surprising playoff berth.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis might get fewer style points these days for his touchdown celebrations - and he's perfectly fine with that.
NEW YORK (AP) - An efficient Alex Smith and a rock-solid defense have the San Francisco 49ers on top of the AP Pro32 power rankings.
STANFORD (AP) - David Shaw came home late Saturday night and his wife, Kori, already wanted to watch the television replay of his Stanford team's 21-14 upset over Southern California.
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat became the latest recipient of a flopping fine from the NBA on Monday, ordered to give up $5,000 after the league found he over-exaggerated a foul charged to San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in Game 2 of the finals.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics were cruising to another road win when Manny Machado upset them - again.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Hudson has spent most of the season leading the San Francisco Giants to victories. This time, his teammates backed him up on a rare off night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers know they will have the raucous Madison Square Garden crowd on their side in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
PARIS (AP) - Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.
SAO PAULO (AP) - The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.
NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome went home to the West Coast on Sunday with a bandaged right front foot - and no Triple Crown - after bumping another horse leaving the Belmont Stakes starting gate.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is having a blast again, with a shared bond with his crew, comfort in his own skin as NASCAR's most popular driver, even finding fun 140 characters at a time on Twitter.
TORONTO (AP) - Jermain Defoe scored on a penalty shot and Toronto FC entered the World Cup break with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ben Crane estimates he slept less than three hours in a night spent praying and thanking God that his game finally has come back around.
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) - A week after losing the No. 1 ranking, Inbee Park found her putting touch.
NEW YORK (AP) - The sons of former big leaguers Lenny Dykstra and Charlie Leibrandt were among the players selected Friday during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.
NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome is 1 1/2 miles away from ending the longest drought in racing history - 36 years without a Triple Crown winner.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - When the air conditioning went out in San Antonio, many of the Spurs felt right at home - their native homelands.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - When Drew Doughty joined the Los Angeles Kings, he could walk around town unnoticed. Almost nobody at the supermarket or on Manhattan Beach realized this slightly pudgy teenager was the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL draft, bound for hockey stardom.