ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen is pleased with the progress he's seen the past two months during the offseason program for the new-look Oakland Raiders.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore doesn't see turning 30 as a bad thing, even if it's the age when most NFL running backs start to decline.
CHICAGO (AP) - Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium has returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yankees closer Mariano Rivera got a surfboard and a bottle of Napa Valley white wine as retirement gifts from the Oakland Athletics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for his third career two-homer game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Wednesday night to win their 10th straight home game.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Barry Zito doesn't believe his quality pitches just magically disappear whenever the San Francisco Giants venture away from AT&T Park.
CHICAGO (AP) - Andrew Shaw skated off to the side and pumped his arms furiously.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - If A.J. Jenkins had yet to call his dad on a given day last season, he would receive a text asking him to do so.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Sebastian Janikowski has seen plenty of changes on the Oakland Raiders in his 13 years in the NFL.
(AP) - The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers remained upset Wednesday about their brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and much of their ire was directed toward pitcher Ian Kennedy.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will bring their thunder Down Under.
OAKLAND (AP) - From some 1,800 miles away in Kansas City, Mo., 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees-Athletics game Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Posing as a pizza delivery man, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera surprised longtime Athletics employee Julie Vasconcellos by visiting her in the mail room where she has worked going on 25 years.
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.