OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics used pitching to get into the wild-card race. Their hitters are helping keep them there.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Cory Nelms ran off the field in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers' practice Wednesday to go watch television. Don't worry, he had special permission.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson left the hospital and returned to training camp headquarters on Tuesday night after he was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision during practice earlier in the day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick has never sought attention at San Francisco 49ers headquarters. He always praises starter Alex Smith, keeps his answers short and simple, and deflects everything back to the team.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning, four Oakland players hit home runs and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Buster Posey shows no signs of slowing down in the second half of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree smiled, took a breath and tried to explain how his latest injury happened. After a few silent seconds, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver finally gave up.
Keith Smart is getting the closest thing he has ever had to a long-term deal as an NBA coach.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's difficult to pinpoint where Delanie Walker will line up this season for the San Francisco 49ers.
NAPA (AP) - Punter Marquette King went into Oakland Raiders training camp hoping to get something on tape for the other 31 NFL teams.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics finally met their match on the mound.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Cain says there is no reason to panic.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Erik Bedard allowed two hits over seven innings Monday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates opened a season-long 11-game homestand with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, leading the Detroit Tigers over the New York Yankees 7-2 Monday night.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell was removed from the non-football related injury list on Sunday and expects to play in the team's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 13.
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.