SANTA CLARA (AP) - From the day last season when the 49ers missed the playoffs for a second straight year, Blaine Gabbert vowed to remain San Francisco's starting quarterback and lead the team back to respectability.
BOYDS, Md. (AP) - The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent."
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - Out of golf for more than a year, Tiger Woods said Wednesday he hopes to play the first event of the PGA Tour season next month and could play as much as twice more before the end of the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Murray lost his way, seven consecutive games and, eventually, his riveting five-set U.S. Open quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori after a loud noise from a malfunctioning sound system interrupted a key point, resulting in a do-over.
OAKLAND (AP) - Catcher Stephen Vogt came to the mound and offered a congratulatory embrace to Jharel Cotton, then gave the young pitcher one last bit of advice for the afternoon: "Hey, just enjoy this walk right now."