OAKLAND (AP) - After fighting their way back from an 0-4 start to a .500 record, the New Orleans Saints now face a tough task if they want to make it back to the playoffs.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The last thing David Akers wants to do is let down his team. And he's not sure why he even needs to publicly say as much.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks' challenging West Coast road trip was made more difficult by a flu virus that spread throughout the team.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors have started flexing their muscles and picking up steam after being pushed around in a loss to Denver last weekend.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - For the past two seasons it has been the same thing for Stanford: Great expectations dashed by Oregon.
OAKLAND (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have overcome an 0-4 start and the distractions from the bounty scandal to fight their way right back into position for a possible late-season playoff run.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett.
CHICAGO (7-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2-1)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama has already given his hometown Chicago Bears the nod for best defense in the NFL.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - There could be a lot of finality for California at No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday night, and not just because it's the Golden Bears' last game in a disappointing season.
NEW ORLEANS (4-5) At OAKLAND (3-6)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch practiced Friday for the first time this week but remains questionable with a neck injury.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick took his first spin in his new Stewart-Haas Racing ride and immediately felt at ease.