MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have become one of the NFL's most feared and revered teams under coach Jim Harbaugh, using a punishing, disciplined defense and a mistake-free, balanced offense to brand themselves as arguably this season's Super Bowl favorite.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Francisco Peguero celebrated his first major league hit, Yusmeiro Petit celebrated his first start in three years and the San Francisco regulars were able to relax a day after their own celebration.
NEW YORK (AP) - Grant Balfour watched as Alex Rodriguez's high fly soared toward right field and thought the worst. Hard to blame him after Oakland's first two games at Yankee Stadium.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers spent the offseason implementing new offenses designed to rely heavily on running games that could take a little pressure off their passers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Martin led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a homer off Sean Doolittle, and the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jim Furyk, the only American on the Ryder Cup team without a win this year, put himself in position Friday to join them.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers understand the value of taking a sack.
SAN FRANCISCO (2-0) At MINNESOTA (1-1)
PITTSBURGH (1-1) At OAKLAND (0-2)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland free safety Michael Huff says he isn't sure where he'll be lining up when the Raiders come out on defense against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into weekend play in the Navistar LPGA Classic.
NEW YORK (AP) - Safety Kenny Phillips has been fined $30,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness, one of four New York Giants disciplined for their conduct in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Barkley apparently figured one way he could help Southern California bounce back from a disheartening loss at Stanford was with an unusual blast of bravado.
NEW YORK (AP) - Melky Cabrera ended the debate over whether a suspended drug cheat should be able to win a batting title. The San Francisco outfielder asked Major League Baseball officials to disqualify him and on Friday they agreed.
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.
ZURICH (AP) - Germany climbed to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings Thursday after winning the World Cup, and the United States fell two places to 15th despite reaching the round of 16.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - CBS won't dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise during televised games this season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers showed off their new home in style Thursday while quietly making a move to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick's blindside.
OAKLAND (AP) - The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball's best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport's highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Taylor Doherty.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Even when he's not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.
OYONNAX, France (AP) - Sitting on a roadside guard rail, wincing and rubbing his lower back, Andrew Talansky looked ready to quit the Tour de France in the middle of Stage 11. The Tour's Web site and French TV commentators said his race was over. So did some English-language Twitterati.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Indiana Pacers blew Lance Stephenson a kiss goodbye and jumped on Rodney Stuckey to fill the void.
PHOENIX (AP) - After a tough first season in the WNBA, Brittney Griner is blossoming into the player everyone thought she would be, all the while embracing her status as a role model for gay youth.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - She hadn't done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honoring the year's best performances Wednesday night.