SANTA CLARA (AP) - After a pair of games in the span of five days, a Monday night matchup was a welcome sight on the schedule for the San Francisco 49ers.
CHICAGO (AP) - Cheerleading isn't just jumping and waving pompoms - it has become as athletic and potentially as dangerous as a sport and should be designated one to improve safety, the nation's leading group of pediatricians says.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a postseason full of twists and turns, the San Francisco Giants are headed back to the World Series after a remarkable comeback against the defending champs.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Winning on the PGA Tour is what Tommy Gainey dreamed about when he held a job wrapping insulation around hot water tanks, when he was playing more mini-tours than he can remember, when he was taking part in a Golf Channel reality series where he was best known as the guy wearing two gloves.
PHOENIX (AP) - Heath Bell became the latest player jettisoned by the Miami Marlins when he was dealt Saturday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also acquired infielder Cliff Pennington from the Oakland for outfielder Chris Young.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwight Howard had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in his Lakers debut, but Los Angeles still dropped to 0-6 in the preseason when DeMarcus Cousins rallied the Sacramento Kings to a 99-92 victory on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Carson Palmer wasn't going to apologize for a mistake-filled win by the Oakland Raiders a week after they lost what might have been their best-played game of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NL championship series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The NFL is investigating whether the San Diego Chargers used a banned sticky substance during Monday night's loss to the Denver Broncos.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney have been selected comeback players of the year.
BERKELEY (AP) - California tight end Richard Rodgers never heard of The Play for most of his childhood, even though he was raised by one of its masterminds.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Davis Love III might have found the perfect tonic for any Ryder Cup hangover - playing golf, and playing well on a Sea Island course he knows better than anyone.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Mike Goodson is making the most of his limited opportunities as Darren McFadden's backup in Oakland.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece escaped a scare when an injury to his right foot was not as significant as initially feared and he expects to be at full strength when the season opens next month.
CHICAGO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won.
SEATTLE (AP) - Chris Wondolowski tapped in a point-blank shot midway through the 66th minute on Wednesday night as the San Jose Earthquakes came back from the worst loss in franchise history to pull out a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will miss the start of the upcoming season after undergoing surgery for an infection in his previously surgically repaired right knee.
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - The last player to win back-to-back majors in the same season didn't even make it to the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State's practice on Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn't certain what had happened.
MILTON, Del. (AP) - Jeff Gordon may as well have been any average sports fan, sliding up to the bar and ordering a beer.
NEW YORK (AP) - Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title.
LONDON (AP) - Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched seven solid innings in his fifth start with San Francisco, and the Giants rolled past the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday, hours after they won a protest regarding a rain-shortened loss from the night before.
OAKLAND (AP) - The New York Mets still consider themselves a contender in the NL East chase even with a daunting deficit to make up over the final month.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wide receiver Stevie Johnson hopes the 49ers have to give up a third-round draft pick next year.