CINCINNATI (AP) - Left-hander Barry Zito will start Game 4 for the San Francisco Giants if they can extend their NL division series against the Cincinnati Reds.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Usain Bolt will aim for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A new defensive scheme that was supposed to transform a struggling unit has led to perhaps the least productive defense in Oakland Raiders history.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ideally, Jim Leyland would have everybody hug it out and play ball.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith had just engineered the most offense in San Francisco 49ers history and the best balanced approach the NFL had ever witnessed when the attention started to shift to this week's NFC championship game rematch against the New York Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner mastered the postseason as a 21-year-old pitcher in 2010. Two years later, neither he nor the Giants are the same.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals had the right guys up and were ready to break open their playoff opener against the Washington Nationals.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - No quarterback in the country has had to manage expectations the way Josh Nunes has had to this season succeeding the NFL's No. 1 overall pick.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the most prolific passing performances of Alex Smith's eight-year career again put the Buffalo Bills on the wrong end of a San Francisco 49ers record.
BERKELEY (AP) - California quarterback Zach Maynard made a bad read on his first pass attempt when he tried to squeeze a pass into double coverage and it ended in an interception.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The championship contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored three goals and added an assist to help the San Jose Earthquakes clinch the Western Conference title with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Antonio Cromartie knows exactly how to shut down Andre Johnson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Monday night to climb within 3 1/2 games of the NL West lead.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings and received some rare run support to snap a four-start winless stretch, and the Oakland Athletics kept hold of the top AL wild-card spot by beating the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Monday night.
The Oakland Raiders left New England with a moral victory, having taken the Patriots down to the closing minute a week after being completely uncompetitive against Houston.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers find themselves in a familiar position having lost two straight games to fall to 1-2 after three games for the second straight season.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) - European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup.
BERKELEY (AP) - Former major league infielder Jeff Kent is giving back to women's athletics at his former school, the University of California.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Two men have been arrested on assault charges after fighting in the stands during Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Chicago Bears took advantage of early mistakes by the sloppy New York Jets.
ATLANTA (AP) - For nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves have been all about stability.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings for his first win in more than a month as the Kansas City Royals moved closer to the top of the AL Central and kept some distance over Cleveland in the wild-card race, beating the Indians 2-0 on Monday night.