SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers went back to what they do best: a steady diet of Frank Gore mixed with a dominant defense and timely special teams play.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hank Steinbrenner says too much blame is being directed at Alex Rodriguez for Detroit's sweep of the Yankees, and won't address whether the slumping star will be back in New York next season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The San Francisco Giants waited quite a while for this kind of performance from Barry Zito.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Tebow might add a new job title to an already-lengthy list.
JACKSONVILLE (1-4) At OAKLAND (1-4)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rolando McClain arrived in Oakland two years ago expected to be the impact middle linebacker who could transform a Raiders defense that had struggled for years to stop the run.
TORONTO (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received three counterproposals from the players' association on Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -America's Cup champion Oracle Racing will be sidelined from testing its 72-foot catamaran until early next year because of severe wing sail damage sustained when the yacht capsized Tuesday on San Francisco Bay.
OAKLAND (AP) - Maurice Jones-Drew looks at Oakland's Darren McFadden and sees a running back who has the total package - that rare combination of size and speed that makes other elite running backs in the NFL take notice.
Two weeks on, the glow has lost none of its warmth.
Cauley, Dawson tied for lead at Sea Island
DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder waved his arms frantically, gleefully calling off his teammates while the crowd at Comerica Park roared.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two of the NFL's top defenses dueled it out in a low-scoring game just as everybody expected - and San Francisco's offense did just enough to give the 49ers a narrow lead in the NFC West.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat.
SEATTLE (AP) - When they walked off the field in Atlanta last January after blowing their chance to play for the NFC championship in the final seconds, there were varying emotions brewing in the Seattle Seahawks' locker room.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It doesn't surprise safety Mike Mitchell that the Carolina Panthers are only the third home underdog in the NFL divisional playoffs in the past 20 years.
BOSTON (AP) - Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend's wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.
DENVER (AP) - Philip Rivers likes to say the San Diego Chargers have been in playoff mode since last month, scrapping just to squeak into the postseason party.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83 Friday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.