STANFORD (AP) - Stanford coach David Shaw often references Oregon if his players get complacent in practice. Trainers bark out the results of the last two matchups to them in the weight room. During offseason workouts, the defensive huddle would sometimes break with the chant: "Beat the Ducks."
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-24 tie against the Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion.
ALAMEDA (AP) - It's the run defense one game, the pass defense the next and the running game almost every week that is holding the Oakland Raiders back.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 113-110 on Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were teammates on the Scottsdale Scorpions last fall. The outfielders arrived in the major leagues on the same April day this year, both played in the All-Star game and they won Rookie of the Year awards a half-hour apart Monday, the vanguard of baseball's next generation.
LONDON (AP) - Even when Roger Federer had the lead, Novak Djokovic had the answers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Their franchise quarterback on his way to the hospital, the momentum firmly on the other side of the field after a stunning last-minute rally by one the NFL's worst teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared lost.
At least Jets fans now have a number to help get them through the rest of the season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Next week's big, nationally televised "Monday Night Football" showcase could feature a quarterback matchup of journeyman Jason Campbell of the Bears vs. untested Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers. Not exactly the creme de la creme of the NFC.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Missy Franklin is content to wait for the endorsement money that's bound to come her way after those five medals at the London Olympics.
NEW YORK (AP) - Charlie Weis has a simple policy for his players when it comes to social media.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played the NFL's first tie game in four years as kickers from both teams missed overtime field goals Sunday.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Based on their performance in a 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Oakland Raiders know where they need to improve.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwight Howard had 23 points and 18 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 20 and the in-transition Los Angeles Lakers continued warming up for a possible return by Phil Jackson with a 103-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Michael Morse and Juan Perez homered with two outs in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, rallying the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at four games.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker's left ankle is ready for the NBA Finals.
NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has capped his MVP season by being the lone unanimous choice to the All-NBA first team.
DENVER (AP) - A young couple accused of killing the man's grandparents told police they planned the slayings so he could get his inheritance: a tiny house and $20,000, according to court documents released Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Moss hit his second homer of the game leading off the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Jay Bruce hadn't driven in a run in more than a month. He finally got a notable RBI and kept Cincinnati's winning streak going.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Larry Bird came up with Indiana's championship blueprint.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds first baseman Joey Votto is recovering from a strained muscle above his left knee and could soon begin a rehabilitation assignment in the minors.
The last time New York and Los Angeles teams met in a big championship final, the Dodgers found themselves up against a pitcher who had undergone Tommy John surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) - When the U.S. soccer team talks strategy, it sounds a bit like people picking lottery numbers or the start of a keno game: 4-4-2. 4-2-3-1. 4-3-3.
PARIS (AP) - This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - It was hard to read the eyes of Jack Nicklaus behind his sunglasses, and maybe that was a good thing. He was in his customary spot behind the 18th green at Muirfield Village as he waited to see who would win the Memorial. Or who would do the best job of not losing.
MIAMI (AP) - The last time Dwyane Wade played in an NBA Finals game, he needed fluid drained from his left knee and eight hours of intense game-day therapy just to get into uniform.
When last season's NBA Finals ended, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was all smiles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo has rejoined the San Francisco 49ers, 2 ½ years after leaving the organization to play for the Chicago Bears.