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.
Oakdale made quick work of Manteca at Winter Gym on Wednesday, sweeping in three (25-13, 25-11, 25-11) behind potent serving.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the second half, including the tying goal in stoppage time, to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders made moves to bolster their banged-up secondary on Wednesday by signing cornerback Brandian Ross from Green Bay's practice squad and giving starting free safety Michael Huff work at cornerback in practice.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It was a natural moment for Michael Crabtree to address his 49ers teammates - on his 25th birthday last Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The numbers say there isn't much difference in the NFL with replacement officials. Comments from players and coaches say otherwise.
ATLANTA (AP) - With every week, and every win, Rory McIlroy gets a new moniker. Two-time major champion. The world No. 1. Heir apparent. The latest nickname was courtesy of none other than Tiger Woods.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Nothing like a big win to draw big crowds. But back-to-back victories bring out the biggest.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks had been trying to get Joe Pavelski to 40 goals for three games, looking for him at every chance, sending extra passes his way.
SEATTLE (AP) - Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mike Zunino and Brad Miller both homered and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs to overcome a shaky outing on the mound, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stephen Curry had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth with a 112-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Marty Havlat scored three goals for the first time in nearly nine years, and the San Jose Sharks prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday night.
MIAMI (AP) - Three NFL players are named in a police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime, authorities said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tony Campana hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to their first back-to-back wins of the season with a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - By the time Dan Straily took the mound for the second inning, he knew he just didn't have it.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kenneth Faried made a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and the Denver Nuggets made Golden State wait at least one more game to secure a playoff berth with a stunning 100-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday night.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1: NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pineda won while pitching with some substance smudged on his hand as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Thursday night.
PIRATES 5, CUBS 4: CHICAGO (AP) - Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau laces up his cleats right next to the locker once belonging to Todd Helton, the first baseman whose shoes he's now trying to fill.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Surrounded by statues of the game's greats, Tony La Russa was simply awe-struck as he contemplated his place in baseball history.