SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just two years ago, the wild and wretched NFC West produced a champion with a 7-9 record. Now, it's the NFL's biggest bully.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland cornerback Michael Huff hasn't had much time to rest since changing positions to help the Raiders' injury-ravaged secondary.
NEW YORK (AP) - His production shriveled, his aura dissipated, his place in history unsettled and his ego almost certainly bruised, Alex Rodriguez took a seat following the Snub Seen 'Round the World and became a spectator, little different than the 50,000 other fans at Yankee Stadium.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Joyous, bouncing teammates waiting to greet him at home, the red-clad crowd raucous as can be, Jayson Werth yanked off his red batting helmet with two hands and thrust it a dozen or more feet overhead.
OAKLAND (AP) - Already an ace and MVP, Justin Verlander proved to be the Detroit Tigers' ultimate closer, too.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Not just any comeback would get San Francisco back to playing for a pennant. It would take one of Giant proportions.
OAKLAND (AP) - Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and the never-say-die Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of their AL division series against the Detroit Tigers with their most memorable comeback yet.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Set aside the high-pressure task of postseason pitching that Chris Carpenter routinely masters for the St. Louis Cardinals and think about this:
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-paid player in baseball could only sit and watch when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run.
MIAMI (AP) - Alan Gordon celebrates his 31st birthday Tuesday. Maybe U.S. Soccer will give him a cap.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.
SAN MARTIN . (AP) - Ernie Els suggested that playing in the Frys.com Open last year helped him achieve a major victory this year. He's hoping it can happen again.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Oakland Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) - With Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal still has a chance to reach the second round at the World Cup. Without him, the advantage might just switch to the United States.
SONOMA (AP) - Marcos Ambrose wants nothing more than to break Hendrick Motorsports' four-race winning streak and his best shot comes on the road course at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) - Go ahead, FIFA, stop the music if you want. Fans will keep singing anyway.
CUIABA, Brazil (AP) - Stephen Keshi's Nigeria squad wants more than just three points against Bosnia-Herzegovina to revive its World Cup campaign on Saturday.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - France is striking at the World Cup again, this time in a way the fans back home will approve of.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Six hundred additional military police will be assigned to Sunday's World Cup match at Rio's Maracana stadium between Belgium and Russia after almost 100 un-ticketed Chilean fans rampaged through the stadium's media center before the last game.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre says he doesn't agree with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz about official scorers.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Michelle Wie is becoming a regular contender in major championships, only now as an adult.
LONDON (AP) - The draw for Wimbledon was relatively kind to defending champion Andy Murray. It was a lot more daunting for top-ranked Rafael Nadal.