ALAMEDA (AP) - After the Oakland Raiders set NFL records in 2011 for penalties and penalty yards, rookie coach Dennis Allen made it a top priority to field more disciplined team.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The pass rusher in Aldon Smith is getting a little more excited than usual this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Giant dose of small ball, and suddenly San Francisco finds itself in a most unique position - way ahead in a postseason series.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As prolific as he's been in his career, Oakland's Carson Palmer is on an unparalleled pace for him.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner joked before his last World Series start that the pressure of pitching on baseball's biggest stage felt similar to his high school championship. After all, he was only 21.
What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looks as if a full-82 game schedule "is not going to be a reality," as the lockout nears its seventh week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is going to be a very hairy World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - In today's "any given Sunday" NFL, the thinking goes, any team can win - or lose - any game. What about any given Thursday? Turns out those matchups are the closest thing to a lock there is.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings are about to embark on another season in California's capital.
DETROIT (AP) - There will be no gift baskets, Texas barbeque, Dr. Pepper, Budweiser beer or St. Louis-style toasted ravioli exchanged following this year's World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander's introduction to postseason baseball six years ago left him dazzled and exhausted.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers found out the hard way that rest means rust in the World Series.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Farmar scored a career-high 30 points off the bench, making eight of 10 shots from 3-point range, and the Los Angeles Lakers capitalized on the absence of suspended Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins to beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves as the Buffalo Sabres beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday night, a few hours after they traded goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott.
PHOENIX (AP) - Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension, Juan Francisco went deep twice and the Milwaukee Brewers opened their spring training schedule with an 11-3 win Thursday over the Oakland Athletics.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again.
STANFORD (AP) - Kodi Whitfield made one of the most incredible touchdown catches in college football last season in a win over UCLA that kept Stanford on track for a second straight Pac-12 Conference championship.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police checking on reported damage to a car belonging to Richie Incognito, the player at the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, say Incognito told an officer he did the damage himself.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 on Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 on Thursday for punching an opposing player and verbally abusing an official in a game earlier this week.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a huge third quarter to run away and eventually rout the New York Knicks 108-82 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Micah Mason had 22 points, Jerry Jones added 19 and Duquesne surprised No. 10 Saint Louis 71-64 on Thursday night to snap the Billikens' school-record, 19-game winning streak.
DENVER (AP) - For a guy who waited so long to get his chance to play basketball again, this was one game Jason Collins couldn't get through fast enough.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Reddick made two highlight-reel catches to take away homers from Michael Morse, Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt each drove in two runs during a six-run fourth inning against San Francisco closer Sergio Romo, and the Oakland Athletics opened Cactus League play with a 10-5 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls used a big third-quarter run to win for the seventh time in eight games, pounding the Golden State Warriors 103-83 Wednesday night.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - The PGA Tour season began five months ago. The new year is two months old. And yet there's something about the Honda Classic that makes Tiger Woods and a collection of stars feel as though it's all about to get underway.