SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have improved in just about every facet of the offense this season. But there is one area where they didn't really need to get much better.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The high-risk, high-reward passes that characterized Carson Palmer's first half-season as Oakland Raiders quarterback were absent in the season opener.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - David Akers' mouth fell open and his eyes popped as he threw his arms into the air in both celebration and disbelief. Somehow, a field goal from 63 yards out had gone in - after bouncing off the crossbar.
ANAHEIM (AP) - A.J. Griffin threw eight scoreless innings, becoming the second Athletics pitcher in 85 years to start his major league career with six straight wins, and Yoenis Cespedes homered for Oakland in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched effectively for six innings to extend his road winning streak to a career-best five straight, Brandon Crawford doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Wednesday night to continue their strong play away from home.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Jerry Blevins got Howie Kendrick to ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have finalized a multiyear contract extension with fullback Marcel Reece.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Leonard Davis is one of the NFL's biggest men today because his parents, both of whom had lost spouses, found each other in small-town Texas and decided to add one more child to their already enormous blended family.
NEW YORK (AP) - While Tom Brady cares for his damaged nose, New England Patriots fans can gain comfort from having their team lead the AP Pro32 power rankings.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen has a lot more to deal with than just a loss in his debut as Oakland Raiders coach.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers showed all the same poise and big playmaking ability - not to mention dominant defense against NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers - in a season-opening statement victory at Green Bay as they did in coming so close to a Super Bowl last season.
DENVER (AP) - Madison Bumgarner hit a three-run homer on a night when he struggled on the mound and Brandon Belt drove in four runs, helping the San Francisco Giants hold on for a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies in rainy conditions Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers capitalized on their opponent's mistakes instead of making errors of their own.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Jarrod Parker pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Brandon Moss and Cliff Pennington homered, and the Oakland Athletics snapped the Los Angeles Angels' six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Monday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Leaders from the four U.S. cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games will meet with U.S. Olympic Committee leadership Friday in the first gathering to include representatives from all the major interested parties.
PLA D'ADET, France (AP) - On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle's antenna.
PASADENA, California (AP) - Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are eager to move forward from a forgettable offseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick returned from a second stint on the disabled list because of an injured right knee.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.