LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp has been tinkering with his batting stance to finally find something that works. Now that he's feeling it again at the plate, Crisp refuses to offer any details in fear of jinxing a good thing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday that quarterback Alex Smith has become "savant-like" in his understanding of the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast system.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart is OK to play after injuring the index finger on his non-throwing hand but still might be held out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Put the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of Tim Lincecum and he can't help but get pumped.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Drew thinks a change of scenery will help jump-start his slumping bat. The Oakland Athletics hope he's right.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has banned Melky Cabrera associate Juan Nunez from all team clubhouses.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants canceled an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just in time.
NAPA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski has a tough enough adjustment to make in his second year in the NFL after having changed positions and blocking systems with the Oakland Raiders.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Rock Cartwright never got to say a proper goodbye to his mother eight years ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval drove in both runs and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Monday night to regain the NL West lead by a half-game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Willingham drove in two runs against his former team, Joe Mauer hit a two-run single and the Minnesota Twins snapped Oakland's four-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory over the Athletics on Monday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Brandon Jacobs balanced himself on crutches walking through the San Francisco 49ers locker room. LaMichael James strolled through with a backpack and a smile.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson is back from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, and set to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched four scoreless innings, Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat a San Diego Padres split squad 13-2 on Tuesday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Blake Wheeler scored two goals and added an assist to help the Winnipeg Jets top the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against a woman accusing him of rape.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the Oakland Athletics' desire for a new ballpark is a top priority, though he's unsure what influence his office can have on the matter.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Brennan Boesch hit his third home run of the spring, connecting against Sergio Romo in the Cincinnati Reds' 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another star member of San Francisco's vaunted defense is calling it a career.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - By proving they can win on the road, the Atlanta Hawks have given themselves a chance to earn home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - When the Golden State Warriors made the playoffs two years ago, then-coach Mark Jackson got teary eyed just talking about the accomplishment and owner Joe Lacob offered handshakes and hugs to players in a celebratory locker room.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Zack Greinke gave up one hit over three innings in his second start this spring, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-5 on Monday.
The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976.
The NCAA Tournament field is set and everyone will be trying to end Kentucky's bid to become the first team to go undefeated in 39 years.
NICE, France (AP) - Richie Porte of Australia mastered tricky conditions to win Paris-Nice for the second time after being fastest in Sunday's final time-trial stage.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Serena Williams is settling right on into the BNP Paribas Open, producing a quick, business-like effort in advancing to the fourth round Sunday while enjoying her return after a 14-year absence.
SEATTLE (AP) - The key to Saturday night's game was simple for the San Jose Earthquakes: Effort.