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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a team known for stellar pitching, bushy beards and quirky personalities, the unquestioned leader of the San Francisco Giants is their understated catcher, Buster Posey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams and umpires clarifying this year's experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - So much for all that talk of distractions, letdowns and doubts surrounding San Francisco's longtime dominant defense. One impressive first-half sequence handled all of that.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back LaMichael James was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The offseason plans to beef up both lines are still a work in progress for the Oakland Raiders.
Ray Rice cut after release of video: BALTIMORE (AP) - Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.
DETROIT (AP) - Matthew Stafford improvised brilliantly on two early touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson, and Detroit beat the New York Giants 35-14 on Monday night in Jim Caldwell's first game as Lions coach.
CHICAGO (AP) - Eric O'Flaherty wasn't able to help the Oakland Athletics' ailing bullpen.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Josh Hamilton's sore right shoulder is better, but not improved enough to get him back on the field.
NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams is building a new house, complete with a karaoke room and a purse room for her "bag problem."
NEW YORK (AP) - Marin Cilic was barred from last year's U.S. Open during a doping suspension he still says was unjust.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit rookie Kyle Lobstein earned his first major league win, and Miguel Cabrera homered for the third time in two days in the Tigers' 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - A day after a dramatic comeback victory, the Oakland Athletics had quite the letdown.
NEW YORK (AP) - Standing on the field with a microphone, the end of his baseball career likely three weeks away, Derek Jeter remained as cool and collected as his play at shortstop over the past two decades.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers can put a tumultuous offseason behind them. They have a rusty Tony Romo to thank for making the opener a little easier.