PARIS (AP) - Cycling supporters say that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may actually benefit the sport by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them if they dope.
NAPA (AP) - Carson Palmer is running out of time to get the Oakland Raiders first-team offense into the end zone in the preseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Hance Smith's eyes widened in the dugout as he watched Quinton Gago send a homer well over the left-field fence.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
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.
TOKYO (AP) - Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open for her fourth WTA title of the year.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's loss to Poland in the final of the men's volleyball world championship on Sunday was a blow to the South Americans, but should boost the sport in two years at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Raised in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire his home track, the one where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti in Victory Lane and flocked by family and friends.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Cole Custer's first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book.
SINGAPORE (AP) - For Nico Rosberg, early retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix was painful. Seeing his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton win the race and snatch back the championship lead was agonizing.
SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard run on the first possession of overtime and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 26-20 on Sunday in a Super Bowl rematch that lived up to expectations.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are reeling, having lost six of eight games, a streak in which they've scored only 14 runs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a towering, two-run, home run into the left field bleachers with one out in the 10th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - It is July 19, 2003. Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A holding penalty on Raiders offensive lineman Gabe Jackson took an Oakland touchdown off the scoreboard and allowed the New England Patriots to escape with a victory yet again.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have struggled in the second half this season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tim Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and the San Francisco Giants were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday night that dropped them 3 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have a hard time beating San Francisco. Now they have a distraction to deal with, too.