KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers don't seem too concerned with wide receiver A.J. Jenkins' slow start to the preseason.
OAKLAND, (AP) - Sonny Gray has been hearing the comparisons since his high school days in Tennessee. The references to Tim Hudson, another right-hander with a slight build and a big arm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington homestand that began with three losses to Atlanta was about to culminate in a six-game winning streak and the Nationals at .500 for the first time since mid-July.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs.
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The "Honey Badger" is about to get his first NFL start.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Imagine how different it might have been for Tiger Woods if not for one perfect shot.
OAKLAND, (AP) - In a span of 24 hours Chris Young came within inches of giving the Athletics a pair of walkoff wins.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hunter Pence had just sent a liner into the gap in left-center, and as he headed toward second base he figured the San Francisco Giants had completed a ninth-inning comeback against the Washington Nationals.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick Wednesay to lead an impressive second-half comeback by the United States, which scored all of its goals in the second half to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in a friendly in Sarajevo and extend its record winning streak to 12 games.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs said he agrees with the NFL's decision to suspend him for one game without pay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy that happened last season.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was so enthused by seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam, he did the same thing the next inning.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics needed a strong start from Sonny Gray to avoid being swept entering the four-day break for the All-Star game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The youngest player in the All-Star Futures game made one of the biggest impressions.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have activated left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Brad Keselowski hopped out of his car and grabbed an oversized broom to give a playful sweep of all the confetti already collected around his Ford.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events.
MULHOUSE, France (AP) - On a day local Roman Catholics were celebrating the feast of Saint Anthony, two other Tonys had their own reason to celebrate in the Tour de France.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony wanted to be a Knick a few years ago, and nothing has changed now.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps' form deserted him Sunday night.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Australian Lleyton Hewitt took advantage of his second chances to win a title on his third try at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
CLEVELAND (AP) - If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.