SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith hardly has a free moment to stop at his locker, much less give thought to any intriguing matchups or scenarios as he chases Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sacks record.
OAKLAND (AP) - After enduring one of the toughest weeks of his life and career, Raiders coach Dennis Allen's return to the Oakland Coliseum ended with another painful memory.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - In a battle of young backcourts, the Golden State Warriors were an easy winner over the Detroit Pistons.
OAKLAND (AP) - Just a year ago, Denver and Oakland went to the end of the season in the race for the AFC West title, with the Broncos edging the Raiders for first place on the final day by winning a three-team tiebreaker with San Diego.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - He was adopted as a newborn, has a fully grown pet tortoise named Sammy, and sports 10 or 11 tattoos by his own count covering much of his upper body.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel certainly has the statistics worthy of a Heisman Trophy winner. He plays in the powerful Southeastern Conference. He has a signature win - all things Heisman voters typically look for.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - By now, there's nothing Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other. After 36 rounds in the ring - many of which could have been scored either way - there's not much fight fans don't know about the two, either.
Alpine Meadows - Plan to Open 12/7 Mon-Fri: 9a-4p Sat/Sun: 9a-4p;
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between hockey owners and players are going so well that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the process" - even if he has been left outside the latest rounds of discussions.
BERKELEY (AP) - California hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday to take over for the fired Jeff Tedford.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Grady Allen, the father of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and a former NFL linebacker, has died. He was 66.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are close to signing a one-year extension to remain at the Coliseum for the 2015 season.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - John Fox interviewed for the Chicago Bears' coaching job Wednesday, two days after parting ways with the Denver Broncos.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis is taking his support skills to the curling ice once more.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Tyler Kennedy and Patrick Marleau scored goals 15 seconds apart in the first period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of antitrust claims in a lawsuit by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball, which accused the sport of illegally blocking a proposed move of the Oakland Athletics to the area.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Tomsula wiped down his glasses then winked at his family across the room as he waited his turn to speak on the podium, unfamiliar territory and formality for a humble defensive line coach thrust into the top job for the San Francisco 49ers.
OAKLAND (AP) - His voice can be heard everywhere the Golden State Warriors go.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants a fight with Manny Pacquiao more than ever, a top Showtime executive said Thursday, and negotiations continue to make the long anticipated bout a reality on May 2.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on Wednesday in hopes that the Bay Area native who grew up cheering for the Raiders can return the team to its glory days.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Infielder Yunel Escobar is heading to the Nationals, and All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard is going to the Athletics, thanks to the ninth deal between those clubs in a little more than four years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco 49ers promoted longtime defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach Wednesday, going with a familiar face following a national search that took more than two weeks and ended right in house.
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, whose bold moves and leadership on the field brought the Ducks to the brink of a national championship before falling short, is leaving Oregon early for the NFL.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Manny Pacquiao flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday, preparing for a meeting with contestants of the Miss Universe pageant. Whether he has an even bigger date on May 2 seems entirely up to Floyd Mayweather Jr.