SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have improved in just about every facet of the offense this season. But there is one area where they didn't really need to get much better.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The high-risk, high-reward passes that characterized Carson Palmer's first half-season as Oakland Raiders quarterback were absent in the season opener.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - David Akers' mouth fell open and his eyes popped as he threw his arms into the air in both celebration and disbelief. Somehow, a field goal from 63 yards out had gone in - after bouncing off the crossbar.
ANAHEIM (AP) - A.J. Griffin threw eight scoreless innings, becoming the second Athletics pitcher in 85 years to start his major league career with six straight wins, and Yoenis Cespedes homered for Oakland in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched effectively for six innings to extend his road winning streak to a career-best five straight, Brandon Crawford doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Wednesday night to continue their strong play away from home.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Jerry Blevins got Howie Kendrick to ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have finalized a multiyear contract extension with fullback Marcel Reece.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Leonard Davis is one of the NFL's biggest men today because his parents, both of whom had lost spouses, found each other in small-town Texas and decided to add one more child to their already enormous blended family.
NEW YORK (AP) - While Tom Brady cares for his damaged nose, New England Patriots fans can gain comfort from having their team lead the AP Pro32 power rankings.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen has a lot more to deal with than just a loss in his debut as Oakland Raiders coach.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers showed all the same poise and big playmaking ability - not to mention dominant defense against NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers - in a season-opening statement victory at Green Bay as they did in coming so close to a Super Bowl last season.
DENVER (AP) - Madison Bumgarner hit a three-run homer on a night when he struggled on the mound and Brandon Belt drove in four runs, helping the San Francisco Giants hold on for a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies in rainy conditions Tuesday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers capitalized on their opponent's mistakes instead of making errors of their own.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Jarrod Parker pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Brandon Moss and Cliff Pennington homered, and the Oakland Athletics snapped the Los Angeles Angels' six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Monday night.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings beat Cleveland 103-84 on Sunday night, the Cavaliers' seventh loss in eight games with LeBron James out with a strained back and sore left knee.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer turned the Brisbane International final into a grand occasion Sunday, beating the up-and-coming Milos Raonic in three see-sawing sets to register his 1,000th career match win.
CHENNAI, India (AP) - Stan Wawrinka's preparations for the defense of his Australian Open title appear on track as he notched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene to win the Chennai Open on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several of the San Francisco 49ers have said they are hopeful their new head coach is a lot like the old one, Jim Harbaugh.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Stephen Curry had 23 and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors completed a perfect six-game home stand with a 112-94 win Friday night over the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers.
DALLAS (AP) - There has been no discussion among the group that runs the college football playoff about adding more teams.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - One quarter, Denver's best one of the season, was the difference for the Nuggets on Friday night.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder have been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.
DENVER (AP) - The Olympic rings flying over Fenway Park? Could happen.
NEW YORK (AP) - The long-awaited Mueller report was released Thursday with no unexpected findings: the NFL initially botched the Ray Rice case and had a weak domestic abuse policy, but investigators found no evidence league officials saw tape of Rice hitting his fiancee before it was released.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of turning to high-profile names - Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan, Joe Gibbs and more - to rescue the franchise and turn it into a long-term winner, the Washington Redskins have gone in another direction.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' search for a new head coach has included promising coordinators, recycled head coaches and interim coach Tony Sparano.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday after sitting out with a left calf injury.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Offensive tackle Taylor Decker doesn't believe that Ohio State is an underdog to Oregon in the national championship game on Monday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns can't make it through one offseason without upheaval.