SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers picked up right where they left off last season in their preseason opener.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Five years ago, a leading golf publication chose Kiawah Island as the toughest golf course in America. Some of the best players in the world made it feel like a walk on the beach Thursday in the PGA Championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - There has been an enigma running around San Francisco 49ers practices this offseason.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Madison Bumgarner liked the pitch he threw to Carlos Beltran. So did Beltran.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The final major of the year, and everyone was cramming for their last big exam.
NAPA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are relieved running back Mike Goodson's neck injury isn't too serious. When they get him back on the field remains to be seen.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants to a 15-0 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics used pitching to get into the wild-card race. Their hitters are helping keep them there.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Cory Nelms ran off the field in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers' practice Wednesday to go watch television. Don't worry, he had special permission.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson left the hospital and returned to training camp headquarters on Tuesday night after he was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision during practice earlier in the day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick has never sought attention at San Francisco 49ers headquarters. He always praises starter Alex Smith, keeps his answers short and simple, and deflects everything back to the team.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning, four Oakland players hit home runs and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Buster Posey shows no signs of slowing down in the second half of the season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree smiled, took a breath and tried to explain how his latest injury happened. After a few silent seconds, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver finally gave up.
Keith Smart is getting the closest thing he has ever had to a long-term deal as an NBA coach.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders need the same short memory during a short week, for different reasons.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points to offset a rough night for playmaking partner Monta Ellis, and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late charge from Golden State for a 103-99 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach were honored as the men's and women's athletes of the year by U.S. soccer.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener collapsed Wednesday, killing two workers and aggravating already urgent concerns Brazil won't be ready for soccer's signature tournament.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) - Tara VanDerveer became nostalgic after reaching another major coaching milestone.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Unlike the last time he was a free agent, LeBron James won't discuss his future.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Thornton scored his first shootout goal since 2007 in the eighth round and the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Wednesday night to extend the home-team dominance in this California rivalry.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Just as the passing game has started to click for the San Francisco 49ers at last, here comes Michael Crabtree.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden went through a light practice Wednesday and will play against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is challenging Drew Brees to come beat the 49ers fair and square - and Whitner hopes that happens in a playoff date in January.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun ended his silence Wednesday, speaking to the media for the first time since accepting a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement.
Manteca High's football team made amends for the failures of its predecessors the past two weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jim Harbaugh pulled his young quarterback aside last week to praise him for his professionalism and leadership during a rough patch for the reigning NFC champion 49ers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After many of his teammates were dressed and walking to the bus outside New Orleans Arena, Jermaine O'Neal sat in the visitors' locker room, still in uniform, with large packs of ice wrapped around his legs and a slight smile on his face.