SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are benefiting from the stellar start of running backs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland center Stefen Wisniewski has no doubt that running the ball early and effectively is critical if the Raiders are to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2007.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics hardly needed any additional motivation for this key September series with playoff implications. Then injured pitcher Brandon McCarthy showed up in the clubhouse before the game.
NEW YORK (AP) - Egan-Jones, an independent credit-research firm, downgraded its rating on U.S. government debt to AA- from AA on Friday, citing the Federal Reserve's plans to try to stimulate the economy.
OAKLAND (0-1) At MIAMI (0-1)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The overwhelming consensus on San Francisco's elite defense is that Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver the 49ers will face. And perhaps the best there is, period.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Play was called off for the day at the Women's British Open on Friday because of strong wind that disrupted the second round so badly that organizers declared early scores "null and void."
MIAMI (AP) - Following a midday practice in steamy sunshine, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks sat at his locker peeling off sweat-soaked gear as beads of perspiration dripped from his nose and beard.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Whenever Michael Bennett got into a fight growing up in Texas, his little brother, Martellus, always seemed to be around to help out.
DETROIT (1-0) At SAN FRANCISCO (1-0)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Josesito Lopez has risen from near-anonymity to the heights of boxing this summer, fighting his way into a big-money Las Vegas showdown with beloved Mexican champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
PHOENIX (AP) - Hunter Pence hit a grand slam, Matt Cain dodged trouble for five-plus innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers rattled and robbed Jay Cutler while Aaron Rodgers and Co. sputtered at times against the stout Chicago Bears defense.
ANAHEIM (AP) - One troublesome inning interrupted what had been a sensational start to Brett Anderson's season following Tommy John surgery.
STANFORD (AP) - The last time Matt Barkley and Josh Nunes played against each other came at the 2009 Under Armour High School All-America Game in Orlando, Fla., except the real competition came when they were away from the football field.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After opening the season in Australia and San Diego, the Dodgers are finally coming home.
NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair.
YANKEES 4, ASTROS 2
CARDINALS 7, REDS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jose Calderon added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, 113-107 on Thursday night.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the early lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams couldn't dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Michael Brantley atoned for a rare error by hitting a two-run sungle in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Athletics in the nightcap Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tim Hudson was backed to his old self with his new team.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big, which is enabling them to rest players and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exhibition match Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Wednesday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Phil Mickelson has never shied away from suspense, though it's usually limited to his play.