ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland cornerback Pat Lee is no stranger to coming off the bench in emergency situations.
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.
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.