SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith is an expert. So says Jim Harbaugh, and he's the one who truly matters on this topic.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Luke Hochevar won't see the Oakland Athletics again until 2013, which is none too soon for him.
NAPA (AP) - Jacoby Ford is glad he got a clunker of a game out of the way in the preseason.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - This summer has been unlike any other during Michael Crabtree's four years with the San Francisco 49ers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Will Smith pitched seven strong innings, Chris Getz doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Bochy called his San Francisco Giants together for an impromptu pregame team meeting with some disheartening news: They will be without Melky Cabrera for the remainder of the regular season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Melky Cabrera's MVP-like year is over - at least for the regular season.
The extra playoff spot in Major League Baseball this season has thickened the races, with several teams well within October's reach despite taking mediocre records into the stretch run.
Geoff Cameron has been quite the world traveler.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched a five-hitter and Brandon Belt had three hits and three RBIs, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night in a matchup between NL division leaders.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie learned in June what not to do against the Oakland Athletics.
NAPA (AP) - Rod Streater showed the rest of the NFL in his exhibition debut what the Oakland Raiders have been seeing ever since they signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in May.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - After an impressive quarter of action in San Francisco's preseason opener last week, Colin Kaepernick has grabbed a clear lead in the three-way competition to be the 49ers' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Alex Smith.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kurt Suzuki drove in four runs, Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each knocked in three and the Washington Nationals routed the San Francisco Giants 14-2 Monday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.
BOSTON (AP) - Adored by generations of Red Sox fans, Johnny Pesky was so much a part of Boston baseball that the right-field foul pole at Fenway Park was named for him.
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.