SANTA CLARA (AP) - New 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs received a letter this week from a 6-year-old Giants fan named Joseph that included $3.36 in cash from the boy's piggy bank - the child's contribution to try to keep Jacobs in New York with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Cain didn't flinch, whether it was dealing with the four errors committed by his teammates or facing a bases-loaded situation with no outs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics leave town feeling a whole lot better than they did when they arrived at home just four days ago.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dee Gordon hit a go-ahead single to back Chris Capuano and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Wednesday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer after a Detroit error kept a first-inning rally going, and Johnny Damon added a two-run single and an impressive catch in left field to help the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The oldest coach to win a Super Bowl will get at least three more shots at adding to his total.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's Will Tukuafu has spent most of his football life chasing down running backs. The 49ers hope he can now help Frank Gore and the rest of their backfield handle other defensive linemen with the same agenda.
BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James saw his share of disappointment in Boston when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
PARIS (AP) - It was about time Rafael Nadal faced some sort of test at the French Open.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, drove in a run and scored and Bartolo Colon pitched eight scoreless innings, leading the Oakland Athletics past the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner was feeling pretty lucky on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - I'll Have Another went into lockdown on Wednesday, moving into a secured barn shortly after the colt was made the early 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes in his quest to become the 12th Triple Crown champion and first in 34 years.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - He's a vegan in a sport where meat is king, a thinking man's fighter in a game that embraces brawlers. Timothy Bradley never wavered in his chase for boxing glory, even when his bank account was down to $11 and there was no guarantee he would ever be on the big stage.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Coach Dennis Allen has firsthand knowledge of what challenges Marcel Reece can give opposing defenses because he has the speed and hands of a receiver while playing fullback for the Oakland Raiders.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Adam Henrique decided to face playoff elimination by shaving his beard into a bristly mustache, the New Jersey Devils realized their remarkable rookie isn't exactly buckling under the pressure of the Stanley Cup finals.
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.
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DALLAS (AP) - Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for a couple of clutch jumpers, and Jermaine O'Neal stepped up on both sides of the floor.
PHOENIX (AP) - A.J. Pollock broke out of an 0-for-13 start to the season with three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night.