SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers understand the value of taking a sack.
SAN FRANCISCO (2-0) At MINNESOTA (1-1)
PITTSBURGH (1-1) At OAKLAND (0-2)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland free safety Michael Huff says he isn't sure where he'll be lining up when the Raiders come out on defense against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into weekend play in the Navistar LPGA Classic.
NEW YORK (AP) - Safety Kenny Phillips has been fined $30,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness, one of four New York Giants disciplined for their conduct in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Barkley apparently figured one way he could help Southern California bounce back from a disheartening loss at Stanford was with an unusual blast of bravado.
NEW YORK (AP) - Melky Cabrera ended the debate over whether a suspended drug cheat should be able to win a batting title. The San Francisco outfielder asked Major League Baseball officials to disqualify him and on Friday they agreed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings are in the early stage of their plan to return to perennial playoff contention with a team supporting a power running game with smart, productive passes and backs that up with a stingy, turnover-forcing defense.
Oakdale made quick work of Manteca at Winter Gym on Wednesday, sweeping in three (25-13, 25-11, 25-11) behind potent serving.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the second half, including the tying goal in stoppage time, to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders made moves to bolster their banged-up secondary on Wednesday by signing cornerback Brandian Ross from Green Bay's practice squad and giving starting free safety Michael Huff work at cornerback in practice.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It was a natural moment for Michael Crabtree to address his 49ers teammates - on his 25th birthday last Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The numbers say there isn't much difference in the NFL with replacement officials. Comments from players and coaches say otherwise.
ATLANTA (AP) - With every week, and every win, Rory McIlroy gets a new moniker. Two-time major champion. The world No. 1. Heir apparent. The latest nickname was courtesy of none other than Tiger Woods.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have activated left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Brad Keselowski hopped out of his car and grabbed an oversized broom to give a playful sweep of all the confetti already collected around his Ford.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events.
MULHOUSE, France (AP) - On a day local Roman Catholics were celebrating the feast of Saint Anthony, two other Tonys had their own reason to celebrate in the Tour de France.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony wanted to be a Knick a few years ago, and nothing has changed now.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps' form deserted him Sunday night.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Australian Lleyton Hewitt took advantage of his second chances to win a title on his third try at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
CLEVELAND (AP) - If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Canelo Alvarez wants to be known as a fighter who never ducked anyone, one reason why he paid particular attention when Erislandy Lara started calling his name.
NANCY, France (AP) - Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year.
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) - Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown on Friday, leaving three players tied for first place on a day when brutal winds played havoc with the field.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps surged to the wall and quickly searched for the scoreboard.