OAKLAND (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have overcome an 0-4 start and the distractions from the bounty scandal to fight their way right back into position for a possible late-season playoff run.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett.
CHICAGO (7-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2-1)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama has already given his hometown Chicago Bears the nod for best defense in the NFL.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - There could be a lot of finality for California at No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday night, and not just because it's the Golden Bears' last game in a disappointing season.
NEW ORLEANS (4-5) At OAKLAND (3-6)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch practiced Friday for the first time this week but remains questionable with a neck injury.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh practically galloped through the locker room, lively as ever, offering a wave and a smile to long snapper Brian Jennings before putting his arm around right guard Alex Boone.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat.
NEW YORK (AP) - Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown. And Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York forward Thierry Henry, San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski and Kansas City' midfielder Graham Zusi are the finalists for Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player award.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Nick Taylor was down on his game over the summer, struggling with his putter as he fought to earn a PGA Tour card.
LONDON (AP) - Experience prevailed over youth as Roger Federer tamed Milos Raonic 6-1, 7-6 (0) in his opening round-robin match at the ATP Finals Sunday after Kei Nishikori started his maiden campaign at the season-ending tournament with a win.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Michael Vick is still making plays with his legs, running up his record-setting rushing total with each knee-buckling scamper.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rudy Gay hit a turnaround jumper with 1:07 left in the second overtime, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 114-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - One of the biggest thrills of Eric Reid's rookie season followed a loss.
OAKLAND (AP) - As trying as the first half of Derek Carr's first NFL season has been with no wins, rookie mistakes and the challenge of adjusting to the pro game, he can take some comfort when he looks across the field Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is generally a man of few words when speaking about his team.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack has spent plenty of time this week watching video of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Washington's Ian Desmond have won their third straight Silver Slugger Awards.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree has had two operations on his left foot since 2009 and missed most of last season because of an Achilles tendon tear. Yet the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver insists he's healthy and says lingering effects have nothing to do with his recent drop in production.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Trying to stop Denver's pass rush tandem of defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Von Miller would be a tough challenge for the winless Raiders under the best circumstances.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Alex Edler and Chris Bonino scored second-period goals and Ryan Miller preserved the lead through the final second as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Giants are planning their offseason around efforts to re-sign Pablo Sandoval.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Graeme McDowell likes a tough golf course, and Sheshan International was perfect for him Thursday. He opened with seven birdies in 12 holes and then hung on for a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the HSBC Champions.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton's harried look summed it up. Cleveland's defense was all over him all night long, turning an AFC North showdown into a shockingly one-sided matchup.