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.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have plenty of experience dealing with elite tight ends playing in the same division as Antonio Gates and having faced Tony Gonzalez so many times over the years.
STANFORD . (AP) - Sam Schwartzstein and the rest of Stanford's offensive linemen gathered in a meeting room this week to watch video of a moment the senior center never wants his teammates to forget.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working "in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work." The hash tag: "YouLiveAndYouLearn."
OAKLAND (AP) - Pitcher Brandon McCarthy is ready for a normal offseason after being medically cleared this week to resume his regular routine, less than three months after being struck in the head by a line drive and undergoing emergency brain surgery.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Carson Palmer knows he will have to have a big day to get the Oakland Raiders back on the winning track.
OAKLAND (AP) - Rookie Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, making a pair of critical free throws in the final minute to help the Golden State Warriors hold off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 92-88 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jeremy Affeldt wanted some job security - and the reliable reliever got it.
SAM FRANCISCO (AP) - When St. Louis and San Francisco couldn't produce a winner during 75 minutes of play, the complaints came from all corners of the NFL.
STANFORD (AP) - Stanford coach David Shaw often references Oregon if his players get complacent in practice. Trainers bark out the results of the last two matchups to them in the weight room. During offseason workouts, the defensive huddle would sometimes break with the chant: "Beat the Ducks."
NEW YORK (AP) - R.A. Dickey languished in the minors for 14 years, bouncing from one team to another before finally perfecting that perplexing knuckleball that made him a major league star.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith insists it's too early to guess whether he will return from a concussion in time to start at quarterback in San Francisco's key Monday night NFC showdown against the Chicago Bears.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Oakland's Eric Sogard took pleasure in helping ruin a big day for his former college coach, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Abby Wambach scored late in the first half and the U.S. women's national team went on to beat Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday night for a first-place finish in its group at the Women's World Cup.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Things have been going so bad at home for the San Francisco Giants that they didn't even have a lead at any point in the first four games of the homestand.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on their former division rival's players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even former Kansas City Royals are doing well in fan voting for the All-Star starters.
OAKLAND (AP) - Warriors' fans honked their horns and danced in streets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate their team's first NBA title in 40 years.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James pulled off his sunglasses, and there was no hiding the hurt in his eyes.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - Rory McIlroy didn't fare so well the last time he played links golf. He shot an 80 at Royal County Down in the Irish Open, missed his second straight cut, returned to his home in Florida and spent four days of practice to get back to his style of golf.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - Phil Mickelson loped off the first tee at Chambers Bay early Tuesday, the morning sun still hidden within a slate-gray sky, when two women with snow-white hair squealed in delight.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews raised the Stanley Cup over his head and soaked in the cheers from the adoring crowd. Patrick Kane pumped his right arm in celebration. Johnny Oduya pulled a Chicago flag with a Blackhawks logo over his broad shoulders.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Steve Kerr's players had never been to the NBA Finals, so only he knows what the Golden State Warriors face in Game 6.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are reaching new lows at home where they have been far more reliable in recent years on the way to three of the past five World Series championships.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Wearing a leather Cavaliers cap and a steely look, LeBron James used his postgame platform to proclaim that he's "the best player in the world."
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jesse Hahn pitched well into the seventh inning against his former team and Stephen Vogt hit a grand slam as the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Monday night.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Abby Wambach will do whatever it takes to win the Women's World Cup, even if that means she's coming off the bench.