SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A December matchup between fierce rivals that only months ago looked to be a for-sure NFC West championship decider has instead become San Francisco's chance to show it still belongs in the playoff mix. Period.
The U.S. drew a daunting task for next year's World Cup: difficult opponents, tropical venues and a wearying 9,000-mile zigzag journey across Brazil.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Rockets' offense is one of the best in the NBA. However, against Golden State on Friday night, it was the defense that was the key.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jodie Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes used a strong third period to extend their winning streak to three games.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Tiger Woods didn't like the way he warmed up on the range. What he produced on the golf course Friday left him with no complaints.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As if playing in the Eastern time zone where they've lost 12 straight games isn't bad enough, the Oakland Raiders could be facing snowy conditions for Sunday's game in New York. Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't be more excited.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will both be out for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team started the season with a bang Thursday in Modesto.
I've learned over the years that people could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The San Jose Sharks kept coming at Marc-Andre Fleury. From the point. From the left circle. From the right circle. From the slot. From right in front of the net.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - Thirty-two teams, a world of possibilities.
STANFORD (AP) - The tough and tenacious way Trent Murphy plays football can be traced to his early years growing up just a few miles away from where the outside linebacker will take the field for Stanford against Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Glenn Dorsey quickly emerged as a stabilizing force in the middle of San Francisco's dominant defensive line.
HOUSTON (AP) - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a great first quarter and did just enough the rest of the way to hold off the Houston Texans 33-28 on Thursday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Speed versus Power.
NAPA (AP) - The new PGA Tour season felt like an old one to a trio of Ryder Cup players Thursday at the Frys.com Open.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Thursday that he has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for the pink "Beats by Dre" brand name headphones he wore around his neck after Sunday's game.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Landon Donovan set U.S. national team and Major League Soccer records for goals and assists, scored in a signature stoppage-time moment that lifted America to a first-place finish in a World Cup group for the first time in 80 years and won five MLS titles - with a sixth still possible.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Bruce Miller swung away and trash-talked linebacker Dan Skuta from across the locker room pingpong table, Jim Harbaugh emerged to officiate.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As a coaching disciple of Bill Parcells, Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano has long believed that a powerful offense starts with a strong running game.
HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson should be arrested anew after admitting during his court appearance on a child abuse charge that he had "smoked a little weed" while out on bond, Texas prosecutors said Thursday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders placed starting middle linebacker Nick Roach on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a concussion in the preseason.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even in his late 30s and a year removed from a devastating ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season in Atlanta, Tim Hudson pictured himself pitching at a high level again.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip that caused him to miss most of the last three months of the season, has retired at 34, ending a 14-year career that included two World Series championships.
The AFC South pretty much has been the province of the Colts and Texans in recent years. Even though Houston fell apart last season, it's not a big surprise it has emerged as the only challenger to Indianapolis in the division this year.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have found the offensive balance that helped the team reach the NFC championship game in each of the past three seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners spent five hours discussing the league's personal conduct policy, domestic violence and discipline for misbehavior during their fall meetings Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Diego Valeri scored twice and Donovan Ricketts had his fifth shutout of the season to help the Portland Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 on Wednesday night.