ATLANTA (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the playoffs looking intent on ending that quarter-century drought since their last World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski walked slowly through the Raiders locker room, a thick black brace around his right knee. He paused at his stall briefly, donned a black hoodie then moved back out the way he came.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Meet Mr. Hitner.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it's in a much different role than he's accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's playoffs no longer are an exclusive club of high rollers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Donte Whitner may start his own clothing line if he continues to get flagged for unnecessary roughness.
SANTA BARBARA, (AP) - Ocean breezes drifted through the open gym doors while the Sacramento Kings ran the final wind sprints of their first practice Tuesday.
STANFORD, (AP) - The feeling of disappointment and despair in the locker room after losing 17-13 at Washington last season is something Stanford players will never forget.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr returned to practice three days after being knocked out of a preseason game with a concussion and sore ribs.
BOSTON (AP) - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup again for Monday night's game against the Red Sox, a day after asking for a day off.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jon Hamm joked that the bobble head the St. Louis Cardinals honored him with was "probably repurposed" from a Matt Carpenter model.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers turned their hyped Levi's Stadium debut into a real dud. So bad, in fact, tens of thousands of fans left the snazzy new Silicon Valley digs midway through the third quarter.
ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Upton hit a two-run homer, Chris Johnson also went deep and the Atlanta Braves beat Jon Lester and the reeling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday night, ending Lester's seven-game winning streak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse got three hits and scored twice as the San Francisco Giants won consecutive home games for the first time in over two months, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Sunday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland coach Dennis Allen is reserving judgment when it comes to his team's pass defense. After consecutive poor performances in the secondary, Allen is still looking for more evidence of any problems.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan - which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Rookie Tesho Akindele scored three goals and Fabian Castillo added two in FC Dallas' 5-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Calm under the intense pressure of a playoff at a major, Inbee Park added another title to her impressive LPGA Tour resume.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) - South Korea's Gunn Yang completed his improbable run to the U.S. Amateur title with a 2-and-1 victory over Canada's Corey Conners on Sunday.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Three weeks after finishing fifth in the Tour de France for the second time, Tejay van Garderen returns to racing Monday in the weeklong USA Pro Challenge.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - By now, everyone knows Roger Federer's itinerary for Cincinnati: Get his game in order, raise the winner's trophy, leave town with a lot of confidence for the U.S. Open.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan Windle is a national champion diver before he's old enough to be a licensed driver.