OAKLAND (AP) - These decisive Game 5s sure are becoming familiar for Justin Verlander.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald expects to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nobody's better than the St. Louis Cardinals when they can't afford to lose.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders despite being hampered by hamstring injuries.
SAN MARTIN (AP) - The chill of the morning air in California. Veteran players discreetly looking at golf bags on the practice range so they can put names to the faces they have never seen. Young players concerned about getting into enough tournaments. A parking lot filled with Mercedes-Benz courtesy cars.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Nothing has come easily for Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream against the Minnesota Lynx.
The Chicago Bears have two reasons to be in a nasty mood - consecutive losses to Detroit and New Orleans.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored his 10th goal of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes made it stand for a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
BOSTON (AP) - Shane Victorino was hit by one pitch in the right arm and another in the ribs. That brought the total to four in four playoff games for the Red Sox outfielder who was plunked more than anyone else in the AL in the regular season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After two days of waiting, the Los Angeles Dodgers found out they will play St. Louis in the National League championship series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to stay with the New York Yankees through 2017.
DETROIT (AP) - On a night of desperation, dispute and finally, delirium, Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers kept their season alive by the slimmest of margins.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore is quick to point out that a big reason he is on such a nice roll again in San Francisco's running game is because of Bruce Miller's timely, hard blocking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings avoided a second straight tie, and dealt the Chicago Bears a serious blow in the NFC North.
HOUSTON (AP) - The New England Patriots needed another big second half to grab another victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Adam Vinatieri's reliable right foot put Indianapolis on the verge of another playoff appearance.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cecil Shorts came home and broke some hearts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Crabtree produced a career season a year ago and helped lead the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years as Colin Kaepernick's top target.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks might have some choices to make when scripting last-second shots.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamal Crawford had a season-high 31 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds off the bench to help the Los Angeles Clippers to a 104-98 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary's and help the Spartans continue their domination of non-conference opponents at home during November.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brent Burns had a thought Friday's game was going to be a little different.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Derek Carr finally ran into a quarterback who could match his prolific production. That's all it took to end Fresno State's bid for a BCS bowl.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching - if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Oakland Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett was hopping mad, jumping up and down. DeMarco Murray had just run by for his third touchdown to put Dallas ahead to stay.
DETROIT (AP) - Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush did their part to keep the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers in the game.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Another close game in the spirited rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens came down to a wacky final two minutes that featured a pair of overturned touchdowns, a couple injuries and finally, a missed 2-point conversion.