OAKLAND (AP) - For much of the season, Stephen Vogt caught Sonny Gray with Triple-A Sacramento. Neither could have pictured pairing up on such a sensational playoff moment for the Athletics when they were 90 miles away in California's capital.
OAKLAND (AP) - Max Scherzer overpowered Oakland with his dominant fastball, then baffled the Athletics with his off-speed stuff.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.
BOSTON (AP) - One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing plenty of fire and some nifty defense, the Atlanta Braves recaptured their Turner Field swagger.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Embattled Texans quarterback Matt Schaub might be better off hitting the road and getting out of Houston for the weekend.
OAKLAND (AP) - Terrelle Pryor promises the San Diego Chargers will see a completely different quarterback than the one who made his first NFL start in last year's season finale.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Clint Hurdle waited patiently for the double-play ball that never materialized.
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.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Until last weekend, Landon Donovan's pending retirement was a nebulous concept obscured by games, goals and a sport-wide outpouring of appreciation from the moment he made his stunning decision this summer.
CHICAGO (AP) - Tony Romo has bigger goals for the Dallas Cowboys so he wasn't about to get too excited over securing a winning season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive win.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Tyler Kennedy, fresh off the injured list, scored two goals - including the winner - and the San Jose Sharks beat the Boston Bruins 7-4 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco right tackle Anthony Davis was able to drive home following a cross-country flight from New York last month despite feeling "loopy" from a concussion he didn't initially realize was so severe.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended without pay for four games Thursday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has moved on from a critical Twitter post last week by the daughter of his boss, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown has a fairly good idea what to expect this week from San Francisco receivers Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - When Ray Mancini got the call, he was caught off guard.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods took on any shot without pain or worry Thursday, a feeling he hasn't had on the golf course in a long time.
The first time the Golden State Warriors practiced this season, new coach Steve Kerr noticed something different about Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson compared to the rest of the team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Goalkeeper Tim Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award for his work with the U.S. national team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Johny Hendricks emerged from a bruising, bloodying five-round bout with the UFC welterweight title in March, a significant portion of the mixed martial arts world thought Robbie Lawler got robbed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player after the Irish forward's dynamic season for the Los Angeles Galaxy.