VILLANOVA, Pa.- Billy Beane's influence on using baseball statistics and economics in building a team has stretched from the diamond to the silver screen.
SANTA CLARA- The San Francisco 49ers have confidence in Trent Baalke leading them for the long haul.
DENVER (AP) - Golden State coach Mark Jackson thought Stephen Curry's stat line was a thing of beauty.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Playing on national TV for the first and only time this season, the Sacramento Kings and their rabid fans put on a good show - at the expense of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - UFC welterweight Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana after his loss to Carlos Condit on Saturday night and faces disciplinary action, including a possible suspension and fine, the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Joshua Morgan is running, and even sprinting, again on the surgically repaired right leg that limited him to only five games in 2011 for the NFC West champions.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Less than one year ago, Al Davis made Stanford Routt one of the cornerstones of the Oakland Raiders defense with a lavish contract that kept him from free agency.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Twenty months later, Dustin Johnson finally hit the drive he wanted at Pebble Beach. Ten years later, Tiger Woods must have wondered what kept him away from the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
PEBBLE BEACH - In what Robert Louis Stevenson called "the most felicitous meeting of land and sea," the sea was winning Wednesday at Pebble Beach.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting a drug education program for students and young adults - in the same year Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will appear on ballot for the first time after careers tainted by steroid accusations.
SAN JOSE - Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday that indecision by Major League Baseball over whether his club can move to San Jose has been "excruciating" but that he believes the process is finally nearing an end.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Former offensive coordinator Al Saunders will remain on the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as a senior offensive assistant.
Billy Beane is planning to stay in the Bay Area for the long haul.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away.
NEW YORK (AP) - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
NEW YORK (AP) - A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have rallied to win game after game this season after trailing late.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a game-ending two-run homer for his third clout in two nights, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night for Bruce Bochy's 1,600th managerial victory.
HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Tom Savage looked like a polished pro leading the Texans to the winning touchdown and 2-point conversion against Denver last week.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night's exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks.
STANFORD (AP) - David Shaw remembers Stanford's first few games without Andrew Luck two years ago as a stressful time for his coaching staff and his players.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez is expected to miss the remainder of the season while recovering from a second concussion this year.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right foot.
NEW YORK (AP) - While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker Aldon Smith still has no indication from the NFL about a possible suspension for his off-field legal issues.
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Carter has hit his fair share of no-doubt home runs this season and has never taken more than a second to watch as one began to sail out of the park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.