Oakland needed a big hit in the 10th inning against Philadelphia. Fortunately for the Athletics, they had Josh Donaldson at the plate.

In just four games, Jody Sears has separated himself from every coach who has taken the reins since John Baker in 1957. With Saturday night’s 59-14 win over Menlo College, Sears became the second coach in school history to begin his career at Sacramento State 3-1 while notching consecutive wins at home for the first time since 2010.

Colin Kaepernick was fined more than $11,000 last week because of a racial slur he said following an interception to the Bears, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who cited “refs” as his source in a tweet today.

The Arizona Cardinals didn't need their starting quarterback to beat a longtime nemesis and stay atop the toughest division in football.

Both Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald are inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals, which will give Derek Carrier, who had his first-ever NFL catch last week, his first-ever NFL start this week.

If your offense includes designed runs by the quarterback, you may have to live with an ugly-interception game every now and then. That was the take of NFL Films’ Greg Cosell after he watched Colin Kaepernick’s performance against the Chicago Bears last week.

Anu Solomon hit Austin Hill on a 47-yard Hail Mary on the game's final play and Arizona scored 36 points in the fourth quarter to pull off an improbable 49-45 win over California Saturday night.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Who kidnapped Jim Harbaugh and brainwashed Greg Roman?

Watching Freddy Galvis’ drive to right-center field carry over the high green Coliseum wall and out of sight, A’s reliever Dan Otero sank into a crouch. Two batters earlier, Otero had broken Cody Asche’s bat, only to see the Philadelphia Phillies’ third baseman fight the pitch into left field for a soft double in the seventh.

Bayern won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by 5 3/4 lengths Saturday, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome finishing sixth in his first race since June 7.

Andrea Wong of UC Davis shot a 5-under-par 67 in the second round Saturday to post a three-shot victory in stroke play at the East & West Match Play Challenge in Ann Arbor, Mich., the school reported.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich had one word to describe Marcus Mariota's play against Washington State: "Ridiculous."

A look at the today’s 49ers game against Arizona, including broadcast information, five players to watch and injury report.

The San Francisco Giants probably are looking forward to leaving Petco Park, even though their next stop is Dodger Stadium.

OAKLAND -- Sure, Jerome Williams had pitched well the last time he faced the A’s, throwing six innings and allowing one run in a start against Oakland in July.

Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings as the Oakland Athletics nabbed a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to open a three-game set.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In a move that suggests at least one of their injured right ends won't play on Sunday, the 49ers today promoted tight end Asante Cleveland from their practice squad to the 53-man roster.

OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt this morning was announced as recipient of the A’s annual Catfish Hunter Award. According to the team’s release, the award "honors an A’s player whose play on the field and conduct in the clubhouse best exemplifies the courageous, competitive and inspiration spirit demonstrated by (Hunter)."

Malcolm Thomas thinks of his football jersey often and embraces it as if it’s a newborn puppy.

Major League Soccer executives completed an intense two-day evaluation of Sacramento as a potential expansion market today and proclaimed they were "incredibly impressed" by the city.

The A’s hit two balls in the first inning Friday night that easily could have been hits and came away with nothing. Sam Fuld yanked a line drive that was caught on a leap by Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf, and Josh Donaldson pulled a sharp grounder down the third-base line that Maikel Franco took on a backhand, throwing from behind the bag to beat Donaldson by a step at first.

The 49ers’ injured tight ends, Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald, were able to do some light running Friday, but both missed their third day of practice and are question marks for Sunday’s game in Arizona.

There’s been a lot of buzz this week for Republic FC as it continues its ever-promising bid to become a Major League Soccer franchise.

Tim Hudson had another rough start, costing the San Francisco Giants ground in the playoff chase and raising some big questions considering that his next scheduled start is against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With Folsom High’s outstanding football team, the only question these days is how long quarterback Jake Browning and the other Bulldog starters will play.

College, community college and high school sports results from around the region and nation.

After 97 minutes of scoreless soccer, Grand Canyon’s Kyle Summerhill put home a rebound off a shot stopped by Sacramento State goalkeeper Philip Bru to give the visiting Antelopes a 1-0 win on Friday, Sac State reported.

OAKLAND -- Sean Doolittle had to wait one night more than he wanted to for a chance to bounce back from his nightmarish outing Wednesday -- when the A’s closer gave up five ninth-inning runs in a blown save against Texas -- and when it came Friday he was prepared.

Jon Lester rediscovered his curveball last year, and it has been a helpful addition to an already impressive repertoire.

OAKLAND -- A reeling A’s team coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the last-place Texas Rangers gets a potential shot in the arm tonight with the return of Stephen Vogt to the lineup.

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