Alexis DeJoria raced past John Force to win the Funny Car division at the NHRA's U.S. Nationals on Monday.

Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup.

Alex Boone, as expected, passed his physical with the 49ers today after his months-long holdout. The team has been granted a roster exemption for Boone; the right guard must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play in a game.

With the River Cats needing a victory Monday against Reno in the final game of the regular season to advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the Las Vegas 51s after losing to the Aces 7-3 Sunday at Raley Field, Scarsone approaches his occupation with a similar minimalist efficiency.

Needing only a double to hit for the cycle in the seventh inning on Sunday, Pablo Sandoval worked a full count against Brewers reliever Alfredo Figaro – and took a pitch in the dirt for ball four. The show of restraint was less than exciting, but in the spirit of the weekend for the Giants’ offense, it kept the line moving.

A sport traditionally played in rural Indian villages is heading to arenas in Sacramento and Stockton this month when the World Kabaddi League holds its first U.S. matches.

Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.

Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

Defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse Sunday morning in San Jose, bringing more scrutiny to a 49ers team that spent the offseason tangled in legal matters.

The missing pieces to the 49ers’ offensive line are beginning to reappear. Alex Boone is expected to end his months-long contract holdout Monday after he and the team compromised on the remaining years of the right guard’s deal.

While they were stumbling through June and July, the Giants kept thanking their torrid start to the season for keeping them in contention, and repeating that they still had time enough to turn things around. Now, as the calendar flips to September, we may be seeing why.

As T.J. Dillashaw walked out to the Octagon on Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena for his bantamweight title defense at UFC 177, his T-shirt read “Just One More” in bright green letters.

Sacramento State has eagerly awaited its opener since watching what could have been a magical season ruined by several close losses last year. The Hornets showed their enthusiasm by scoring the most points in a season opener in 12 years, rolling to a 49-13 victory over Incarnate Word at Benson Stadium on Saturday.

A storied powerhouse program in the Sac-Joaquin Section for decades, the Miners crashed to 0-10 last season, but all was grand again Friday when Nevada Union stunned Bee No. 14 Placer 41-20 in renewing a rivalry after an 18-year hiatus.

Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead.

Déjà vu? Again? The Raiders hope not. After consecutive 4-12 seasons, approximately $60 million available this offseason to upgrade talent and solidify the quarterback position, the party line is to acknowledge the NFL preseason for what it is – the biggest ripoff in professional sports – and profess to wearing blinders until the Sept. 7 opener at the New York Jets.

While the Los Angeles Angels buzzed around their clubhouse preparing for their fantasy football draft, the Oakland Athletics had their own doors locked for a grim team meeting.

Elk Grove High School senior Nick Madrigal can play in the majors now, according to former big-league shortstop David Eckstein. That’s a bold statement about someone who is 17 years old and just 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds. Eckstein understands what it takes to make misconception about size in baseball disappear. Eckstein, just 5-6, was the 2006 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Republic FC extended its USL Pro unbeaten streak to nine matches Saturday night with a 0-0 draw against host Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads FC, the team reported.

Guard Alex Boone, who missed the 49ers’ entire offseason while seeking a new contract, will report to the team Monday with a restructured two-year deal, a league source confirmed. News of the agreement first was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

After an extended slump they would rather forget, the San Francisco Giants are gaining ground and back in the thick of the playoff chase as September begins.

Buster Posey took a couple of shots on foul balls last night, including one off the right arm catching in the first inning, and so gets a day off in Sunday’s Giants series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers.

There is plenty of buzz when a school like UC Davis or Sacramento State upsets a big school, as the Aggies did in 2005 in their one-for-the-ages, last-second comeback win against Stanford or when the Hornets beat Oregon State in overtime in 2011 and Colorado on a late field goal in 2012.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before leaving the mound with two outs in the eighth inning on Saturday night, Jake Peavy had some words for the Giants infielders as they gathered around him on the AT&T Park mound.

The eight pitchers Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia sent to the mound trumped the complete game thrown by Oakland's Jeff Samardzija.

The 49ers already have lost several players via waivers they were hoping to put on their practice squad. Here is the running list:

Rookie safety L.J. McCray was surrounded by veterans when Jim Harbaugh walked into the team meeting room Saturday afternoon, so he tried to act cool with what the 49ers’ coach told the group.

Listening to Colin Kaepernick talk about his current group of wide receivers is a bit like sitting down with a kid as he shows off his favorite action figures. Anquan Boldin is great because he’ll smash through anything to make a catch. Michael Crabtree’s hands are so quick and strong he can snatch passes even in heavy traffic.

This season will have a much different feel for the Christian Brothers boys soccer team. Last year, the Falcons were simply trying to improve on an underwhelming 2012 season. Now, they begin their first season in the Capital Athletic League as the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champions. The Falcons defeated Central Valley of Ceres 3-2 in the final last November for their seventh section title overall and first since 2002.

In just his second start after joining the Giants, right-hander Jake Peavy took a perfect game into the seventh inning Aug. 2 in New York – only to come away with a loss when the Mets scored four times off of him in the seventh.

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