“Do you want to play golf with Alice Cooper?”

Inside the gym where Team USA is training for next month’s FIBA World Cup, you can’t take two steps without tripping over one of the most talented players in the world.

ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.

The Kings are close to finalizing a contract with forward Eric Moreland.

General manager Trent Baalke and other members of the 49ers have reached out recently to holdout Alex Boone, according to multiple sources, but the team's starting right guard remains resolute in his stance.

During his first stint with the 49ers, Brandon Lloyd wanted to be a rap star. Now in his second go-around with the team, he wants to be a teacher, something for which – unlike his rap career – he is receiving positive reviews.

Chris Cook had an interception in today's practice. That normally wouldn't be momentous enough news to lead off a notebook, except for the fact that interceptions have been Cook's nemesis thus far in his career.

Ray Guy built a Hall of Fame career of making other people wait.

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed a published report of a visit with San Antonio officials, but the extent of his interest in relocating his franchise to Texas is not known.

SAN FRANCISCO -- At this point, after six consecutive losses in which they’ve scored a total of six runs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged the offensive struggles may have worked their way into his hitters’ heads.

Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Vance Worley was back in Northern California on Monday night, pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park in front of a group of family and friends he estimated at 30 to 40, judging by the number of text messages on his phone afterward.

Brandon Moss was having a frustrating night before the ninth inning.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a 10-year lease extension to keep the Athletics in Oakland.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The high-pitched voice of Lance Briggs began to rise and the players in the defensive huddle were bouncing around.

Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Levi’s Stadium, which will get broken in Saturday when the MLS’ Earthquakes host the Seattle Sounders, will be the site of an even bigger soccer match later this year. The 49ers announced Tuesday that the Mexican national team, which has a huge following in the Bay Area, will play against Chile on Sept. 6. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Joc Pederson and Brock Peterson homered in the first inning to jump-start the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 7-4 victory over the River Cats on Tuesday night at Raley Field.

It’s a shame Al Davis didn’t live to see Ray Guy’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Longtime major league reliever Troy Percival is the new baseball coach at UC Riverside.

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