INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jim Irsay did his own politicking Monday.
INDIANAPOLIS - Four years after what many consider the best finish in Super Bowl history, the Giants and Patriots are facing off once more for the NFL championship. While there are no perfect records on the line this time, this matchup could be equally enticing.
ALAMEDA - Reggie McKenzie started researching Dennis Allen as a potential coaching candidate this past season when he first heard the Oakland Raiders might hire him as a general manager.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 35 points, reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose wasted two chances in the final 23 seconds and the Miami Heat escaped with a 97-93 win Sunday over the Chicago Bulls.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods talked all week about his improved ball control - then it let him down when he needed it most.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Brandt Snedeker sat in the media center, resigned to the fact that his 67 in the final round Sunday at Torrey Pines would not be good enough to catch Kyle Stanley in the Farmers Insurance Open.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The little team with no pedigree knocked off the big boys with all those championships.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic ripped off his shirt and let out a primal scream, flexing his torso the way a prize fighter would after a desperate, last-round knockout.
OTTAWA (AP) - Marian Gaborik got the best of New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, and Zdeno Chara scored the winning goal for the NHL All-Star team named after him.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are open to signing slugger Manny Ramirez but the team is not actively pursuing the free agent.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Hiring a new coach has become almost commonplace for the Raiders, who will have their seventh coach in the past 10 seasons in 2012. As the first coach hired in the post-Al Davis era in Oakland, Dennis Allen will have a much different task than his predecessors.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kevin Durant had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Russell Westbrook dazzled with 28 points and 11 assists and the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder started a critical road stretch with a 120-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
LINCECUM PASSES PHYSICAL, SIGNS CONTRACT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum has passed his physical and officially signed his $40.5 million, two-year contract.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A dizzying 22-second span that led to a pair of Los Angeles power play goals turned what appeared to be destined to be a tied series into an 0-2 hole for the San Jose Sharks.
OAKLAND (AP) - No debating this home run by Adam Rosales.
DENVER (AP) - Madison Bumgarner, the steadiest pitcher in the San Francisco Giants' rotation so far this season, finally had an off night and it was a doozy.
OAKLAND (AP) - Rookie forward Draymond Green walked out of Golden State's practice facility Friday holding a yellow "We Are Warriors" shirt, taking home the small souvenir to savor the team's captivating playoff run.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Charles Woodson pushed back a visit to Oakland to pursue a reunion with the Raiders because extending his career in the NFL isn't his only mission.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Everything's a go for Orb.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans Friday that the deal to sell the NBA franchise to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Friday that the organization strongly disagrees with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for a hit that knocked out Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.
OAKLAND(AP) - Slow at the start of the series and strong at the end, the San Antonio Spurs wore out the Golden State Warriors the way they have so many other opponents.
A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by TIBCO software tycoon Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Cain didn't hang his head even after hanging a few pitches to give Colorado a big early lead.
LONDON (AP) - David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jacki Gemelos has a sharp 3-point shot and a deft passing touch to offer the Minnesota Lynx as they set the 11-player roster for this season.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd.