SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it's exactly how close they are as a team.
MIAMI (AP) - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra summed up the efforts of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in three words: "Video game numbers," he said.
PHOENIX (AP) - Michael Brantley sprinted for third base, trying to take advantage of an overthrow. He walked off the field moments later, his arm dangling at his side.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner is no fan of the twist, a minor flaw in his windup that eventually got worse before it started getting better.
The Daytona 500 kicked off the start of the 2013 racing season this past weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe has been suspended two games without pay by the NHL for instigating a fight late in Friday night's 2-1 loss to Chicago.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Even in the most stressful form of golf, Matt Kuchar and his easy smile made the Match Play Championship look like a weekend game with his buddies.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem threw a big wrinkle into the plan to outlaw the anchored putting stroke when he said Sunday the tour opposed the ban because there was not enough evidence to suggest players had an advantage by using a long putter.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - This early in spring training, the Oakland Athletics want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Hornets fans received a glimpse of the future while enjoying the present on Sunday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jarrett Jack has been a rock-steady pro for eight years now, the kind of reliable performer contending teams crave.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Chicago Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a 4-3 victory Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jarrett Jack had 30 points and 10 rebounds, David Lee added 25 points and 22 boards, and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 107-101 in overtime Friday night to snap a 16-game losing streak in the series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tim Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and the San Francisco Giants were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday night that dropped them 3 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals have a hard time beating San Francisco. Now they have a distraction to deal with, too.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they're two-touchdown favorites on Sunday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are stunned by their September collapse, yet stuck to find a solution.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For a player who generates so much attention from opposing defenses and gets paid handsomely by his own team, Marcel Reece somehow has become the forgotten man on the Oakland Raiders offense.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Derek Carrier's decisions to attend a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin and drop basketball for football paid off when he earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers this season after spending most of the last two years on NFL practice squads.
ATLANTA (AP) - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The next swing coach for Tiger Woods might be Tiger Woods.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith's career rushing record became a realistic if daunting target.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chivas USA might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, a decision that won't be made until a new owner takes over the Major League Soccer team.
PHOENIX (AP) - Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble.
Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.