ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - For months the Orlando Magic have been trudging through the aftermath of a preseason trade request by Dwight Howard that sapped the life out of the franchise as internal team issues quickly affected the product on the floor.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - His passes were hitting receivers in stride and right between the numbers, not skipping off the ground or whizzing behind their heads like so many of Tim Tebow's.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods insists he is close to contending on a weekly basis, even if recent results suggest otherwise.
ROME (AP) - Rafael Nadal showed he's still the man to beat on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 Monday in a rain-delayed final to win his record sixth Italian Open and regain the No. 2 ranking.
BOSTON (AP) - They started as a Big Three and grew to a Big Four when Rajon Rondo earned the right to be mentioned along with the other Boston Celtics All-Stars.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder surged ahead in the second half to beat Los Angeles 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Brian McNamee finally got to name names in front of the jury. Andy Pettitte. Chuck Knoblauch. Mike Stanton. Roger Clemens' accuser also apologized for the medical condition that caused him to take frequent breaks. He came across as a sympathy figure in the final moments of some 26 hours on the stand, a small counterweight to three days of brutal cross-examination.
MIAMI (AP) - Colorado's Jamie Moyer has now pitched in 50 Major League ballparks.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross has a broken bone in his left foot and could be sidelined six to eight weeks.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The best-case scenario for Lance Berkman is that he returns to the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup after the All-Star break. The 36-year-old first baseman is prepared for news on his injured right knee that's not so rosy.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - LeBron James scored 40 points, superstar sidekick Dwyane Wade added 30 - 22 in the second half - and Miami's dynamic duo took over after halftime to bring the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg hit his first major league home run and struck out eight in five innings to carry the Washington Nationals past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Sunday.
ROME (AP) - Maria Sharapova successfully defended her Italian Open title Sunday, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a wild match in which play was twice interrupted by rain and the red clay turned to mud.
LECCO, Italy (AP) - Matteo Rabottini won the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, holding off Joaquin Rodriguez in a close finish as the Spaniard took back the overall lead from Ryder Hesjedal.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alan Gordon scored in the 90th minute to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 tie with the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys.
DENVER (AP) - Before every game, Broncos safety Rahim Moore rolls down his socks to oil the 13-inch scar that serpentines down his left calf.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - In the pass-happy NFL, the Baltimore Ravens have found success by keeping the ball on the ground.
DETROIT (AP) - After a week of questions about his limited production of late, Calvin Johnson lifted Detroit's offense with an emphatic reminder that he's still one of the game's most dynamic players.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals winced when the schedule came out and they saw what was in store for November.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - As his teammates and coaches went about their season, Josh Gordon felt like an outsider.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Every year as the football season winds down, the guessing game intensifies. Which players are likely to bolt for the NFL with college eligibility remaining?
SAN JOSE (AP) - Karri Ramo made 32 saves for his third career shutout and Jiri Hudler scored both goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA(AP) - When he signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders in March, safety Charles Woodson wasn't thinking much about playing beyond this season.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Robert Griffin III mingled in the locker room and made small talk about shoes and food.
Here's how critical Philadelphia's game at Dallas will be on Thanksgiving Day: The winner can start thinking about a home postseason game, maybe even a bye for the wild-card round. The loser winds up needing to win the rematch in 17 days to be viable in the NFC East.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Richard Sherman's leaping deflection of a pass headed for Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone was the defining moment to seal last January's NFC championship game that sent the Seattle Seahawks on their way to a Super Bowl win.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This tech-booming city, home to Twitter and other innovative startups, is experiencing its greatest growth since the California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have had much to be thankful for this NBA season.