SANTA CLARA (AP) - From the moment Glenn Dorsey stepped off the plane last spring and met spirited 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, he understood San Francisco's winning vibe that he had seen from afar with Kansas City in the AFC.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh will turn to lip reading, motioning and even sign language if he has to in order to communicate with Colin Kaepernick to keep things running smoothly in the deafening noise of Seattle's home stadium.
So the top three and four of the top five teams in the final AP Pro32 power rankings have made the NFL's Final Four. Nothing surprising about that.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense haven't exactly produced impressive numbers during the past month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Zimmer is finally a head coach in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive coordinator.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick did the ultimate in-your-face touchdown celebration last weekend when he imitated Cam Newton's Superman pose on his home turf.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn't feeling the heat.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows his audience, there's no doubt.
Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseball's plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, J.J. Hickson grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and the streaky Denver Nuggets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 123-116 on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 111-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks say their decision to limit ticket sales for the NFC championship game to certain states was due to concerns over ticket brokers.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed defensive coordinator Jason Tarver to a new contract to remain on coach Dennis Allen's staff.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a 75-72 upset of previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Ray McDonald can continue playing for the San Francisco 49ers without the burden of a domestic violence case that has followed him all season.
NEW YORK (AP) - For the third straight year, baseball's free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As the Oakland Raiders went through the first half of the season without a win, one positive they could latch onto was the promising play from rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mark Sanchez did his part for the Eagles while the defense dominated and special teams shined.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - In his 12th NFL season, Carson Palmer was having the time of his life.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh had an ease of sorts about him again, perhaps from a potentially season-saving overtime win on the road at New Orleans, or the fact that defensive lineman Ray McDonald's domestic violence case has been resolved without charges being filed, allowing everyone to move forward at last.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James had a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Kyrie Irving scored 27 of his 32 in the second half to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the New Orleans Pelicans 118-111 on Monday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Seth Griffith scored a highlight-reel goal to break a second-period tie, and Reilly Smith added another 80 seconds later Monday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
CHICAGO (AP) - Lee Nguyen could make his first U.S. national team appearance in seven years, and DaMarcus Beasley is back for the first time since this year's World Cup.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Reggie Jackson scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 101-93 on Sunday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A reprieve for mercurial quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Redemption for indomitable linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
DALLAS (AP) - The San Jose Sharks were well aware of the Dallas Stars' struggles in the third period this season, and they took advantage.
OAKLAND (AP) - All the good work the Oakland Raiders did on defense in the first 26 minutes was erased in an instant when C.J. Anderson broke three tackles and weaved through the entire unit on the way to a long touchdown.