ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sat at his locker and chuckled at the thought of his first trip to the playoffs, his belly shaking like a shopping mall Santa Claus.
Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant wasn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a night they cheered "The Catch" and all the San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium.
DENVER (AP) - David Lee's season came to a painful end the last time he played in Denver. He put that memory to rest in his return.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just because the Sacramento Kings were familiar with Tyreke Evans didn't mean they could stop him.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, replacing Matt McGloin for the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Gay has made the half-hour commute from his city home in San Francisco to Candlestick Park almost daily for 35 years.
Cowboys not ruling out Romo for finale: IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night.
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
A rare Thursday night game that is not part of a short week has Dallas at Chicago. Both teams lost on Thanksgiving Day, and the Bears are headed for a double whammy.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It was the final minute of the state quarterfinal when Douglass High School appeared to score the winning touchdown on a fourth-down play.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a viral infection that will keep him sidelined through the weekend.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been cleared to play this week against San Francisco after missing the previous game with a concussion.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Eric Reid got a quick lesson on the Black Hole, a new term for the second-year San Francisco safety.
ATLANTA (AP) - Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods didn't even have a club in his hand when he passed an important test Wednesday at Isleworth.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and made a pivotal jumper with 57 seconds left to lift the Toronto Raptors over the Sacramento Kings 117-109 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 98-97 on Tuesday night for their 10th straight win.
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers not only ended the New England Patriots' seven-game winning streak, they also replaced them as the top team in the NFL.
NEW YORK (AP) - Adrian Peterson did not testify at his appeal hearing Tuesday and NFL executive Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify Thursday, according to two people familiar with the case.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Matt Nieto scored the tiebreaking goal with 11.5 seconds remaining to lead the San Jose Sharks to their first consecutive wins in more than a month with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Torii Hunter is returning to the Minnesota Twins, and injured Atlanta pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have been tossed into the free-agent market along with San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dale Scott figures he'll hear plenty of foul language from angry hitters next season. Such is life for a Major League Baseball umpire.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Jordan Spieth took a big step in Australia for his confidence and career. It was a mere baby step, however, toward being a legitimate rival to Rory McIlroy.