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.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn President Susan Herbst calls the school's basketball teams the university's front porch - it's the first thing the outside world sees.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two Atlanta Hawks players have been released after their arrest on charges they blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of a fellow NBA player.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Patrick Eaves scored two goals and Jordie Benn added his first goal in three months, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-0 victory over the playoff-bound Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10.
OAKLAND (AP) - A healthy Prince Fielder hit a pair of run-scoring singles to help Jeff Banister earn his first victory as a major league manager, and the Texas Rangers bounced back from being shut out on opening day to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Tuesday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Jake Lamb and David Peralta each hit three-run homers to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis doesn't want to carry the Pelicans into the playoffs just so they can get unceremoniously bounced in the first round by NBA-leading Golden State.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - He's the No. 1 player in the world, winner of the last two majors and star of a poignant new Nike commercial he admits to having watched - but only once.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - This is one competition Tiger Woods doesn't mind losing. He's playing in the Par 3 Tournament at the Masters.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Omri Casspi scored 16 of his career-high 31 points in the third quarter and the Sacramento Kings overcame a sluggish start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-111 on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said his team might need to take a step backward after last year's historic playoff collapse if the Sharks wanted to eventually reach their goal of a Stanley Cup championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The coaching staff has been overhauled, the roster upgraded and the facilities modernized.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman Kwame Harris was tied to two hit-and-run crashes in San Francisco before falling asleep in a running car and trying to bite a police officer, authorities say.
HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. (AP) - A sixth-grade boy from suburban Chicago completed a near-perfect bracket predicting the NCAA men's basketball tournament, finishing in a tie for first in ESPN's massive annual contest.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before Ryan Rua broke it up with a leadoff single, and the Oakland Athletics snapped their record 10-game losing on opening day by beating the Texas Rangers 8-0 Monday night.