ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The craggy lines in his face cut a little deeper. That trademark hitch in his step is a bit more pronounced.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Even at less than full strength, Justin Smith's presence on the San Francisco defensive line is enough to instill plenty of fear in opposing offenses.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - From the way Vernon Davis struts and smiles around the San Francisco 49ers' locker room, it might be hard to tell the tight end has endured a "stressful season."
NEW YORK (AP) - There's a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – There's no questioning how badly San Francisco kicker Billy Cundiff wants another chance in the playoffs after the way last season ended. Cundiff and the Baltimore Ravens stayed home after he missed a potential tying 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the AFC championship game and New England went to the Super Bowl last season instead.
SANTA CLARA - Andy Lee's nerves came on a full day before San Francisco's playoff opener a year ago, not just leading up to his first punt as is typically the case each game. Tight end Vernon Davis was surprised at his butterflies stepping onto the NFL's big stage for the first time, too.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to help the Memphis Grizzlies rout the Sacramento Kings 113-81 on Monday night.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - It doesn't sound good for Robert Griffin III. An injury that sidelines RG3 well into next season is a very real possibility - or at least it seemed that way Monday after coach Mike Shanahan described the results of tests on the rookie's right knee.
The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Kemba Walker had 20 points and seven assists, Ben Gordon scored 18 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons 108-101 in overtime Sunday night for just their second win in 21 games.
NEW YORK (AP) - They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers can toss their film from the season opener against Green Bay in the trash for as much good as it will do now.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Russell Wilson raced ahead to throw the final block on Marshawn Lynch's go-ahead touchdown run, and the Seattle Seahawks finally had a victorious road show.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens wanted one long final ride for Ray Lewis.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chase Utley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper - one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Brittany Lincicome opened a three-stroke lead Friday in the wind-swept LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of a tournament she has never won. Given her history in Cincinnati, she'll avoid thinking about the long-awaited title.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour's postseason.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis, one of two girls at the Little League World Series, threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 on Friday in the opener for both teams.
CHICAGO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had a big bag of ice on his right knee while he watched the end of practice Thursday. He briefly covered his face with a towel as trainers milled around his table next to the folded gym bleachers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park - the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two days of practice in front of boisterous Raiders supporters gave Oakland's newcomers a taste of the passion of the fan base.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a spotless stretch for 18 days earlier this month, the Oakland Athletics bullpen is struggling a bit.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Lexi Thompson and South Korea's Meena Lee shot 6-under-66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Championship, the fourth major championship of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Depending on the clubhouse, the response to the latest overturned call at home under baseball's expanded replay system was as debatable as the rule itself.