CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carson Palmer has been one of the best things in a disappointing season for the Oakland Raiders.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help the slumping Sacramento Kings snap Portland's five-game winning streak with a 108-96 victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game that will decide the NFC East is moving to prime time.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years.
PHOENIX (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers extended a franchise record with their 13th consecutive victory, 103-77 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is on a torrid pace and the Carolina Panthers are headed toward another strong finish they hope will save coach Ron Rivera's job.
SEATTLE (AP) - Dynamic young quarterbacks. Bullying running backs. Rock-solid defenses. Coaches who don't much like each other.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois has been preparing all week to start in place of All-Pro Justin Smith on the NFL's second-ranked defense.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Though the Oakland Raiders were long ago eliminated from playoff contention, Andre Carter is relishing the final few weeks of the season as if it were a championship run.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Stephen Curry set a career high with eight 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors extended the Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak to 14 games with a 115-100 victory on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers, for decades synonymous with long losing streaks, break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory Friday night, 97-85 over the Sacramento Kings.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After spending most of the season on the bench, Terrelle Pryor has been playing a key role this week for the Oakland Raiders by impersonating Cam Newton in practice.
OAKLAND (AP) - The moment Mark Jackson saw Stephen Curry return to the court in September for the first time since the point guard's most recent right ankle surgery, he had an epiphany.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork every time the NFL has fined the San Francisco 49ers safety.
BERKELEY (AP) - California football fans won't have to wait until next year's season opener to get a good look at new coach Sonny Dykes' squad.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao proved a box office smash, even if their welterweight title fight didn't live up to the hype.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets bounced back from two lopsided losses to avoid elimination with a 124-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night in the Western Conference semifinals.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.
LODI, Calif. (AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval homered leading off the 11th inning in his return to the Bay Area, where he won three championships for the Giants, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Monday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval had his latest sparkly World Series ring visible in his locker at the Oakland Coliseum.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - David Blatt stepped over some cables and weaved through a throng of reporters eager to hear his explanation of two head-scratching decisions on Sunday in Chicago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Maxwell's 5-year-old daughter, Liana, waits anxiously outside the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse for her father, long after the little girl's bedtime.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Left-hander Ricky Romero, a 15-game winner for Toronto in 2011 who hasn't pitched in the majors for two years, has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Home run king Barry Bonds has a place in one Hall of Fame, at least: the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - First-year coach Steve Kerr knows a crucial moment in the playoffs, so he understands exactly the test his Golden State Warriors face trailing Memphis 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As the seventh hitter due up in the ninth inning, Matt Duffy knew he wasn't likely to get another at-bat.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics weren't able to reverse a losing streak against Felix Hernandez. They hope a return to their home park will do the trick.