TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - While the NHL and its players remain engaged in a boardroom battle over dollars and cents, professional hockey is still being played across the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?
ALAMEDA (AP) - The slumping Oakland Raiders got a jolt Wednesday when running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice for the first time since missing three games with sprained right ankles.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Tight end Delanie Walker arrives at work at 6 a.m. each day, and Colin Kaepernick always beats him to 49ers headquarters.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers lost running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries on the very same play during Sunday's win at New Orleans.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NaVorro Bowman had to tell someone about his hefty new contract before it became public. And there was pal Patrick Willis first thing Tuesday before they began their morning workout.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has watched each of his two quarterbacks lead the San Francisco 49ers to big wins in hostile, road environments - Alex Smith in the season opener at Green Bay's Lambeau Field back in September among others, and Colin Kaepernick on Sunday at the New Orleans Superdome.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are desperately in search of some sort of positive news.
NEW YORK (AP) - A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 18 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a 114-69 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cam Newton returned to his rookie form to outshine a seventh-round draft pick starting his first game since high school.
FOOTBALL • 49ers WR Williams done for season with knee injury: SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams said Monday he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee sustained in Sunday's win at New Orleans. Williams posted on his Twitter account that he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. Surgery would be the likely next step. "Regret ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Even if Colin Kaepernick's second start was hardly as spectacular as his first, he played well enough to extend coach Jim Harbaugh's quarterback quandary for at least another week.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The purplish bruises on the back of Carson Palmer's passing shoulder and the nasty red scrape down the middle of his back vividly summed up his horrid homecoming.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Two days after being knocked out of the playoffs with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks started the all-too-familiar process of packing up for the summer before the Stanley Cup finals have even begun.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tommy Milone won his second straight decision following a five-start skid, pinch-hitter Nate Freiman had a two-run single, and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.
SAN JOSE (AP) - For all the talk about how this version of the San Jose Sharks was different, the disappointing end to the season was all too familiar for an organization still waiting for its first trip to the Stanley Cup.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdominal region.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather will fight young Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - And now for the gold-medal match.
PARIS (AP) - For whatever reason, professional tennis player Jamie Hampton finds that people have a lot of trouble remembering her name.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The conference commissioners who put together the College Football Playoff will not be allowed to serve on the committee that selects the teams that will play in it.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Danica Patrick left the first racing rough patch with boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the track.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Christian Benteke scored two of Belgium's three second-half goals in a decisive 4-2 win over the United States in an international friendly Wednesday.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Jack Nicklaus only has to look at some of the clashes on the PGA Tour in recent months to see how far golf has come since he was in his prime.
CHICAGO (AP) - When the Chicago Blackhawks were on the brink of playoff elimination, they had the feeling that all they needed was one win to turn it around.
NEW YORK (AP) - John Tortorella was defiant in stating that the New York Rangers didn't take a step back when they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round.
The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive.
OAKLAND (AP) - Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in the second, Jarrod Parker pitched seven strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.