SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have been eliminated from the playoff race for the 11th straight year. The San Diego Chargers could be joining their hated rivals, perhaps before kickoff of their game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
MIAMI (AP) - Even when the Sacramento Kings did things right, they stood little chance against the Miami Heat.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles won't be closing a deal for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore doesn't spend much time thinking about numbers with the San Francisco 49ers on the verge of clinching a playoff berth.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
ALAMEDA (AP) - It has been a bittersweet past five weeks offensively for the Oakland Raiders since Matt McGloin took over as quarterback.
ATLANTA (AP) - When he first looked at Atlanta's 2013 schedule, Tony Gonzalez was thrilled to see a late December rematch with the San Francisco 49ers.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis is giving opposing safeties fits. Whether it's Davis hurdling over defenders, sprinting by them or easily out-leaping them in the end zone, nobody seems to be able to stop San Francisco's speedy tight end.
OAKLAND (AP) - Tiago Splitter tipped in a rebound with 2.1 seconds left, lifting the short-handed San Antonio Spurs to a 104-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Martin Jones made 31 saves in his seventh consecutive win to begin his NHL career, and fellow rookie Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, dealing the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar guard.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Yes, Jim Harbaugh wants to coach the San Francisco 49ers for years to come. No, he doesn't want to discuss a contract extension in a public forum.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn't mean he is going to play.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Larry Fitzgerald said he practiced fully on Thursday but has one more concussion test to pass with an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play Sunday at Seattle. Still, the Arizona star wide receiver said he expects to play. So does quarterback Carson Palmer, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders hoped they had the quarterback to build the franchise around after Terrelle Pryor dazzled in a victory over the San Diego Chargers 11 weeks ago that showed flashes of what he could bring as a dual-threat quarterback.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Brittney Griner was a little surprised.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has no time for Deion Sanders, Trent Dilfer or others who question whether the fourth-year coach has lost his locker room or the faith of his players.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee learned to block out trade talk during his days with the New York Knicks when just about everybody on the roster was rumored to be on the move at some point.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts.
NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to baseball's MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do.
• AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros : HOUSTON (AP) - A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers got Frank Gore involved in the offense again, and it returned them to their winning ways.