CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Steve Smith era in Carolina is over.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a rematch of their Australian Open final, moving the Chinese star into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail for the foreseeable future as he faces criminal charges in two states and sexual assault investigations in three others.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - One lesson Jack Nicklaus imparted on Tiger Woods a decade ago in South Africa was to always be part of the conversation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While there were doubts whether any team would give Jonathan Martin another chance, the NFL coach who knows him best considered it an easy call.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Danny Granger added 18 points off the bench, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged past the Golden State Warriors 111-98 Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos kept their free agency focus on defense as they agreed to a three-year deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders were dealt a setback on Wednesday in their plans to rebuild the struggling franchise when offensive lineman Rodger Saffold failed a physical one day after agreeing to a $42.5 million, five-year contract.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Stanford shot its way into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, adding another notch to its NCAA tournament resume.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The cost associated with winning a Super Bowl became apparent to the Seattle Seahawks when free agency began. Many wanted a piece of what made the Seahawks so successful.
Little went as the United States had hoped in a 2-0 loss to Ukraine last week.
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Yordano Ventura struck out six in 4 1/3 innings and Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Sacramento Kings were keenly aware of the streak.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched 4 1/3 effective innings, and the Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman indicated fewer concussions have occurred in the league so far this season, but wouldn't reveal any numbers.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks finished the regular season where they started it: as the top team in the NFL.
OAKLAND (AP) - Marreese Speights has provided a big lift for Golden State as a scorer off the bench. So it was only natural that as a starter, the 6-foot-10 center wanted some recognition for his passing.
BOSTON (AP) - Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL's troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Tuesday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers expect to be right back competing for a Super Bowl with a new coach following the frustration of a lost year that saw coach Jim Harbaugh depart for Michigan.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner sat in the outfield alongside Jake Peavy before Game 7 of the World Series and told his teammate exactly what needed to happen: Tim Hudson would work a few innings and get the ball to Bumgarner, who would hand it off to the bullpen to finish the championship.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Jannik Hansen angered the San Jose Sharks with his hit to Tommy Wingels' head. They got even more upset when he scored immediately after leaving the penalty box.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh walked through the locker room saying emotional goodbyes, offering a handshake or hug while wishing his players well and planning his long-anticipated but bittersweet departure from the San Francisco 49ers.
NEW YORK (AP) - OK, it is done.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Tony Sparano won over the locker room and changed the mindset of the Oakland Raiders in 12 games as interim coach.
NFL teams searching for a new coach or general manager have no shortage of qualified candidates.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers "earned" the first pick in next spring's NFL draft with their 2-14 record.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh gathered his players and told them he is leaving, and they joined their voices for one final, familiar chant: "Who's got it better than us? No-body!"
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is done as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.