By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - If there's one constant with the Oakland Raiders, it's penalties. Lots of them.
HOUSTON (AP) - Peyton Manning owns the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season and the Denver Broncos own the AFC West title.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A rarely seen penalty nearly spoiled the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-31 win Sunday over the Packers.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Just a few weeks after Fresno State appeared poised for a BCS trip and a breakthrough season, the Bulldogs ended up busted in Vegas.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Francisco Giants World Series star Pablo Sandoval was among 12 free agents given $15.3 million qualifying offers Monday by their former teams.
DENVER (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins was bleeding from somewhere and grew more and more frustrated as he struggled to pinpoint the source.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr approached Andre Iguodala during the preseason to discuss a somewhat radical idea he wanted to try out.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his first regular-season game in about 11 months, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 116-85 on Monday night in their home opener.
Colin Kaepernick came awfully close to scoring a go-ahead touchdown for San Francisco with a quarterback sneak on third-and-goal at the 1 in the closing seconds - just as he had come awfully close to throwing a go-ahead TD pass to Michael Crabtree moments earlier.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts weren't going to have a hangover from last week's defeat.
Ronald Reagan, who was pretty good at debates, could offer an argument as to the staying power of the read option.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - More than 200 former players or their families have opted out of the proposed settlement of NFL concussion claims, fewer than 1 percent of the retirees covered by the deal, according to court documents filed Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Virgin Galactic's experimental spaceship broke apart in flight over California's Mojave Desert after a device to slow the craft's descent prematurely deployed, federal investigators said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California storm dropped about half an inch of rain on Los Angeles, causing a troublesome mudslide in the region but bringing a good start to a much needed wet season amid the state's drought, forecasters said Saturday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady outdueled Peyton Manning, throwing for four touchdowns, and Julian Edelman returned a punt 84 yards for a score in leading the New England Patriots past the Denver Broncos 43-21 Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wilson Kipsang, a former world-record holder, needed to force himself to slow down.
LAMO, Nev. (AP) - Life follows a familiar pattern in this impossibly green valley straddling a two-lane highway in the middle of the Nevada desert.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Pernice Jr. won the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Jay Haas with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - James Laurinaitis and the St. Louis defense read Colin Kaepernick's mannerisms and were perfectly prepared for his quarterback sneak.