CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jordan Gross said the next two weeks will go a long way toward determining how people perceive the Carolina Panthers nationally.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - At last, Mario Manningham is back in game-week mode.
Injuries can be damaging to NFL teams - and to Pro Picks, which is hurting after an awful week in which even our Best Bet flopped, for the first time.
Kansas City, the only unbeaten team in the NFL, is now alone atop The Associated Press power rankings.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As soon as D.J. Hayden woke up, he flashed back one year to the day he almost died in a practice collision.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Golden State Warriors held their breath when they watched star guard Stephen Curry walk gingerly off the court in the third quarter. Then Klay Thompson put his foot on the gas.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good.
MIAMI (AP) - The NFL Players Association said Tuesday that it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Miami Dolphins harassment case.
HOUSTON (AP) - Texans coach Gary Kubiak was released from a Houston hospital Tuesday after suffering what the team said was a mini-stroke during Sunday night's loss to Indianapolis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he has a fractured left collarbone and he doesn't know how long he'll be out. Rodgers offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN on Tuesday. The 2011 NFL MVP got hurt after getting sacked by Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers' first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Cory Hodgson scored in the fourth round of the shootout and Ryan Miller made 47 saves for the Buffalo Sabres, who overcame a pair of blown third-period leads to get their third win in 17 games this season, 5-4 over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Al Horford had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Sacramento Kings for a 105-100 victory on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) - Lloyd McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer had never lost his opening match at the ATP World Tour Finals since the elite tournament moved to London in 2009.
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) - For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be taken on a spacewalk. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station. Here's a look at the Sochi torch.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - So many drivers studied NASCAR's new championship Chase format and singled out the second round as the one they feared the most.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Oliver Wilson held off Rory McIlroy to capture his first European Tour title with a one-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 99-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night in their preseason opener, as the NBA returned to Vancouver for a day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Never much of a postseason performer, Jake Peavy sure outpitched Stephen Strasburg in the former No. 1 pick's playoff debut.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith was booed so many times on his home field at Candlestick Park, he has no idea how he might be received by the old fans when he runs out with the Chiefs to face the 49ers on Sunday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's once-dominant defense is beginning to rediscover the swagger that has defined this unit in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both missed the postseason last year. That's pretty much where the similarities end heading into Friday's NL Division Series opener.
SAN JOSE (AP) - As much as the San Jose Sharks may try to put last season's playoff collapse behind them, there will be constant reminders all season long.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The way Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are hitting this season, it may not matter much who pitches for the other guys.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' Rod Streater will miss at least the next eight weeks after being placed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw had a terrible outing and the Dodgers were bounced out of the postseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers kept scoring on a rainy Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.