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.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Michael Vick is still making plays with his legs, running up his record-setting rushing total with each knee-buckling scamper.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rudy Gay hit a turnaround jumper with 1:07 left in the second overtime, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 114-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - One of the biggest thrills of Eric Reid's rookie season followed a loss.
OAKLAND (AP) - As trying as the first half of Derek Carr's first NFL season has been with no wins, rookie mistakes and the challenge of adjusting to the pro game, he can take some comfort when he looks across the field Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is generally a man of few words when speaking about his team.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack has spent plenty of time this week watching video of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Washington's Ian Desmond have won their third straight Silver Slugger Awards.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree has had two operations on his left foot since 2009 and missed most of last season because of an Achilles tendon tear. Yet the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver insists he's healthy and says lingering effects have nothing to do with his recent drop in production.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Trying to stop Denver's pass rush tandem of defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Von Miller would be a tough challenge for the winless Raiders under the best circumstances.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Alex Edler and Chris Bonino scored second-period goals and Ryan Miller preserved the lead through the final second as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Giants are planning their offseason around efforts to re-sign Pablo Sandoval.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Graeme McDowell likes a tough golf course, and Sheshan International was perfect for him Thursday. He opened with seven birdies in 12 holes and then hung on for a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the HSBC Champions.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton's harried look summed it up. Cleveland's defense was all over him all night long, turning an AFC North showdown into a shockingly one-sided matchup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton was suspended for 20 games without pay by the NHL on Thursday after failing a drug test.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - Her right knee finally free of pain, Lindsey Vonn is actually considering moving up her return to racing.