SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the San Francisco 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Duncan was selected to his 14th All-Star game, Spurs teammate Tony Parker is joining him, and the Chicago Bulls also had two reserves chosen Thursday for next month's game in Houston.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Sloane Stephens sat for nine minutes, mostly staring at the court and trying to forget the curious timing of Victoria Azarenka's medical timeout. She may have been the only one trying to ignore it.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore will pay closer attention to his socks for the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Sloane Stephens wiped away tears as she thought about hanging a poster of herself on a wall in the place of her childhood hero.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams' dominating run at the majors is over. American teenager Sloane Stephens is headed to the semifinals of the Australian Open.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson had a stern warning for Seattle SuperSonics fans who are excited about the prospect of the NBA returning to the Puget Sound next season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim and John Harbaugh have exchanged a handful of text messages, and plan to leave it at that. No phone conversations necessary while the season's still going. No time for pleasantries, even for the friendly siblings.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry took some good-natured ribbing from his Golden State teammates following an impromptu celebration near the bench late in fourth quarter against Los Angeles.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Anderson patiently answered questions after a 27-point performance in the New Orleans Hornets' 114-105 victory over Sacramento on Monday. About 15 feet away, the franchise's prized player was nursing an ankle injury.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Li Na advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the third time in four years, bringing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska's 13-match winning streak to a shuddering halt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith drove in the Giants' victory parade last fall, players on San Francisco's championship baseball team hoped they might be able to return the favor if the 49ers could win it all a few months later.
NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 88-85 over the New York Knicks on Monday and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, two people familiar with the decision said Sunday night.
By HOWARD FENDRICH
PHOENIX (AP) - Scott Kazmir is walking into a different situation with the Oakland Athletics and a most different role. At 30, he finds himself as a veteran presence on a team full of young talent.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tucked in the corner of the San Francisco Giants' spring training clubhouse are side-by-side lockers belonging to the four stars of the starting rotation - Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.
CHICAGO (AP) - Taj Gibson scored 16 points and Carlos Boozer returned from an injury to add 15 in the Chicago Bulls' 92-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick took his first spin in his new Stewart-Haas Racing ride and immediately felt at ease.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Here are five things to know about the San Francisco Giants, who report to spring training today and hold the first workout for pitchers and catchers a day later:
OAKLAND (AP) - LeBron James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to carry the Miami Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110 on Wednesday night and into the All-Star break on a high note.
OAKLAND (AP) - Five things to know about the Oakland Athletics as they start spring training camp:
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season "with absolutely no regrets," ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball's most storied franchise.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed toward the All-Star break on a high note.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors will be without centers Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal when they host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Back with the San Jose Earthquakes after their nearly monthlong stint on the U.S. national team and training in Sao Paulo, Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski believe Brazil will be ready for the World Cup stage come June.
NEW YORK (AP) - The latest high-priced addition to the New York Yankees stood at the dais in front of a large news conference, put on his pinstriped jersey with No. 19 and smiled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the most gorgeous tee shots at Pebble Beach is one that hardly anyone hits.
OAKLAND (AP) - Marreese Speights scored a career-high 32 points to hand his former team a near-record setback, leading the Golden State Warriors past the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 123-80 on Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - His name is already on the ball. Now Adam Silver can put his stamp on the NBA.