Here they stay, for now.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay.
DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets left behind a hole in the wall just inside the visiting locker room at Oracle Arena, courtesy of frustrated forward Kenneth Faried's size 16 sneaker.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have searched for an identity on their journey through this lockout-shortened season.
ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Smith scored 29 points as the Atlanta Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series with a 102-91 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Final results for the L.A. Angels at Oakland Athletics was not available at press time. The score was tied 8-8 going into the 19th inning.
Scott Robison drove in the first two runs with a triple in the third and later secured Ripon's fifth straight win from the mound with a two-inning save in a 6-1 victory at Riverbank Friday.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder rallied from down a goal in the third period and was lifted1by Andrew Clark's re-direction at the net with 6:57 left in sudden overtime for a 2-1 comeback victory in OT over the Alaska Aces in Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semifinals in front of 4,298 fans at Stockton Arena on Friday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Playing on a sprained left ankle, Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors on firm footing in the playoffs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tim Duncan had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs pushed the Los Angeles Lakers to the brink of first-round playoff elimination with a 120-89 victory in Game 3 on Friday night, the worst home playoff loss in franchise history.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Tommy Milone turned in great performance.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - For the first time in 14 regular season starts San Francisco Giants former two-time Cy Young winning pitcher Tim Lincecum went seven innings.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders passed up on some high-profile players on the second day of the NFL draft Friday to take Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson in the second round and Connecticut outside linebacker Sio Moore with their third-round pick.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Tank Carradine repeatedly made one thing clear: his right knee has made a remarkable recovery from November reconstructive surgery and he expects no long-term problems that could derail his NFL career.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's championship chances.
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.