NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On the same day the NFL heard the Saints' appeals in their hits-for-cash scandal, a recording of Gregg Williams emerged that purports to capture the disgraced defensive coordinator telling players to "put a lick" on 49ers receiver Kyle Williams to see if he had lingering effects from a concussion.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Johan Franzen scored on consecutive shots in the third period to end Brian Elliott's shutout streak after more than 3 1-2 games, and Todd Bertuzzi netted the lone goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Josh Donaldson is starting to show signs that he might be a reliable replacement for Scott Sizemore.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Hector Sanchez spent the winter back home in Venezuela fine-tuning his swing while turning most of his attention to becoming a better defensive catcher. Day after day, he fueled his improvement with thoughts of making the Giants' opening day roster.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to have much left in the tank.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained, surgically repaired throwing shoulder and will not do any baseball activity for three weeks.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Get ready for a "birdie-fest" at Augusta National.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Phil Mickelson has never shied away from suspense, though it's usually limited to his play.
RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 2
BRAVES 1 BREWERS 0
DALLAS (AP) - Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for a couple of clutch jumpers, and Jermaine O'Neal stepped up on both sides of the floor.
PHOENIX (AP) - A.J. Pollock broke out of an 0-for-13 start to the season with three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir will have to wait at least one more day to make his debut for the Oakland Athletics and pitch against his former team.
Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Julian Green, the latest German-American lured to the U.S. national team by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is ready for make his international debut in Wednesday night's exhibition against Mexico.
STANFORD (AP) - Well after the final buzzer, Chiney Ogwumike darted across the court one last time to find big sister Nneka in the stands for a long celebratory embrace.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored his 32nd goal of the season with 7:29 left in the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Chiney Ogwumike says she's humbled to be an All-American again.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Raiders have released guard Mike Brisiel after two disappointing seasons in Oakland.
MARINERS 8, ANGELS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw won't be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible to be activated on April 14, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.