FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots made it to the AFC championship game with a high-powered offense that piled up points and yards.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants boasted a physical, intimidating defense with athletic linebackers and stout linemen capable of stifling the NFL's most productive offenses. San Francisco featured a high-powered passing attack led by an eventual Hall of Fame quarterback in his prime with receivers capable of turning short passes into big gains.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady walks silently to the chair at his locker. He talks quietly with Deion Branch in the adjacent stall. Later, he puts on his jacket and heads for the exit.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James shook off flu-like symptoms to score 31 points, Chris Bosh scored 15 and the Miami Heat won their second straight, topping the Los Angeles Lakers 98-87 on Thursday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Colin Greening and the Ottawa Senators are right at home on the road.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jaroslav Halak made 15 saves for his second straight shutout, and Alex Pietrangelo scored with 5:14 left in the St. Louis Blues' 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer made the most of his rare opportunities Friday against the fastest serve in tennis, cashing in with some classic returns in a 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-3 win over Ivo Karlovic to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The Giants' Eli Manning has been forced to escape the shadow of superstar big brother, Peyton. San Francisco's Alex Smith? He only has a pair of Hall of Famers in Joe Montana and Steve Young hanging over him in 49ers lore.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker has returned to practice for the first time since breaking his left jaw in two places late in the regular season and hopes to be healthy enough to play in the NFC championship game.
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SEATTLE (AP) - For this year at least, Lorenzo Romar is a big fan of an odd scheduling quirk in the Pac-12.
MIAMI (AP) - Kobe Bryant is 33 years old, has spent nearly half his life in the NBA, is dealing with a significant wrist injury and has taken about 3,000 more shots in his career than any other active player.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning missed part of Wednesday's practice session with an illness that coach Tom Coughlin called "a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal."
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams was only two points from her 500th career match win when she tumbled to the court in the second round of the Australian Open.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Richard Childress pumped his fist above his head, emphatically celebrating his grandson's latest accomplishment.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Serena Williams says she asked for a wild card into the Dubai Championships to combat boredom once she believed her back injury was on the mend.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin - then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star game.
PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Reddick took some batting practice swings Sunday at the Oakland Athletics' spring training camp and, the way the ball was jumping off his bat, it was hard to tell he had a troublesome wrist last season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Hudson stretched a bit, pawed at the dirt with his foot, and took a few warm-up tosses. He was ready to go.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bubba Watson wasn't about to let another chance get away.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - With the famed No. 3 on his car and memories of the late Dale Earnhardt fresh in his mind, Austin Dillon took the fabled number out of hibernation and straight to the top at Daytona.
MIAMI (AP) - Now that the NFL knows the scope of the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the league has been left to grapple with what its next steps should be.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the first pick in the 2014 NBA All-Star fantasy draft ...
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: