Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board tabled a policy on Thursday that would have made the public college system the nation's second to tie bonuses awarded to winning athletic coaches to how well their players do in the classroom.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals to send the San Jose Sharks into the NHL All-Star break on a winning note with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Brook Lopez had 22 points and six blocks and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Wednesday night for only their second win in the last 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andre Ward wrote out his retirement speech a few times in the last two years. With his usual fastidious style, the super middleweight champion laid out every reason he felt he had to end his unblemished boxing career in his prime.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open.
PHOENIX (AP) - The NFL is taking its extra-point experiment to the Pro Bowl.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams' mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
The Chicago Bears hired Vic Fangio as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, hoping the veteran coach who spent the last four seasons with San Francisco can breathe some life into the once-storied unit.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive coordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville.
HOUSTON (AP) - J.B. Holmes used a strong start Sunday for a Houston Open victory in a three-way playoff against Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Hot but happy, Novak Djokovic had just begun celebrating his latest championship when he tossed his towel and sweatbands into the crowd. They were soggy souvenirs for sure.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations leader Brian Sabean through the 2019 season Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pain in Matt Cain's right elbow is no longer an issue. Being more efficient with his pitches is the next step toward putting him back on track.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Tyreke Evans nearly had a triple-double and the New Orleans Pelicans gained ground in the playoff race by outlasting the short-handed Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sim Bhullar is used to people staring at him.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in the opening 5 minutes and the San Jose Sharks held on for their fourth win in five games, 3-1 over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Lydia Ko missed a chance to make some more history - and lost ground to the leaders Friday in the ANA Inspiration.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - These days, Hope Solo is projecting calm confidence in net. She's working hard at putting distance on a recent suspension and leading the way for U.S. women's soccer team preparing for the World Cup.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed special teams contributor and linebacker Nick Bellore to a two-year contract.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scott Kazmir ended his spring looking just as crisp as when he started. Now the Oakland left-hander is focused on an encore to the best season of his major league career.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and Stanford won the second NIT title of his career, edging Miami 66-64 on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sim Bhullar has become the NBA's first player of Indian descent, signing a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.