Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career - or worse - at risk.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
STANFORD (AP) - When Shayne Skov committed to Stanford in the fall of 2007, he figured just making a bowl game would make for a successful college career.
The Seattle Seahawks are still the clear favorite in leading the Associated Press power rankings, with commanding home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs there for the clinching with a couple of wins.
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip - "like you're being electrocuted" - would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger Mark Trumbo. Arizona also will receive player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics found a trade partner for pitcher Brett Anderson and his big salary.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Paul George had 15 of his 17 points during a second-half rally to lead the Pacers past Miami 90-84 Tuesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This December defensive stand by San Francisco did plenty for the 49ers and showed a lot to the rest of the league in the process.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rudy Gay watched from a sky box seat as his new Sacramento teammates easily handled the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker loves a good challenge.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stumbling to the finish of a losing season has become an all-too-familiar feeling around the Oakland Raiders.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
CHICAGO (AP) - Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As a coaching disciple of Bill Parcells, Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano has long believed that a powerful offense starts with a strong running game.
HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson should be arrested anew after admitting during his court appearance on a child abuse charge that he had "smoked a little weed" while out on bond, Texas prosecutors said Thursday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders placed starting middle linebacker Nick Roach on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a concussion in the preseason.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even in his late 30s and a year removed from a devastating ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season in Atlanta, Tim Hudson pictured himself pitching at a high level again.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip that caused him to miss most of the last three months of the season, has retired at 34, ending a 14-year career that included two World Series championships.
The AFC South pretty much has been the province of the Colts and Texans in recent years. Even though Houston fell apart last season, it's not a big surprise it has emerged as the only challenger to Indianapolis in the division this year.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have found the offensive balance that helped the team reach the NFC championship game in each of the past three seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners spent five hours discussing the league's personal conduct policy, domestic violence and discipline for misbehavior during their fall meetings Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Diego Valeri scored twice and Donovan Ricketts had his fifth shutout of the season to help the Portland Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Changing cast, same old hit show for the St. Louis Cardinals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm - and he didn't really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter's box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are on another October roll in their every-other-year pattern of postseason success.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners will meet Wednesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy, vote on the sale of the Buffalo Bills and look at further international play.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Yes, Adrian Peterson said, the allegation that he struck his young son with a branch is true. No, he does not believe he committed a crime.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have claimed Ray-Ray Armstrong off waivers from the St. Louis Rams to upgrade their depleted linebacker position.