ATLANTA (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the playoffs looking intent on ending that quarter-century drought since their last World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski walked slowly through the Raiders locker room, a thick black brace around his right knee. He paused at his stall briefly, donned a black hoodie then moved back out the way he came.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Meet Mr. Hitner.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it's in a much different role than he's accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's playoffs no longer are an exclusive club of high rollers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Donte Whitner may start his own clothing line if he continues to get flagged for unnecessary roughness.
SANTA BARBARA, (AP) - Ocean breezes drifted through the open gym doors while the Sacramento Kings ran the final wind sprints of their first practice Tuesday.
STANFORD, (AP) - The feeling of disappointment and despair in the locker room after losing 17-13 at Washington last season is something Stanford players will never forget.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anti-smoking advocates are hoping to strike out chewing tobacco at California baseball games.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Considering the workout he gave it Tuesday night, Stephen Curry's right foot appears to be just fine.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State's stunning upset of rival Kansas, they immediately sprinted onto the floor.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched his second productive bullpen session of spring training and is encouraged with each step in his recovery from the elbow surgery that cut short his 2014 season with the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
MIAMI (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.
PHOENIX (AP) - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.
SAN JOSE (AP) - After celebrating the success of hockey in Northern California with an outdoor party that included more than 70,000 fans, the San Jose Sharks now must deal with the fact that the franchise is in danger of hitting its lowest point in more than a decade.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito did a lot of things during his year off from the major leagues in 2014.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) - Mikaela Shiffrin defied the pouring rain to comfortably earn her 12th career slalom victory Sunday, taking sole possession of the women's World Cup record for most wins in the discipline by a teenager.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rodney Stuckey brushed off a sprained left ankle in another big game for the Indiana Pacers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Utah receiver Kaelin Clay has moved on from the most embarrassing play of his college career.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Bruce Bochy watched Giants pitchers and catchers while a song by Waylon Jennings wafted over the sound system at Scottsdale Stadium.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season and the 23rd ATP singles title of his career, beating Fabio Fognini on Sunday 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open.