DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Danica Patrick walked away OK after taking a hard hit to the wall in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After two miserable seasons and four bad ones before that, the Minnesota Timberwolves had nowhere to go except up.
TORONTO (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks beat Toronto 2-1 on Thursday night, sending the stumbling Maple Leafs to their seventh loss in eight games.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Not Magic and Bird, not Kobe or LeBron. Not even Michael Jordan.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Tebow is still Denver's starting quarterback, and coach John Fox is still OK with Brady Quinn being the backup.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.
PHOENIX (AP) - Monta Ellis hit an 20-foot fadeaway jumper with 1 second remaining and the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 106-104 on Wednesday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval's portion sizes and weigh-in statistics always seem to be a hot topic this time of year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Travis Pastrana arrived for NASCAR's annual media day last week and has been hanging around ever since.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Daytona frustrated and furious last July.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods had to play a left-handed shot out of the desert. Retief Goosen holed out from 156 yards and didn't even win the hole. Dustin Johnson twice won a hole after taking a penalty drop.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 115-107 Wednesday night in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview - minus the All-Stars.
Sacramento's last shot to remain an NBA city appears headed for another overtime.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings' challenge.
NEW YORK (AP) - The percentage of Major League Baseball players born outside the United States declined slightly for the second straight season.
PHOENIX (AP) - The San Francisco Giants were kicking the ball around so badly Monday night that manager Bruce Bochy wanted to start spring training over again.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jim Johnson got pulled in the ninth inning with a sellout crowd booing, hardly the kind of Oakland debut the reigning AL saves leader had hoped for Monday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When DeMarcus Cousins drilled a 16-foot jump shot on the Sacramento Kings' first possession of the second half, he had the look of a player who was ready to take over a game.
OAKLAND (AP) - In one corner of the Golden State Warriors' quiet locker room Sunday night, Jermaine O'Neal sat at his locker with ice bags on his knees and just stared into the distance. David Lee, who spent the evening in a suit on the bench, already had cleared out and gone home. Andrew Bogut never surfaced.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - In his first season at Barcelona, there's been no escaping Neymar's public profile of selfies, tweets and big-money advertising campaigns. The message on the field, though, hasn't been quite so impressive.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche will be heading into their first postseason in four years without leading scorer Matt Duchene after the forward suffered a quirky left knee injury.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Defensive end Jared Allen turns 32 this week. He wants nothing to do with the idea of becoming a situational pass rusher as a 30-something Chicago Bear.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam and pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had a two-run double that put the Philadelphia ahead to stay in a wild opening 14-10 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brewers star Ryan Braun drew a standing ovation in his return from a drug suspension, then was ruled out in the first call overturned under baseball's expanded replay system as Milwaukee beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Monday in a season opener.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sure, Sonny Gray gained some nice momentum from that impressive pitcher's duel with Detroit ace Justin Verlander last October.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks played their "home" opener 7,800 miles away from Phoenix.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley past a weary Rafael Nadal for a winner.
CHICAGO (AP) - It's hard to think of Wrigley Field as anything but a place of heartbreak - a place where fans wait, season after season, for an elusive World Series title that never comes.
STANFORD (AP) - California coach Mike Montgomery is scheduled to meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour on Monday to let her know whether he plans to retire.