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.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Before the first set ended Tuesday, Novak Djokovic had busted a racket in anger, drawn jeers from the crowd and received two code violations, which cost him a point penalty.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies were delighted to snap out of their recent losing spell, no matter what opponent they dispatched.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers were hosting free agent linebacker Lance Briggs at team headquarters Monday.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Brett Lawrie had a pair of home runs and four RBIs, Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics routed the Colorado Rockies 11-2 Monday.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up his first runs against big league batter this spring after extending his scoreless streak to 12 innings in an 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - I f you liked the look of last year's Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second home game in as many days, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.
CARLSBAD (AP) - Cristie Kerr ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Kia Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title in nearly two years.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - There was never a doubt that Team Penske would win the IndyCar Series opener.
BERKELEY (AP) - Ivan Rabb made one free throw with eight-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting Bishop O'Dowd to a 65-64 win over Mater Dei in the Open Division boys' state basketball championship on Saturday.
BERKELEY . (AP) - Aquira DeCosta scored eight points in the final five minutes, Kat Tudor made a critical 3-pointer down the stretch and St. Mary's of Stockton held on to beat Mater Dei 76-69 in the Open Division girls state basketball championship on Saturday.