SYDNEY (AP) - Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith is being pulled in two directions this week as Major League Baseball prepares for its season-opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Make that two different teams.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United manager David Moyes dismissed suggestions his job is under threat, saying he has the full backing of the club's hierarchy.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf's No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away.
LONDON (AP) - Chelsea ended England's one-year absence from the Champions League quarterfinals, beating Galatasaray 2-0 Tuesday night on first-half goals by Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months, the Carolina Panthers announced.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Defending champion Serena Williams is a six-time winner at the Sony Open, collecting more trophies than she's won at any other tournament.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a three-year contract Monday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kris Letang darted down the Consol Energy Center ice, the defenseman's black hair flicking out from underneath his helmet.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Roger Federer could have been upset about losing a close final in one of the biggest events outside the Grand Slam tournaments.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius once said he mistook the sound of a washing machine for an intruder and went into "combat mode" in his house, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial. Months later, Pistorius killed his girlfriend by shooting her through a closed toilet door.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts owner Jim Irsay is known in NFL circles as a tough businessman and eccentric billionaire who enjoys interacting with fans about his beloved team and favorite songs from bands like the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Hamilton returned for Los Angeles, and Kole Calhoun's big swing lifted the Angels to the spring win.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Oakland Athletics scratched left-hander Scott Kazmir from their spring game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday due to left triceps stiffness.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Carl Edwards claimed a rain-soaked win at Bristol Motor Speedway, where weather wreaked havoc on yet another Sprint Cup race.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders salvaged a little something from this season by winning their final three home games.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Broncos got the ball back at their 20-yard line with 4:04 left, the rain coming down heavy and Peyton Manning trying to get Denver in range with his 51st game-winning drive.
With five of the six playoff slots in both conferences decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick jumped into the open arms of his leaping coach and all seemed right with the San Francisco 49ers for a few hours Saturday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.
OAKLAND (AP) - Unable to make the playoffs for the 12th straight year, the Oakland Raiders are doing a good job keeping other teams out of the postseason.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento Kings finally found the right remedy to end a monthlong bout of bad news: a healthy DeMarcus Cousins and a struggling Kobe Bryant.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored within 34 seconds of each other midway through the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are competing for their playoff lives with two games to go, slim as those chances might be.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on Thursday night after Thunder star Kevin Durant left with a sprained right ankle.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Slugger Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-player trade Thursday night.