SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks skated onto their practice rink greeted by a warm ovation from a few hundred fans. After gathering at center ice, the players turned back to the crowd and raised their sticks in salute.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady is so good at this playoff thing he seems to be playing for a championship every year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Out for a Sunday morning jog in bright sunshine, Lance Armstrong hardly looked like a man about to finally confront the doping scandal that has shadowed his storied career like an angry storm cloud.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears. Matt Ryan relished the thought of not having to answer a familiar question.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick stood in a cramped corner of the 49ers' locker room smiling and chatting with Alex Smith late Saturday night when a stranger interrupted the two quarterbacks.
HOUSTON (AP) - The first time Houston faced the Patriots, top cornerback Johnathan Joseph played while still struggling to get healthy, and outside linebacker Brooks Reed sat out with an injury.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Zach Miller came to Seattle in 2011 thanks to a big contract and a penchant for catching a lot of passes as a tight end.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Try as they might, the Baltimore Ravens just couldn't get under the skin or into the heads of the Denver Broncos, who were more concerned about talking up their opponents than trash-talking them.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- The anxiety-filled green room and draft day seem so long ago now to Aaron Rodgers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Aaron Brooks has been in an awkward spot since news surfaced that the Sacramento Kings could be sold and moved to his hometown of Seattle.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree realizes the moment he starts thinking about just how much zip is coming on each pass from Colin Kaepernick, that's when he might wind up missing the ball.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.
When he ended his life last year by shooting himself in the chest, Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease often linked with repeated blows to the head.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers could have filled an entire highlight reel with their interceptions last year.
OAKLAND (AP) - Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 18 points and the Memphis Grizzlies completed a 3-0 road trip with a 94-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis is fairly outspoken. Still, he had little to say about his tweet that challenged his offensive coordinator's choices this year.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning won't be chasing history and Derek Carr won't be running from it when the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders meet in their regular-season finale.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback Keith McGill's struggled to get on track his rookie season because of injuries and the time it takes to adjust to the NFL.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Isaiah Thomas heard a sound he had never heard before in Sacramento during one of his hot-shooting spurts in the fourth quarter: silence, then a few light boos.
DETROIT (AP) - Josh Hicks ran for 202 yards and a touchdown and Rutgers beat North Carolina 40-21 on Friday night in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Top-ranked Kentucky has been so dominant that discussion has shifted toward whether the Wildcats are now capable of going unbeaten.
DENVER (AP) - Denver defensive end DeMarcus Ware considers himself a mixed martial artist on the football field.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Paul added 22 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors their second loss at Staples Center in three days with a 100-86 victory Thursday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick is in the process of considering how he might go about his offseason regimen to bounce back from a disappointing year, and employing a mechanics coach or quarterback guru as Tom Brady and other stars have done is being discussed.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Quarterbacks would be faring a whole lot better against Justin Houston this season if they avoided him as deftly as the Chiefs' star linebacker dodges reporters.
NEW YORK (AP) - The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - For weeks, Frank Gore has been pondering the reality he could be playing his final game with San Francisco on Sunday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders sent Derek Carr home to rest after the rookie quarterback showed up Tuesday feeling ill.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy had no problem being patient as the San Francisco Giants pursued re-signing Pablo Sandoval and went after Jon Lester.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged Tuesday that he visited Ray McDonald's home for a short time the day the ex-49ers defensive lineman is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.