That old maxim about defenses winning championships was being spread on pretty heavily during Super Bowl week.
OAKLAND (AP) - The debate about whether the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are growing into unlikely California rivals might just be a matter of vocabulary.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL playoff opponents Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton will team up to host a TV awards show.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Tackle Jonathan Martin says the persistence of vulgar language around the Miami Dolphins made him feel trapped, so he left the team before lodging allegations at the root of a bullying scandal.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bradley Beal scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, and John Wall had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards past the Golden State Warriors 88-85 on Tuesday night.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch was there. He even talked a bit.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Internet star Lil Terrio danced with cheerleaders, an Austrian man dressed as Mozart, another guy wore a Waldo costume and Nickelodeon's Pick Boy was in the house.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Richard Sherman couldn't wait to start talking Tuesday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - When Peyton Manning returned to the NFL after a series of neck operations that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season, there was plenty of talk about when - and even whether - he would return to the level of play that earned four MVP awards and two Super Bowl appearances.
NEW YORK (AP) - Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods doesn't sound too worried over matching his worst score in America on a course where he had won eight times.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is seeking a speedy dismissal of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit challenging a season-long suspension.
HARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson was stunned by the proposed changes to the championship format that NASCAR chairman Brian France laid out in a phone call two weeks ago.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a reckless driving charge against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Broncos third-year tight end Julius Thomas began the season with more NCAA tournament trips (two) on his resume than catches in the NFL (one).
PHOENIX (AP) - Patriots owner Robert Kraft's pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it.
PHOENIX (AP) - Rob Gronkowski's ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He's way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Alex Ovechkin's familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it's finally time for his number to be called.
PHOENIX (AP) - Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he's weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.
PHOENIX (AP) - Relishing no longer being in the "villain" role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team's Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coach 1K. How grand.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Chip Ganassi bristles when his No. 02 team is called the "star car."
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jason Brown gushed to Adam Rippon: "Oh my god, it was amazing."