ALAMEDA (AP) - Running back Darren McFadden returned to practice to begin what could be the final countdown to a mostly disappointing career with the Oakland Raiders.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Standing amid giant piles of snow in the shadow of MetLife Stadium, Super Bowl organizers said Wednesday that they're prepared to deploy thousands of trucks and tons of salt to prevent snowy weather from interfering with the biggest football game of the year.
The New Orleans Saints likely are headed to the playoffs, and they want as many games as possible to be played at the Superdome.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - With Peyton Manning on the verge of breaking Tom Brady's single-season touchdown record, Houston interim coach Wade Phillips calls this "just the best year ever of any quarterback."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will wear a brace on his left knee Sunday against the New England Patriots, a precautionary move in the wake of the injury he sustained Monday night in Detroit. Before Justin Tucker sent his 61-yard kick sailing toward the uprights in an 18-16 win, the Ravens collectively held their breath when Flacco's knee buckled upon being struck by the helmet of oncoming Lions lineman DeAndre Levy.
This is it, the final go-round for the BCS.
NEW YORK (AP) - While the New York Yankees set another salary record, the Houston Astros had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years and the attention of the players' union.
Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Atlanta Braves acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin. The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann's projected replacement as Atlanta's primary starter.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 28 points and 12 assists, David Lee added 21 points and 17 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 104-93 on Tuesday night in Andre Iguodala's long-awaited return.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats got off to a fast start, and the Sacramento Kings were never quite able to catch up.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Damian Lillard made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Manager Bruce Bochy went to his bosses and asked them to pursue Michael Morse. Meanwhile, the outfielder's agent came to him with San Francisco's interest and how it would be a great fit.
NEW YORK (AP) - A tackle-machine linebacker, a tackle-busting running back and one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country made return appearances on The Associated Press All-America team.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban and the football team are moving on.
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.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Fifteen years of wasted or traded away first-round draft picks have laid the foundation for a dismal decade for the Oakland Raiders.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors too often let lesser competition keep games close - and allowed a few of them to slip away - on their home court last season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has kept quiet about the speculation surrounding his future for nearly a year.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The way the Anaheim Ducks win close games, they already like their chances for a long playoff run after last season's early exit.