DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals apiece, and the Los Angeles Kings emphatically avoided first-round playoff elimination with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 98-96 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has referred the airport arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Zurich Classic.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
HOUSTON (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers to help the Oakland Athletics cruise to a 10-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorer's table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series tonight.
NEW YORK (AP) - As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
OAKLAND (AP) - With the Texas rotation ravaged by injuries early in the season, Martin Perez has more than filled the void.
DENVER (AP) - Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco's six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th inning Wednesday that gave the Giants a wild 12-10 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joe Thornton and the Sharks have been in command of many playoff series over the past decade. The San Jose captain has also seen just how easily control slips away during nine straight postseason trips without raising the Stanley Cup.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Neymar's two-goal performance to help knock Atletico Madrid out of the Copa del Rey showed why Barcelona spared no expense to win the bidding war for the young Brazilian striker.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating Tomas Berdych in a tension-filled semifinal to earn one more shot at a long elusive title.
PHOENIX (AP) - Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child - a son - before Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Gamble is returning to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods returned to the Phoenix Open and received cheers, boos and gasps.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins has the statistics. He has the stature. And he has the support of several high-profile peers calling for him to get his first All-Star nod.
Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.
PHOENIX (AP) - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.
PHOENIX (AP) - Give Pete Carroll the opportunity to campaign for someone or something he believes in and he'll gladly jump at the chance.
MIAMI (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
PHOENIX (AP) - Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.
HANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Brady is dealing with a cold four days before the Super Bowl but says he'll be OK.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mike McCarthy promised Wednesday to evaluate, make changes and learn from his team's gut-wrenching NFC Championship game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship - and an unbeaten record - barely eluded them seven years ago.