Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career - or worse - at risk.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
STANFORD (AP) - When Shayne Skov committed to Stanford in the fall of 2007, he figured just making a bowl game would make for a successful college career.
The Seattle Seahawks are still the clear favorite in leading the Associated Press power rankings, with commanding home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs there for the clinching with a couple of wins.
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip - "like you're being electrocuted" - would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger Mark Trumbo. Arizona also will receive player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics found a trade partner for pitcher Brett Anderson and his big salary.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Paul George had 15 of his 17 points during a second-half rally to lead the Pacers past Miami 90-84 Tuesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This December defensive stand by San Francisco did plenty for the 49ers and showed a lot to the rest of the league in the process.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rudy Gay watched from a sky box seat as his new Sacramento teammates easily handled the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker loves a good challenge.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stumbling to the finish of a losing season has become an all-too-familiar feeling around the Oakland Raiders.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
CHICAGO (AP) - Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
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.