HOUSTON (AP) - Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond were among 12 finalists announced Friday for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews felt he had to stand up for himself, so he skated up to Joe Thornton, jabbed him with his stick and then dropped his gloves.
HOUSTON (AP) - NBA Commissioner David Stern expects a concrete financing plan from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson within the next two weeks, with the aim of settling the Kings' future by mid-April.
DALLAS (AP) - Move over, Larry Legend. Vinsanity still has a few special moments in him.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Oakland Athletics and free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima finalized a minor league contract Tuesday after he passed a physical and immediately got to work.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings.
The clock is ticking for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's efforts to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andres Torres checked out the banner at the main entrance to Scottsdale Stadium blaring "2012 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS" and knew he was back in the right place.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets had their biggest offensive assault of the season against the NHL's stingiest defense in a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have unveiled plans to wear the NBA's "first modern short-sleeve jersey" for three of their remaining home games this season.
PHOENIX (AP) - Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made a point of walking across the clubhouse to greet pitcher Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Romo raced down a tunnel inside AT&T Park on Saturday, slapping hands with a line of supporters chanting his last name during Fan Fest. He danced with some, posed for pictures with others and riled up the rest.
SAN JOSE (AP) - For more than a century, some of the best men's tennis players in the world have come to the Bay Area almost every year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court is allowing video cameras into a hearing next week for Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction.
LONDON (AP) - Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks began free agency Tuesday by trading veteran defenseman Brad Stuart to Colorado for two draft picks and signing defenseman Taylor Fedun to a one-year deal as part of their commitment to a youth movement.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel went from hanging out with the Browns to hanging with the Biebs.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jason Kidd's jersey hung on the wall just to the right of Billy King, a reminder that the Brooklyn Nets lost more than a coach. They lost a franchise icon.
LONDON (AP) - It was clear something was wrong with Serena Williams from the moment she began trying to warm up for her Wimbledon doubles match Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers aren't just winning games this week. They are making history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Texas Rangers finally ran out of patience with left-hander Joe Saunders, who was designated for assignment Tuesday after going winless in eight starts.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods back on the golf course is a big deal.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.
LONDON (AP) - As the rain wreaks havoc on the Wimbledon schedule and players start to complain, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have found little reason to worry about the weather.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal allowing Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee's coach, a person with knowledge of the details said Monday.
MIAMI (AP) - Pat Riley stood behind a lectern on Monday afternoon to introduce new Miami guard Shabazz Napier, the lone player that the Heat picked up in last week's draft.
All the anticipation. All the rumors. All the speculation. It all comes to a head beginning at midnight Eastern time, when the NBA free agent market officially opens. And much of it could be for naught.