SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have far too much respect for the Los Angeles Kings and all they have accomplished the past few years to think that knocking them out of the playoffs would be easy.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is committed to supporting linebacker Aldon Smith like a family member in the wake of his latest legal trouble - and keeping Smith around for the long haul, too.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin buried bank shots, turnaround jumpers and spinning layups. DeAndre Jordan gobbled up rebounds and opposing shots, often flexing his muscles and letting out a roar.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left and the Houston Rockets narrowed Portland's first-round playoff advantage to 2-1 with a 121-116 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Phelps' comeback meet was cut short Friday when he failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks scored four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse homered to back another stellar outing by Tim Hudson, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Friday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run ninth inning to help the Oakland Athletics to a 12-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - There's no mistaking what row Bob Uecker is in now - all the way in the back of the upper deck.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport will wait until after the season to study whether the rule preventing pitchers from using pine tar should be changed.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is now under contract with the Carolina Panthers for the next two seasons.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - In hindsight, 2002 might have been an omen of how heartbreaking the Daytona 500 would be for Tony Stewart.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - That old, familiar baseball refrain made famous by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers took on an entirely different meaning for the Kansas City Royals this offseason.
PHOENIX (AP) - Larry Fitzgerald is staying with the Arizona Cardinals, the only home he's known in his 11-year NFL career.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Quinn Cook scored 22 points and No. 4 Duke beat No. 15 North Carolina 92-90 in overtime on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston and San Francisco third base coach Wendell Kim has died.
NEW YORK (AP) - The East was a two-team race at last year's trade deadline, and Larry Bird made the move he thought would win it.
NEW YORK (AP) - It appears the only place Alex Rodriguez might detail his drug use is on a witness stand.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne made a season-high 42 saves, and the Nashville Predators extended their winning streak to a season-high six straight games by beating the San Jose Sharks 5-1 Tuesday night.
Washington's star-studded rotation reports to Florida. Matt Harvey continues his comeback with the New York Mets. Joe Maddon takes over the Chicago Cubs, and Russell Martin gets a closer look at Toronto's pitching staff.
OAKLAND (AP) - Left-hander Barry Zito is returning to the Oakland Athletics with a minor contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training, two people with knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday.
Promoter Bob Arum was uncharacteristically silent Tuesday, amid indications that the next few days will determine whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao share a ring together May 2.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - When he arrived at Illinois in 1975, the first thing Lou Henson did was preach patience.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Giambi is retiring after 20 seasons in the majors.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an "unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy" that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James isn't used to looking up at so many teams at the All-Star break.