LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwight Howard had 23 points and 18 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 20 and the in-transition Los Angeles Lakers continued warming up for a possible return by Phil Jackson with a 103-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - When the fighting stopped, the oil had dried and the last of the wrecked cars had been towed away, Brad Keselowski found himself on the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play, and the New Orleans Saints held on to hand the Atlanta Falcons their first loss, 31-27 on Sunday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Reserve Wayne Ellington had career bests with seven 3-pointers and 25 points, leading the Memphis Grizzlies over the Miami Heat 104-86 on Sunday for their fifth straight win and the best start in franchise history.
• NBA SUSPENDS COUSINS 2 GAMES FOR ELLIOTT EXCHANGE: NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for two games without pay for confronting San Antonio announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Ray Rice watched film of Oakland's game against Tampa Bay last week and nearly jumped out his chair in anticipation of facing a defense that yielded four touchdowns and 251 yards rushing to rookie Doug Martin.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jeff Fisher and his St. Louis Rams consider San Francisco the blueprint for what so many NFL teams would love to be.
OAKLAND (3-5) At BALTIMORE (6-2)
ST. LOUIS (3-5) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Brown followed an 11-time NBA champion coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, taking charge of a roster packed with aging talent and a franchise anticipating more titles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers responded to coach Mike Brown's firing earlier Friday with a 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Tim Duncan had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
No. 13 Oregon State (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) at No. 16 Stanford (7-2, 5-1), noon. (FOX)
ALAMEDA (AP) - Trying to stop Baltimore running back Ray Rice was already a monumental task facing the Oakland Raiders this week. Doing it without seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour will make the challenge even more daunting.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Mike Conley had 27 points and 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight by beating the slumping Sacramento Kings 99-89 on Wednesday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Petty dynasty is now completely represented in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phil Mickelson is going ahead with his Phoenix Open title defense after testing his ailing lower back on Wednesday at exclusive Whisper Rock.
That old maxim about defenses winning championships was being spread on pretty heavily during Super Bowl week.
OAKLAND (AP) - The debate about whether the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are growing into unlikely California rivals might just be a matter of vocabulary.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL playoff opponents Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton will team up to host a TV awards show.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Tackle Jonathan Martin says the persistence of vulgar language around the Miami Dolphins made him feel trapped, so he left the team before lodging allegations at the root of a bullying scandal.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bradley Beal scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, and John Wall had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards past the Golden State Warriors 88-85 on Tuesday night.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch was there. He even talked a bit.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Internet star Lil Terrio danced with cheerleaders, an Austrian man dressed as Mozart, another guy wore a Waldo costume and Nickelodeon's Pick Boy was in the house.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Richard Sherman couldn't wait to start talking Tuesday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - When Peyton Manning returned to the NFL after a series of neck operations that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season, there was plenty of talk about when - and even whether - he would return to the level of play that earned four MVP awards and two Super Bowl appearances.
NEW YORK (AP) - Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods doesn't sound too worried over matching his worst score in America on a course where he had won eight times.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is seeking a speedy dismissal of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit challenging a season-long suspension.