With LeBron James sticking around and some of the NBA's best players joining him, the U.S. basketball team could be better than ever.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For the third straight offseason, Adrian Peterson will be recovering from surgery.
MIAMI (AP) - The man who prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary was sentenced Thursday to more than 57 years in state prison.
CLEVELAND (AP) - After nearly a month of twists, turns and talk, the Browns found their man.
MONACO (AP) - Monaco says star forward Radamel Falcao will have surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that could cause the Colombian to miss this year's World Cup.
HOUSTON (AP) - Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in just three quarters to help the Houston Rockets cruise to their third straight win, a 119-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors are getting one big man back sooner than expected but are suddenly trying to get two banged-up starters healthy again.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Richard Sherman wondered if he came to the NFL 20 years too late.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees talked frugality, then reverted to their high-spending ways.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - After hurrying Denver's quick-strike, high-octane offense through a record-shattering regular season, Peyton Manning has turned the Broncos into a slow-grinding, clock-eating machine in the playoffs.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed reserve quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson as one of 13 players signed to reserve/future contracts.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are being sued by current and former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other unfair employment practices.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - For a full two sets and nine games, Roger Federer was the picture of poise, picking up half-volleys with vintage panache and placing winners past Andy Murray.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Phil Kessel was once again dealt for Tyler Seguin, Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was the No. 1 overall pick and superstar Alexander Ovechkin did not get his new car.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams saw that older sister Venus was progressing to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011 and it inspired her own comeback win on Saturday at the Australian Open.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Humana Challenge leader Matt Kuchar was asked if was surprised that there have only been six 59s on the PGA Tour and that no has shot 58.
PHOENIX (AP) - An historic Super Bowl is before us.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant's torn right rotator cuff will be re-examined Monday before the Los Angeles Lakers decide whether the superstar guard needs potentially season-ending surgery.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch.
OAKLAND (AP) - Steve Kerr knows the Golden State Warriors will have tougher days ahead this season, that there are higher hurdles to clear and bigger goals to reach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man is one race away from completing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
Pau and Marc Gasol have been voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game, while Toronto's Kyle Lowry made a late surge in fan balloting and will start for the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board tabled a policy on Thursday that would have made the public college system the nation's second to tie bonuses awarded to winning athletic coaches to how well their players do in the classroom.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win.