ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sat at his locker and chuckled at the thought of his first trip to the playoffs, his belly shaking like a shopping mall Santa Claus.
Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant wasn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a night they cheered "The Catch" and all the San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium.
DENVER (AP) - David Lee's season came to a painful end the last time he played in Denver. He put that memory to rest in his return.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just because the Sacramento Kings were familiar with Tyreke Evans didn't mean they could stop him.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, replacing Matt McGloin for the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Gay has made the half-hour commute from his city home in San Francisco to Candlestick Park almost daily for 35 years.
Cowboys not ruling out Romo for finale: IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night.
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins appears ready to return from a serious bout with viral meningitis when the Sacramento Kings host the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Just as they have the past two seasons, the Golden State Warriors will have to get by without center Andrew Bogut for an undetermined amount of time.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.
STOCKTON (AP) - T.J. Wallace scored 16 points and Pacific held off Nevada's comeback bid to win 69-65 on Thursday.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chelsey Shumpert scored a career-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, as Chattanooga stunned No. 7 Stanford 54-46 Wednesday for its second home victory over a top-10 opponent this season.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Second-ranked and undefeated Florida State begins its postseason quest for a second consecutive national championship in the same stadium it won the title a year ago: The Rose Bowl.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.
AN DIEGO (AP) - Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Two knee surgeries in less than a year nearly shattered Chelsea Gray's confidence.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Russell Westbrook had 32 points and seven assists, Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the reeling Sacramento Kings 104-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors' NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory on Tuesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Sio Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots maintained their mastery of the AFC East and returned to the top spot in the NFL.