NEW YORK (AP) - The story had all the elements of a Cold War thriller: a wealthy American businessman, Russian leadership at the highest levels, diplomatic intrigue and purloined jewels.
TORONTO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists and the Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games, beating the Indiana Pacers 95-82 on Wednesday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey.
It didn't take long.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen met with the Oakland Raiders players as a team and individually and talked about his vision for turning the franchise around after a second straight four-win season.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - First-year Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone gathered his players following a two-day Christmas break last week and asked them one question: What type of season do they want to have?
SANTA CLARA (AP) - That familiar "Quest for Six" slogan has re-emerged.
OAKLAND (AP) - With one sterling half, Peyton Manning accomplished all he needed to in the regular-season finale by seizing another prestigious record and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phil Dawson's franchise-record string of 27 consecutive field goals ended with a missed 24-yard chip shot. The San Francisco kicker made up for it, to say the least, at the end of a wild 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that clinched the NFC's No. 5 playoff seed.
CHICAGO (AP) - Aaron Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 to capture the NFC North championship.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Bracken Kearns scored his first NHL goal, Logan Couture netted his 100th, and the San Jose Sharks broke Anaheim's 10-game winning streak by beating the Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Rob Chudzinski didn't even get a full year to fix the dreadful Browns.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
MIAMI (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
PHOENIX (AP) - Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.
HANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Brady is dealing with a cold four days before the Super Bowl but says he'll be OK.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mike McCarthy promised Wednesday to evaluate, make changes and learn from his team's gut-wrenching NFC Championship game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship - and an unbeaten record - barely eluded them seven years ago.
OAKLAND (AP) - Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday - and with a full set of teeth.
PHOENIX (AP) - Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and No. 14 VCU pulled away with a 16-2 run early in the second half to beat George Washington 72-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th consecutive victory.
PHOENIX (AP) - Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn't mean he had to say anything.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A defiant and at times angry Robert Allenby stood by his story Tuesday that he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu, basing the account on what he remembered and what he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.