SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ahmad Brooks always wanted to stay in the Bay Area, a place that has become a new home after all those painful memories of getting cut by Cincinnati four years ago, and the San Francisco 49ers sure made it hard for him to leave.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - There was rain, fire, soap suds and fog in the most bizarre Daytona 500 in history.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in leading the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
The Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks added some reinforcements for a playoff run, while Rick Nash's wish for a deal didn't come to fruition Monday as the NHL trade deadline passed without any blockbuster moves.
JUPITER, Fla. - Considering the scorn heaped upon Scott Cousins, it's no wonder his back gave out last summer.
SAN JOSE - The struggling San Jose Sharks acquired forwards Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi from the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for forward Jamie McGinn and two prospects in a move to bolster their depth and penalty killing for a playoff push.
PHOENIX (AP) - Athletics third baseman Scott Sizemore will miss the entire 2012 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee last weekend during Oakland's first full-squad workout.
Building a new arena for the Sacramento Kings has never been closer to reality.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jed Ortmeyer's first goal of the season gave the Minnesota Wild the lead with 4:13 left in a 4-3 victory on Sunday, sending the San Jose Sharks home with a tough loss to finish 2-6-1 on a season-long nine-game road trip.
ARCADIA (AP) - Teenage apprentice jockey Eswan Flores won his first career stakes Sunday at Santa Anita, guiding long shot Tones to a neck victory over favorite Stoney Fleece in the $81,140 Baffle Stakes, a downhill sprint for 3-year-olds.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Jurgen Melzer is playing so well again that not even a broken toe could slow him down.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Robert Allenby figured he played "like a rookie" on the final hole of regulation in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Kobe Bryant took Michael Jordan's record, then nearly lost the game to LeBron James.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Archie Goodwin scored 12 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 104-99 Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams.
BOSTON (AP) - Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Josh Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the Oakland Athletics overcame Mike Trout's tying homer in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth.
NEW YORK (AP) - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox have paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing before their game against the Red Sox.
Here's a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:
OAKLAND (AP) - Go small or go home.
BERKELEY (AP) - A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year.
MONACO (AP) - Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard.
OAKLAND (AP) - The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres think so much of second baseman Jedd Gyorko that they gave him a hefty raise and he's only 13 games into his second full big league season.