OAKLAND (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and former Golden State lottery pick Brandan Wright had 16 points and nine rebounds, leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Warriors 112-103 on Thursday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - C.J. Watson scored 16 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in overtime to beat the Miami Heat 96-86 on Thursday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Martin Hanzal scored 9:29 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes opened the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain will be on the mound just more than a week after signing his splashy new six-year contract worth $127.5 million. Yes, that's a big deal for San Francisco - financially and otherwise.
SACRAMENTO (AP) Sacramento business leaders are asking NBA Commissioner David Stern and league owners to "strongly encourage" the Maloof family to sell the Kings so a deal for a new arena can proceed.
MIAMI (AP) - When the Miami Marlins' new ballpark stirs to life Friday, concession-stand workers will prepare such Cuban fare as fresh ceviche, roasted pork sandwiches and plantain chips with garlic sauce.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense.
DENVER (AP) - As strange as this may sound for a reliever, Brian Wilson actually finds comfort in chaos.
WASHINGTON (AP) - On a baseball field, players back up teammates to limit the damage from errors. The Justice Department, embarrassed by an error that caused a mistrial of Roger Clemens last year, has added more prosecutors in hopes of containing any missteps as it seeks to convict the famed pitcher of lying to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
LONG BEACH (AP) - As the Chevrolet side of the paddock worked feverishly Thursday to change the engines for all 11 of its IndyCar teams, Ryan Briscoe leaned out of his team transporter to deliver a message to James Hinchcliffe.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Martin Havlat returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him nearly half the season just in time for the San Jose Sharks' playoff push.
DETROIT (AP) - Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez tripled twice, drove in four runs and scored three times Wednesday night, leading the Colorado Rockies to a wild 17-8 win over Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants that recalled the pre-humidor days at Coors Field.
OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Butler came so close to winning it all with Kansas City that it stings to be leaving his only professional team after such a special run, and with some unfinished business.
OAKLAND (AP) - Wedged between a pair of games against last season's Super Bowl participants, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to get a bit of a breather with a visit to the winless Oakland Raiders.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Peterson's last appearance in the Minnesota locker room was nearly 10 weeks ago. The Vikings have played all but one game this season without his swift and strong running ability.
The NFL players' union wants the league and its owners to take disciplining players out of the hands of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins' field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games.
With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in one of the four major North American professional leagues, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 years in the NBA.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro took a calculated risk when he acquired veteran forward Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors in a seven-player trade last December.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yankees President Randy Levine offered a succinct response when asked what he thought about the Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaking the record for richest contract that had been held by Alex Rodriguez for more than 13 years until last spring.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have interviewed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and are continuing to investigate allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he assaulted her during the September race at Dover International Speedway.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was scheduled for his first practice of the season Tuesday, officially opening a 21-day window during which the team can decide whether to activate him or send him to the injured reserve list.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson says next season will probably be his last. Now, he won't leave without a World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Ever since Al Davis arrived in Oakland more than a half-century ago to build his beloved Raiders into one of pro sports' most successful franchises, his team has been closely associated with Davis' favorite saying, "Just win, baby."
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC's best team?
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have won six games in a row and steamrolled most of their opponents in the process.