CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews felt he had to stand up for himself, so he skated up to Joe Thornton, jabbed him with his stick and then dropped his gloves.
HOUSTON (AP) - NBA Commissioner David Stern expects a concrete financing plan from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson within the next two weeks, with the aim of settling the Kings' future by mid-April.
DALLAS (AP) - Move over, Larry Legend. Vinsanity still has a few special moments in him.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Oakland Athletics and free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima finalized a minor league contract Tuesday after he passed a physical and immediately got to work.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings.
The clock is ticking for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's efforts to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andres Torres checked out the banner at the main entrance to Scottsdale Stadium blaring "2012 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS" and knew he was back in the right place.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets had their biggest offensive assault of the season against the NHL's stingiest defense in a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have unveiled plans to wear the NBA's "first modern short-sleeve jersey" for three of their remaining home games this season.
PHOENIX (AP) - Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made a point of walking across the clubhouse to greet pitcher Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Romo raced down a tunnel inside AT&T Park on Saturday, slapping hands with a line of supporters chanting his last name during Fan Fest. He danced with some, posed for pictures with others and riled up the rest.
SAN JOSE (AP) - For more than a century, some of the best men's tennis players in the world have come to the Bay Area almost every year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court is allowing video cameras into a hearing next week for Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction.
PEBBLE BEACH (AP) - Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst of Pebble Beach, his golf bag weighed down with rain gear and everything else to handle nasty weather.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders were dealt a setback on Wednesday in their plans to rebuild the struggling franchise when offensive lineman Rodger Saffold failed a physical one day after agreeing to a $42.5 million, five-year contract.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Stanford shot its way into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, adding another notch to its NCAA tournament resume.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The cost associated with winning a Super Bowl became apparent to the Seattle Seahawks when free agency began. Many wanted a piece of what made the Seahawks so successful.
Little went as the United States had hoped in a 2-0 loss to Ukraine last week.
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Yordano Ventura struck out six in 4 1/3 innings and Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Sacramento Kings were keenly aware of the streak.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched 4 1/3 effective innings, and the Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman indicated fewer concussions have occurred in the league so far this season, but wouldn't reveal any numbers.
Carmelo Anthony said Wednesday that he has heard Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" with the New York Knicks, the strongest indication yet that the 11-time NBA champion coach will soon be taking over the team's basketball operations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As hard-hitting safety Donte Whitner headed out of the Bay Area for his hometown of Cleveland, the San Francisco 49ers wasted little time finding someone to fill his position.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the surging Golden State Warriors routed the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders opened free agency on Tuesday by agreeing to a five-year contract with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and keeping oft-injured running back Darren McFadden on a $4 million, one-year deal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jonathan Martin is returning to familiar territory, months after he accused a teammate of bullying and left the Miami Dolphins.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Gonzaga has been the class of the West Coast Conference, regular hoisting regular-season and tournament trophies for nearly two decades.
NOME, Alaska (AP) - Two hours, 38 minutes.