ATLANTA (AP) - The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.
DENVER (AP) - Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks was on the bench leading his team in Sunday night's game against the Denver Nuggets one day after his 79-year-old mother's death.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Patrick Marleau was in midseason form for the San Jose Sharks in their lockout-shortened season opener Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - No last name necessary.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The opponent was different, the match three rounds earlier. Still, the result gave Novak Djokovic a familiar feeling, and another chance to rip off his shirt in celebration.
ATLANTA (AP) - Everything was going wrong for the San Francisco 49ers and their proud defense.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks responded to their quickest playoff exit in a run of eight straight postseason appearances with tinkering instead of a roster overhaul.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics agreed to one-year contracts with left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins and first baseman Brandon Moss on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration with each.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reigning NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey is among four San Francisco Giants to reach agreement on one-year contracts that avoided salary arbitration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Carlos Rogers had one word to describe what his homecoming in Atlanta will be like when the San Francisco 49ers face the Falcons in Sunday's NFC championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have released Billy Cundiff, making David Akers the only kicker on the roster heading into Sunday's NFC championship at Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship.
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.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Buster Posey had a three-run homer off Tony Cingrani among his three hits, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Tuesday.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - If the Detroit Pistons had played defense like this all season, their chances of making the playoffs might not look so remote.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist and passed the 400-point milestone for his career to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third straight victory, 6-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray retired the first 11 in four scoreless innings and Jed Lowrie hit his first home run of the spring for Oakland on Tuesday before the San Diego Padres rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Athletics.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Stars forward Rich Peverley remained hospitalized Tuesday in Dallas, undergoing heart tests after collapsing on the bench during a game that was postponed.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and Juan Uribe added a solo shot in the first inning off Oakland's Jarrod Parker as the Los Angeles Dodgers and A's played to an 8-all tie Monday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched five perfect innings for the San Francisco Giants on Monday, but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR would be hard-pressed to find many fans who don't prefer the drama and intrigue of the new, knockout qualifying format over the old system of single-car runs.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The road to the Masters is just getting started, and already two players have combined to win five times on the PGA Tour.