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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has entered a drug treatment facility after testing positive for the main metabolite of cocaine.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jed York is looking for a teacher in San Francisco's next coach, and the search for Jim Harbaugh's successor entered its second week Monday with little indication of how soon the 49ers CEO will find his new man.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are picking up the pace on their coaching search, interviewing San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort to rout the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-91 on Monday night.
Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A development group that includes a company controlled by the owner of the St. Louis Rams announced plans Monday to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become home for an NFL team.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Marc-Edouard Vlasic needed only 3 seconds to give the San Jose Sharks a win over the Winnipeg Jets in a game that seemed destined for overtime.
NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star game history, has died. He was 87.