Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California's governing board tabled a policy on Thursday that would have made the public college system the nation's second to tie bonuses awarded to winning athletic coaches to how well their players do in the classroom.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals to send the San Jose Sharks into the NHL All-Star break on a winning note with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Brook Lopez had 22 points and six blocks and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Wednesday night for only their second win in the last 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andre Ward wrote out his retirement speech a few times in the last two years. With his usual fastidious style, the super middleweight champion laid out every reason he felt he had to end his unblemished boxing career in his prime.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open.
PHOENIX (AP) - The NFL is taking its extra-point experiment to the Pro Bowl.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams' mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
The Chicago Bears hired Vic Fangio as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, hoping the veteran coach who spent the last four seasons with San Francisco can breathe some life into the once-storied unit.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive coordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville.
OAKLAND (AP) - There are days David Lee plays enough minutes he can find a little flow, then others when the former All-Star forward sits for long stretches or never leaves Golden State's bench at all.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched four scoreless innings, Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat a San Diego Padres split squad 13-2 on Tuesday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Blake Wheeler scored two goals and added an assist to help the Winnipeg Jets top the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against a woman accusing him of rape.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the Oakland Athletics' desire for a new ballpark is a top priority, though he's unsure what influence his office can have on the matter.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Brennan Boesch hit his third home run of the spring, connecting against Sergio Romo in the Cincinnati Reds' 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Another star member of San Francisco's vaunted defense is calling it a career.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - By proving they can win on the road, the Atlanta Hawks have given themselves a chance to earn home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - When the Golden State Warriors made the playoffs two years ago, then-coach Mark Jackson got teary eyed just talking about the accomplishment and owner Joe Lacob offered handshakes and hugs to players in a celebratory locker room.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Zack Greinke gave up one hit over three innings in his second start this spring, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-5 on Monday.
The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976.
The NCAA Tournament field is set and everyone will be trying to end Kentucky's bid to become the first team to go undefeated in 39 years.
NICE, France (AP) - Richie Porte of Australia mastered tricky conditions to win Paris-Nice for the second time after being fastest in Sunday's final time-trial stage.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Serena Williams is settling right on into the BNP Paribas Open, producing a quick, business-like effort in advancing to the fourth round Sunday while enjoying her return after a 14-year absence.