ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sat at his locker and chuckled at the thought of his first trip to the playoffs, his belly shaking like a shopping mall Santa Claus.
Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant wasn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a night they cheered "The Catch" and all the San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium.
DENVER (AP) - David Lee's season came to a painful end the last time he played in Denver. He put that memory to rest in his return.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just because the Sacramento Kings were familiar with Tyreke Evans didn't mean they could stop him.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, replacing Matt McGloin for the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Gay has made the half-hour commute from his city home in San Francisco to Candlestick Park almost daily for 35 years.
Cowboys not ruling out Romo for finale: IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night.
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
NEW YORK (AP) - Buck Showalter and Matt Williams won the Manager of the Year awards Tuesday, turning a Beltway double play.
TORONTO (AP) - Kyle Lowry scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 17 and the Toronto Raptors erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando 104-100 on Tuesday night, their ninth consecutive victory over the Magic.
PHOENIX (AP) - Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers' top priority is re-signing Victor Martinez now that the slugger is a free agent after declining the team's qualifying offer.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panthers broke out of their scoring slump in a big way.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mats Zuccarello scored the first of New York's three first-period goals, Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season, and the Rangers snapped Pittsburgh's seven-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory Tuesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - In the days before his last fight - a stunning upset few in boxing saw coming - Chris Algieri worked his regular job as a personal trainer. At night he went home to his parents' house on Long Island, where he lives in the basement.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Ray McDonald can continue playing for the San Francisco 49ers without the burden of a domestic violence case that has followed him all season.
NEW YORK (AP) - For the third straight year, baseball's free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As the Oakland Raiders went through the first half of the season without a win, one positive they could latch onto was the promising play from rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mark Sanchez did his part for the Eagles while the defense dominated and special teams shined.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - In his 12th NFL season, Carson Palmer was having the time of his life.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh had an ease of sorts about him again, perhaps from a potentially season-saving overtime win on the road at New Orleans, or the fact that defensive lineman Ray McDonald's domestic violence case has been resolved without charges being filed, allowing everyone to move forward at last.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James had a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Kyrie Irving scored 27 of his 32 in the second half to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the New Orleans Pelicans 118-111 on Monday night.