SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the San Francisco 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Duncan was selected to his 14th All-Star game, Spurs teammate Tony Parker is joining him, and the Chicago Bulls also had two reserves chosen Thursday for next month's game in Houston.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Sloane Stephens sat for nine minutes, mostly staring at the court and trying to forget the curious timing of Victoria Azarenka's medical timeout. She may have been the only one trying to ignore it.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore will pay closer attention to his socks for the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Sloane Stephens wiped away tears as she thought about hanging a poster of herself on a wall in the place of her childhood hero.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams' dominating run at the majors is over. American teenager Sloane Stephens is headed to the semifinals of the Australian Open.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson had a stern warning for Seattle SuperSonics fans who are excited about the prospect of the NBA returning to the Puget Sound next season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim and John Harbaugh have exchanged a handful of text messages, and plan to leave it at that. No phone conversations necessary while the season's still going. No time for pleasantries, even for the friendly siblings.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry took some good-natured ribbing from his Golden State teammates following an impromptu celebration near the bench late in fourth quarter against Los Angeles.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Anderson patiently answered questions after a 27-point performance in the New Orleans Hornets' 114-105 victory over Sacramento on Monday. About 15 feet away, the franchise's prized player was nursing an ankle injury.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Li Na advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the third time in four years, bringing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska's 13-match winning streak to a shuddering halt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith drove in the Giants' victory parade last fall, players on San Francisco's championship baseball team hoped they might be able to return the favor if the 49ers could win it all a few months later.
NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 88-85 over the New York Knicks on Monday and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, two people familiar with the decision said Sunday night.
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LA QUINTA (AP) - Patrick Reed found La Quinta Country Club to his liking, too, leaving everyone else behind again in the Humana Challenge.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) - Julia Mancuso is not afraid to say it: her entire season will be defined by the Sochi Olympics.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches and stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 win Friday over Denis Istomin.
DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer agreed to a one-year contract that leaves his future with the Detroit Tigers as uncertain as ever.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - A timely save by Alex Stalock helped turned the momentum to the Sharks' favor.
HONOLULU (AP) - A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk a 5-under 65 and the outright lead in the Sony Open, and that's about it.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams got on and off court as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, registering yet another record with match win No. 61 at the Australian Open as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova.
As we wait for the weather to take a turn, there are a couple of things that I always do in January.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Packers-Bears. Steelers-Browns. Cowboys vs. anybody in the NFC East.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers believes he has put together a roster that has a real chance to win the NBA title. He also knows so much has to go Golden State's way between now and June for that to happen.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Ever since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake didn't know much about Philadelphia before arriving in the city for Major League Soccer's draft on Thursday.
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - Shaun White lay flat on the ground in a daze, with a couple of medics hovering over him to assess the damage.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - For a brief time, Josh McDaniels was a celebrity in Denver and he played the part with gusto - running to the corner of the stadium after his first signature win and pumping his fists at the crowd to celebrate.