SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Aldon Smith chases down the NFL record for sacks, his specialty becomes of particular significance this week when the San Francisco 49ers face New England and the NFL's top-ranked offense.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch practiced for the first time this week, an encouraging turn for a struggling secondary sorely lacking depth.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Poor starts have often been the cause of Orlando's worst outings this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - There was no coasting to a 10-game winning streak for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Randy Moss joined the New England Patriots five years ago thinking he knew a lot about football.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Andres Torres is returning to the San Francisco Giants, who gave the outfielder his first chance as a regular two years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear Barry Bonds' appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction early next year.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are looking forward to matching up with Tom Brady and the prolific offense of the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain met with coach Dennis Allen before returning to practice Wednesday after serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
MIAMI (AP) - The Golden State Warriors used a savvy play by a rookie and took advantage of a defensive breakdown to surprise the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks won 'ugly' in a matchup of short-handed teams - and that's just fine with Brandon Jennings.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco cornerback Tarell Brown turned off the Monday Night Football game as soon as Tom Brady and the Patriots jumped out to a big lead.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left, and the New York Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-97 on Tuesday night.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pete Carroll pulled Richard Sherman aside on Monday and made sure his fiery cornerback understood that his rant against San Francisco's Michael Crabtree was overshadowing the Seattle Seahawks reaching their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks were the NFL's best all season, so it's fitting that they'll meet in the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Eugenie Bouchard has reached the semifinals in her first trip to the Australian Open, beating 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 on Tuesday to set up a showdown with fourth-seeded Li Na.
OAKLAND (AP) - When Paul George played at Golden State last season, he missed all seven shots he took and finished scoreless in Indiana's loss. Instead of sulking, he went straight to the gym after the Pacers arrived back home in the wee hours of the morning.
HONOLULU (AP) - Deion Sanders is giving Jerry Rice one concession as Pro Bowl week begins: The record-setting wide receiver will call the coin toss Tuesday that starts the process of picking teams.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The collision that knocked Aqib Talib out of the AFC championship game reverberated Monday when Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wes Welker tried to "take out" the star cornerback.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Even on a night when the play was hampered by choppy ice, the puck still seems to find Joe Pavelski and he keeps finding the net.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella without pay for 15 days on Monday for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks are bringing their game-changing defense - and the 12th Man - to the Big Apple for the Super Bowl.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning stuffed the football into his helmet and handed it to an equipment man for safekeeping.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Sacramento Kings 108-93 on Sunday night.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Patrick Reed lost his putting touch for a few hours in the final round of the Humana Challenge. He found it when things were getting interesting.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Maria Sharapova followed Serena Williams out of the Australian Open in the fourth round, losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday in the second major upset in 24 hours on Rod Laver Arena.
DENVER (IAP) - Shaun White is soaring to Sochi.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Martin St. Louis tied a Tampa Bay scoring record, it just wasn't enough to lift the Lightning to a win.