ALAMEDA (AP) - For the Oakland Raiders, the bye is coming at just the right time.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Keith Smart believes changing the attitude of the Sacramento Kings starts with taking the team out of Northern California.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, rallying past the Carolina Panthers 30-28 on Sunday.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first playoff berth since 1997, extending their winning streak to four by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday as Nate McLouth, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis hit solo homers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career and drove in five runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals closed in on the NL's second wild-card berth by beating the Washington Nationals 10-4 Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets were a delicious treat for the San Francisco 49ers.
DENVER (AP) - Instead of coming from behind, Peyton Manning spent the second half piling it on.
OAKLAND (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to move Oakland a win closer to the club's first playoff berth in six years, and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Sunday to stay right on the heels of Texas in the AL West race.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Pinch hitter Xavier Nady homered off Huston Street to tie the game with one out in the ninth and Hunter Spence hit a go-ahead, two-run shot as the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 Sunday.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Referee Jeff Triplette struck a triumphant tone before Sunday's Saints-Packers game at Lambeau Field, announcing during the pregame coin toss that "it's great to be back, gentlemen!"
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) - Erasing some of their worst Ryder Cup memories, the Europeans wore the image of Seve Ballesteros on their sleeves and played their hearts out Sunday at Medinah to match the greatest comeback in history and head home with that precious gold trophy.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Brad Keselowski had fuel to spare for a couple of victory burnouts.
LECCO, Italy (AP) - Joaquin Rodriguez won the Giro di Lombardia with a late solo breakaway in the rain Saturday to end the season at the top of the UCI rankings.
KEARNS, Utah (AP) - Olympic bronze medalist Simon Cho said Sunday he expects to be suspended or banned because of skate tampering allegations.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Steven Lenhart scored two goals, including the tying score in second-half stoppage time as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied for a 3-3 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night.
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.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Big, bad football players don't get intimidated. Not by noise, weather, statistics or hard hits.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Embarrassing headlines. Sidelined superstars. Retooled offenses. Shredded defenses. It's a wonder the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos made it this far.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored a career-high 54 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 127-121 on Friday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Conley had 25 points and six assists, then grabbed possession of a jump ball in the final 2 seconds to help the Memphis Grizzlies secure a 91-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
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.