MIAMI (AP) - The first airborne banner calling for Jeff Ireland to be fired flew over the Miami Dolphins' stadium in 2011. Other similar signs followed, most recently in November, and on Tuesday those wanting him out finally got their wish.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Ever since getting pounded by the Seahawks early last month, the New Orleans Saints have learned to love the idea of going back to Seattle.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - As the newest starter in the Seattle Seahawks secondary, cornerback Byron Maxwell had plenty of time earlier in his career to be an observer.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Growing up, Andrew Luck kept trying to emulate the quarterbacks he watched on Sunday afternoons, guys like Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Courtney Lee and have sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Bring on Carolina once more, and another cross-country playoff flight.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Before Pete Carroll turns his full attention to Seattle's playoff opponent, he'll make sure the Seahawks aren't expecting another easy win against New Orleans like in Week 13.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a few more big plays from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this time around.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts are getting some help from a former Patriot.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Forget the Ravens.
Say these things for Dennis Rodman: He likes going to North Korea, and likes bringing a bit of a side show with him.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Zach Johnson is taking his place among the big boys in golf with two of the shortest clubs in his bag.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Lawyers representing former NFL players in the proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion-related claims detailed Monday how the money would be divided.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees talked frugality, then reverted to their high-spending ways.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - After hurrying Denver's quick-strike, high-octane offense through a record-shattering regular season, Peyton Manning has turned the Broncos into a slow-grinding, clock-eating machine in the playoffs.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed reserve quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson as one of 13 players signed to reserve/future contracts.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are being sued by current and former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other unfair employment practices.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - For a full two sets and nine games, Roger Federer was the picture of poise, picking up half-volleys with vintage panache and placing winners past Andy Murray.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Serena Williams' name is on the entry list for the Indian Wells tournament for the first time since she vowed in 2001 to never return.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods was posing for pictures with a trophy Wednesday at Torrey Pines, and the tournament had not even started.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Rudy Gay tied a career high with 41 points, and the Sacramento Kings cruised to a 114-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their franchise-record seventh straight win, a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic's bid for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title ended in a dramatic five-set quarterfinal loss to Stanislas Wawrinka, potentially leaving the door ajar for a new major champion.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers took months last year to get over the sting of a three-point Super Bowl loss to Baltimore.
NEW YORK (AP) - Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015.
NEW YORK (AP) - Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month.