SACRAMENTO (AP) - First-year Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone gathered his players following a two-day Christmas break last week and asked them one question: What type of season do they want to have?
SANTA CLARA (AP) - That familiar "Quest for Six" slogan has re-emerged.
OAKLAND (AP) - With one sterling half, Peyton Manning accomplished all he needed to in the regular-season finale by seizing another prestigious record and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phil Dawson's franchise-record string of 27 consecutive field goals ended with a missed 24-yard chip shot. The San Francisco kicker made up for it, to say the least, at the end of a wild 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that clinched the NFC's No. 5 playoff seed.
CHICAGO (AP) - Aaron Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 to capture the NFC North championship.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Bracken Kearns scored his first NHL goal, Logan Couture netted his 100th, and the San Jose Sharks broke Anaheim's 10-game winning streak by beating the Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Rob Chudzinski didn't even get a full year to fix the dreadful Browns.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
KEARNS, Utah (AP) - Shani Davis calls the 1,000 meters "one of my babies."
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals talk about how much is at stake when they meet in their regular-season finale on Sunday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Less than three years after being one of the most prized free agents on the open market, Nnamdi Asomugha' NFL career is over.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two years after finishing tied atop the AFC West with eight wins apiece, the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders couldn't be farther apart.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.
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.