CINCINNATI (AP) - So many things had to happen for Carson Palmer to get out of Cincinnati.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Malcolm Jenkins spent a good chunk of his offseason in front of a television, reviewing New Orleans' crushing loss to San Francisco in last season's playoffs.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Marcel Reece isn't putting much value behind the numbers he's had in the two games since taking over as the Oakland Raiders' starting running back.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be medically cleared to play by Saturday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gordon Hayward scored 23 points, including the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Sacramento Kings 104-102 on Friday night.
DENVER (AP) - Ty Lawson has a reputation for quickness and scoring. He can play defense, too.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Sockers will set a U.S. professional team record if they win their 41st straight game Friday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Greedy or not, Aldon Smith wants all the defensive accolades he can get.
CHICAGO (AP) - Another American women's football league will try to succeed where two previous attempts have failed.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The season hadn't even ended before NASCAR's top executives were previewing 2013, the new "Gen 6" cars and elements of a five-year industry "action plan" designed to engage and excite fans.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Hue Jackson made a big impact in his two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has never spoken to Carson Palmer, the quarterback he replaced last year. Coach Marvin Lewis has limited his interaction with the former franchise player to a few texts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith is supportive of Colin Kaepernick's success, even if the second-year pro takes Smith's starting job as 49ers quarterback.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had an appointment Tuesday for a follow-up evaluation with doctors after undergoing a minor procedure last Thursday for an irregular heartbeat.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the new regime took over the Oakland Raiders last January, they inherited an 8-8 team that fell one game shy of the playoffs, featuring an offense that could be prolific at times and a defense that was historically bad.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi broke a tie in the 45th minute and the San Jose Earthquakes beat FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday night for their first road victory of the season.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - The combinations started to click. The confidence grew a little bit.
TRIESTE, Italy (AP) - Nairo Quintana showed why he's considered as cycling's next star by winning the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to follow his runner-up finish in last year's Tour de France.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Madison Bumgarner figured he would need to be at the top of his game Friday night when he went up against Adam Wainwright.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss had grand slam on his mind. It felt as good as he thought it might.
MIAMI (AP) - For the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers.
PARIS (AP) - In what seemed like a flash, and in what surely felt like a flash of pain for his opponent, Roger Federer went from vulnerable to commanding.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Paul Casey expected to be chasing someone Friday in the Memorial, figuring it would be Rory McIlroy.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder guard Derek Fisher has played more playoff games than anyone in history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Chicago Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.