FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - As a first-time dad with a baby at home, Novak Djokovic could see merits in the tale of Serena Williams' mid-match espresso that has been brewing in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
The Chicago Bears hired Vic Fangio as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, hoping the veteran coach who spent the last four seasons with San Francisco can breathe some life into the once-storied unit.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive coordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Max Scherzer will become the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in the major leagues after agreeing to a $210 million, seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals that includes a record $50 million signing bonus.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic returned to Rod Laver Arena for the first time as a husband and father, shrugging off the effects of a cold to beat No. 116-ranked Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in his first-round match on Tuesday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - James Michael McAdoo signed a 10-day contract Monday morning after getting called up from the NBA Development League. By late afternoon, he had teammates and fans cheering his debut and went home with the game ball.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave as their new offensive coordinator.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Even after losing All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge to an injury, the banged-up Portland Trail Blazers found a winning combination.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils found a way to get rid of the bad taste from a lopsided loss at Anaheim before heading into a lengthy break.
The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway and Gary Kubiak are back together drawing up blueprints for the Denver Broncos to get back to the Super Bowl.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) - Tiger Woods has another reason not to like cameras - his agent said it cost him a tooth.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) - The whole gang was there when Lindsey Vonn finally became the most successful women's World Cup skier of all time.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - David Arseneault Jr. thought nothing of the email when it first appeared in his inbox.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis doesn't want to carry the Pelicans into the playoffs just so they can get unceremoniously bounced in the first round by NBA-leading Golden State.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - He's the No. 1 player in the world, winner of the last two majors and star of a poignant new Nike commercial he admits to having watched - but only once.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - This is one competition Tiger Woods doesn't mind losing. He's playing in the Par 3 Tournament at the Masters.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Omri Casspi scored 16 of his career-high 31 points in the third quarter and the Sacramento Kings overcame a sluggish start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-111 on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said his team might need to take a step backward after last year's historic playoff collapse if the Sharks wanted to eventually reach their goal of a Stanley Cup championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The coaching staff has been overhauled, the roster upgraded and the facilities modernized.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman Kwame Harris was tied to two hit-and-run crashes in San Francisco before falling asleep in a running car and trying to bite a police officer, authorities say.
HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. (AP) - A sixth-grade boy from suburban Chicago completed a near-perfect bracket predicting the NCAA men's basketball tournament, finishing in a tie for first in ESPN's massive annual contest.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before Ryan Rua broke it up with a leadoff single, and the Oakland Athletics snapped their record 10-game losing on opening day by beating the Texas Rangers 8-0 Monday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants opened defense of their third World Series title in five years with a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods arrived later than usual Monday for a Masters that is different from all the others he has played.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Jamie Benn scored twice, Colton Sceviour scored in the first 30 seconds, and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on a Monday night when both teams were eliminated from the playoff picture.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Thunder usually spend the first half of April fighting to improve their playoff seeding.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation in Sunday's loss to the Utah Jazz.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez listened to the cheers and waved his cap. He worked out an eight-pitch walk, lined an opposite-field single into right field and flied out.