NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators have been playing better recently, yet have only a couple of hard-fought points to show for their work.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - C.J. Fair scored 17 points and No. 2 Syracuse used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech 72-52 on Tuesday night.
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Playoff ratings are soaring, the messy concussion lawsuit is all but over, and the only thing the NFL really has to worry about now is keeping a bunch of corporate bigwigs warm at the Super Bowl.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 111-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks say their decision to limit ticket sales for the NFC championship game to certain states was due to concerns over ticket brokers.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed defensive coordinator Jason Tarver to a new contract to remain on coach Dennis Allen's staff.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a 75-72 upset of previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh pirouetted in frustration following a personal foul on Dan Skuta. He got hit with his own unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing following a catch by Vernon Davis that went to review before being ruled a touchdown.
OAKLAND (AP) - About the only support Stephen Curry used to receive on the road when he first entered the NBA in 2009 came away from the court before or after games.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George scored 31 points, making four 3-pointers, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 116-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams matched one of Margaret Court's records at the Australian Open on Wednesday as she advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Jurgen Klinsmann is giving American players an early chance to get to know Brazil ahead of the World Cup.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell told a Jamaican disciplinary panel on Tuesday that he didn't tell a doping control officer about most of the supplements he was taking because the products were new to him and he couldn't recall their names.
FLACHAU, Austria (AP) - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her status as the best slalom skier in the women's World Cup on Tuesday, winning a night race just 38 days before the same event at the Sochi Olympics.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Free safety Ed Reynolds and right tackle Cameron Fleming are the latest Stanford players to announce they are forgoing their final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
SEATTLE (AP) - Mike Holmgren is now one of the intruders.
DETROIT (AP) - Jim Caldwell got a ringing endorsement from one of his mentors when Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was doing his homework.