OAKLAND (AP) - Kobe Bryant walked out of the visitor's locker room to a few dozen fans waiting with hugs and handshakes for the Los Angeles Lakers' star and a circle of reporters ready to stick a microphone near his face.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Even with Tim Duncan sitting out to rest, the San Antonio Spurs had enough to get an easy win on the road for the third time in three nights.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets 104-95 on Wednesday night in their last trip to New Jersey.
DENVER (AP) - Juan Nicasio threw 6 1-3 solid innings for his first win since returning from a broken neck, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, Derek Holland pitched seven solid innings as Texas beat Boston for its sixth straight win.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are looking to change things up after dropping two straight games to the St. Louis Blues in their first-round series.
HILADELPHIA (AP) - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal pushed back with a vengeance with Pittsburgh on the brink of being sweep, leading the Penguins to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in the first-round Eastern Conference series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All-Star Giants closer Brian Wilson will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Apparently, there are no hard feelings on 49ers general manager Trent Baalke's part regarding the Saints' targeting of San Francisco players in their bounty program.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Melky Cabrera hit an RBI single in the 11th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on Wednesday, ending a thrilling pitchers' duel that seemed as if it might go on all night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes at one point and pitched four-hit ball for eight innings to help the Oakland Athletics beat the cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Mike Napoli hit two of Texas' six home runs and the Rangers romped past the Boston Red Sox 18-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
DENVER (AP) - Jamie Moyer turned in a vintage performance in becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey didn't intend to cut it quite so close on his first stolen base since last year's devastating, season-ending leg injury.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes is adjusting to life in America and the big leagues on a daily basis.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals didn't wait long or look far for their next offensive coordinator, promoting Hue Jackson on Thursday shortly after Jay Gruden was introduced as the next head coach in Washington.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pete Carroll told Percy Harvin that the Seattle Seahawks were considering placing him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot ahead of the postseason. Harvin's response: "Coach I'm ready to play ball."
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Hall of Fame says it's up to baseball writers to propose any changes in the selection process.
DETROIT (AP) - Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery Thursday after injuring himself last month during offseason conditioning.
HONOLULU (AP) - Sang-Moon Bae got off to a great start in pristine conditions along the shores of Oahu. Chris Kirk had an ideal finish.