SEATTLE (AP) - When they walked off the field in Atlanta last January after blowing their chance to play for the NFC championship in the final seconds, there were varying emotions brewing in the Seattle Seahawks' locker room.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It doesn't surprise safety Mike Mitchell that the Carolina Panthers are only the third home underdog in the NFL divisional playoffs in the past 20 years.
BOSTON (AP) - Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend's wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.
DENVER (AP) - Philip Rivers likes to say the San Diego Chargers have been in playoff mode since last month, scrapping just to squeak into the postseason party.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83 Friday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 102-92 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight victory.
The long and winding road to the Meadowlands already has had some unexpected twists and turns.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody could blame Perrish Cox for confusing his uniform, defensive schemes or even what state he's in these days. It's been a constant switcheroo.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Thursday his injured left knee isn't coming along quite as well as he'd hoped.
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.
STANFORD (AP) - The challenge for Stanford's struggling offense just got a little more difficult this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From his three home-run game in the 2012 World Series to that lasting image of his arms in the air celebrating another San Francisco championship last month, Pablo Sandoval's departure to the Boston Red Sox leaves a city in shock that he is really leaving.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justin Forsett ripped off one long run after another, and the Baltimore Ravens battered Drew Brees into a very costly mistake.
MACAU (AP) - Bob Arum learned something about Chinese boxing fans earlier this year at his company's first fight card in Shanghai, where the crowd yelled and cheered for the home country boxers all the way up until the main event.
NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has the utmost respect for a guy who dislocates his finger and pops it back in on his own. Harbaugh once did so himself during his 15-year NFL career as a quarterback.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater returned to practice Monday for the first time since breaking his left foot two months ago.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Frans Nielsen and John Tavares finally solved Philadelphia's Steve Mason in a shootout, and the New York Islanders outlasted the Flyers 1-0 on Monday night to post the best 21-game start in franchise history.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The star of USA Swimming's annual Golden Goggles banquet was a record-breaking prodigy from Maryland.
DETROIT (AP) - The Buffalo Bills had plenty of support at their temporary "home" stadium.
NEW YORK (AP) - A full postseason share for the World Series champion Giants was worth a record $388,606, topping the previous mark of $370,873 set by San Francisco two years ago.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he's a major reason for their early failures.