SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have far too much respect for the Los Angeles Kings and all they have accomplished the past few years to think that knocking them out of the playoffs would be easy.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is committed to supporting linebacker Aldon Smith like a family member in the wake of his latest legal trouble - and keeping Smith around for the long haul, too.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin buried bank shots, turnaround jumpers and spinning layups. DeAndre Jordan gobbled up rebounds and opposing shots, often flexing his muscles and letting out a roar.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left and the Houston Rockets narrowed Portland's first-round playoff advantage to 2-1 with a 121-116 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Phelps' comeback meet was cut short Friday when he failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks scored four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse homered to back another stellar outing by Tim Hudson, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Friday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run ninth inning to help the Oakland Athletics to a 12-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - There's no mistaking what row Bob Uecker is in now - all the way in the back of the upper deck.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport will wait until after the season to study whether the rule preventing pitchers from using pine tar should be changed.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is now under contract with the Carolina Panthers for the next two seasons.
DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals apiece, and the Los Angeles Kings emphatically avoided first-round playoff elimination with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 98-96 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina beat North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Zack Greinke struggled with his command in his fourth spring start, allowing five hits in 3 2/3 innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants 8-4 on Friday night.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Anthony Ranaudo pitched six solid innings and Elvis Andrus, Jake Smolinski and Chris Gimenez each drove in runs for Texas before the Oakland Athletics rallied in the ninth for a 7-6 victory Friday over the Rangers.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in the Texas Open to take a one-stroke lead in his hometown event.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched five shaky innings for the San Francisco Giants, and Billy Butler hit a two-run double that helped the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory Thursday night.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said Major League Baseball is reviewing his deleted Twitter account as part of an investigation into gambling-related tweets posted there and he is cooperating with the investigation.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday.
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Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message.
DETROIT (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are trying to play their way into a playoff berth. Meanwhile, Detroit seems on the verge of falling out of one.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Notre Dame's Muffett McGraw will coach against each other Friday in the Sweet 16 for just the third time in their Hall of Fame careers and the first time in the NCAA Tournament.
With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Labor leaders announced Thursday that they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It has been a season full of firsts and fun for the Golden State Warriors, rewriting the franchise record book and rediscovering what it means to be a winner.