ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sat at his locker and chuckled at the thought of his first trip to the playoffs, his belly shaking like a shopping mall Santa Claus.
Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant wasn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a night they cheered "The Catch" and all the San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium.
DENVER (AP) - David Lee's season came to a painful end the last time he played in Denver. He put that memory to rest in his return.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just because the Sacramento Kings were familiar with Tyreke Evans didn't mean they could stop him.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, replacing Matt McGloin for the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Gay has made the half-hour commute from his city home in San Francisco to Candlestick Park almost daily for 35 years.
Cowboys not ruling out Romo for finale: IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night.
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Linebacker Chris Borland's stellar rookie season for San Francisco is likely over.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter - at most.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins' busy offseason reached first base Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro stepped to the microphone and talked about how a franchise that was in disarray a little more than 18 months ago when owner Vivek Ranadive bought the team has been stabilized with new leadership, a change in culture and the start of a new arena.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh welcomes a sit-down with 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke to discuss the future - his future - after a season that will end in two weeks without a playoff berth for the first time during his four-year tenure.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel says his embarrassing debut as a starter against Cincinnati was "very humbling."
CHICAGO (AP) - Turns out all Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed to solve their problems was to show up in Chicago.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins are worried forward Beau Bennett has mumps.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray has a broken left hand in what could be a damaging blow to the playoff hopes of the Dallas Cowboys.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Lester says he believes in the Chicago Cubs' plan and is ready to try to help bring them their first championship since 1908.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez appears to be returning to the New York Yankees as a man without a position.
SEATTLE (AP) - Doug Baldwin was caught. Not in the sense of getting tackled, but caught being an observer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - When Tony Sparano took over as interim coach in Oakland, one of his priorities was to make sure that the Raiders stopped beating the Raiders.
NEW YORK (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will likely be taking his game to the NFL next season.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As Stephen Curry watched his second 3-pointer in overtime go down from 26 feet out, he shrugged his shoulders then pounded his chest.