SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis believes the San Francisco 49ers can still be a great defense even without All-Pro tackle Justin Smith.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt Leinart is hoping to get one more shot to show what he can do as an NFL starting quarterback.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Barnes tied his season high with 21 points off the bench, Chris Paul had 11 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Boston 106-77 on Thursday night, becoming the first team to win 15 consecutive games since the Celtics four years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson want to cap their sensational comebacks with Super Bowl appearances. For now, they can be proud of Pro Bowl spots.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Golden State Warriors knew they had let one slip away days before Christmas against the Los Angeles Lakers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers wanted to put Sunday's loss to Sacramento behind them as quickly as possible.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Miami Heat handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th straight loss, 105-92 on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn't ready to select a starting quarterback for Sunday's game in San Diego and said it's possible that both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor could play.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Mario Manningham limped through the locker room on crutches, holding a towel around his waist while trying to keep his head high and sport a smile.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford led a dominant performance by the Los Angeles reserves with 22 points, and the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 112-100 on Tuesday night, extending their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games.
Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison, Penn State football played under NCAA sanctions and Joe Paterno passed away.
DENVER (AP) - From Peyton Manning overcoming four neck surgeries to Adrian Peterson's rebound from a shredded knee to Chuck Pagano's fight with leukemia, this has been the Year of the Comeback in the NFL.
MADRID (AP) - Rafael Nadal's return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus.
SEATTLE (AP) - Fueled by its deafening home crowd, the Seattle Seahawks locked up their spot in the postseason Sunday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plot of land in the downtown area is being cleared for a new arena, a sign of how far the Sacramento Kings have come since a pending sale threatened to relocate the franchise to Seattle only 17 months ago.
LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: "When in doubt, sit it out."
OAKLAND (AP) - Any time a team fires a coach after a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances the message from ownership is clear: good is not good enough.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to return to the practice field at last, ready to forget the devastating knee injuries, surgeries and countless hours of rehab.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Every week there's a new problem and the same result for the Oakland Raiders.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy did it again. The small-town West Texas kid calmly led a winning drive at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a "W'' underneath a crown.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jake Peavy's son is eager for dad to bring home the World Series championship, and a cable car.
Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was leveled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.
CLEVELAND (AP) - One of these games, the Raiders will put it all together.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.