OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee has worked for eight seasons to be in the NBA playoffs. The last time he even attended a postseason game was between the Bulls and Wizards in Chicago before the 2005 draft.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After three stints as an interim coach, this season was supposed to be Keith Smart's first real chance to show what he could do on the NBA sidelines with a full summer and training camp to prepare.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Cameron Morrah to a one-year contract, helping fill a void left by Delanie Walker's departure to the Tennessee Titans.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Marty Havlat scored twice against his former team and the San Jose Sharks closed in on a ninth straight playoff berth, beating the Minnesota Wild 6-1 on Thursday night for their most lopsided win of the season.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Matt Cain's struggles continued against the Milwaukee Brewers.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders spent this offseason getting rid of almost all of the remaining high-profile players brought in by the previous regime.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth and the Boston Red Sox earned their sixth straight win with a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
DENVER (AP) - It was 28 degrees when Jon Garland threw the first pitch Thursday, and he worked seven solid innings to give the Colorado Rockies an 11-3 win over the New York Mets in the wrap-up of a wintry series at Coors Field.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Stephen Curry set a NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272 and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 99-88 on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, including several big shots down the stretch, and the Los Angeles Clippers locked up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, holding off the Sacramento Kings 112-108 on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Was this the end?
OAKLAND (AP) - While his former team is struggling through the rebuilding process, Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie is relishing life on the West Coast.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rarely used, Blake Lalli quickly showed he was totally prepared.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith are working back from offseason surgeries, and general manager Trent Baalke expects each to be at full strength and ready for the start of training camp this summer.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Zach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah's playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.
BOSTON (AP) - For Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the most accomplished couple in American figure skating history, skating off with another national title this week seems a mere formality.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig begs a trooper who clocked him going 110 mph in Florida to let him go and later chides himself in the back seat of a police car for driving so fast, video released Wednesday shows.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Phil Dawson walked off the field in triumph, his left hand still raised in the freezing air.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors to their 10th straight win, a 101-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 13 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 32 points and the Sacramento Kings held off a furious rally to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 123-119 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record Wednesday, though he won't become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators have been playing better recently, yet have only a couple of hard-fought points to show for their work.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - C.J. Fair scored 17 points and No. 2 Syracuse used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech 72-52 on Tuesday night.
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Playoff ratings are soaring, the messy concussion lawsuit is all but over, and the only thing the NFL really has to worry about now is keeping a bunch of corporate bigwigs warm at the Super Bowl.
MIAMI (AP) - The first airborne banner calling for Jeff Ireland to be fired flew over the Miami Dolphins' stadium in 2011. Other similar signs followed, most recently in November, and on Tuesday those wanting him out finally got their wish.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Ever since getting pounded by the Seahawks early last month, the New Orleans Saints have learned to love the idea of going back to Seattle.