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.
COURCHEVEL, France (AP) - American rider Andrew Talansky was the surprise winner of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday as he held off two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador after a gripping finale on the eighth stage.
OAKLAND (AP) - Carlos Beltran rediscovered his power stroke. One inning later, the Yankees slugger forgot how many outs there were.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Morneau came to the plate in the eighth inning with one thought in mind: just see the ball and hit it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.
SAO PAULO (AP) - One day when Nick Rimando was at World Cup training camp last month in Northern California, his two children opened a lemonade stand back home in Salt Lake City to support their father and U.S. soccer.
NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewership of the World Cup's opening game in the United States was up 8 percent over 2010, due to increased interest in ESPN's English-language telecast.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Masters champion Bubba Watson avoided major mistakes, putted well and seemed more comfortable in his second run through Pinehurst No. 2 at the U.S. Open.
An American bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Phelps pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and two relievers were perfect the rest of the way, leading the New York Yankees past the Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - D.J. LeMahieu hit a tiebreaking single in a five-run ninth inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 7-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testified Friday in a lawsuit filed over a severe beating at Dodger Stadium that he wasn't personally involved in security matters at the venue but did suggest a fan code of conduct.
OAKLAND (AP) - Derek Jeter has never understood the fuss over his famous flip.
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) - Many footballers would struggle to recover from a lapse that cost his team the league title. After a difficult few weeks, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's mind is clear of the anguish and ready to lead England at the World Cup.
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final.