OAKLAND (AP) - Jarrod Parker was one of the Athletics' top prospects last year, when he went 13-8 and helped Oakland win the AL West title.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden thinks the Houston Rockets have only some minor tinkering to do before the playoffs begin. Otherwise, everything seems to be working fine.
BOSTON (AP) - Clay Buchholz didn't allow a hit until Kelly Johnson's broken-bat single leading off the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons homered and the Atlanta Braves won their ninth in row as Paul Maholm beat the Washington Nationals 9-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
HOUSTON (AP) - From Nicolas Almagro's vantage point, there was nothing unusual about John Isner's serves on Sunday.
MONACO (AP) - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic says he isn't sure whether he will play at the Monte Carlo Masters this week, even though his right ankle injury is healing.
BOSTON (AP) - The heat was unprecedented and so was the offer: Any of the 27,000 runners in last year's Boston Marathon could skip the race and automatically qualify for the 2013 edition instead.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Miami Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season, beating the Chicago Bulls 105-93 on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks got goals from Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa for a 2-0 win over St. Louis on Sunday, ending Blues goalie Brian Elliott's shutout streak at three games.
The race for the Valley Oak League crown just got tighter.
By MIKE BENTON
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker delivered another typical performance, which the San Antonio Spurs needed on a day when nothing went as expected.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson never had a game-ending hit in one of Oakland's major league-high 14 walk-off wins last year.
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.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - As the newest starter in the Seattle Seahawks secondary, cornerback Byron Maxwell had plenty of time earlier in his career to be an observer.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Growing up, Andrew Luck kept trying to emulate the quarterbacks he watched on Sunday afternoons, guys like Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Courtney Lee and have sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Bring on Carolina once more, and another cross-country playoff flight.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Before Pete Carroll turns his full attention to Seattle's playoff opponent, he'll make sure the Seahawks aren't expecting another easy win against New Orleans like in Week 13.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a few more big plays from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this time around.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts are getting some help from a former Patriot.