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.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Marcus Lattimore feels close to 100 percent and is counting down the days until he can run free and easy for the San Francisco 49ers.
PHOENIX (AP) - Oakland catcher Derek Norris said collisions at home plate are part of the game and he applauds the updated rule that still allows for them in major league baseball.
The Sochi Olympics are over and the NHL is back after freezing its schedule so that the world's best hockey players could compete for gold - perhaps for the last time.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has no plans to stop being a two-sport man.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - When it comes to his 50-game drug suspension, Nelson Cruz didn't have much to say during his introduction by the Baltimore Orioles.
The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are working on a buyout of his contract, a person familiar with the talks said Tuesday.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors clamped down on the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a 104-96 victory Monday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Sean Doolittle had a cast covering his right wrist three years ago, the latest in a series of injuries that cost him nearly three years of his professional career.
Jason Collins has a week and a half to prove himself to the Brooklyn Nets.
CHICAGO (AP) - Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with former men's national team coach Bob Bradley.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Along with celebrating a World Golf Championship that took him to No. 4 in the world, Jason Day couldn't help but consider the rest of the young season and wonder just how much higher he could go.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball and its players have banned most home plate collisions but left open an exception if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner's direct path to home plate.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year extension on Monday that keeps him under contract through 2017.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colt Lyerla came to the NFL scouting combine with more to prove than just about anyone else.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that he isn't worried about possible contract talks becoming a distraction for star center fielder Mike Trout.