SANTA CLARA (AP) - There were times in Washington when Carlos Rogers chose to skip offseason workouts with the Redskins even though his contract called for a bonus if he participated.
About 10 minutes from opening a comfortable lead in its semifinal group of World Cup qualifying, the United States stumbled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hooray for Hockeywood.
PARIS (AP) - Rafael Nadal was worried.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Casey Martin has never allowed himself to look too far into the future.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) - Central America or Europe, it doesn't matter. World Cup qualifiers are tough.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LeBron James is quickly racking up MVP awards while Kevin Durant is collecting scoring titles at the same pace.
SEATTLE (AP) - Before they became critically acclaimed documentary filmmakers, Adam Brown and Jason Reid were simply basketball junkies. And being hoops aficionados, Brown and Reid can appreciate the way the Oklahoma City Thunder play.
ATLANTA (AP) - Ivan Nova combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Monday night to claim a share of first place in the AL East for the first time in seven weeks.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When the Oklahoma City Thunder signed five-time champion Derek Fisher late in the season, they added a veteran guard with oodles more NBA finals experience than the rest of the roster he was joining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum avoided the one bad inning that has buried so many of his starts this season. Instead, the lanky right-hander spread out his mistakes all over the place.
PHOENIX (AP) - Winning streaks are made of little things, such as tagging up at first base and advancing to second.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings gave defenseman Brad Stuart and the San Jose Sharks a head start on completing a reunion for next season.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Forget the Stanley Cup coronation for the Los Angeles Kings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Martin led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his second homer of the game and the New York Yankees took advantage of some shoddy infield defense to beat the struggling Mets 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
The oddsmakers weren't fazed by three road teams winning in the wild-card round. They've made two of those winners, the Saints and Chargers, big underdogs on Saturday in the divisional round.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The last time Russell Wilson played like he was pushing to be included in the talk for MVP, he dissected the New Orleans Saints with one of the best performances of his career.
NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Brooklyn Nets' season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win Wednesday night that snapped the Golden State Warriors' 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history.
NEW YORK (AP) - A new generation of starting pitchers and a self-proclaimed Mr. Clean of the Steroids Era will be ushered into baseball's Hall of Fame this summer. For tainted players, however, the doors to Cooperstown remain bolted.
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.