SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks skated onto their practice rink greeted by a warm ovation from a few hundred fans. After gathering at center ice, the players turned back to the crowd and raised their sticks in salute.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady is so good at this playoff thing he seems to be playing for a championship every year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Out for a Sunday morning jog in bright sunshine, Lance Armstrong hardly looked like a man about to finally confront the doping scandal that has shadowed his storied career like an angry storm cloud.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears. Matt Ryan relished the thought of not having to answer a familiar question.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick stood in a cramped corner of the 49ers' locker room smiling and chatting with Alex Smith late Saturday night when a stranger interrupted the two quarterbacks.
HOUSTON (AP) - The first time Houston faced the Patriots, top cornerback Johnathan Joseph played while still struggling to get healthy, and outside linebacker Brooks Reed sat out with an injury.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Zach Miller came to Seattle in 2011 thanks to a big contract and a penchant for catching a lot of passes as a tight end.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Try as they might, the Baltimore Ravens just couldn't get under the skin or into the heads of the Denver Broncos, who were more concerned about talking up their opponents than trash-talking them.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- The anxiety-filled green room and draft day seem so long ago now to Aaron Rodgers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Aaron Brooks has been in an awkward spot since news surfaced that the Sacramento Kings could be sold and moved to his hometown of Seattle.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Michael Crabtree realizes the moment he starts thinking about just how much zip is coming on each pass from Colin Kaepernick, that's when he might wind up missing the ball.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.
When he ended his life last year by shooting himself in the chest, Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease often linked with repeated blows to the head.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers could have filled an entire highlight reel with their interceptions last year.
OAKLAND (AP) - Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 18 points and the Memphis Grizzlies completed a 3-0 road trip with a 94-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - A wrist injury that limited San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis in practice will not prevent him from playing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) - The U.S. rookies are being thrown straight into the mix at the Ryder Cup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter didn't want the night to end.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George is getting back on his feet.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ishmael Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an interception 95 yards for another score, sparking No. 11 UCLA's 62-27 trouncing of No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday night.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins still plan to make a multiyear contract offer to NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, despite his recent season-ending injury.
DETROIT (AP) - Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes turned down a chance to pitch again this weekend, even though one more out would have earned him a $500,000 bonus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, Yasiel Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - All that's left for Derek Jeter to do is say goodbye.
OAKLAND (AP) - More luggage than usual piled up outside the Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday as the playoff-hopeful Athletics prepared for an uncertain road trip with no set return date.
Nothing is worse than being hit by a slew of injuries in a Sunday game. Except, of course, having to then play on Thursday. Just ask the Washington Redskins.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has made a coaching career out of bucking convention.
BAGSHOT, England (AP) - With everyone trying to pretend this is just a normal week of practice, perhaps the best plan of action for the Oakland Raiders is to embrace the abnormality of being in London, and hope something positive happens.