SANTA CLARA (AP) - Even at less than full strength, Justin Smith's presence on the San Francisco defensive line is enough to instill plenty of fear in opposing offenses.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - From the way Vernon Davis struts and smiles around the San Francisco 49ers' locker room, it might be hard to tell the tight end has endured a "stressful season."
NEW YORK (AP) - There's a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday he lost his cool after Kevin Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – There's no questioning how badly San Francisco kicker Billy Cundiff wants another chance in the playoffs after the way last season ended. Cundiff and the Baltimore Ravens stayed home after he missed a potential tying 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the AFC championship game and New England went to the Super Bowl last season instead.
SANTA CLARA - Andy Lee's nerves came on a full day before San Francisco's playoff opener a year ago, not just leading up to his first punt as is typically the case each game. Tight end Vernon Davis was surprised at his butterflies stepping onto the NFL's big stage for the first time, too.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to help the Memphis Grizzlies rout the Sacramento Kings 113-81 on Monday night.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - It doesn't sound good for Robert Griffin III. An injury that sidelines RG3 well into next season is a very real possibility - or at least it seemed that way Monday after coach Mike Shanahan described the results of tests on the rookie's right knee.
The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Kemba Walker had 20 points and seven assists, Ben Gordon scored 18 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons 108-101 in overtime Sunday night for just their second win in 21 games.
NEW YORK (AP) - They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers can toss their film from the season opener against Green Bay in the trash for as much good as it will do now.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Russell Wilson raced ahead to throw the final block on Marshawn Lynch's go-ahead touchdown run, and the Seattle Seahawks finally had a victorious road show.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens wanted one long final ride for Ray Lewis.
HOUSTON (AP) - Another trip to New England awaits the Houston Texans, and coach Gary Kubiak knows what his team has to do to have a chance against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs.
MIAMI (AP) - Over the last 10 seasons, only one NBA player has been part of more wins than LeBron James.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tim Hudson still refuses to take credit for his quick start to the season.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are opening up quite a cushion in the AL West.
CHICAGO (AP) - Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics called up catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday and optioned right-hander Fernando Rodriguez back to the minors.
Sixty years ago, on May 18, 1954, Jack McAllister, Manteca High hurler, pos ted his first no-hit, no-run game of the season, shutting out Oakdale High 2-0. McAllister combined with catcher Ed Morley to set the Mustangs down with no hits while his teammates were collecting seven base knocks. Emmett Lee and Bob Vogel doubled for the locals.
PARIS (AP) - Everything appeared to be under control for Roger Federer, just like in the old days at Grand Slam tournaments.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson handled the pothole at Dover the same way he disposed of a rough patch to start the season.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - With every swing, Hideki Matsuyama appeared to join a cast of top players throwing away a chance to win the Memorial.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Stacy Lewis is back on top.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi broke a tie in the 45th minute and the San Jose Earthquakes beat FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday night for their first road victory of the season.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - The combinations started to click. The confidence grew a little bit.
TRIESTE, Italy (AP) - Nairo Quintana showed why he's considered as cycling's next star by winning the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to follow his runner-up finish in last year's Tour de France.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Madison Bumgarner figured he would need to be at the top of his game Friday night when he went up against Adam Wainwright.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss had grand slam on his mind. It felt as good as he thought it might.