SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it's exactly how close they are as a team.
MIAMI (AP) - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra summed up the efforts of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in three words: "Video game numbers," he said.
PHOENIX (AP) - Michael Brantley sprinted for third base, trying to take advantage of an overthrow. He walked off the field moments later, his arm dangling at his side.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner is no fan of the twist, a minor flaw in his windup that eventually got worse before it started getting better.
The Daytona 500 kicked off the start of the 2013 racing season this past weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe has been suspended two games without pay by the NHL for instigating a fight late in Friday night's 2-1 loss to Chicago.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Even in the most stressful form of golf, Matt Kuchar and his easy smile made the Match Play Championship look like a weekend game with his buddies.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem threw a big wrinkle into the plan to outlaw the anchored putting stroke when he said Sunday the tour opposed the ban because there was not enough evidence to suggest players had an advantage by using a long putter.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - This early in spring training, the Oakland Athletics want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Hornets fans received a glimpse of the future while enjoying the present on Sunday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jarrett Jack has been a rock-steady pro for eight years now, the kind of reliable performer contending teams crave.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Chicago Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a 4-3 victory Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jarrett Jack had 30 points and 10 rebounds, David Lee added 25 points and 22 boards, and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 107-101 in overtime Friday night to snap a 16-game losing streak in the series.
YORK, England (AP) - British sprinter Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday with a serious shoulder injury likely to require surgery.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Angel Cabrera no longer has to fret about that streak of disappointments in non-major events on the PGA Tour.
LONDON (AP) - Qualifier Noah Rubin beat sixth-seeded Stefan Kozlov 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Wimbledon junior boys' title Sunday in an all-American final.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It had been more than 15 years since the iconic No. 43 drove to Victory Lane.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - It just wouldn't be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals.
OAKLAND (AP) - Melky Cabrera couldn't corral Nick Punto's double with one out in the 12th inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer was on the decline - or so the thinking went.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eric Stults finally rewarded manager Bud Black's faith in him by continuing the San Diego Padres recent pitching dominance.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Billy Hurley III shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic.
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - With or without Neymar on the field, Brazil will play Germany for a spot in the World Cup final.
OAKLAND (AP) - One of baseball's best rotations is about to get even better.
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil striker Neymar and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez have led their teams to the World Cup quarterfinals, dominating the attention and the scoring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jhonny Peralta knew he hit it well. He didn't know how well until the ball landed in the seats.
LONDON (AP) - Eugenie Bouchard could have lost her focus after the fourth game of her Wimbledon semifinal Thursday, when play was delayed for five minutes during Simona Halep's medical timeout for a left ankle injury.