SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Jim Harbaugh sent the 49ers into a mandatory three-day break to "rest their minds, rest their bodies," San Francisco's coach and his staff busily began playoff preparations for the NFC divisional round in less than two weeks.
Quite a day for NFL sacks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the rest of the Kings' backcourt banged up, Isaiah Thomas is making the most of his opportunity to start.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although Montee Ball and Stepfan Taylor have barely met, Taylor is pretty sure they would get along famously.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Andy Reid is out after 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press following Sunday's 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Crabtree's career day and dazzling catch-making display sent the San Francisco 49ers to another NFC West crown and into the playoffs with some much-needed momentum.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - If this was indeed Norv Turner's last game as San Diego Chargers coach, he went out with a victory against the rival Oakland Raiders that was spiced up by a double ejection.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee had 25 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors held off a late charge in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-89 on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - James Johnson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday night, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 106-105 victory over the New York Knicks after blowing an early 27-point lead.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just two months ago, the San Francisco 49ers grabbed control of the NFC West from the Arizona Cardinals behind Alex Smith's near perfect performance on a Monday night in the desert.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Win a final one for Norv?
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis is anxious to get back on the field with the San Francisco 49ers and help them build momentum for the playoffs during Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are ready to get a long look at Terrelle Pryor to see if he can be their quarterback of the future.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Chris Paul scored 29 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 116-114 on Friday night, stretching their winning streak to 16 games.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Neymar's two-goal performance to help knock Atletico Madrid out of the Copa del Rey showed why Barcelona spared no expense to win the bidding war for the young Brazilian striker.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating Tomas Berdych in a tension-filled semifinal to earn one more shot at a long elusive title.
PHOENIX (AP) - Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child - a son - before Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Gamble is returning to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods returned to the Phoenix Open and received cheers, boos and gasps.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins has the statistics. He has the stature. And he has the support of several high-profile peers calling for him to get his first All-Star nod.
Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.
PHOENIX (AP) - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.
PHOENIX (AP) - Give Pete Carroll the opportunity to campaign for someone or something he believes in and he'll gladly jump at the chance.
MIAMI (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
PHOENIX (AP) - Almost as dominant as New England's performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.
HANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Brady is dealing with a cold four days before the Super Bowl but says he'll be OK.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mike McCarthy promised Wednesday to evaluate, make changes and learn from his team's gut-wrenching NFC Championship game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship - and an unbeaten record - barely eluded them seven years ago.