CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score Sunday, and the Carolina Panthers took an important step toward securing home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a 37-29 win over the Green Bay Packers.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Brad Keselowski was dominating at Texas, leading lap after lap and getting oh so close to a victory that would have given him one of the four championship-contending spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup finale.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - While coach Jim Tomsula presented the 49ers' quarterback change this week as a chance for benched Colin Kaepernick to get a chance to "breathe," Kaepernick insists he's still preparing as he would a usual week and will support starter Blaine Gabbert on Sunday against Atlanta.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The one-win Detroit Lions, looking nothing like the team that reached the playoffs last season, fired team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew on Thursday and promised to bring in new leadership to put a consistent winner on the field.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane can finally focus solely on his NHL career after avoiding criminal charges in a rape investigation, with prosecutors ending a bizarre three-month ordeal that put one of hockey's biggest stars at the center of intense speculation and criticism.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - His appeals rejected, Matt Kenseth defiantly vowed Thursday to race as he always has and accused NASCAR of "unfairly" making an example out of him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over the weekend at Martinsville.
SHANGHAI - Jordan Spieth wore a black tunic with red trim around the collar to take part in a Chinese drum ceremony late Tuesday afternoon just as the Shanghai skyline began to glow with lights behind him and three other top players.