TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Everyone expects the big one to happen at Talladega Superspeedway.
FONTANA (AP) - Scott Dixon won his first championship at 23, too young to appreciate what he'd accomplished in his first full season with Chip Ganassi Racing and their first year competing in the IndyCar Series.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski jumped into the team points lead after scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. Not that he was paying much attention.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers finally are starting to click like they did running to the Super Bowl last season. They're not about to let their longest road trip of the year distract them now.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series - not even Clayton Kershaw could stop them this year.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders spent the first two years after late owner Al Davis' death looking for a quarterback to return the franchise to glory.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Vernon Davis joked about burning by the Honey Badger, Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu.
BOSTON (AP) - One victory to reach the World Series.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - For Abby Wambach, marrying partner and professional teammate Sarah Huffman was purely a statement of love, not politics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Sonny Gray has undergone surgery on his left thumb.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Klay Thompson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help the Golden State Warriors rout the Los Angeles Lakers 115-89 in a pre-season game in Shanghai on Friday night.
So long, power ratings.
DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For four straight starts, Michael Wacha has been all but untouchable and appeared totally oblivious to the stakes.
CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Harvey Pollack is the last original NBA employee, the man who scribbled "100" on a piece of paper for Wilt Chamberlain to hold in the classic 1962 snapshot of his record scoring game.
TCU moved up to No. 3 in the final College Football Playoff rankings before the teams are selected to play in the national semifinals, becoming the latest team to jump past undefeated Florida State.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has suffered his third stroke since late October and was hospitalized early this week, his daughter said Tuesday.
Ray Rice says that an NFL team "would have to be willing to look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night."
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders found the perfect tonic for the team's most lopsided loss in more than a half-century: the schedule.
OAKLAND (AP) - More than worrying about the daunting task of trying to replace All-Star Josh Donaldson or dwelling on the shock of being traded from Toronto, Brett Lawrie is embracing the idea of staying healthy as he joins the Oakland Athletics.
The "Hands-up. Don't shoot!" gesture that five St. Louis Rams made during pregame wasn't the first time athletes have used their platform to make political statements.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh won't say whether he has spoken to San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York since the owner took to Twitter on Thursday night about a performance that "wasn't acceptable," or if they have even recently discussed his coaching future with the franchise.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Mariners are on the verge of landing the right-handed slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Thierry Henry is leaving Major League Soccer after 4½ seasons, unable to lead the New York Red Bulls to the team's first championship.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins found the right formula to stay in the AFC playoff race: Simply let the Jets run the ball all night, and wait for New York to make mistakes.
LONDON (AP) - The goalkeeper who won the World Cup will be challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and Matt Beleskey added his career-best 12th goal in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 26 points and had a crucial three-point play in the final minute to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the winless 76ers 109-103, extending Philadelphia's franchise-worst losing streak to start the season to 0-17.