SACRAMENTO (AP) - First-year Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone gathered his players following a two-day Christmas break last week and asked them one question: What type of season do they want to have?
SANTA CLARA (AP) - That familiar "Quest for Six" slogan has re-emerged.
OAKLAND (AP) - With one sterling half, Peyton Manning accomplished all he needed to in the regular-season finale by seizing another prestigious record and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phil Dawson's franchise-record string of 27 consecutive field goals ended with a missed 24-yard chip shot. The San Francisco kicker made up for it, to say the least, at the end of a wild 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that clinched the NFC's No. 5 playoff seed.
CHICAGO (AP) - Aaron Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 to capture the NFC North championship.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Bracken Kearns scored his first NHL goal, Logan Couture netted his 100th, and the San Jose Sharks broke Anaheim's 10-game winning streak by beating the Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Rob Chudzinski didn't even get a full year to fix the dreadful Browns.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
KEARNS, Utah (AP) - Shani Davis calls the 1,000 meters "one of my babies."
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals talk about how much is at stake when they meet in their regular-season finale on Sunday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Less than three years after being one of the most prized free agents on the open market, Nnamdi Asomugha' NFL career is over.
OAKLAND (AP) - Two years after finishing tied atop the AFC West with eight wins apiece, the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders couldn't be farther apart.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's season is over, and the Dallas Cowboys will have to win without their star quarterback in a third straight playoffs-or-bust finale.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers might be getting closer to adding a couple of big names back to their injury-depleted defense.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Maybe a change in the practice schedule will shake the Oakland Raiders out of their winless slide - now at 16 games and longer than a full calendar year.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the future of the game by Hank Aaron.
The five NFL road teams whose medical staffs were interviewed and subjected to spot checks of their bags by federal agents may turn out to be just the first five in line.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat their struggling opponent.
TORONTO (AP) - A few months ago, Line Burns was driving to see a friend and stopped in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, where she used to live with her husband.
TORONTO (AP) - A person with knowledge of the deal says the Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin have agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ty Lawson scored 24 points, Arron Afflalo added 23 and the struggling Denver Nuggets ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak with a 106-97 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.
It was some six hours after Kevin Harvick had won his first Sprint Cup championship when he was finally able to peel off his beer-soaked firesuit, take a shower and begin celebrating the biggest moment of his career.
NEW YORK (AP) - A memoir when you're still a teenager may seem premature, but not for Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nieves Garcia came from Mexico at age 6 and spent most of her elementary school years in California classified as an "English learner" even after she had picked up the language. Now a 32-year-old mother, she didn't want her daughter labeled the same way and subjected to additional testing.
SAN JOSE, (AP) - A fire has destroyed a century-old Catholic church in San Jose.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Every time the San Francisco offense opened the door for the reeling New York Giants, the 49ers' defense closed it.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - When the sun rises Monday, it will have been a year since the Oakland Raiders won a game.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - There was no trick to Kevin Harvick's first Sprint Cup championship. Competing for the title against three other drivers, he seized his opportunity with a relentless dash through the field in the closing laps of the season finale.