NEW ORLEANS (AP) - David Akers dropped his head in disbelief and embarrassment as another field goal strayed wide, this one clunking loudly off the upright for all to hear.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Right guard Alex Boone arrives for work most days and swears at left guard Mike Iupati. From Boone, it's always considered a term of endearment directed at his 49ers offensive linemates.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If the idea was simple, so was the way former Nevada coach Chris Ault went about mapping it out.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jerry Rice chose his sparkly Super Bowl ring, one of three he owns, to wear for Sunday night's big game.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee finished an assist short of a triple-double, Klay Thompson scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 100-97 Thursday night.
Keeping it simple often is the key ingredient to an angler's success out on the water.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout to help the San Jose Sharks extend the best start in franchise history with their seventh straight win, 3-2 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Just three months after becoming the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP award, Pablo Sandoval is celebrating a new feat - the championship win of his team in Venezuela's professional league.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two of the league's most imposing inside linebackers both happen to wear No. 52.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jack and Jackie Harbaugh are spending Super Bowl week celebrating the good fortune of having two sons at the pinnacle of pro football.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michael Crabtree refused to remove the black 49ers beanie and reveal his hair. Nope, not going to do it.
BOSTON (AP) - The Celtics lost Rajon Rondo for the season. They haven't lost since.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mario Manningham hobbled into the Superdome stands on crutches and found an out-of-the-way seat to watch his San Francisco teammates go through media day frenzy on the field below, his emotions mixed.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Randy Moss strolled to the podium on Super Bowl media day - his 49ers hat tilted slightly to the left, his sleeves rolled up high to reveal a cross tattooed on one arm, a large "R'' tattooed on the other.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wanted to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not on the list.
PHOENIX (AP) - Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension, Juan Francisco went deep twice and the Milwaukee Brewers opened their spring training schedule with an 11-3 win Thursday over the Oakland Athletics.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again.
STANFORD (AP) - Kodi Whitfield made one of the most incredible touchdown catches in college football last season in a win over UCLA that kept Stanford on track for a second straight Pac-12 Conference championship.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police checking on reported damage to a car belonging to Richie Incognito, the player at the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, say Incognito told an officer he did the damage himself.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 on Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 on Thursday for punching an opposing player and verbally abusing an official in a game earlier this week.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a huge third quarter to run away and eventually rout the New York Knicks 108-82 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Micah Mason had 22 points, Jerry Jones added 19 and Duquesne surprised No. 10 Saint Louis 71-64 on Thursday night to snap the Billikens' school-record, 19-game winning streak.
DENVER (AP) - For a guy who waited so long to get his chance to play basketball again, this was one game Jason Collins couldn't get through fast enough.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Reddick made two highlight-reel catches to take away homers from Michael Morse, Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt each drove in two runs during a six-run fourth inning against San Francisco closer Sergio Romo, and the Oakland Athletics opened Cactus League play with a 10-5 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls used a big third-quarter run to win for the seventh time in eight games, pounding the Golden State Warriors 103-83 Wednesday night.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - The PGA Tour season began five months ago. The new year is two months old. And yet there's something about the Honda Classic that makes Tiger Woods and a collection of stars feel as though it's all about to get underway.
BOSTON (AP) - This year's Boston Marathon will have a "no bags" policy as part of stepped-up security following last year's deadly bombing, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby's second Olympic experience was less dramatic and just as rewarding. Crosby returned from Sochi, Russia, with his second Olympic gold medal, this one as the captain of the Canadian team. Leading a national team certainly brings a different sense of responsibility, but the same expectation.