For the seventh consecutive season, at least one NFL team will be forced to play a playoff game at the stadium of an opponent with a worse record.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Robert Mathis never got to see Deacon Jones take down opposing quarterbacks in person.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - If the Bears make changes this offseason, it will not be at quarterback.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau scored goals 49 seconds apart in the first period to lead the San Jose Sharks to their fifth win in six games, 5-1 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thaddeus Young had 28 points, Evan Turner had 24 and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 113-104 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Amid the chatter of holidays and college football, Adam Scott already was hard at work on the far end of the range at Kapalua.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - In recent weeks, NaVorro Bowman has received a pair of high compliments from two important men in his life.
NEW YORK (AP) - The story had all the elements of a Cold War thriller: a wealthy American businessman, Russian leadership at the highest levels, diplomatic intrigue and purloined jewels.
TORONTO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists and the Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games, beating the Indiana Pacers 95-82 on Wednesday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey.
It didn't take long.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen met with the Oakland Raiders players as a team and individually and talked about his vision for turning the franchise around after a second straight four-win season.
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?
NEW YORK (AP) - It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Already down two starters due to season-ending injuries, the Oakland Raiders could be without cornerback Tarell Brown for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play to increase their lead to three strokes in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Amir Khan was counting on Floyd Mayweather Jr. adding him to his dance card about this time last year when he turned down a chance to fight Devon Alexander for a piece of the welterweight title.
PHOENIX (AP) - Junior Dos Santos is facing much more than a daunting challenge from Stipe Miocic when he returns to the octagon.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Alex Stalock made 18 saves against his hometown team to lead the San Jose Sharks to their seventh win in eight games, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-ranking Hispanic woman in a management position at Major League Baseball headquarters said in a lawsuit on Thursday she has faced discrimination there for two decades.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot a 17-under 55 on Thursday in the first-round scramble to take a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders packed an equipment van, piled players into three buses and left their facilities in the rearview mirror on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bruce Arians was sick and tired of talk about the St. Louis Rams' consecutive shutouts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio expects outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to return to the 49ers' starting lineup Sunday at Seattle after his benching last week for missing a team meeting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is not worried about when he'll return to the football field - he said he's just happy to be alive.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden anticipates Colt McCoy will be sufficiently recovered from a neck injury in time to start Sunday against the New York Giants, adding that McCoy is "in the lead" above Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins despite coming off a subpar performance.