SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis believes the San Francisco 49ers can still be a great defense even without All-Pro tackle Justin Smith.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt Leinart is hoping to get one more shot to show what he can do as an NFL starting quarterback.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Barnes tied his season high with 21 points off the bench, Chris Paul had 11 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Boston 106-77 on Thursday night, becoming the first team to win 15 consecutive games since the Celtics four years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson want to cap their sensational comebacks with Super Bowl appearances. For now, they can be proud of Pro Bowl spots.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Golden State Warriors knew they had let one slip away days before Christmas against the Los Angeles Lakers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers wanted to put Sunday's loss to Sacramento behind them as quickly as possible.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Miami Heat handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th straight loss, 105-92 on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn't ready to select a starting quarterback for Sunday's game in San Diego and said it's possible that both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor could play.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Mario Manningham limped through the locker room on crutches, holding a towel around his waist while trying to keep his head high and sport a smile.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford led a dominant performance by the Los Angeles reserves with 22 points, and the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 112-100 on Tuesday night, extending their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games.
Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison, Penn State football played under NCAA sanctions and Joe Paterno passed away.
DENVER (AP) - From Peyton Manning overcoming four neck surgeries to Adrian Peterson's rebound from a shredded knee to Chuck Pagano's fight with leukemia, this has been the Year of the Comeback in the NFL.
MADRID (AP) - Rafael Nadal's return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus.
SEATTLE (AP) - Fueled by its deafening home crowd, the Seattle Seahawks locked up their spot in the postseason Sunday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - His throwing motion is weird, his swing is awkward, his tongue hangs out when he chases flyballs.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Two items on Robert Streb's bucket list are attending an Oklahoma-Texas football game and playing at Augusta National.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored power-play goals, and the San Jose Sharks emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak with a fight-filled 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
CARSON . (AP) - Felix Borja scored in the 32nd minute, and Chivas USA beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in the season finale for both teams on Sunday.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Michael Allen shot a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory Sunday in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship, and Bernhard Langer wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup title.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers raced by the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 on Sunday.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized the emotional impact his win at Martinsville Speedway had on Rick Hendrick when he met his boss in Victory Lane.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Silvano Alves won the world title and the aggregate crown Sunday in the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
SINGAPORE (AP) - The lead-up to Sunday's championship match at the WTA Finals suggested Serena Williams would face a major challenge to beat Simona Halep, but then, the No. 1-ranked player has made a career out of performing at her best when it matters most.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a dominant bullpen and just enough timely hitting.
CLEVELAND (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders travel east, their performance usually heads south.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley has a serious biceps injury and could miss the remainder of the season.
DENVER (AP) - Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Letestu scored twice, including the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining, and Ryan Johansen also scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the road-weary San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Thursday night.