MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After two miserable seasons and four bad ones before that, the Minnesota Timberwolves had nowhere to go except up.
TORONTO (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks beat Toronto 2-1 on Thursday night, sending the stumbling Maple Leafs to their seventh loss in eight games.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Not Magic and Bird, not Kobe or LeBron. Not even Michael Jordan.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Tebow is still Denver's starting quarterback, and coach John Fox is still OK with Brady Quinn being the backup.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.
PHOENIX (AP) - Monta Ellis hit an 20-foot fadeaway jumper with 1 second remaining and the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 106-104 on Wednesday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval's portion sizes and weigh-in statistics always seem to be a hot topic this time of year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Travis Pastrana arrived for NASCAR's annual media day last week and has been hanging around ever since.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Daytona frustrated and furious last July.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods had to play a left-handed shot out of the desert. Retief Goosen holed out from 156 yards and didn't even win the hole. Dustin Johnson twice won a hole after taking a penalty drop.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 115-107 Wednesday night in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview - minus the All-Stars.
Sacramento's last shot to remain an NBA city appears headed for another overtime.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings' challenge.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - San Jose couldn't overcome its slow start on Tuesday night.
NIMES, France (AP) - Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming - their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way.