NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators have been playing better recently, yet have only a couple of hard-fought points to show for their work.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - C.J. Fair scored 17 points and No. 2 Syracuse used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech 72-52 on Tuesday night.
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Playoff ratings are soaring, the messy concussion lawsuit is all but over, and the only thing the NFL really has to worry about now is keeping a bunch of corporate bigwigs warm at the Super Bowl.
MIAMI (AP) - The first airborne banner calling for Jeff Ireland to be fired flew over the Miami Dolphins' stadium in 2011. Other similar signs followed, most recently in November, and on Tuesday those wanting him out finally got their wish.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Ever since getting pounded by the Seahawks early last month, the New Orleans Saints have learned to love the idea of going back to Seattle.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - As the newest starter in the Seattle Seahawks secondary, cornerback Byron Maxwell had plenty of time earlier in his career to be an observer.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Growing up, Andrew Luck kept trying to emulate the quarterbacks he watched on Sunday afternoons, guys like Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Courtney Lee and have sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Bring on Carolina once more, and another cross-country playoff flight.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Before Pete Carroll turns his full attention to Seattle's playoff opponent, he'll make sure the Seahawks aren't expecting another easy win against New Orleans like in Week 13.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a few more big plays from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this time around.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts are getting some help from a former Patriot.
NEW YORK (AP) - For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Draymond Green had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Golden State Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Brooklyn Nets 107-99 on Thursday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Antti Niemi provided some offense in addition to stopping the puck.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer blew away Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 to finish the ATP Finals round-robin unbeaten, and hand Murray his worst defeat in seven years in front of his home crowd on Thursday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Courtney Lee scored on a lob pass as time expired to cap a furious fourth-quarter rally, and the Memphis Grizzlies came from 26 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-110 on Thursday night.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - When Miami Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry dived into the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown, he was just getting started. A replay review upheld the score, and Landry then sprinted up and down the sideline in a celebration of redemption.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith wore a big grin beneath his facemask, even when linebackers coach Jim Leavitt good-naturedly let him have it after the ball didn't wind up in his hands during one drill.
NEW YORK (AP) - Everyone expected Clayton Kershaw to pitch a shutout, and he did - a unanimous choice for the NL Cy Young Award.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr's demeanor has stayed remarkably the same even as the losses keep piling up for the winless Oakland Raiders.
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PHOENIX (AP) - Joe Torre was pleased with the first season of baseball's replay challenge system, even if teams were not always sure what could be reviewed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although Southern California is out of the national title race, the Trojans' schedule puts them in position for a big finish to coach Steve Sarkisian's debut season.
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57.
MIAMI (AP) - There's no Jeff, Jimmie or Junior. Bad Brad missed the cut and Smoke never contended.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Ian Poulter temporarily stopped a slide that had him pointed in a direction he has not been in nearly a decade.