SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - There were times this season that Vanderbilt and North Carolina State looked like bad teams.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - So much for the notion that the St. Petersburg Bowl is just another lower-tier postseason matchup featuring teams with mediocre records and little to accomplish, even by winning.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Rookie forward Kevin Labanc sent the San Jose Sharks into their Christmas break in first place in the Pacific Division.
OAKLAND (AP) - As shootaround wrapped up one morning last weekend, once Stephen Curry had concluded his methodical session flicking jumpers from every spot on the same practice court he always uses, Kevin Durant took a pass from the MVP's main rebounding man, Bruce Fraser, and let fly an extra-long 3-pointer from the right wing.
OAKLAND (AP) - The path for the Oakland Raiders is simple after they clinched their first playoff berth in 14 years. Win the final two games of the season starting with Indianapolis on Saturday and the Raiders will be AFC West champions and get a first-round bye.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After San Francisco steamrolled the Rams 28-0 in coach Chip Kelly's debut three months ago, the 49ers could have never imagined they wouldn't win again before the late-season rematch.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors gave the Detroit Pistons a shot at an upset, turning the ball over more than they had in any game this season. They made up for mistakes by making a lot of shots.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points, including 21 in the second half, and the Sacramento Kings came back to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-105 on Friday night.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon made a tearful public apology Friday, more than two years after punching a woman and breaking bones in her face.
NEW YORK (AP) - The votes are in, and labor peace in the NBA is virtually assured for several years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Cuban right-hander Norge Ruiz agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - If the New York Giants continue to play this way, they won't have much of an impact even if they make the playoffs.
MIAMI (AP) - Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside each finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied from 19 points down to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-107 on Thursday night.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan made a strong statement with his play on the field Thursday night in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He was just getting started.
We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired - and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track, to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favorite soccer player, to a warm ovation fueled by empathy for a visiting NHL goalie.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - If the Oakland Athletics can jump out to a lead this season, they should be in great shape.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jonathan Huberdeau needed overtime to extend his scoring streak and help celebrate Jaromir Jagr's birthday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Todd Downing is walking into a pretty enviable position for his first career job as offensive coordinator.
OAKLAND (AP) - Missing his emotional leader and one of four All-Stars on Golden State's roster after Draymond Green was ejected late in the second ...
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mark Melancon sprints to the mound and his heart starts racing - at precisely 183 beats per minute.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A key to the Oakland Athletics' young and relatively inexperienced starting rotation will be to consistently get the ball to the bullpen ...
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Love won't be able to help the Cavaliers down the stretch this season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Charles Oakley is allowed back in Madison Square Garden, though the former New York Knicks star says he wants an apology before ...
If Doc Rivers had any advice for Steve Kerr, it would probably be to forget about Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry at the All-Star Game.
DENVER (AP) - The sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center came to see the sharpshooters, and they did. Only, it wasn't the Golden State Warriors ...
OAKLAND (AP) - Sonny Gray is starting fresh, ready to be Oakland's reliable ace again.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain is facing a competition for the fifth spot in the San Francisco Giants' starting rotation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants' even-year demise came down to a shaky bullpen that had been oh so reliable in the club's ...
Stephen Curry had no preconceived notion on how being Kevin Durant's teammate was supposed to work.