PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained, surgically repaired throwing shoulder and will not do any baseball activity for three weeks.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Get ready for a "birdie-fest" at Augusta National. Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson said the course he's loved and respected for decades is not yet its fearsome, soul-destroying self - and that has him worried. "It seems that some of the planning I have made may go by the wayside," Mickelson said Tuesday. "As soft as the golf course is, you can fire at a lot of the pins." That means ...
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to power the United States to a 3-0 victory over Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern would love a system in which Anthony Davis and the rest of Kentucky's freshmen stars were required to try to repeat.
STANFORD (AP) - Stepfan Taylor's teammates call him the country's quietest 1,000-yard rusher. Overshadowed and underappreciated might fit just as well, too.
DALLAS (AP) - Logan Couture's timing was perfect. Couture broke out of a slump with a power-play goal to put his team in front late in the second period after T.J. Galiardi got the tying goal earlier in the period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Tuesday night in a matchup of teams vying for one of the final Western Conference playoff spots. Couture had gone 10 games without a goal ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Matt Cain pondered his future, staying put in San Francisco where his career took off became the top option.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey took another big step in his comeback just by playing at home again after an injury-shortened season last year, and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year didn't even need to do much in the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 exhibition win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks left town Monday for their final road trip of the regular season barely hanging on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
ALAMEDA. (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and his staff delivered a clear message during their first official meeting with their new players.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) - Not far from the finish line she crossed minutes earlier for World Cup downhill training, Lindsey Vonn smiled as she chatted with U.S. teammates Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Leanne Smith.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to fuel an improbable comeback, Stephen Curry added a pair of shots from beyond the arc down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 27 points down in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-103 Tuesday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kevin Durant had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their eighth straight win, a 97-95 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Beane is busy dealing in December once again.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tony Clark said he's "blown away" that he is the first former major leaguer to become head of the baseball players' union.
NEW YORK (AP) - All-Star catcher Brian McCann completed his $85 million, five-year contract with the York Yankees on Tuesday in what the team called a "significant improvement to a key position."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants say some of the baseball club's minor league players were treated for minor injuries after a traffic collision in Scottsdale, Ariz.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis added 17 points and eight assists, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Indiana 69-52 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.
TORONTO (AP) - Mike Brown had a goal against his former team and Joe Thornton scored on a 5-on-3 power play, leading the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
NEW YORK (AP) - Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers aren't ruling out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons even though the star quarterback hasn't yet been medically cleared to play since breaking his left collarbone a month ago.
SEATTLE (AP) - Pete Carroll gathered his team in the locker room and finally offered some congratulations.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seahawks fans rocked the stadium so hard during Monday night's matchup with New Orleans that seismic instruments registered small tremors at various points in the game.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Tomlin was "mesmerized."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A long night on the field in Seattle got even worse off of it, and now the Saints are operating on a compressed time-frame as they brace for surging Carolina with first place in the NFC South at stake.