SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the San Francisco 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Duncan was selected to his 14th All-Star game, Spurs teammate Tony Parker is joining him, and the Chicago Bulls also had two reserves chosen Thursday for next month's game in Houston.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Sloane Stephens sat for nine minutes, mostly staring at the court and trying to forget the curious timing of Victoria Azarenka's medical timeout. She may have been the only one trying to ignore it.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore will pay closer attention to his socks for the Super Bowl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Sloane Stephens wiped away tears as she thought about hanging a poster of herself on a wall in the place of her childhood hero.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams' dominating run at the majors is over. American teenager Sloane Stephens is headed to the semifinals of the Australian Open.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson had a stern warning for Seattle SuperSonics fans who are excited about the prospect of the NBA returning to the Puget Sound next season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim and John Harbaugh have exchanged a handful of text messages, and plan to leave it at that. No phone conversations necessary while the season's still going. No time for pleasantries, even for the friendly siblings.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry took some good-natured ribbing from his Golden State teammates following an impromptu celebration near the bench late in fourth quarter against Los Angeles.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Anderson patiently answered questions after a 27-point performance in the New Orleans Hornets' 114-105 victory over Sacramento on Monday. About 15 feet away, the franchise's prized player was nursing an ankle injury.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Li Na advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the third time in four years, bringing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska's 13-match winning streak to a shuddering halt.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith drove in the Giants' victory parade last fall, players on San Francisco's championship baseball team hoped they might be able to return the favor if the 49ers could win it all a few months later.
NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 88-85 over the New York Knicks on Monday and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, two people familiar with the decision said Sunday night.
By HOWARD FENDRICH
The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Serena Williams awoke on Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals crown.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his criticism of the jobs Nick Faldo and Tom Watson did as Ryder Cup captains.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he's not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Mariota hasn't given much thought to being part of the first college football game played at Levi's Stadium. It's probably because the Oregon quarterback plans to return to the $1.3 billion facility in another six weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) - Game 2 of the World Series stayed close deeper into the night, boosting television ratings.
MIAMI (AP) - A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Serena Williams did not hesitate when asked to describe her performance Wednesday, when she took her heaviest defeat since she was 16 years old.
LONDON (AP) - The British government wants an NFL team based in London.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.