ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sat at his locker and chuckled at the thought of his first trip to the playoffs, his belly shaking like a shopping mall Santa Claus.
Steve Stricker made it clear that money was not important.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant wasn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On a night they cheered "The Catch" and all the San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium.
DENVER (AP) - David Lee's season came to a painful end the last time he played in Denver. He put that memory to rest in his return.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just because the Sacramento Kings were familiar with Tyreke Evans didn't mean they could stop him.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, replacing Matt McGloin for the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Gay has made the half-hour commute from his city home in San Francisco to Candlestick Park almost daily for 35 years.
Cowboys not ruling out Romo for finale: IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo limped so badly on one play against Washington, he barely made it to the spot where he had to hand off.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored with just under 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night.
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants Cam Newton to get some rest and not worry about football.
NEW YORK (AP) - Five power conferences. Four spots in the College Football Playoff.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have released new renderings for their planned San Francisco arena after the last design became an Internet punchline for its resemblance to a toilet.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen unexpectedly stepped down Wednesday to become head coach at Oregon State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored nine of his 32 points in the final 3:14, leading the Los Angeles Lakers' fourth-quarter comeback for a 98-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks bounced back from a loss at Edmonton by beating the Oilers 5-2 in the back end of a home-and-home set Tuesday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija has played for Notre Dame and the Cubs and now will get to pitch for the White Sox.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - NaVorro Bowman realizes that just by strapping on a helmet again and stepping onto the practice field he could provide the San Francisco 49ers and their defense a serious emotional lift when they desperately need one.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a two-car crash Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama receiver Amari Cooper blew past the defensive back on a deep post, and his offensive coordinator didn't even wait until the ball was in the air to celebrate.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseball's winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star and the Chicago White Sox adding a closer.
CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. will play exhibition games next spring at Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany as it prepares to defend its title at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
NEW YORK (AP) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers hung on to the NFL's top spot after a closer-than-expected win against the Atlanta Falcons.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick in this year's draft, had microfracture surgery on his right knee.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dwight Howard might not be the only franchise center who sits out when the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors meet tonight.