SANTA CLARA (AP) - Do-everything 49ers fullback Bruce Miller is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs with a left shoulder blade injury sustained during Sunday's win at Tampa Bay.
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Tucker's powerful leg kicked the Super Bowl champions into playoff gear.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The playoffs may pay off for Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, even from the sideline.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice says he has a draft strategy mapped out for picking his Pro Bowl squad and wants quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Robert Mathis on his side.
When Doc Rivers coached in Boston, he said he never talked to the Celtics about winning their division. There were far more important goals.
The more they claimed they didn't want to talk about it, the more they had to say.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers 101-96.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The National Finals Rodeo is planning to leave Las Vegas for Florida after 29 years, depriving Sin City of an event that ropes in nearly $100 million for the local economy as thousands of cowboys and rodeo fans descend on the city each December.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Colin Kaepernick wasn't interested in rating his performance.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jamaal Charles carried the Kansas City Chiefs straight into the playoffs with a record performance.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tom Brady's latest comeback bid came up short, and the Miami Dolphins helped their playoff chances with a 24-20 breakthrough victory Sunday over the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Carter Hutton finished off his stellar week with another good performance.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. And like every other Florida State victory this season, it was a blowout.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading the Sacramento Kings past the Houston Rockets 106-91 Sunday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - Eric Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns won their fifth straight game, holding off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors 106-102 Sunday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The catch of his career one night, a three-run homer the next for Nolan Arenado, who put Colorado on the board in the first inning and saw it hold up as the first-place Rockies completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-2 win Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Collin McHugh struck out 11, and Jed Lowrie hit one of the Houston Astros' three homers in a 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Oakland rookie Kendall Graveman was walking off the mound after pitching into the sixth inning of what would be his first major league win against the Astros on Tuesday night when he heard a familiar voice.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado made a sensational falling catch over the tarp in foul territory, Corey Dickerson had an RBI single among his three hits and the Rockies established their best road start in franchise history with a 4-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated at a hospital for a bruised jaw after he was struck in the face by a line drive hit by Chicago's Melky Cabrera.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have presented new manager Paul Molitor with quite a challenge after his first week of the regular season.
Thanks to the College Football Playoff, bowl games paid more than a half billion dollars to conferences and schools last season, the largest payout ever and an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series.
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis thinks her World Cup roster includes a good mix of veterans and newcomers.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said Tuesday he is in "great pain" and blamed New York City police for causing a "significant injury" that knocked him out for the season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Colorado Rockies stood at the dugout rail and watched their division rival celebrate a third World Series championship in five years. Giants October ace Madison Bumgarner even mounted a horse to carry the flag around the outfield warning track.
HOUSTON (AP) - Entering the season there were questions about the power in an Oakland lineup that had lost Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson in the last year.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson turned a meaningless game for the Golden State Warriors - and a huge one for the Memphis Grizzlies - into must-see TV for a moment.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers are one loss away from the worst season in franchise history.
With two days left in the NBA's regular season, the playoffs virtually have already begun for a handful of teams.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Instead of answering the annual questions about what it would take for San Jose finally to break through in the NHL playoffs, the Sharks are spending the start of this postseason facing even bigger questions.