NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - When Peyton Manning returned to the NFL after a series of neck operations that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season, there was plenty of talk about when - and even whether - he would return to the level of play that earned four MVP awards and two Super Bowl appearances.
NEW YORK (AP) - Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods doesn't sound too worried over matching his worst score in America on a course where he had won eight times.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is seeking a speedy dismissal of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit challenging a season-long suspension.
HARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson was stunned by the proposed changes to the championship format that NASCAR chairman Brian France laid out in a phone call two weeks ago.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a reckless driving charge against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Broncos third-year tight end Julius Thomas began the season with more NCAA tournament trips (two) on his resume than catches in the NFL (one).
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - The names are hardly as familiar as Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman. Yet, for all the megastars and All-Pros in this Super Bowl, there are guys like Jermaine Kearse and Paris Lenon.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Down three starters and behind by 20 points in the fourth quarter, the Sacramento Kings tried to foul their way back into the game.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The way the Los Angeles Kings have been struggling to score goals, they were fortunate one was enough to snap their five-game losing streak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Flannery received a heartfelt thank-you voicemail from Bryan Stow, who struggles to put thoughts and words together nearly three years after being severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bulls, an affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, folded operations Monday after failing to complete a change in ownership that they hoped would sustain the ECHL organization established in October 2012.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch put his chances at "70 percent" at running the Indianapolis 500 this year because of recent developments that have pushed a potential program along.
HONOLULU (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is showing the Pro Bowl more love after previously threatening to cancel it if play didn't improve.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Kam Chancellor is imposing. He's a strong safety that looks like he should be playing linebacker and the hardest hitter in the best secondary in the NFL.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith wore a big grin beneath his facemask, even when linebackers coach Jim Leavitt good-naturedly let him have it after the ball didn't wind up in his hands during one drill.
NEW YORK (AP) - Everyone expected Clayton Kershaw to pitch a shutout, and he did - a unanimous choice for the NL Cy Young Award.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr's demeanor has stayed remarkably the same even as the losses keep piling up for the winless Oakland Raiders.
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PHOENIX (AP) - Joe Torre was pleased with the first season of baseball's replay challenge system, even if teams were not always sure what could be reviewed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although Southern California is out of the national title race, the Trojans' schedule puts them in position for a big finish to coach Steve Sarkisian's debut season.
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57.
MIAMI (AP) - There's no Jeff, Jimmie or Junior. Bad Brad missed the cut and Smoke never contended.
SHANGHAI (AP) - Ian Poulter temporarily stopped a slide that had him pointed in a direction he has not been in nearly a decade.
OAKLAND (AP) - Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 19 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 113-100 on Tuesday night.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki became the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the U.S. and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 24 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Tuesday night.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer made the most of Kei Nishikori's erratic play Tuesday to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and move closer to a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals while Andy Murray posted his first victory to stay in contention at the elite tournament.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald seeks to restore his relationship with his fiancee as well as resume his football career.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Patrick Willis so hoped he would be able to withstand the pain in his troublesome toe and play on this season, and ultimately help lead the San Francisco 49ers to another playoff run.
NEW YORK (AP) - Despite not playing last week because of their bye, the New England Patriots are still on top of the NFL.