SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have far too much respect for the Los Angeles Kings and all they have accomplished the past few years to think that knocking them out of the playoffs would be easy.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is committed to supporting linebacker Aldon Smith like a family member in the wake of his latest legal trouble - and keeping Smith around for the long haul, too.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin buried bank shots, turnaround jumpers and spinning layups. DeAndre Jordan gobbled up rebounds and opposing shots, often flexing his muscles and letting out a roar.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left and the Houston Rockets narrowed Portland's first-round playoff advantage to 2-1 with a 121-116 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Phelps' comeback meet was cut short Friday when he failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and the Anaheim Ducks scored four power-play goals in a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Morse homered to back another stellar outing by Tim Hudson, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Friday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run ninth inning to help the Oakland Athletics to a 12-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - There's no mistaking what row Bob Uecker is in now - all the way in the back of the upper deck.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport will wait until after the season to study whether the rule preventing pitchers from using pine tar should be changed.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is now under contract with the Carolina Panthers for the next two seasons.
DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals apiece, and the Los Angeles Kings emphatically avoided first-round playoff elimination with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 98-96 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.
The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976.
The NCAA Tournament field is set and everyone will be trying to end Kentucky's bid to become the first team to go undefeated in 39 years.
NICE, France (AP) - Richie Porte of Australia mastered tricky conditions to win Paris-Nice for the second time after being fastest in Sunday's final time-trial stage.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage.
INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Serena Williams is settling right on into the BNP Paribas Open, producing a quick, business-like effort in advancing to the fourth round Sunday while enjoying her return after a 14-year absence.
SEATTLE (AP) - The key to Saturday night's game was simple for the San Jose Earthquakes: Effort.
President Barack Obama fills one out, so does just about everyone you know.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Some of the best short-game shots Jordan Spieth has hit in his young career have been on the final two holes on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - The Los Angeles Marathon didn't even wait for the sun to rise.
DENVER (AP) - Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Randy Foye hit three crucial 3-pointers down the stretch and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat short-handed Golden State 114-103 on Friday night as the Warriors rested several of their top players, including Stephen Curry.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Robert Covington scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-107 on Friday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Texas top prospect Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer off San Francisco's Jake Peavy, and the Rangers beat the Giants 3-0 on Friday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Edinson Volquez had a shaky start, but Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer to offset a two-run double by former teammate Billy Butler and the Kansas City Royals beat an Oakland Athletics split squad 8-4 Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders added another new starter to their defense, signing former Philadelphia safety Nate Allen to a four-year contract on Thursday to fill the hole created when Tyvon Branch was released.