ATLANTA (AP) - The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.
DENVER (AP) - Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks was on the bench leading his team in Sunday night's game against the Denver Nuggets one day after his 79-year-old mother's death.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Patrick Marleau was in midseason form for the San Jose Sharks in their lockout-shortened season opener Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - No last name necessary.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The opponent was different, the match three rounds earlier. Still, the result gave Novak Djokovic a familiar feeling, and another chance to rip off his shirt in celebration.
ATLANTA (AP) - Everything was going wrong for the San Francisco 49ers and their proud defense.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks responded to their quickest playoff exit in a run of eight straight postseason appearances with tinkering instead of a roster overhaul.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics agreed to one-year contracts with left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins and first baseman Brandon Moss on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration with each.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reigning NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey is among four San Francisco Giants to reach agreement on one-year contracts that avoided salary arbitration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Carlos Rogers had one word to describe what his homecoming in Atlanta will be like when the San Francisco 49ers face the Falcons in Sunday's NFC championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have released Billy Cundiff, making David Akers the only kicker on the roster heading into Sunday's NFC championship at Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have called a news conference for Friday morning amid a report they have reached a contract extension with coach Pete Carroll.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park is fighting online rumors that running bison seen in a YouTube video are fleeing a possible explosion of the park's supervolcano.
PHOENIX – The San Francisco Giants ended their four-game series with Arizona the same way they opened it – with a come-from-behind victory.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored second-period goals and the San Jose Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After opening the season in Australia and San Diego, the Dodgers are finally coming home.
NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair.
YANKEES 4, ASTROS 2
CARDINALS 7, REDS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jose Calderon added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, 113-107 on Thursday night.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the early lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams couldn't dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Michael Brantley atoned for a rare error by hitting a two-run sungle in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Athletics in the nightcap Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tim Hudson was backed to his old self with his new team.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big, which is enabling them to rest players and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game.