DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The buildup for Danica Patrick's first Daytona 500 began in earnest at Thursday's annual media day, where auto racing's sweetheart was saddled with a full schedule of commitments.
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LONDON (AP) - Rory McIlroy is confident the changes he's made to his swing will work in time for the Masters in April.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James could picture returning one day to the place where his NBA journey began.
TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks acquired center Dominic Moore and a seventh-round draft pick this year from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night for a 2012 second-round pick.
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a national grocery store chain's reference to Michael Jordan in an ad-like magazine layout was constitutionally protected free speech - a decision that thwarts the former Chicago Bulls player's bid for control of his billion-dollar image.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gary Carter was nicknamed "Kid" for good reason.
SEATTLE (AP) - Christopher Hansen is making a $290 million proposal to his hometown that could be the impetus for a new sports arena that could bring the NBA and NHL to Seattle.
OAKLAND (AP) - Gerald Wallace scored 24 points and Jamal Crawford hit a key 3-pointer and a pair of late free throws to lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Golden State Warriors 93-91 Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jeremy Lin grabbed a spot on the bench next to Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter and shared a laugh with the injured All-Star.
CHICAGO (AP) - Luol Deng figures the Chicago Bulls will have to find creative ways to win as long as Derrick Rose is sidelined.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David Lee had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Monta Ellis scored 18 points and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game winning streak under rookie coach Mark Jackson with a 102-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
Amare Stoudemire watched Linsanity from Florida, a welcome break as he grieved the death of his brother.
PEBBLE BEACH - Tiger Woods keeps saying his game is close.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they're two-touchdown favorites on Sunday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are stunned by their September collapse, yet stuck to find a solution.
ALAMEDA (AP) - For a player who generates so much attention from opposing defenses and gets paid handsomely by his own team, Marcel Reece somehow has become the forgotten man on the Oakland Raiders offense.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Derek Carrier's decisions to attend a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin and drop basketball for football paid off when he earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers this season after spending most of the last two years on NFL practice squads.
ATLANTA (AP) - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The next swing coach for Tiger Woods might be Tiger Woods.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith's career rushing record became a realistic if daunting target.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chivas USA might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, a decision that won't be made until a new owner takes over the Major League Soccer team.
PHOENIX (AP) - Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble.
Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.
NEW YORK (AP) - Umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As a rookie quarterback seeking his first NFL win against Bill Belichick's New England Patriots, Derek Carr has too much to worry about himself to focus on questions about his coach's job security.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday he has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL and he will appeal the penalty for what an official called "inappropriate language" by the 49ers quarterback following a fourth-quarter interception in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Bears.