For the seventh consecutive season, at least one NFL team will be forced to play a playoff game at the stadium of an opponent with a worse record.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Robert Mathis never got to see Deacon Jones take down opposing quarterbacks in person.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - If the Bears make changes this offseason, it will not be at quarterback.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau scored goals 49 seconds apart in the first period to lead the San Jose Sharks to their fifth win in six games, 5-1 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thaddeus Young had 28 points, Evan Turner had 24 and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 113-104 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bob Stoops declined to announce a starting quarterback before the Sugar Bowl, and when freshman Trevor Knight took the field on the Sooners' first possession, Alabama's defenders couldn't have anticipated what was in store.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Amid the chatter of holidays and college football, Adam Scott already was hard at work on the far end of the range at Kapalua.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - In recent weeks, NaVorro Bowman has received a pair of high compliments from two important men in his life.
NEW YORK (AP) - The story had all the elements of a Cold War thriller: a wealthy American businessman, Russian leadership at the highest levels, diplomatic intrigue and purloined jewels.
TORONTO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists and the Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games, beating the Indiana Pacers 95-82 on Wednesday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey.
It didn't take long.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Dennis Allen met with the Oakland Raiders players as a team and individually and talked about his vision for turning the franchise around after a second straight four-win season.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - First-year Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone gathered his players following a two-day Christmas break last week and asked them one question: What type of season do they want to have?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With DeMarcus Cousins sidelined with an illness, Rudy Gay felt the burden to carry the load for the Sacramento Kings as a scorer, defender and team leader.
WINDEMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods appears to be on the road to recovery again, only it's no longer a question of how soon before he reaches full speed.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Paul MacLean was fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Monday, less than 18 months since he was the NHL's coach of the year.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the Board of Governors had no objection to billionaire businessman Bill Foley exploring the level of interest in an expansion team coming to Las Vegas.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Five more world records were broken at the short-course world championships on Sunday, with Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden setting two on the final day.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, ran for another score and the Seattle Seahawks stifled Philadelphia's high-powered offense in a 24-14 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer.
OAKLAND (AP) - 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said Sunday that he inadvertently missed a morning defensive meeting Tuesday but showed up an hour later for a second meeting focused on domestic violence.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - A week after their "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" show of solidarity, several St. Louis Rams players made another societal statement Sunday with the message: "I Can't Breathe."
SAN DIEGO (AP) - When baseball officials last gathered in San Diego for the winter meetings, the session took place at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. No free agents reached agreements and players claimed collusion, which led to the first of three grievances against owners and eventually a $280 million settlement.
OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers are playing themselves right out of the playoff picture.
CARSON (AP) - Major League Soccer intends to announce its next expansion destination by the middle of 2015, with groups from Sacramento, Las Vegas and Minneapolis vying for franchises.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took exception to the response toward quarterback Colin Kaepernick following his somewhat brief media session on Wednesday.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - The guy in a red shirt put on quite a show Friday in the Hero World Challenge to get into contention.
PHOENIX (AP) - In a three-team trade on Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent slick-fielding, light-hitting Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees, where he becomes a favorite to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop.