SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Football fans in San Francisco were exuberant but mostly well-behaved after Saturday's electrifying 36-32 playoff win over the New Orleans Saints.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Aiming to ensure NFL rules are enforced the same way from game to game, the league will consider making about 10 officials full-time employees next season. As of now, all game officials are part-time employees.
The helmet-to-helmet hit by San Francisco safety Donte Whitner that sent Saints running back Pierre Thomas to the locker room early in Saturday's NFC playoff game was legal.
BALTIMORE (AP) - After throwing his third interception of the afternoon, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates leaned over, rested his hands on his knees, and lowered his head.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - For Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Lambeau Field has become a familiar launching pad. After beating the Green Bay Packers at home for the second time in four years, they only hope this trip ends the same way - at the Super Bowl.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Janet Evans qualified for the Olympic trials in the 800-meter freestyle Sunday, her second qualifying time in two days in her comeback bid.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - David Lee scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 22 to help the Golden State Warriors win on the road for the first time this season, 99-91 over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat San Jose 4-3 on Sunday night and ended the Sharks' eight-game point streak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With New Orleans poised to score on its opening possession, Donte Whitner delivered a crushing blow that knocked out running back Pierre Thomas and forced the first of five Saints turnovers.
HOUSTON (AP) - Samuel Dalembert had the best game in his short career as a Houston Rocket on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 42 points in his third straight 40-point performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a big early lead before hanging on for their fifth straight victory, 97-92 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Troy Brouwer got his first career hat trick, and Alex Ovechkin also scored Friday night as the Washington Capitals beat Tampa Bay 4-3, handing the Lightning their sixth straight loss.
SEATTLE (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Seattle Mariners have agreed to trade right-hander Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero in a deal involving two of baseball's top young talents.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR is making gains toward breaking up the two-car tandem racing that has taken over at Daytona and Talladega, but the fix sent speeds soaring over 200 mph Friday in a test session.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Getting to the round of 16 in the Match Play Championship was all that mattered Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Miguel Cotto will move up in weight to challenge Sergio Martinez of Argentina for his piece of the middleweight title June 7 at Madison Square Garden, promoters announced Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The troubled tenure of Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes as owners of Chivas USA has ended with Major League Soccer purchasing the team.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Indiana Pacers decided Evan Turner gave them a better shot against Miami than Danny Granger.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An angry judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of an avid San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - David Lee had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 18 points and the Golden State Warriors held off the Sacramento Kings 101-92 on Wednesday night in a game both teams played short-handed.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans on Wednesday, removing two little-used veterans from their aging roster and hoping a younger one can rediscover his scoring touch.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are close to being a complete team again even without a couple of stars still over at the Olympics.
PHOENIX (AP) - At first glance, Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt appears to be lobbying for a spot on the A's opening day roster.
In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The setbacks that limited Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to 127 games last year have done nothing to tarnish the optimism and gusto he brings to the game.
PHOENIX (AP) - For each of his first five major league seasons, Luke Gregerson came to spring training smack dab in the middle of suburbia, surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are likely returning from the All-Star break without their franchise centers.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - If Yu Darvish is feeling any pressure after leading the majors in strikeouts last season, it isn't showing.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Rory McIlroy makes his American debut this week in the Match Play Championship. The only goal is to make sure it's not a short week.