DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Danica Patrick walked away OK after taking a hard hit to the wall in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After two miserable seasons and four bad ones before that, the Minnesota Timberwolves had nowhere to go except up.
TORONTO (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks beat Toronto 2-1 on Thursday night, sending the stumbling Maple Leafs to their seventh loss in eight games.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Not Magic and Bird, not Kobe or LeBron. Not even Michael Jordan.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Tebow is still Denver's starting quarterback, and coach John Fox is still OK with Brady Quinn being the backup.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.
PHOENIX (AP) - Monta Ellis hit an 20-foot fadeaway jumper with 1 second remaining and the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 106-104 on Wednesday night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval's portion sizes and weigh-in statistics always seem to be a hot topic this time of year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Travis Pastrana arrived for NASCAR's annual media day last week and has been hanging around ever since.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Daytona frustrated and furious last July.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods had to play a left-handed shot out of the desert. Retief Goosen holed out from 156 yards and didn't even win the hole. Dustin Johnson twice won a hole after taking a penalty drop.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 115-107 Wednesday night in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview - minus the All-Stars.
Sacramento's last shot to remain an NBA city appears headed for another overtime.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings' challenge.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - By the time Dan Straily took the mound for the second inning, he knew he just didn't have it.
OAKLAND (AP) - Kenneth Faried made a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and the Denver Nuggets made Golden State wait at least one more game to secure a playoff berth with a stunning 100-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday night.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1: NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pineda won while pitching with some substance smudged on his hand as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Thursday night.
PIRATES 5, CUBS 4: CHICAGO (AP) - Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau laces up his cleats right next to the locker once belonging to Todd Helton, the first baseman whose shoes he's now trying to fill.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Surrounded by statues of the game's greats, Tony La Russa was simply awe-struck as he contemplated his place in baseball history.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Manny Pacquiao's latest pastor wants him up at 5 a.m. every day for prayers. The eight-division champion sometimes has 100 people and a yappy dog named Pacman in his home after training sessions, playing darts and carousing into the night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Carli Lloyd scored two goals less than three minutes apart in the first half as the United States defeated China 3-0 Thursday night in a women's soccer friendly in the first game since Tom Sermanni was fired as coach of the Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York's third shot of the third period, and the Rangers clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jim Johnson struggled again. The Oakland Athletics picked up their new closer with a strong finish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer and sacrifice fly to pound Tim Lincecum again, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and the Anaheim Ducks clinched their second straight Pacific Division title with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the late-charging Sacramento Kings 100-99 on Wednesday night.