SANTA CLARA (AP) - Aldon Smith hardly has a free moment to stop at his locker, much less give thought to any intriguing matchups or scenarios as he chases Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sacks record.
OAKLAND (AP) - After enduring one of the toughest weeks of his life and career, Raiders coach Dennis Allen's return to the Oakland Coliseum ended with another painful memory.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - In a battle of young backcourts, the Golden State Warriors were an easy winner over the Detroit Pistons.
OAKLAND (AP) - Just a year ago, Denver and Oakland went to the end of the season in the race for the AFC West title, with the Broncos edging the Raiders for first place on the final day by winning a three-team tiebreaker with San Diego.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - He was adopted as a newborn, has a fully grown pet tortoise named Sammy, and sports 10 or 11 tattoos by his own count covering much of his upper body.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel certainly has the statistics worthy of a Heisman Trophy winner. He plays in the powerful Southeastern Conference. He has a signature win - all things Heisman voters typically look for.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - By now, there's nothing Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other. After 36 rounds in the ring - many of which could have been scored either way - there's not much fight fans don't know about the two, either.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.
NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations between hockey owners and players are going so well that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the process" - even if he has been left outside the latest rounds of discussions.
BERKELEY (AP) - California hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday to take over for the fired Jeff Tedford.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Grady Allen, the father of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and a former NFL linebacker, has died. He was 66.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be the first candidate to have a second interview with the Oakland Raiders for their head coaching job as the two-week search could be nearing a conclusion.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ben Zobrist needs few reminders of the quirks that come with playing in the Oakland Coliseum, his new home.
With Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson headed to the NFL's conference title games, this is the first time in 21 years - and only second time ever - that three of the final four teams are quarterbacked by a Super Bowl champion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The developers behind a sprawling sports and housing complex in the Los Angeles suburbs - whose centerpiece stadium could become home for an NFL team - expect to recoup up to $100 million in local tax dollars in the first five years of operation, an Associated Press review has found.
At this time a year ago, the Indiana Pacers were 29-7 and well on their way to finishing with the Eastern Conference's best record.
DENVER (AP) - Andrew Luck has his signature NFL win, and it came against his predecessor, of all people.
NEW YORK (AP) - By holding serve at home, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots get to try again. The next prize: a spot in the Super Bowl.
DALLAS (AP) - From the high heat and humidity of August until the snow and bone-chilling winds of January, this has been the longest major-college season ever.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Doc Rivers would be open to coaching his son if Austin Rivers became available in a trade.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Rex Ryan is switching teams - not divisions - after reaching an agreement to coach the Buffalo Bills.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan made their moves on different parts of the Plantation Course on Sunday and wound up in the same spot - tied for the lead going into the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
DALLAS (AP) - Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Hobbled but happy, Aaron Rodgers might have felt a bit lucky, too.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings beat Cleveland 103-84 on Sunday night, the Cavaliers' seventh loss in eight games with LeBron James out with a strained back and sore left knee.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer turned the Brisbane International final into a grand occasion Sunday, beating the up-and-coming Milos Raonic in three see-sawing sets to register his 1,000th career match win.