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?
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Until last weekend, Landon Donovan's pending retirement was a nebulous concept obscured by games, goals and a sport-wide outpouring of appreciation from the moment he made his stunning decision this summer.
CHICAGO (AP) - Tony Romo has bigger goals for the Dallas Cowboys so he wasn't about to get too excited over securing a winning season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive win.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Tyler Kennedy, fresh off the injured list, scored two goals - including the winner - and the San Jose Sharks beat the Boston Bruins 7-4 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco right tackle Anthony Davis was able to drive home following a cross-country flight from New York last month despite feeling "loopy" from a concussion he didn't initially realize was so severe.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended without pay for four games Thursday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has moved on from a critical Twitter post last week by the daughter of his boss, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown has a fairly good idea what to expect this week from San Francisco receivers Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - When Ray Mancini got the call, he was caught off guard.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods took on any shot without pain or worry Thursday, a feeling he hasn't had on the golf course in a long time.
The first time the Golden State Warriors practiced this season, new coach Steve Kerr noticed something different about Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson compared to the rest of the team.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Goalkeeper Tim Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award for his work with the U.S. national team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Johny Hendricks emerged from a bruising, bloodying five-round bout with the UFC welterweight title in March, a significant portion of the mixed martial arts world thought Robbie Lawler got robbed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player after the Irish forward's dynamic season for the Los Angeles Galaxy.