CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It doesn't surprise safety Mike Mitchell that the Carolina Panthers are only the third home underdog in the NFL divisional playoffs in the past 20 years.
BOSTON (AP) - Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend's wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.
DENVER (AP) - Philip Rivers likes to say the San Diego Chargers have been in playoff mode since last month, scrapping just to squeak into the postseason party.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83 Friday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 102-92 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight victory.
The long and winding road to the Meadowlands already has had some unexpected twists and turns.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Nobody could blame Perrish Cox for confusing his uniform, defensive schemes or even what state he's in these days. It's been a constant switcheroo.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Thursday his injured left knee isn't coming along quite as well as he'd hoped.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals didn't wait long or look far for their next offensive coordinator, promoting Hue Jackson on Thursday shortly after Jay Gruden was introduced as the next head coach in Washington.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pete Carroll told Percy Harvin that the Seattle Seahawks were considering placing him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot ahead of the postseason. Harvin's response: "Coach I'm ready to play ball."
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Hall of Fame says it's up to baseball writers to propose any changes in the selection process.
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.
CHENNAI, India (AP) - Stan Wawrinka's preparations for the defense of his Australian Open title appear on track as he notched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene to win the Chennai Open on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several of the San Francisco 49ers have said they are hopeful their new head coach is a lot like the old one, Jim Harbaugh.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Stephen Curry had 23 and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors completed a perfect six-game home stand with a 112-94 win Friday night over the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers.
DALLAS (AP) - There has been no discussion among the group that runs the college football playoff about adding more teams.