By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
NEW YORK (AP) - The ice show must go on - anywhere you can find a rink.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose Sharks talented rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss at least a month after being hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Dustin Brown.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - If there's one constant with the Oakland Raiders, it's penalties. Lots of them.
HOUSTON (AP) - Peyton Manning owns the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season and the Denver Broncos own the AFC West title.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A rarely seen penalty nearly spoiled the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-31 win Sunday over the Packers.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Just a few weeks after Fresno State appeared poised for a BCS trip and a breakthrough season, the Bulldogs ended up busted in Vegas.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have been eliminated from the playoff race for the 11th straight year. The San Diego Chargers could be joining their hated rivals, perhaps before kickoff of their game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
MIAMI (AP) - Even when the Sacramento Kings did things right, they stood little chance against the Miami Heat.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles won't be closing a deal for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Frank Gore doesn't spend much time thinking about numbers with the San Francisco 49ers on the verge of clinching a playoff berth.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
ALAMEDA (AP) - It has been a bittersweet past five weeks offensively for the Oakland Raiders since Matt McGloin took over as quarterback.
ATLANTA (AP) - When he first looked at Atlanta's 2013 schedule, Tony Gonzalez was thrilled to see a late December rematch with the San Francisco 49ers.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Close games haven't turned out well for the Orlando Magic over the past few weeks.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Despite a cast on his left arm, the perennially optimistic Hunter Pence arrived upbeat in the San Francisco clubhouse on Friday.
AKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, Klay Thompson scored 16 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Friday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Two of the Oakland Raiders' big free-agent acquisitions from last season are no longer with the team.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao's sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett notes on his Twitter page header that he will be "2016 comeback player of the year."
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Joe Maddon gushed about the ballpark and the fans. He praised starter Travis Wood and said he liked the performance by his team.
OVER, Del. (AP) - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs are back home and beginning to show signs of returning to their old form.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey got off to a strong start as he doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry needed just over a minute to turn a rough shooting night into a good one.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 25 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 22 and Ben McLemore finished with 20 and the Sacramento Kings handed the New York Knicks their worst loss of the season Tuesday, 124-86.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Matt Nieto had two goals and an assist in leading the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne is getting his shot to play in the NFL.