SACRAMENTO (AP) - Blake Griffin made three straight jumpers in the closing minutes to finish with 14 points and nine rebounds, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 93-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
NFL GOODELL HEARS APPEALS FROM SAINTS' PAYTON, LOOMIS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Payton slipped out a back entrance from NFL headquarters and directly into to a waiting car. The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl-winning coach now must wait for Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide whether he will reduce any of the penalties in the team's bounty scandal. <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On the same day the NFL heard the Saints' appeals in their hits-for-cash scandal, a recording of Gregg Williams emerged that purports to capture the disgraced defensive coordinator telling players to "put a lick" on 49ers receiver Kyle Williams to see if he had lingering effects from a concussion.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Johan Franzen scored on consecutive shots in the third period to end Brian Elliott's shutout streak after more than 3 1-2 games, and Todd Bertuzzi netted the lone goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Josh Donaldson is starting to show signs that he might be a reliable replacement for Scott Sizemore.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Hector Sanchez spent the winter back home in Venezuela fine-tuning his swing while turning most of his attention to becoming a better defensive catcher. Day after day, he fueled his improvement with thoughts of making the Giants' opening day roster.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to have much left in the tank.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.
BASKETBALL NEW NCAA RULE FORCES PLAYERS' NBA DECISIONS SOONER: Testing the NBA waters seemingly has become a thing of the past for college players. These days, they're likely either in or out. The reason is, players have less time to make a decision. A new NCAA rule says players who entered the NBA draft early but want to return to school only have until next ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - For three quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies did not resemble a team coming off a win at Oklahoma City.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained, surgically repaired throwing shoulder and will not do any baseball activity for three weeks.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt McGloin's rapid ascent from undrafted rookie to starting NFL quarterback is headed to the big stage.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks will go into their showdown against New Orleans on Monday night short-handed in the secondary after starting cornerback Walter Thurmond was officially suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the team's next four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says jobs are on the line - and his own is on the list.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The impenetrable wall that was the Kansas City defense was breached by the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, when Peyton Manning and his cohorts ran up and down the field in a 27-17 victory.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice on a limited basis but appears highly unlikely to play against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Timberwolves' five starters have logged more minutes than any other starting group in the NBA this year, in part because former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams couldn't gain the trust of coach Rick Adelman.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Colin Kaepernick looked left, scrambled right, then found Anquan Boldin open in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season.
EL SEGUNDO (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension Monday, securing the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history into his 20th season with the franchise.
OAKLAND (AP) - A woman who jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders' stadium survived after a man tried to catch her and broke her fall, authorities said.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As painful as it was to blow a late lead and lose a game that dropped them from sixth place to 12th place in the AFC standings, the Oakland Raiders have no choice but to move ahead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing his one-game suspension without pay after being labeled by the NFL as a repeat offender of the league's rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - While Jon Bon Jovi is interested in becoming an NFL owner one day, he's not currently pursuing the Buffalo Bills, the New Jersey rocker's publicist told The Associated Press on Monday.