ATLANTA (AP) - The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.
DENVER (AP) - Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks was on the bench leading his team in Sunday night's game against the Denver Nuggets one day after his 79-year-old mother's death.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Patrick Marleau was in midseason form for the San Jose Sharks in their lockout-shortened season opener Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - No last name necessary.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The opponent was different, the match three rounds earlier. Still, the result gave Novak Djokovic a familiar feeling, and another chance to rip off his shirt in celebration.
ATLANTA (AP) - Everything was going wrong for the San Francisco 49ers and their proud defense.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks responded to their quickest playoff exit in a run of eight straight postseason appearances with tinkering instead of a roster overhaul.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics agreed to one-year contracts with left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins and first baseman Brandon Moss on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration with each.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reigning NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey is among four San Francisco Giants to reach agreement on one-year contracts that avoided salary arbitration.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Carlos Rogers had one word to describe what his homecoming in Atlanta will be like when the San Francisco 49ers face the Falcons in Sunday's NFC championship.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have released Billy Cundiff, making David Akers the only kicker on the roster heading into Sunday's NFC championship at Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship.
HOUSTON (AP) - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a great first quarter and did just enough the rest of the way to hold off the Houston Texans 33-28 on Thursday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Speed versus Power.
NAPA (AP) - The new PGA Tour season felt like an old one to a trio of Ryder Cup players Thursday at the Frys.com Open.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Thursday that he has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for the pink "Beats by Dre" brand name headphones he wore around his neck after Sunday's game.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Landon Donovan set U.S. national team and Major League Soccer records for goals and assists, scored in a signature stoppage-time moment that lifted America to a first-place finish in a World Cup group for the first time in 80 years and won five MLS titles - with a sixth still possible.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Bruce Miller swung away and trash-talked linebacker Dan Skuta from across the locker room pingpong table, Jim Harbaugh emerged to officiate.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As a coaching disciple of Bill Parcells, Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano has long believed that a powerful offense starts with a strong running game.
HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson should be arrested anew after admitting during his court appearance on a child abuse charge that he had "smoked a little weed" while out on bond, Texas prosecutors said Thursday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders placed starting middle linebacker Nick Roach on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a concussion in the preseason.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even in his late 30s and a year removed from a devastating ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season in Atlanta, Tim Hudson pictured himself pitching at a high level again.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip that caused him to miss most of the last three months of the season, has retired at 34, ending a 14-year career that included two World Series championships.
The AFC South pretty much has been the province of the Colts and Texans in recent years. Even though Houston fell apart last season, it's not a big surprise it has emerged as the only challenger to Indianapolis in the division this year.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have found the offensive balance that helped the team reach the NFC championship game in each of the past three seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners spent five hours discussing the league's personal conduct policy, domestic violence and discipline for misbehavior during their fall meetings Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Diego Valeri scored twice and Donovan Ricketts had his fifth shutout of the season to help the Portland Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 on Wednesday night.