MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal made it abundantly clear how much he missed the last Australian Open with the manner of his third-round demolition of Gael Monfils.
DENVER - Only one of them can be the greatest.
SEATTLE - From the first kickoff back in September, the 49ers and Seahawks seemed destined to meet for the NFC title.
MOSCOW - A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles (910 kilometers) north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.
ATHENS - Georgia coach Mark Fox beamed even after watching his team's worst shooting performance of the season.
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Before Patrick Reed earned his PGA Tour card in December 2012, he successfully Monday-qualified for six events and made 12 starts that year.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams got on and off court as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, registering yet another record with match win No. 61 at the Australian Open as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova.
MELBOURNE - Maria Sharapova was already soaking in ice by the time the extreme weather warning arrived.
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Zach Johnson asked his short-iron approach on the par-4 18th to "Do something right, baby." It did.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Ever since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away.
NEW YORK - New baseball union head Tony Clark says players won't agree to terminating contracts as part of discipline for drug violations.
CLEVELAND - Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is asking Cleveland fans to be patient as he looks to replace the coach he fired after one season.
So the top three and four of the top five teams in the final AP Pro32 power rankings have made the NFL's Final Four. Nothing surprising about that.
MELBOURNE - Just the thought of playing in the sweltering heat at the Australian Open is keeping Serena Williams up at night.
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge is slowing down the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, questioning if there's enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.
DORAL, Fla. - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday - this time because of the weather, not his back.
PRETORIA, South Africa - As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.
Just south of Bulloch County is the second largest public fishing and hunting entity in the state of Georgia (only the Chattahoochee National Forest is bigger).
DORAL, Fla. - Steve Stricker usually doesn't show up at a tournament on Sunday. He made an exception for the Cadillac Championship, and it made perfect sense.
PRETORIA, South Africa - For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night that the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend in his South African home.
PRETORIA, South Africa - "Bang ... bang, bang, bang."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Challenged for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, umpires got it right.
NEW YORK - Jason Collins spent part of his off day on Sunday shopping at Costco.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The first day of spring practice was a bit surreal for Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Rory McIlroy is 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour victory in 18 months, a chance to show the world he is back on his game.
JOHANNESBURG - With his past triumphs now tarnished because he shot to death his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius on Monday will enter court to be confronted with the jarring possibility that he will be sent to prison for at least 25 years.
ATLANTA - The Hawks should have a deeper roster for their upcoming five-game road trip even after the news of Gustavo Ayon's season-ending right shoulder surgery.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Golf is starting to feel easy again for Rory McIlroy, who bounced back from a sloppy start Friday in the Honda Classic for a 4-under 66 that gave him his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour in 18 months.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The PGA Tour season began five months ago. The new year is two months old. And yet there's something about the Honda Classic that makes Tiger Woods and a collection of stars feel as though it's all about to get underway.