NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 24 points in the first three quarters, then let his Lakers teammates take over in a dominant 98-80 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night that wrapped up the series for Los Angeles in six games.
NEW YORK (AP) - Cam Newton provided one of the few predictable moments, so far, in a bizarre NFL offseason.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Fausto Carmona, backed by four solo home runs, pitched seven solid innings and the Cleveland Indians earned their 10th straight home win by beating Kansas City 8-2 on Thursday night to extend the Royals' losing streak to six.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant's teammates kept telling him it was his time to take over the game.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gary Neal caught an inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left and forced overtime with a 3-point heave as time expired, and the San Antonio Spurs staved off elimination by stunning the Memphis Grizzlies 110-103 on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL is falling behind in its court fight with the players over the future of the $9 billion business.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL draft always is a guessing game. Never has it been accompanied by so much uncertainty.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Orlando Cabrera's three-run double in the first inning made things easier for Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin and the AL Central-leading Indians won their ninth straight at home, 7-2 Wednesday night over the slumping Kansas City Royals.
MIAMI (AP) - Not easy. But over.
MANHATTAN - If you can't make it to Kansas State's 2011 spring football game on Saturday, there are plenty other avenues to hear or view.
LAWRENCE - Kansas Athletics has planned a full day of events and activities for the annual KU football spring game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant picked up his dribble with two hands and soared to the hoop, looking more like the cocky teenager who used to wear a No. 8 Lakers jersey than the weary veteran with five rings and perpetually gimpy ankles.
TOPEKA (AP) - The state Senate will take a few minutes from its first day back at work to recognize Kansas guard Tyrel Reed for his achievements on and off the basketball court.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Luol Deng added 24 and the Chicago Bulls finally played like a top seed, knocking off the Indiana Pacers 116-89 in Game 5 to wrap up their first-round playoff series Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Masterson won his fifth straight start, a stunning personal turnaround from last season, Jack Hannahan homered twice and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night.
The big bubble winner over the weekend - Nebraska. When the NCAA selection committee draws up the brackets next Sunday, it's hard to imagine the Cornhuskers will be on the outside looking in.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Bill Self said Monday he expects center Joel Embiid to play in the NCAA tournament.
ST. LOUIS - Wichita State's still perfect. And proudly awaiting a No. 1 seed.
ST. LOUIS - All those runaway wins, it's hard for unbeaten Wichita State to pick a favorite.
DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Jabari Parker had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 14 North Carolina 93-81 Saturday night.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Its NCAA chances all but gone, West Virginia showed it still has some fight left in a lackluster season.
PHOENIX - Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in the first inning on the first pitch he saw this spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Saturday.
MANHATTAN - Kenny Chery kept stepping to the free-throw line and kept knocking them down.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
LAWRENCE - Andrew Wiggins remembers sitting in the bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse long after the final whistle, watching as the crowd showered the departing Kansas players with love.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday.