MIAMI — Before the season started, a poll suggested the Miami Heat was the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.
FLAGSTAFF — A high school football player in Arizona died from an injury suffered in the fourth quarter of a blowout playoff game loss, serving as another tragic reminder of the dangers of head trauma in youth sports.
OKLAHOMA CITY - James Harden lacked the energy to get through a morning shoot-around. Then he found the strength to fill the Houston Rockets with life in a playoff series that had started to look hopeless.
LOS ANGELES - Caron Butler scored 18 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed Portland 93-77 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason, making a save in the first period, stopped 38 shots in his first home start for the Flyers as they beat the New York Rangers 4-2.
PHILADELPHIA - Steve Mason gave the Flyers a taste of a fabulous performance in net in crunch time.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Kobe Bryant had surgery Saturday on his torn Achilles tendon, ending his season with two games left in the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff chase.
Salpointe senior Carlos Carroll (8), making a stop on Mountain View's Richie Estrada on Friday, didn't start playing football until his freshman season.
Jake Casteel (2), tripping up Flowing Wells' Wesley Pritchett in October, is always around the football, making tackles or forcing turnovers.
Taylor Powell (44), celebrating an interception last season, had 113 tackles and three forced fumbles this year for the Lancers.
Salpointe Catholic linebackers Carlos Carroll, Jake Casteel and Taylor Powell have combined for 295 tackles and 18 sacks and have forced 14 turnovers this season.
Rachel Synkelma, blocking a shot Oct. 9 against Notre Dame Prep, leads an Ironwood Ridge team that is 14-2 and No. 4 in the Division II power rankings.
Ironwood Ridge volleyball coach Bill Lang feels comfortable as the regular season comes to an end Thursday.
The Arizona Wildcats bench erupts as they widen their lead against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the second half of the NCAA West Regional game in Seattle, March 26, 1988. Arizona won the game, 99-79. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Oklahoma's Dave Sieger reaches for the ball as Arizona's Joe Turner falls to the ground during the first half of their NCAA final four tournament semifinal game in Kansas City, Saturday, April 2, 1988. (AP Photo/John Gaps)
Arizona Wildcats center Tom Tolbert (center) struggles to keep control of the ball as North Carolina Tar Heels forward Rick Fox (left) takes a stab at the ball in the second half of the NCAA West Regional Championship game in Seattle, March 27, 1988. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Arizona's Steve Kerr reaches for the ball as Oklahoma's Mookie Blaylock (10) presses from behind during the first half of their semifinal game at the final four tournament in Kansas City, Saturday, April 2, 1988. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
Ricardo Velasco, left, heading the ball against Ogden on July 8, will help lead FC Tucson to its first-ever playoff game against Sounders FC U-23.
FC Tucson has come a long way in three months - from tearing up infield dirt to tearing up league foes to the tune of a playoff spot.
OKLAHOMA CITY - After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish.