Kevin Harvick claimed his first career Sprint Cup championship with a win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
No fewer than five games pit teams with solid Super Bowl aspirations, including matchups of division leaders New England and Indianapolis, Detroit and Arizona.
And so it begins. A seven-game gauntlet that will decide whether or not the defending Super Bowl champs make it back to playoffs. It is the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL that includes the 49ers and Cardinals twice.
Casey Skowron kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Arizona a wild 27-26 victory over Washington on Saturday.
The Seahawks have a dominant ground game led by Marshawn Lynch, the Chiefs a potent ground attack led by Jamaal Charles. Both teams have stingy defenses, mobile quarterbacks and rosters not made up of high-priced acquisitions but of unheralded and late-round draft picks.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan.
Dynamic receivers are making their mark this season - and not just for their creative (some might say over-the-top) celebrations. The passers get the pub much of the time, so here's some love for the guys grabbing those throws.
Sean Kemp, Jr. scored 17 points to lead the University of Washington Huskies to a 77-59 win against South Carolina State in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
In the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, four Pac-12 Conference schools were in the top 14 of the table from which the sport's first four playoff teams will be selected.
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Back on the winning track, No. 17 Arizona and its prolific offense face a test Saturday from the sturdy defense of the Washington Huskies.
Russell Wilson is doing plenty to help Seattle during its three-game win streak. Even when the Seahawks' offensive priority has been focused on running the football.
Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday.
Former MLS player and current Seattle Sounders assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson has been named the first head coach of Sounders 2, the club's USL PRO franchise that will begin in 2015.