It creeps into everyone's conversation and thoughts as the NFL season winds down. It's a word most coaches and players try to avoid uttering, yet always are aware of.
The Angels have big plans for Andrew Heaney.
An arbiter appointed by the NFL to hear Adrian Peterson's appeal has ruled that the Minnesota Vikings running back will remain suspended until at least next spring.
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says quarterback Drew Stanton will not require surgery on his injured right knee and "definitely has a chance" to play again this season.
President Barack Obama says the Ray Rice domestic violence case showed that the National Football League was "behind the curve" in setting policies about athlete behavior. He says new policies now in effect will send a message that there is no place for such behavior.
The ruling on the field stands: A high school football team from a tiny Oklahoma town is moving on to the state semifinals, having topped an Oklahoma City powerhouse after an improperly enforced penalty with 64 seconds left.
The Miami Marlins have acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds for pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach, their second big deal in less than 12 hours.
The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello.
The Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and were working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies in a remake of their middle infield.
The San Diego Padres, desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers, two people familiar with the trade said Thursday.
"Everyone always wonders why they're not playing in Montreal," Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings.
Unlike last season at about this time, the San Diego Chargers are in control of their destiny heading into Sunday's game against Denver.
Gary Andersen is leaving Wisconsin to take head coaching job at Oregon State.
Unexpectedly cheerful and far more chatty than the norm, Colin Kaepernick insisted he takes every part of his job seriously and is working at giving more thoughtful public responses even after poor performances.
Jeff Samardzija has played for Notre Dame and the Cubs and now will get to pitch for the White Sox. "Being a Chicago guy, that's one of the craziest things I've thought about," he said Tuesday after Oakland dealt him to Chicago's South Side.