CHICAGO - College football has always relied on polls and bowls to crown a national championship. It is an inexact science that has left many fans frustrated and wondering why they can't settle it on the field - like every other sport - with a playoff.
CHICAGO (AP) - The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
HOUSTON - The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they're happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins.
MIAMI - Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.
HOUSTON - Luke Hochevar pitched into the eighth inning, two relievers completed the shutout, and Billy Butler hit a solo home run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
MIAMI - LeBron James better get well fast. He's about to play for a championship.
MIAMI - A questionable substitution by the coach, more foul trouble for the superstar, and bad free throw shooting by just about everybody ruined Oklahoma City's chances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 win Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had no trouble with closer Jason Motte's two-strike pitch to pinch-hitter Billy Butler.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 14th inning, the New York Yankees were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and Washington Nationals teen sensation was Bryce Harper was 0 for 6 at the plate.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Salvador Perez hit a scorching liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single, allowing Jarrod Dyson to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Charlie Weis says his players would be disappointed if they didn't win "significantly more games" than a year ago, when they stumbled to a 3-9 finish.
There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David Burnett had just landed in Atlanta on a business trip when his phone buzzed with a voice mail. On the recording, breaking with emotion, was the voice of Cairo Santos.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jameis Winston said No. 1 Florida State did a little celebrating in the locker room after leaving the field seemingly less than thrilled with a closer-than-expected win over Oklahoma State.
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Todd Gurley is uncomfortable in front of the cameras.
NORMAN, Okla. - In the old wishbone days at Oklahoma, Barry Switzer's teams often would have three or more backs put up big numbers.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State ran up the middle. Ran to the left, then to the right. Even got crazy and threw a couple short passes to running backs out of the backfield on Saturday night.
NEW YORK - Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.
MANHATTAN - Jake Waters threw for 223 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Charles Jones ran for a pair of scores as No. 20 Kansas State pounded Stephen F. Austin 55-16 on Saturday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 3