A year ago, it was the Philadelphia Phillies, and then the rest of the National League. Everyone was picking Roy Halladay and Co. to win the pennant.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Flanked by his family, his former manager and a group of teammates he hates to leave behind, Chipper Jones choked up a bit and delivered the news that's been looming for years:
LAWRENCE - A second Lawrence police officer suspended for allegedly fixing traffic tickets for a University of Kansas athletics department employee is no longer working for the city, Police Chief Tarik Khatib said Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher has signed his restricted free agent tender, which was at the second-round level and will pay him $1,972,000 for the 2012 season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Tebow is coming to New York. Really.
NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because the team's players were paid bounties for big hits on opponents from 2009-11.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Needing to plug a big hole behind the plate, the Kansas City Royals acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros on Tuesday for minor league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning stood next to John Elway, holding up a bright orange jersey with the No. 18 on it.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Kansas State coach Deb Patterson was disappointed her team didn't compete better in its record-setting performance against Connecticut.
OMAHA, Neb. - Bill Self knows better than most that matchups dictate success in the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tight end Kevin Boss has agreed on a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Salvador Perez will open the season on the disabled list instead of as the Kansas City Royals' starting catcher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday, giving the team a formidable duo in the ground game with Jamaal Charles.
NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there's a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
ATLANTA (AP) - Extra innings boosted viewership for the American League wild-card game.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia's new defensive coordinator, Tony Gibson has seen the Mountaineers revert to their old habits of letting opponents get yards in chunks, and he said the potential for Kansas to produce big plays is real despite the Jayhawks' struggles of late.
In the most interesting and important Saturday of the college football season so far, no team faces a more crucial test than Nebraska.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.
MANHATTAN - Many stars refuse to admit they look at the players they're passing on the slow climb through the record books. They'll speak in platitudes about focusing on the team first, the individual second, and shrug off most of their achievements.
Charlie Strong is less than halfway through his first season trying to re-establish Texas as a Big 12 power.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago.
LAWRENCE - Kansas is turning to a native son to usher the Jayhawks through the rest of the season.
LAWRENCE - Charlie Weis arrived at Kansas full of bravado, promising dramatic changes within the long-suffering program. Players were dismissed, offenses and defenses were scrapped. Assistant coaches were hired, fired or simply reassigned.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It doesn't seem to matter much to Chiefs coach Andy Reid whether it's Jamaal Charles or Knile Davis in the backfield. Or Cyrus Gray, for that matter.