CLEVELAND (AP) - Pat Shurmur brought in a close friend to help him fix Cleveland's broken offense.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Hiring a new coach has become almost commonplace for the Raiders, who will have their seventh coach in the past 10 seasons in 2012. As the first coach hired in the post-Al Davis era in Oakland, Dennis Allen will have a much different task than his predecessors.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 74-55 on Thursday night
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Paul Pierce had 24 points and 10 assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 16 points to help the Boston Celtics erase a 27-point deficit and beat the Orlando Magic for the second time this week, 91-83 on Thursday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Buccaneers are counting on Greg Schiano to lead them back to respectability and transform Tampa Bay into consistent winners - much in the same way he made Rutgers matter again.
MIAMI (AP) - Former NFL players should not be permitted to sue for damages over concussions they suffered because player safety issues have long been governed by the league's collective bargaining agreements, an NFL attorney said Thursday.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Kansas State coach Frank Martin didn't mind his Wildcats committing 25 fouls as long as they were as a result of playing aggressive defense.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Freshman swingman Le'Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Wednesday night.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Joe Paterno's family along with former players and assistant coaches made their way Wednesday to a campus spiritual center for the revered coach's funeral service, a moment of private mourning during a week in which thousands from Penn State were saying goodbye.
DETROIT - With Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the lineup, the Detroit Tigers look ready for a season of slugging at Comerica Park.
SAN FRANCISCO - Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants reached a verbal agreement Tuesday on a two-year contract worth $40.5 million.
DETROIT (AP) - With Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the lineup, the Detroit Tigers look ready for a season of slugging at Comerica Park.
MIAMI - Chris Bosh scored 17 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James added 18 and the Miami Heat survived another shaky offensive night to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-85 on Tuesday night.
ATHENS, Ga. - Darius Miller came off the bench to score 19 points and Kentucky cruised in its first game since returning to No. 1 in the rankings, beating Georgia 57-44 on Tuesday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Thomas Robinson carried No. 5 Kansas when things looked bleak, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half and leading the Jayhawks to a 64-54 win over scrappy Texas A&M on Monday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jordan Schafer tied a career high with four RBIs, including a two-run single in the 10th inning Thursday night as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-5.
NEW YORK - Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each made decisive closing statements in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
NEW YORK - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
NEW YORK - Tom Brady has seen plenty of other quarterbacks come and go in the AFC East.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Don't expect to see starting quarterbacks Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers take snaps. Do expect to see running backs Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy wearing baseball caps on the sideline.
LOS ANGELES - Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins and helping the Royals avoid their first three-game skid since mid-July.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a possibility with the start of the regular season just over a week away.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday.
LAWRENCE - John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace - Charlie Weis.
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