TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Crimson Tide scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown.
Needing someone strong and savvy to mend the Big 12, the league has turned to a former Big Eight commissioner who also helped usher in the era of college football as big business.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Matt Cassel grips the sides of the podium, peering out across the Kansas City Chiefs' small interview room, and acknowledges what everyone is thinking.
MIAMI (AP) - Jacory Harris walked into the interview room, taking a seat on the floor. He leaned back, closed his eyes and covered his head in his right hand for what seemed like forever.
Now that's more like it.
The Big 12 dumped its embattled commissioner Thursday and said nine schools had pledged to give their TV rights to the conference for the next six years, a step intended to preserve a fractured league that has lost two members in the past year and is expected to lose another by next summer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Detroit Tigers had already clinched the AL Central title, so manager Jim Leyland decided he would start getting his starting staff in order against the Kansas City Royals.
MANHATTAN (AP) - He's not quite King Arthur of Kansas just yet. The start that linebacker Arthur Brown has gotten off to with Kansas State may earn him that nickname in due time, though.
Between board of regents meetings and applications for membership, there actually are a bunch of games to be played this college football season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Representatives for NBA owners and players will meet twice this week, perhaps only days before training camps would have to be postponed without a new labor deal.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Eric Hosmer went 5 for 5 with a three-run homer and Luis Mendoza got his first major league win in more than three years in the Kansas City Royals' 10-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the Big East tries to figure out a survival strategy, the Pac-12 is nearing a decision on whether it wants to stretch farther east.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Todd Haley is finding success to be just as fleeting as all the goodwill that comes with it.
CLEVELAND - Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
SAN ANTONIO - Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.
MIAMI - LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.
NEW YORK - Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George scored 27 points and George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight playoff double-double and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
CLEVELAND - James Shields allowed two runs in six innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON - Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career Tuesday night, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
CLEVELAND - The squirrel was fearless.
BOSTON - "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
TIGERS 5, ANGELS 2
PITTSBURGH - Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues.
INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.