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.
Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In the throes of a sometimes-contentious negotiation on a contract extension with the Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio sat down at a table and started to recount the reasons he wanted to stay in Minnesota.
PHOENIX (AP) - When Junior Seau's name is mentioned as a first-time Hall of Fame candidate, people nod in recognition of his career achievements. Then they shake their heads with sadness. Seau spent 20 seasons in the NFL as a dominant linebacker, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors for San Diego in 1992, making six All-Pro teams, and the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s. His reckless abandon defined his career. Seau committed suicide in 2012 and was found to have developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a brain disease). "He was a phenomenal player, teammate, friend," Tom Brady said ...
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - No. 18 Northern Iowa let No. 12 Wichita State know the Shockers are no longer the only dominant team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Getting off to a sensational start is only half the battle. Bill Self hopes No. 9 Kansas learned that lesson while beating Kansas State 68-57 on Saturday and holding the Wildcats to one of their most miserable halfs ever.
PHOENIX (AP) - As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and West Virginia, relying on its high-pressure defense, shut down Kansas State for a 65-59 victory Tuesday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Lane Kiffin says he is coming back to Alabama for a second season as offensive coordinator.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The World Cup of Hockey is making a long-awaited return in 2016.
PHOENIX (AP) - When the conversation turns to Super Bowl losers, the Bills and Vikings immediately come up.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) - Tim Kempton scored 11 points, including a key 3-pointer that came on his first career attempt from the arc, and added 10 rebounds in helping Lehigh defeat Lafayette, 75-71.
PHOENIX (AP) - An historic Super Bowl is before us.
MIAMI (AP) - For making an obscene gesture toward heckling fans, Dwyane Wade was fined $15,000 by the NBA and even had his phone and television privileges revoked at home by his family.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Cliff Alexander had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 11 Kansas beat No. 17 Texas 75-62 on Saturday for a key road win in the rugged Big 12.
CHICAGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is being remembered for his positive outlook and brilliant playing career in a steady stream of tributes.