LOS ANGELES (AP) - Playing for the first time this season on a national stage, the lights were simply too bright and the task too daunting for an inexperienced Southern California squad.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News was accused in a newspaper report Tuesday of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s, including his niece, who is now a prosecutor.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley believed he was prepared to play in the NFL and the draft prognosticators agreed with him.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - "Show me the money" indeed: A bench warrant has been authorized for the sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie "Jerry Maguire" after he failed to appear in court in a case involving a $1.4 million debt.
HONOLULU (AP) - Freshman Angel Rodriguez came off the bench and scored a season-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as Kansas State cruised to an 83-58 win over Southern Illinois in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - One of the very last entries under Ryan Succop's biography in the Kansas City Chiefs' media guide, under the section marked "Personal," is the pronunciation of his last name.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas coach Charlie Weis landed a pair of high-profile quarterbacks Thursday.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Derrick Rose was going down the list, thanking just about everyone who helped him become one of the NBA's best players, when he looked to his right.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Casey Pachall highlighted a record-setting game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU to a 31-24 victory against Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night.
Celtics 81, Raptors 73
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The emotions were still raw, the sting of defeat still fresh from Game 7 of the World Series when Billy Butler stood in front of his locker and spoke in a voice full of conviction.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the World Series.
LAWRENCE (AP) - The last time Roy Williams set foot in Allen Fieldhouse, he was still the coach at Kansas. More than a decade later, he returned to celebrate the building's 60th anniversary.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - It's Michael Vick's turn. Even though it's probably too late to save the New York Jets' season.
DENVER (AP) - Former teammate Brian Dawkins called Champ Bailey "a great conserver of energy," a rare superstar who was never in a rush to get anywhere "unless it was on a football field."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert keeps touting the record-breaking graduation rates of Division I athletes. Critics keep balking at the interpretation of those numbers, citing recent academic scandals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith's efficient performance for the Kansas City Chiefs became even more impressive on Monday.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the SEC.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals turn to a 23-year-old rookie to save their season, but not just any 23-year-old rookie: the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Houston wasn't supposed to be on the field at the end of the game.
Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's ninth weekend.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jamaal Charles shredded the Rams on a pair of touchdown runs. Knile Davis returned a kickoff 99 yards for another score. The Chiefs sacked St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis seven times.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Don't expect Kansas State coach Bill Snyder to be waiting in breathless anticipation for the first college football playoff ranking to be unveiled on Tuesday night.