VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) - His eyes tearing up with emotion, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos embraced his rescuers Saturday and said he had wondered whether he would survive a two-day kidnapping ordeal that ended when commandos swept into his captors' mountain hideout.
LAWRENCE (AP) - The last thing anyone expected from this statistical mismatch was fourth-quarter drama. Or a gutsy overtime gamble.
NEW YORK (AP) - The updated National Football League injury report, as provided by the league:
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A hybrid linebacker with a multitude of pass-rush moves and wearing No. 58 will be tormenting the quarterback again inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Carson Palmer has emerged from semi-retirement mode and is back to looking like an NFL quarterback.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Just because Joe Paterno is gone doesn't mean the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State is over. Many questions remain unanswered - from how much Paterno actually knew to whether there will be any repercussions for assistant coach Mike McQueary, who told Paterno but not police about seeing former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in a shower with a young boy in 2002.
NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners and players met again Thursday, hoping to reach a deal to end the lockout and very aware of the consequences if they fail.
Two reeling teams that somehow remain atop their division open the NFL's Thursday night package in San Diego. Picking a winner could come down to who throws more picks: Philip Rivers of the Chargers or Carson Palmer of the Raiders.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.
Andrew Luck came into this season as one of the most overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorites college football has had in years.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Having successfully shored up last season's troubled run defense, No. 17 Kansas State is now struggling to defend the pass.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is fighting for his job amid "eroding" support from Penn State's board of trustees and a widening sex-abuse scandal and possible cover-up centered on former assistant and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter just can't figure it out.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali's shadow.
LSU and Oklahoma State took control of the race to the BCS championship game - but don't count out Alabama yet.
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.