AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - After more than a year of watching their league get picked apart, leaders of Big 12 Conference finally made a proactive move Thursday by voting to add TCU as early as next season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Big swings by a slumping hitter, clutch innings by a journeyman pitcher. Suddenly, the St. Louis Cardinals are looking very dangerous.
There they stand, the first-place Buccaneers and the first-place 49ers, ready to face off at Candlestick Park.
The folks at the Big 12 offices must have been smiling as they saw these results roll in:
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - This is what Adrian Beltre envisioned when he signed with Texas in the offseason. Balls jumping off his bat in October, the Rangers making another run for the pennant.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA canceled the remainder of the preseason Tuesday and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas has seen this story line before: A top-ranked offense against its bottom-of-the-barrel defense.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Le'Ron McClain posted a bold tweet a little over a week ago after another tough loss to the San Diego Chargers had dropped the Chiefs to 0-3.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night's NFL game after the country singer famous for the line "Are you ready for some football?" used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State was minutes from losing to Eastern Kentucky. A goal line stand from getting beat at Miami. And trailed most of the way against Baylor.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Back on the road in the playoffs, the Texas Rangers won again.
LSU and Alabama are the top two teams in the country one month before their game in Tuscaloosa.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard took a mighty cut, dropped his bat and admired the shot.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs were such a mess in their season opener against Tennessee that they were quickly written off, their dramatic turnaround last season considered a fluke.
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Big 12 has been as entertaining as any league in the country.
SAN DIEGO - Alex Smith knows Qualcomm Stadium well, from teaming with Reggie Bush to lead Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships to throwing five touchdown passes against San Diego State for Utah in its BCS-busting season of 2004.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The preseason Big 12 player of the year began his career at Dayton. The newcomer of the year spent time at Southern California and UNLV before landing at Iowa State.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech is ready to build off its first Big 12 win in nine tries, though coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't see as sharp a performance as he'd like in his team's 34-21 win over Kansas.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The memories come back in bits and pieces, and for that he can be forgiven. After all, 29 years have passed since he was standing on the hillside, watching everything unfold.
NORMAN, Okla. - With a short field goal the only thing standing between Oklahoma and the lead late in the game, Michael Hunnicutt just had to do what he's done for more than three years: be automatic.
NO. 3 MISSISSIPPI 34, TENNESSEE 3
SAN DIEGO - The bakery the San Diego Chargers have been visiting the past three weeks is closed.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a cold December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields.
MIAMI - The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
Holcomb (5-1) at Larned (4-2)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for a while now, bad baseball has become a sea of Royals blue as long-suffering fans suddenly find their team in the World Series.