ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Down by nine games in early September, down by seven runs on the final day of the season.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Boston Red Sox completed their September collapse in horrific and historic fashion, falling out of the playoff chase by allowing two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals completed one of baseball's greatest comebacks, clinching the NL wild card Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - With the season on the line, the Atlanta Braves couldn't get the final three outs.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Jared Allen's return to Kansas City this week isn't his priority focus.
The Houston Texans have failed many a litmus test in their near-decade of NFL existence. They're still searching for a playoff berth.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Trevor Plouffe's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning gave Carl Pavano and the Twins a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, helping Minnesota stave off a 100-loss season.
ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Hudson relishes the chance to pitch in such an important game.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are loose and raring to go, ready to work overtime - if necessary - to win the AL wild card.
Kansas State and Iowa State got picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 standings. After undefeated starts in nonconference play, they will get a chance this week to show whether they're contenders or pretenders.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Circle the wagons and rally the troops. The cliches rolled off the tongues of just about every member of the Kansas Jayhawks' football team Tuesday afternoon, and with good reason.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida was essentially noncompetitive in its last two games against Alabama.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Leonard Pope cradled the touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Cassel with just less than 5 minutes left in the game, pulling the Kansas City Chiefs within a field goal of the San Diego Chargers in a critical game on the road.
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.