PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. says he was only thinking of his teammates when he retired abruptly last June, and he's returning to Seattle for a similar reason: to help the organization that gave him his start.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Utah State wouldn't go away, hitting what seemed to be one improbable shot after another. Kansas State helped the Aggies along with a succession of mistakes that had coach Frank Martin fuming.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Brady Morningstar has heard about Northern Iowa for a year now.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)-Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game.
TUCSON, Ariz. - According to a published report in Thursday's Kansas City Star, Kansas State senior guard Jacob Pullen was sick Wednesday and did not practice.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - With most of its team coming back from last year's NCAA regional finals run, Kansas State built up big expectations in the Little Apple.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Had enough of the he-said, he-said rancor between the NFL and players? Don't expect it to go away anytime soon.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma fired coach Jeff Capel on Monday after he followed a trip to the NCAA tournament's regional finals with the program's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1967.
Filling out an NCAA tournament bracket is tougher this year, and it has nothing to do with the caliber of competition.
PITTSBURGH - The expanded NCAA tournament field - now at 68 teams - has thrown a wrinkle into the art of scouting an opponent for Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Top-ranked Ohio State will be staying close to home in the NCAA tournament.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke's path to a second straight national championship will take the Blue Devils west.
Utah State won 30 games this season but was rewarded with only a No. 12 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face No. 5 seed Kansas State on Thursday in a second-round game in Tucson, Ariz.
LAWRENCE - Without dwelling on history, Kansas is determined to draw from the lessons of its recent painful past.
LAWRENCE - Andrew Wiggins remembers sitting in the bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse long after the final whistle, watching as the crowd showered the departing Kansas players with love.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday.
WAKE FOREST 82, No. 4 DUKE 72
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
OMAHA, Neb. - It's been a season of no regrets for Creighton's Doug McDermott.
LAWRENCE - Tarik Black pulled a Big 12 championship T-shirt over his broad shoulders, slipped a title hat on his head, and then gave Andrew Wiggins and the rest of his teammates a hug.
March Madness is ramping up with the conference tournaments starting this week and the NCAA tournament just around the corner.
LAWRENCE - When eighth-ranked Kansas steps onto the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it will be the final home game for seniors Tarik Black, Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley.
LAWRENCE - There will not be an anointed quarterback under center at Kansas this spring.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wichita State was just about as dominant in the Missouri Valley's postseason awards Thursday as the unbeaten Shockers were in running roughshod through the league schedule.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each homered off Johnny Cueto and drove in three runs, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Tuesday.
MIAMI - Best player. Best game of his career.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Phil Forte matched a season high with 23 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State 77-61 on Monday night.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina just keeps winning, even if the past two performances haven't been what coach Roy Williams wanted to see.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Challenged for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, umpires got it right.