Just 10 months ago, they feared being turned into intercollegiate orphans - castouts who were unwanted by any major conference.
Federal prosecutors got their conviction on Barry Bonds. Now on deck: Roger Clemens and, maybe, Lance Armstrong.
CHICAGO - Kyle Korver scored 19 points, Derrick Rose had 15 and the Chicago Bulls closed the regular season with their ninth straight victory, beating the New Jersey Nets 97-92 on Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON - At his dominant best until a shaky ninth inning, Roy Halladay held on to throw his first complete game of 2011, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 3-2 Wednesday night.
DETROIT - Brandon Inge hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers in their last at-bat for the second straight day, 3-2 on Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just like the whole Steroid Era: We'll never really know.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Different state. Different mediator. Same disagreements.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Aviles didn't feel he was in a funk. Even at 0 for 18, he didn't consider that long enough to be a slump.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - While Kansas City's young relievers once again gave the Royals a chance to win. It was a veteran who couldn't make a pitch when it was most needed.
Bulls 103, Knicks 90
Nationals 7, Phillies 4
Angels 2, Indians 0
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is preparing for preseason games even though the owners and players remain at odds over a new contract.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Kemba Walker says the school's decision to put his name and number on the wall of its basketball arena helped him decide it was time to head to the NBA.
Dodgers 6, Giants 1
CHICAGO - Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers could handle a throw home and the Kansas City Royals beat Chicago 2-1 Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
CHICAGO - About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn't make Monday night was his case for the American League's Cy Young Award.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a two-win season that led to the ouster of the general manager and coach, and the turnover of roughly half the roster.
INDIANAPOLIS - Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson.
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers have gotten a good return on their short-term investment in right-hander Joba Chamberlain.
LOS ANGELES - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.
NIMES, France - Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming - their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way.
BOSTON - Jon Lester just wants to put up impressive numbers on the mound. He will worry about the figures on his next contract later.
BOSTON - Rubby De La Rosa quietly walked up behind reporters waiting for him and went unnoticed before he got their attention.
PHOENIX - Showtime Shoni lived up to her nickname in her first WNBA All-Star Game. And a wild game it was.