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.
No. 1 Ohio State 71,
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.
Three more teams in this year's edition of March Madness. Three more networks to cover it.
Kemba Walker and his Connecticut teammates won't get much time to catch their breath before traveling to Washington, D.C., for their first NCAA tournament game against Bucknell.
LONGMONT, Colo. - The festive mood at Colorado coach Tad Boyle's watch party Sunday quickly turned sullen after the Buffaloes were left out of the NCAA tournament.
MANHATTAN - With victories over No. 2 Kansas and No. 10 Texas and a late-season turnaround that included a six-game winning streak, Kansas State expected to be looked upon favorably by the NCAA selection committee.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Nolan Smith refused to let a toe injury stop him. Virginia Tech couldn't do it, either.
No. 1 Ohio State 68,
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The loudest, heartiest cheers of the night were for Thomas Robinson, even though five of his Kansas teammates scored more points.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - David Loubeau scored Texas A&M's first eight points and got the Aggies off to a quick start en route to an 86-71 victory over Missouri Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jordan Schafer tied a career high with four RBIs, including a two-run single in the 10th inning Thursday night as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-5.
NEW YORK - Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each made decisive closing statements in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
NEW YORK - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
NEW YORK - Tom Brady has seen plenty of other quarterbacks come and go in the AFC East.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Don't expect to see starting quarterbacks Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers take snaps. Do expect to see running backs Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy wearing baseball caps on the sideline.
LOS ANGELES - Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins and helping the Royals avoid their first three-game skid since mid-July.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a possibility with the start of the regular season just over a week away.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday.
LAWRENCE - John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace - Charlie Weis.
Thursday, Aug. 28