NEW YORK (AP) - As one of the strangest NFL seasons - on and off the field - winds down, football fans can begin contemplating playoff matchups, followed by the Super Bowl, then the draft.
ATLANTA (AP) - EJ Manuel threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to stop a South Carolina rally and lead Florida State to a 26-17 victory over the turnover-plagued Gamecocks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Friday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Some believe the national championship game might come down to superstitions being observed or neglected.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - More than any other time this season, Alabama looked like the team that was picked to win the national championship in the Capital One Bowl.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, linebacker Tank Carder swatted down a 2-point conversion pass attempt with 2 minutes to play, and No. 3 TCU completed a perfect season with its first Rose Bowl victory, 21-19 over fourth-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Pittsburgh fired new football coach Mike Haywood on Saturday, a day after he was arrested at his home on a domestic violence charge.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley says he has no knowledge of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis possibly taking a similar job with the University of Florida.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Urban Meyer walked away from Florida with a win against Joe Paterno, who insists Penn State's disappointing season won't be his last.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford really does have UConn's number.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL fined the New York Jets $100,000 on Thursday for violating league rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll on the sideline during a punt return earlier this month.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The NFL's rookie rushing leader is an undrafted free agent with a penchant for hurdling defenders in the open field.
No. 8 Villanova 78,
NEW YORK - The first Pinstripe Bowl turned into a home run derby, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading big plays and touchdowns in one of the most exciting games of this postseason.
MIAMI (AP) - For the Miami Heat, July was about putting the roster together. August was about new faces getting to know each other. September was about conditioning. October was about installing systems. November was about growing pains.
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Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the fifth-ranked Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and the Kansas City Royals roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that kept the pressure on Detroit in the AL Central.
Some victories can be a sign that a program that has hit hard times could be heading for better days.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column.
BALTIMORE - Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create.
MINNEAPOLIS - For as long as he has been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser's dream.
The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.
BALTIMORE - The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.
MANHATTAN - In many ways, the direction of Kansas State and Auburn the past couple of seasons has been shaped by a surprising decision that Jake Waters made nearly two years ago.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Peyton Manning didn't take a single second-half snap in the preseason, and he's barely breaking a sweat after halftime in the regular season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - By the time the Kansas City Chiefs failed to get into the end zone on fourth down, trailing by a touchdown in Denver, they weren't just on the brink of another loss.
TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State weren't expected to do much in the Big 12 this season.
Redskins 41, Jaguars 10
DENVER - It took the Denver Broncos three tries to put away the Kansas City Chiefs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night.