TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Dont'a Hightower didn't expect to be Rolando McClain on the field.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Matt Cassel did no favors for anyone who has an emergency appendectomy, then asks the boss for a few weeks off.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Welcome to Tattoo U.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is just 14 yards shy of his fifth career 1,000-yard receiving season, quite an accomplishment considering the Cardinals are next to last in the NFL in passing offense.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Kansas coach Bill Self was happy with how his team responded after leading scorer Marcus Morris was ejected for a flagrant elbow to the head.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Andrew Luck has been traveling around enough the past few weeks. He's going to spend Christmas in a hotel room near the Stanford campus instead of flying home to Houston.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse has suspended defensive tackle Andrew Lewis and linebacker Brice Hawkes for the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium for violating team rules.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Penn State coach Joe Paterno is looking at the Outback Bowl as a combination of this season's final game and the opener of the 2011 campaign.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady has overtaken Michael Vick to lead all players in the final fan voting for the Pro Bowl.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doug Martin shook Boise State out of its brief postseason funk with an 84-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and the 10th-ranked Broncos dominated the rest of the way Wednesday night to beat No. 20 Utah 26-3 in the MAACO Bowl.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Linebacker Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs has been named AFC defensive player of the week.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An angry Frank Martin refused to take questions about the loss of Kansas State's top two players right before the Wildcats played UNLV.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Men's teams. Women's teams. No. 89 belongs to UConn. It beats them all.
Here's how critical Philadelphia's game at Dallas will be on Thanksgiving Day: The winner can start thinking about a home postseason game, maybe even a bye for the wild-card round. The loser winds up needing to win the rematch in 17 days to be viable in the NFC East.
Rivalries are like a big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings - oh so appetizing but with the potential to leave you feeling sick and sleepy.
MANHATTAN (AP) - After one of the worst rushing performances in the Bill Snyder era, Kansas State would be hard-pressed to find a better opponent to get back on track.
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Kaleb Tarczewski scored 18 points, Gabe York added 15 and No. 3 Arizona hung on to win its first close game of the season, beating Kansas State 72-68 Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wide receiver Jason Avant arrived in Kansas City a few days ago, a mid-season signing by the Chiefs. He was leaving his hotel Tuesday when a woman mustered up the courage to approach him.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.
LAWRENCE(AP) - Brannen Greene scored 17 points off the bench, Perry Ellis also had 17 points and No. 11 Kansas rebounded from an embarrassing loss to Kentucky with an 87-60 victory over Rider on Monday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the non-football injury list Monday after a mass was found in his chest following last week's game in Oakland. Team trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma.
NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
Top-ranked Kentucky certainly made a believer of Kansas coach Bill Self last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Marcus Foster scored 24 points and Kansas State held on to beat Purdue 88-79 after blowing most of a big early lead Monday in the opening game of the Maui Invitational.
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The Denver Broncos suddenly are looking fragile. They need to end their November swoon quickly or even could face the possibility of not playing in January.