CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - For quarterback Geno Smith, the temptation might be to watch West Virginia's pounding of Clemson in the Orange Bowl over and over. The prolific passer is doing quite the opposite in preparing for the Mountaineers' debut season in the Big 12 Conference.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - After a season when the defense just couldn't cut it in the biggest games, Oklahoma is hoping a blast from the past can return the program to a championship level.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Darren McFadden needed one series to show he's in midseason form for Oakland following a foot injury that cut his last season short.
LONDON (AP) - LeBron James stood with both arms in the air, then hugged Kevin Durant before they headed to the bench.
LONDON (AP) - The USA track team came up just short.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Kansas City Royals, and Alex Gordon in particular, showed their late-night prowess on a dreary night at Camden Yards.
These six rivalries are being built the old-fashioned way - on the field. And there's no contrived, committee-designed trophies, no quaint nicknames that hark back to a more innocent time, and definitely no corporate sponsorship. Just contemporary, 21st-century spite. The winners usually take a big step toward a conference title, or even a national one. The losers just have to sit and stew and plan their revenge next season.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU's football team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule, a blow to the Tigers' national championship hopes three weeks before their season opener.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods watched the flight of his tee shot until he could see it drifting too far right, and he hung his head slightly as the ball tumbled off the green. Already with three bogeys in seven holes, it looked as though nothing was going right for him in the PGA Championship.
LONDON (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski's job is nearly finished.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Matt Schaub led one scoring drive and threw an interception in his first action since breaking his right foot last season, and the Houston Texans beat the Carolina Panthers 26-13 on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For the Kansas City Chiefs, getting a victory was more of a relief than a win.
CINCINNATI - Tim Tebow picked up some yards by running around a few times. Other than that, there wasn't much to his Jets debut.
LAS ANGELES (AP) - At long last, Dwight Howard got what he wanted.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs were such a mess in their season opener against Tennessee that they were quickly written off, their dramatic turnaround last season considered a fluke.
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Big 12 has been as entertaining as any league in the country.
SAN DIEGO - Alex Smith knows Qualcomm Stadium well, from teaming with Reggie Bush to lead Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships to throwing five touchdown passes against San Diego State for Utah in its BCS-busting season of 2004.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The preseason Big 12 player of the year began his career at Dayton. The newcomer of the year spent time at Southern California and UNLV before landing at Iowa State.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech is ready to build off its first Big 12 win in nine tries, though coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't see as sharp a performance as he'd like in his team's 34-21 win over Kansas.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The memories come back in bits and pieces, and for that he can be forgiven. After all, 29 years have passed since he was standing on the hillside, watching everything unfold.
NORMAN, Okla. - With a short field goal the only thing standing between Oklahoma and the lead late in the game, Michael Hunnicutt just had to do what he's done for more than three years: be automatic.
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SAN DIEGO - The bakery the San Diego Chargers have been visiting the past three weeks is closed.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The moment Alex Gordon knew the Kansas City Royals were serious about winning can be traced to a cold December day when his wife heard they had traded for James Shields.