LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California Trojans spent the last two seasons with no reward in sight for their hard work, a bowl bid the carrot at the end of the season for everyone except them.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered, and Dan Straily picked up his first major league victory as the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Thursday night.
DENVER (AP) - Andre Iguodala says he doesn't want Denver to be just a stopover. The Nuggets wholeheartedly agree.
DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame has posthumously inducted three-time NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher sees no reason why he'll have trouble rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee in time for the team's regular-season opener.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is hopeful that he will be ready to play in the season opener in three weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Less than three weeks before the season kicks off, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are no closer to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Peering through heavy rain, Dexter McCluster backpedaled to catch the punt, cut left and sprinted a Kansas City team-record 94 yards for a touchdown to spark a season-opening victory over San Diego in 2010 that led to the AFC West championship.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Longhorns spent 2011 just trying to get back to winning. With that accomplished, they figure 2012 is the time to return to their place among the nation's elite.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Tommy Tuberville would just as soon forget last season. He has plenty of Texas Tech fans as company.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - By all accounts, Paul Rhoads and Iowa State are thrilled to have each other.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Nick Florence was impressive filling in for eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III last season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Bochy called his San Francisco Giants together for an impromptu pregame team meeting with some disheartening news: They will be without Melky Cabrera for the remainder of the regular season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brandon McCarthy pitched well enough to win his seventh straight decision.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Freshman Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes in the first half and Texas A&M recovered two late fumbles to secure a 41-38 victory against No. 3 Auburn, likely ending the Tigers' playoff hopes.
They are thinking playoffs in Kansas City, which makes some sense even after the Chiefs got off to a poor start this season.
LAWRENCE (AP) - The sparse section of Kansas students spilled over the railing, celebrating alongside players in a happy pileup near midfield. Then they headed to the goalposts in the south end zone, tore them down and carried them up the hill from Memorial Stadium.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Trevone Boykin did an acrobatic flip on the second of his three touchdown runs and threw for 219 yards and another score for No. 6 TCU in a 41-20 victory over No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night that had huge Big 12 and playoff implications.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Only three players drafted in 1998 are still in the NFL, and two of them - Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson - meet this weekend when the Denver Broncos visit the winless Oakland Raiders.