So much time was spent during the offseason talking about the coming college football playoff, it will almost make you forget the Bowl Championship Series is still around for a couple more seasons.
Coaches love to say it's tougher to stay on top than it is to get there. Fans of Vanderbilt, Iowa State or Duke football might disagree, but there is no doubt maintaining a high level of success is difficult.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives, and the St. Louis Rams made improvements on the other side of the ball in a 31-17 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game on Saturday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It didn't matter if it was Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow at quarterback. The New York Jets could do little against the New York Giants' relentless defense.
ATLANTA (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been suspended for two games, beginning with Saturday night's game against the Braves.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder took a big step toward sticking around as an NBA championship contender.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Jon Embree enters his second season at the University of Colorado with just eight seniors and countless questions, one of which was answered Wednesday when he named Kansas transfer Jordan Webb as his starting quarterback.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Ducks shake-off distractions the way their playmakers elude defenders - quickly and without looking back.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has hired former University of Washington and USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt to handle its on-campus recruiting, a job formerly handled by the mistress of ex-coach Bobby Petrino.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Duke started fast. Virginia finished strong.
SEATTLE (AP) - There was no caucus needed to decide this election. The two most impressive teams as the NCAA Tournament returned to Seattle for the first time in 11 years on Friday were from the state of Iowa.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Aaron Harrison scored 13 points, Trey Lyles added 11 with 11 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky outworked eighth-seeded Cincinnati for a 64-51 victory Saturday to remain undefeated and reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - It took the NCAA Tournament to finally bring Kansas and Wichita State together.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last few weeks have been an exercise in patience for Kansas. Shots haven't been falling, the offense hasn't looked good. The game has been a struggle.
WICHITA (AP) - Wichita State University fans hoping to watch the Shockers' NCAA tournament game Sunday at a Wichita arena should make other plans.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Rarely is Kansas an afterthought.
DeleteKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall may finally get his wish.
TUESDAY'S PLAY-IN GAMES
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball.
March Madness can feel a bit like sensory overload. Games are happening at sites all over the country, often several at a time, and keeping track of everything can be nearly impossible.
In what many considered a referendum on the status quo, NFL player representatives voted to retain DeMaurice Smith as executive director of the union.