OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Junior Seau, a homegrown superstar who was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of the San Diego Chargers for 13 years, was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Peyton Hillis and Brady Quinn wanted fresh starts. Eric Winston and Kevin Boss wanted the chance to compete for championships like they had in the past.
DETROIT (AP) - Austin Jackson had four hits and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Lou Williams added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Chicago 109-92 on Tuesday night to even their first-round series in the Bulls' first game since Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury.
ATLANTA (AP) - Paul Pierce battled through another tough shooting night to score 36 points and the Boston Celtics wiped out Atlanta's 11-point lead in the second half even without Rajon Rondo, stunning the Hawks 87-80 on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
ATLANTA - Rajon Rondo lost control in the final minute of Game 1, and that means he won't be on the court for Game 2.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 93-78 on Monday night and even the Eastern Conference first-round series at one game apiece.
MIAMI (AP) - The New York Knicks lost a game, then might have lost their center right after.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 25 points and hit the game-winning jumper from the foul line with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 99-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose crumbled to the floor, clutching his left knee. His season is over and the Bulls' title hopes just might be finished, too.
LAWRENCE - Tony Pierson took the handoff from Dayne Crist deep in the backfield, started off toward his right and then made a subtle move back to his left.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nick Toon and Lamar Miller know all about tough tasks. Their challenges won't get any easier as they head to the NFL.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Devon Wylie has gotten Wes Welker comparisons "every day of my life."
NEW YORK (AP) - Cam Newton and Andy Dalton were the only rookie quarterbacks to start every game last season. This year, four rookies have a chance to do the same thing.
NEW YORK (AP) - With so much wheeling and dealing, maybe the NFL draft should move to Wall Street.
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.