KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Injuries could already keep two defensive starters out of the Chiefs' season-opener against Atlanta. Now, a suspension has sidelined their best pass rusher.
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.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Defensive-minded coach Gary Patterson knew he was going to make changes after TCU's first two seasons in the Big 12 Conference. What a difference they made in year three.
LAWRENCE (AP) - When David Beaty was hired to coach wide receivers at Texas A&M, it was not a popular choice.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 22 points, Fred VanVleet added 18 points and eight assists and No. 11 Wichita State handed Seton Hall its first loss of the season, 77-68 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Now the Big 12 Conference has a real debate to settle after both of its co-champions were left out of the four-team playoff.
Kansas State suffered a letdown the only other time it played in the Alamo Bowl, falling to a Drew Brees-led Purdue on the heels of having its national championship hopes dashed in the Big 12 championship game.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Marcus Foster had 13 points as Kansas State (5-4) defeated Bradley 50-47 on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas forward Jamari Traylor has been suspended for tonight's game at Georgetown after he was arrested over the weekend for interfering with a police officer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.
WACO, Texas (AP) - No. 5 Baylor did what it had to do keep alive its chance for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Bryce Petty and company grabbed a share of a second consecutive Big 12 title.
LAWRENCE (AP) - After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 18 points, and No. 8 Wichita State beat Saint Louis 81-52 on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee played good enough defense at the start of Saturday's game to withstand Kansas State's frantic finish.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Kansas Chiefs have dropped two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the AFC playoff race. The Arizona Cardinals have lost two straight and are clinging to a one-game lead in the NFC West.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Last year, Wayne Selden Jr. might have let a lousy shooting performance in Kansas's previous game affect his confidence in a high-profile matchup with Florida on Friday night.