CHICAGO - College football has always relied on polls and bowls to crown a national championship. It is an inexact science that has left many fans frustrated and wondering why they can't settle it on the field - like every other sport - with a playoff.
CHICAGO (AP) - The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
HOUSTON - The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they're happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins.
MIAMI - Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.
HOUSTON - Luke Hochevar pitched into the eighth inning, two relievers completed the shutout, and Billy Butler hit a solo home run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
MIAMI - LeBron James better get well fast. He's about to play for a championship.
MIAMI - A questionable substitution by the coach, more foul trouble for the superstar, and bad free throw shooting by just about everybody ruined Oklahoma City's chances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 win Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had no trouble with closer Jason Motte's two-strike pitch to pinch-hitter Billy Butler.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 14th inning, the New York Yankees were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and Washington Nationals teen sensation was Bryce Harper was 0 for 6 at the plate.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open.
STEELERS 51, COLTS 34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.
SAN FRANCISCO - Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday to tie the World Series at two games apiece.
MANHATTAN - In an era of high-octane offenses producing gaudy statistics and prodigious point totals, it makes sense that Kansas State's old-school coach can appreciate an old-school defensive performance.
NO. 24 LSU 10, NO. 3. MISSISSIPPI 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The future and fortunes of the Kansas City Chiefs changed dramatically by what happened in St. Louis two years ago, in the early stages of a game that they weren't even playing.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State is the only team still unbeaten in the round-robin meat-grinder of the Big 12, and the biggest reason why has been the impassioned play of quarterback Jake Waters.
SAN FRANCISCO - Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco's waterfront ballpark unique.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.
The history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups.
The Denver Broncos fear no one in the AFC, nor should they given their recent record.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles has passed a battery of tests and does not show symptoms of a concussion, the Chiefs said Wednesday, one day after the star running back told a radio show he saw "light bulbs" after a hit in Kansas City's win over San Diego.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.