MANHATTAN - All week, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder harped on his team about starting fast. He wanted the No. 22 Wildcats to put away Missouri State early in their season opener, and give the backups some valuable repetitions before next week's showdown with Miami.
LOS ANGELES - Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and No. 1 Southern California rolled Hawaii 39-10.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Tony Pierson rushed for two touchdowns, Dayne Crist connected with former Notre Dame teammate Mike Ragone on a short touchdown pass, and Kansas launched the Charlie Weis era Saturday night with a 31-17 victory over South Dakota State.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A white towel draped over his shoulder, the new Penn State coach in the white polo shirt donned headphones to communicate with his assistants in the press box as he paced the sideline.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Devin Smith made the catch of his life to finally light the fuse for Urban Meyer's shiny new offense.
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Buffalo Bills 38-32 Thursday night.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Backup quarterback Graham Harrell finally came through with the strong preseason performance the Green Bay Packers were looking for, driving the offense for touchdowns on all three of his possessions in a 24-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No. 9 South Carolina and coach Steve Spurrier got a big scare to open the season. Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw helped the Gamecocks grind their way through past plucky Vanderbilt.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon homered to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals proved Wednesday night just how fickle baseball can be.
LAWRENCE - Dayne Crist took the field at practice with a play in mind, then at the last second had to change his plan. He called an audible the team had heard but never practiced.
MANHATTAN - The proclamation from coach Bill Snyder following No. 22 Kansas State's annual spring game was hardly surprising, even though what it represented was downright historic.
PHOENIX - College football is in for some big and, some say, much-needed changes with the switch to a four-team playoff.
NEW YORK - Considering their previous high-profile faceoffs, there's no better way to finish off an NFL season than the New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants.
PARIS (AP)- Paris took a decisive step toward a bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday when the city council approved a resolution in favor of bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jordan Spieth never really suffered. Certainly not like Phil Mickelson, who came close so many times before finally winning his first major title.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been released from a rehab facility.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)- After a stormy night, the sun broke through Saturday at Augusta National.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - His flowing locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that fueled the Pittsburgh Steelers' return to the NFL's elite.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Minor league baseball's new speed-up rules have hit a glitch on opening day.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The $600,000 question at Texas is just who calls the plays for the Longhorns' anemic offense.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots.
BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies will be the leading contenders to make another championship run next season. It would be an unprecedented 11th title that would eclipse John Wooden's UCLA Bruins and their 10 championships.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Over a matter of mere minutes, the youngsters at Duke grew into salty old pros.
Alex Rodriguez got cheered at Yankee Stadium, a rain delay got booed in Miami, and David Ortiz got a quick introduction to baseball's new speed-up rules.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.