NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because the team's players were paid bounties for big hits on opponents from 2009-11.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Needing to plug a big hole behind the plate, the Kansas City Royals acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros on Tuesday for minor league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning stood next to John Elway, holding up a bright orange jersey with the No. 18 on it.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Kansas State coach Deb Patterson was disappointed her team didn't compete better in its record-setting performance against Connecticut.
OMAHA, Neb. - Bill Self knows better than most that matchups dictate success in the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tight end Kevin Boss has agreed on a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Salvador Perez will open the season on the disabled list instead of as the Kansas City Royals' starting catcher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday, giving the team a formidable duo in the ground game with Jamaal Charles.
NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there's a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Even after a week in which the top four teams lost, The Associated Press' final poll looks a lot like it did for the last two months of the season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It seemed as if everybody was rooting against Missouri, the school that nearly brought the Big 12 to ruin, and you can be sure coach Frank Haith and the rest of the Tigers heard them.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky survived a feisty effort by LSU to take a 60-51 victory Friday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Phil Pressey and Kim English each scored 23 points, leading No. 5 Missouri past Texas 81-67 Friday night in a bruising Big 12 semifinal.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each made decisive closing statements in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
NEW YORK - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
NEW YORK - Tom Brady has seen plenty of other quarterbacks come and go in the AFC East.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Don't expect to see starting quarterbacks Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers take snaps. Do expect to see running backs Jamaal Charles and Eddie Lacy wearing baseball caps on the sideline.
LOS ANGELES - Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins and helping the Royals avoid their first three-game skid since mid-July.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a possibility with the start of the regular season just over a week away.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday.
LAWRENCE - John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace - Charlie Weis.
Thursday, Aug. 28
BALTIMORE - Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Derek Jeter drove in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, backing a sharp outing from Michael Pineda and helping the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.