ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.
MANHATTAN - Many stars refuse to admit they look at the players they're passing on the slow climb through the record books. They'll speak in platitudes about focusing on the team first, the individual second, and shrug off most of their achievements.
Charlie Strong is less than halfway through his first season trying to re-establish Texas as a Big 12 power.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago.
LAWRENCE - Kansas is turning to a native son to usher the Jayhawks through the rest of the season.
LAWRENCE - Charlie Weis arrived at Kansas full of bravado, promising dramatic changes within the long-suffering program. Players were dismissed, offenses and defenses were scrapped. Assistant coaches were hired, fired or simply reassigned.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It doesn't seem to matter much to Chiefs coach Andy Reid whether it's Jamaal Charles or Knile Davis in the backfield. Or Cyrus Gray, for that matter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon.
CHICAGO - A day after the celebration, Hall of Famer George Brett was a little worn out but no less ecstatic.
LAWRENCE - All week long, the Texas fight song blared across the Kansas practice field. Signs festooned the Jayhawks' locker room reminding everybody how long it had been since Kansas beat the Longhorns - 76 years.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State forced UTEP into three-and-outs on its first five possessions, leaving Wildcats coach Bill Snyder pleased when the Miners finally picked up a long-awaited first down.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals have embraced the bloop, bunt and sacrifice fly all postseason.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Andy Reid won his first 13 games the week after a bye. He's lost his last two.
SAN FRANCISCO - The St. Louis Cardinals handled the tough part well, erasing a four-run deficit to force extra innings.
There is no midterm break for Big 12 Conference football teams, and the only grades that matter are win-loss records.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The last two times the Kansas City Royals played a postseason game at home, rain fell after the final out. This time, it started well before the first pitch.
BALTIMORE - Following another successful road show, the Royals are heading back to Kansas City with momentum and history on their side in the AL Championship Series.
MANHATTAN - Even in the midst of a bye week, Bill Snyder didn't have time to blow out any candles.
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LAWRENCE - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy freely admits that his team doesn't run the ball very well.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September.
The AFC South pretty much has been the province of the Colts and Texans in recent years. Even though Houston fell apart last season, it's not a big surprise it has emerged as the only challenger to Indianapolis in the division this year.
Last week, Arizona, Mississippi, Mississippi State and TCU gave the AP Top 25 an extreme makeover with huge victories. This week, the Wildcats, Rebels, Bulldogs and Horned Frogs try to validate all that attention and prove they are more than October shooting stars.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The expectations that accompanied Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer were largely unfair, and anybody in the Kansas City Royals front office would probably be willing to admit it.
LENEXA - Tamba Hali fled Liberia when it was in the midst of a bloody civil war. Now that the West African nation is at the center of a very different crisis - an outbreak of Ebola - the Chiefs linebacker is lending his support to a humanitarian relief effort.