ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A few minutes past midnight, the Texas Rangers had one more victory over Justin Verlander - and the Detroit Tigers lost yet another wet playoff opener started by their ace.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman brought out some film from the last couple of seasons this past week to remind his players how it feels to win.
WACO, Texas (AP) - After a narrow loss last weekend in its Big 12 opener, Baylor turned to a powerful ground game to recover from the setback.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Taylor Martinez ran for a touchdown and passed for two others while bringing No. 14 Nebraska back from a 21-point second-half deficit, and the Cornhuskers defeated Ohio State 34-27 Saturday night in the biggest comeback in school history.
Western Athletic Conference
No. 1 LSU 41, No. 17 Florida 11
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State was the ranked team, the unbeaten team, the team coming off a confidence-building victory over then-No. 15 Baylor. The Wildcats were hosting an unranked opponent in Missouri that had lost two of its last three games.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Brandon Weeden threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns before being pulled out of a lopsided game before halftime, and No. 6 Oklahoma State matched its highest scoring total from the last 94 years in a 70-28 rout of Kansas on Saturday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to "Just win, baby!," died Saturday. He was 82.
INDIANAPOLIS - Chiefs coach Todd Haley and Colts coach Jim Caldwell have followed the same path into this week's game.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The ultimate ace, it turned out, belonged to the St. Louis Cardinals.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Nyjer Morgan denounced his "haters." He suggested he might celebrate by taking a nice, relaxing bath. Then he erupted with a cackle.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Valverde powered the final pitch past Alex Rodriguez, crouched and then exhaled.
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton made some amends while in Tampa Bay for the AL division series against the Rays, the franchise that selected him with the first overall draft pick in 1999.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Anyone who might have wondered about Collin Klein's toughness got a definitive answer when Kansas State played at Miami a couple weeks ago.
TIGERS 5, ANGELS 2
PITTSBURGH - Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues.
INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
LOS ANGELES - Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.
TORONTO - The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota.
BOSTON - Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he'd managed to wiggle out of three straight jams.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.
WIZARDS 118, CELTICS 102
NEW YORK - Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber has received a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 school year after leading the Wildcats to 47 wins in his first two seasons, the most victories by any coach in his first two years in school history.