LAWRENCE - Tyshawn Taylor hardly hesitated when the topic was broached.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Gronkowski practiced with the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl for the first time Thursday. Now coach Bill Belichick is waiting to see how the All-Pro tight end's injured ankle responds.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Pierre Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to put No. 6 Baylor on top and added two free throws to give the Bears a 63-60 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Bill Self refused to let his team look past Oklahoma to a high-profile showdown with border rival Missouri, even though his own mind might have slipped that way a time or two.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has a bit of a variety show on his hands with this year's recruiting class.
LAWRENCE - Two things became abundantly clear when Charlie Weis introduced his first recruiting class at Kansas: He'll go anywhere to reel in talent, and he wants to eat well when he gets there.
Alphabetical school-by-school list of football players who signed national letters of intent at Big 12 schools Wednesday (doesn't include West Virginia):
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Markel Brown scored a career-high 30 points to lead Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 80-63 on Tuesday night.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - If there's been a knock on Iowa State star Royce White this season, it's been his shooting stroke.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Freshman Anthony Davis had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as No. 1 Kentucky beat Tennessee 69-44 on Tuesday night to extend the Wildcats' home winning streak to 48 games.
INDIANAPOLIS - Plotting how to keep Tom Brady out of the clutches of the Giants' fearsome pass rushers will occupy most of Bill O'Brien's waking hours this week, and who knows how many of his dreams.
NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Eli Manning has a 1-2-3 punch at receiver that's not only dynamic, but highly entertaining.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile.
In the midst of their worst slide since Rex Ryan became coach, the last thing the New York Jets need is a trip to New England.
No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Florida State will whittle the field of unbeatens in major college football when they meet Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The preseason Big 12 player of the year began his career at Dayton. The newcomer of the year spent time at Southern California and UNLV before landing at Iowa State.
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.