DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki has an idea of what it's like to be an NBA champion. He learned one of the lessons over the years he spent being teammates with Devean George.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Carson Palmer didn't stand much of a chance the last time he faced the Kansas City Chiefs.
A look at the 30 NBA teams, in predicted order of finish:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Playing for the first time this season on a national stage, the lights were simply too bright and the task too daunting for an inexperienced Southern California squad.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News was accused in a newspaper report Tuesday of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s, including his niece, who is now a prosecutor.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley believed he was prepared to play in the NFL and the draft prognosticators agreed with him.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - "Show me the money" indeed: A bench warrant has been authorized for the sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie "Jerry Maguire" after he failed to appear in court in a case involving a $1.4 million debt.
HONOLULU (AP) - Freshman Angel Rodriguez came off the bench and scored a season-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as Kansas State cruised to an 83-58 win over Southern Illinois in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - One of the very last entries under Ryan Succop's biography in the Kansas City Chiefs' media guide, under the section marked "Personal," is the pronunciation of his last name.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas coach Charlie Weis landed a pair of high-profile quarterbacks Thursday.
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.
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.