BOSTON (AP) - Although Roberto Luongo is receiving much of the blame for Vancouver's two-game meltdown in Boston during the Stanley Cup finals, the Canucks refuse to allow their goalie to take the heat alone.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeff Francoeur drove in two runs, helping Luke Hochevar win for the first time in seven starts, and the Kansas City Royals survived Joakim Soria's shaky ninth to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Thursday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.
BOSTON (AP) - Tim Thomas is tough for the Canucks to beat - and beat up.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki's fever is gone.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Adam Lind hit a grand slam and Jayson Nix added a three-run homer to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Just three days after the Bruins staggered back to Boston, they've barged right back into the Stanley Cup finals with two brilliant blowout wins.
NEW YORK (AP) - Whether they are meeting in secret locations or in the middle of Times Square at rush hour, talks between NFL owners and players are a good sign.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Eric Crouch is giving pro football yet another try.
NEW YORK - Former Duke basketball player Thomas Emma fell from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, police said.
DALLAS (AP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have rooms across the hall from one another at Miami's team hotel in Dallas, which was convenient after Game 4 of the NBA finals.
DALLAS (AP) - Repeating the words several times, David Stern made it clear: NBA owners and players are "very far apart" on a new labor deal.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat keep taking their NBA Finals games down to the final minute. The difference in the last three games has been a single shot, with each decided three points or less.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki went home from his latest dramatic performance in the NBA finals, took a shower then slurped some chicken soup and hot tea. After a good night's rest, he returned to work Wednesday still dealing with a slight temperature and the sniffles, so he took it easy.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have pulled off another stunning comeback, tying the NBA finals at two games each.
LAWRENCE - When eighth-ranked Kansas steps onto the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it will be the final home game for seniors Tarik Black, Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley.
LAWRENCE - There will not be an anointed quarterback under center at Kansas this spring.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wichita State was just about as dominant in the Missouri Valley's postseason awards Thursday as the unbeaten Shockers were in running roughshod through the league schedule.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each homered off Johnny Cueto and drove in three runs, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Tuesday.
MIAMI - Best player. Best game of his career.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Phil Forte matched a season high with 23 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State 77-61 on Monday night.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina just keeps winning, even if the past two performances haven't been what coach Roy Williams wanted to see.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Challenged for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, umpires got it right.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jose Quintana made it to the 200-inning mark last season. Now the Chicago White Sox lefty wants to add even more to his workload.
LAWRENCE - Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for No. 8 Kansas so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game, and it's possible the freshman center could be out through the Big 12 tournament.
The only certainties about the Big 12 are that Kansas will finish in first place and TCU will be last.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Kansas clinched the Big 12 regular-season title Saturday. There was no celebration.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - By his own admission, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' team defense has been atrocious for three games.
WACO, Texas - The Baylor Bears need to win every game they can to improve their NCAA tournament hopes.
No. 1 FLORIDA 79,