NEW YORK (AP) - Venus Williams' smile was tinged with a bit of sadness when she said goodbye to the U.S. Open for 2011 - certainly not on her terms and certainly not the way most people expected.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is going against the grain on defense this season.
LAWRENCE - Bradley McDougald and Toben Opurum went from hunted to hunters. For wide receiver Kale Pick, last year's opening day quarterback, the adjustment has been fling to cling.
The Philadelphia Eagles' offseason overhaul hasn't gone unnoticed in Green Bay. Neither has the hype that's come along with it.
HOUSTON (AP) - The official Texas A&M fight song includes a line that bids farewell to Texas, "so long to the orange and white." By this time next year, Texas A&M may have said goodbye to a lot more than its storied, century-old rivalry with Texas.
The Steelers were a team in flux a year ago, their star quarterback about to sit out a four-game suspension.
The Big Ten and the Pac-12 now have conference title games. The Big 12, for the first time, will not play a league championship game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs were working on special teams Tuesday morning, specifically the field goal units, when Todd Haley's voice cut through the air like a foghorn.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - While rival Texas has been rolling out its Longhorn Network, top-ranked Oklahoma has been working to expand its television capabilities, too.
DETROIT (AP) - Ramon Santiago hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Todd Haley is sticking with The Plan.
NEW YORK (AP) - Players ranted about the NFL's crackdown on illegal hits last season. Some even questioned if the league was heading toward touch football.
DETROIT (AP) - Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar hit back-to-back homers and the Kansas City Royals beat the first-place Detroit Tigers 9-5 Monday night.
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.