The Houston Texans have failed many a litmus test in their near-decade of NFL existence. They're still searching for a playoff berth.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Trevor Plouffe's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning gave Carl Pavano and the Twins a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, helping Minnesota stave off a 100-loss season.
ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Hudson relishes the chance to pitch in such an important game.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are loose and raring to go, ready to work overtime - if necessary - to win the AL wild card.
Kansas State and Iowa State got picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 standings. After undefeated starts in nonconference play, they will get a chance this week to show whether they're contenders or pretenders.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Circle the wagons and rally the troops. The cliches rolled off the tongues of just about every member of the Kansas Jayhawks' football team Tuesday afternoon, and with good reason.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida was essentially noncompetitive in its last two games against Alabama.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Leonard Pope cradled the touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Cassel with just less than 5 minutes left in the game, pulling the Kansas City Chiefs within a field goal of the San Diego Chargers in a critical game on the road.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Melky Cabrera became the first Kansas City player in 11 years to get 200 hits and Mike Moustakas hit the go-ahead home run in a four-run sixth inning as the Royals topped the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Monday night.
PHILADELPHIA - With Michael Vick knocked out of another game, Eli Manning and the New York Giants wouldn't let the Philadelphia Eagles finish off their comeback.
Manning threw four touchdown passes, including two to Victor Cruz, and the Giants beat the Eagles 29-16 Sunday.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville could tell his team was a "little shell shocked" at halftime.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - For the first time, Landry Jones found himself leading Oklahoma on Owen Field with another team in the lead.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Robert Griffin III continued his incredible feat of throwing more touchdown passes than incompletions, tossing for five scores and running for another to lead No. 17 Baylor to a 56-31 victory over Rice on Saturday night.
Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women's NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places.
Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill.
SEATTLE (AP) - For Gonzaga, it's on to the next round. For North Dakota State, it's back to the grocery store.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Duke started fast. Virginia finished strong.
SEATTLE (AP) - There was no caucus needed to decide this election. The two most impressive teams as the NCAA Tournament returned to Seattle for the first time in 11 years on Friday were from the state of Iowa.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Aaron Harrison scored 13 points, Trey Lyles added 11 with 11 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky outworked eighth-seeded Cincinnati for a 64-51 victory Saturday to remain undefeated and reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - It took the NCAA Tournament to finally bring Kansas and Wichita State together.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last few weeks have been an exercise in patience for Kansas. Shots haven't been falling, the offense hasn't looked good. The game has been a struggle.
WICHITA (AP) - Wichita State University fans hoping to watch the Shockers' NCAA tournament game Sunday at a Wichita arena should make other plans.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Rarely is Kansas an afterthought.