FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - For three years, Matt Cassel studied at the side of the master while waiting to play. Now, Tom Brady's lessons are paying off.
SEATTLE (AP) - For a team that was the joke of the NFL playoffs, look who's laughing now.
Great Bend Tribune Sports Editor Mack McClure's picks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - LaMichael James is not straying from tradition just because Oregon is playing for the national title. He's all business, just as he has been all season.
No. 7 Villanova 83,
NEW YORK (AP) - As if NFL coaches needed something else to worry about.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - On one sideline in Sunday's AFC playoff showdown will be the glamorous and highly decorated defense of the Baltimore Ravens, starring Pro Bowlers Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed.
It's hardly a stretch to conjure up four road victories in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Saints are hefty favorites at Seattle, which is the first division winner with a losing record in, well, forever.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - About 10 minutes into his tenure as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett had to step aside to make way for team owner Jerry Jones.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - No. 3 Kansas was too much for UMKC.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Matt Cassel is in bounceback mode. At least he's still on his feet.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets say a lawsuit filed against them and Brett Favre by two massage therapists is "completely without merit," and the team had not been aware of the accusations.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens won three more games than last season, went 7-1 at home and finished in a tie for the second-best record in the AFC.
PHOENIX (AP) - The lineman-sized guy with the long shorts and "O'' on his hat gave the first indication of the frenetic pace behind the gate.
No. 2 Ohio State 73, Iowa 68
DETROIT - Dave Dombrowski's latest trade also felt like one of his most predictable.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.
With no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's Team USA basketball roster.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
PERIGUEUX, France - Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France and two Frenchmen will join him on the podium after a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made.
CHICAGO - Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers could handle a throw home and the Kansas City Royals beat Chicago 2-1 Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
CHICAGO - About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn't make Monday night was his case for the American League's Cy Young Award.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a two-win season that led to the ouster of the general manager and coach, and the turnover of roughly half the roster.