NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because the team's players were paid bounties for big hits on opponents from 2009-11.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Needing to plug a big hole behind the plate, the Kansas City Royals acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros on Tuesday for minor league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning stood next to John Elway, holding up a bright orange jersey with the No. 18 on it.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Kansas State coach Deb Patterson was disappointed her team didn't compete better in its record-setting performance against Connecticut.
OMAHA, Neb. - Bill Self knows better than most that matchups dictate success in the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tight end Kevin Boss has agreed on a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Salvador Perez will open the season on the disabled list instead of as the Kansas City Royals' starting catcher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday, giving the team a formidable duo in the ground game with Jamaal Charles.
NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there's a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Even after a week in which the top four teams lost, The Associated Press' final poll looks a lot like it did for the last two months of the season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It seemed as if everybody was rooting against Missouri, the school that nearly brought the Big 12 to ruin, and you can be sure coach Frank Haith and the rest of the Tigers heard them.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky survived a feisty effort by LSU to take a 60-51 victory Friday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Phil Pressey and Kim English each scored 23 points, leading No. 5 Missouri past Texas 81-67 Friday night in a bruising Big 12 semifinal.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Naz Long scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Iowa State held off No. 9 Kansas 86-81 on Saturday night, recording back-to-back wins over the Jayhawks for the first time in 14 years.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Wichita State senior Tekele Cotton has produced his share of highlight-reel dunks. On Saturday, Cotton showed he also has the endurance of a distance runner.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams possess an old man's game. He loves to shoot baseline jumpers, prefers layups to dunks. The next time he takes a 3-pointer might just be the first.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The only thing that stopped Darius Carter was a stray forearm.