INDIANAPOLIS - He was always being compared to someone. That's what happens when you're the youngest son of a great quarterback and the baby brother of an even better one. It wasn't until he compared himself to Tom Brady, though, that people began taking Eli Manning seriously.
MANHATTAN (AP) - The way Will Spradling had been shooting lately, the Kansas State guard had little reason walking into Bramlage Coliseum to think he was going to have a big game.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Marcus Denmon hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:05, the last for the go-ahead points, as No. 4 Missouri fought off No. 8 Kansas 74-71 in Game 1 of what could be the schools' final border showdown on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS - Sorry, Buffalo.
LAWRENCE - Tyshawn Taylor hardly hesitated when the topic was broached.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Gronkowski practiced with the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl for the first time Thursday. Now coach Bill Belichick is waiting to see how the All-Pro tight end's injured ankle responds.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Pierre Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to put No. 6 Baylor on top and added two free throws to give the Bears a 63-60 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Bill Self refused to let his team look past Oklahoma to a high-profile showdown with border rival Missouri, even though his own mind might have slipped that way a time or two.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has a bit of a variety show on his hands with this year's recruiting class.
LAWRENCE - Two things became abundantly clear when Charlie Weis introduced his first recruiting class at Kansas: He'll go anywhere to reel in talent, and he wants to eat well when he gets there.
Alphabetical school-by-school list of football players who signed national letters of intent at Big 12 schools Wednesday (doesn't include West Virginia):
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Markel Brown scored a career-high 30 points to lead Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 80-63 on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Three weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were charging toward the top of the AFC West.
Perry Ellis scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket in the closing minutes, and No. 10 Kansas held on after blowing a 21-point second-half lead to beat No. 13 Utah 63-60 on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Brannen Greene went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 19 points Wednesday night as No. 10 Kansas made a basketball statement with a 75-70 win over Georgetown, even as Hoyas players were making a societal statement by wearing "I CAN'T BREATHE" T-shirts for the national anthem.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After the way the Kansas City Chiefs collapsed toward the end of last season, and especially in the playoffs, they arrived at training camp in July with the mantra of "finish."
Even as the Arizona Cardinals are presented an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth, they have plenty to be concerned about.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - NFL owners unanimously approved changes to the league personal conduct policy Wednesday, but Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain authority to rule on appeals.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Defensive-minded coach Gary Patterson knew he was going to make changes after TCU's first two seasons in the Big 12 Conference. What a difference they made in year three.
LAWRENCE (AP) - When David Beaty was hired to coach wide receivers at Texas A&M, it was not a popular choice.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 22 points, Fred VanVleet added 18 points and eight assists and No. 11 Wichita State handed Seton Hall its first loss of the season, 77-68 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Now the Big 12 Conference has a real debate to settle after both of its co-champions were left out of the four-team playoff.
Kansas State suffered a letdown the only other time it played in the Alamo Bowl, falling to a Drew Brees-led Purdue on the heels of having its national championship hopes dashed in the Big 12 championship game.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Marcus Foster had 13 points as Kansas State (5-4) defeated Bradley 50-47 on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas forward Jamari Traylor has been suspended for tonight's game at Georgetown after he was arrested over the weekend for interfering with a police officer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.