KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The story has been the same for the Vikings the past three weeks, just tweak the opponent a little bit and adjust the final score.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Down by nine games in early September, down by seven runs on the final day of the season.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Boston Red Sox completed their September collapse in horrific and historic fashion, falling out of the playoff chase by allowing two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals completed one of baseball's greatest comebacks, clinching the NL wild card Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - With the season on the line, the Atlanta Braves couldn't get the final three outs.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Jared Allen's return to Kansas City this week isn't his priority focus.
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.
LOS ANGELES - A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.
HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.
BOSTON - Jonny Gomes hit a go-ahead two-run pinch homer in the sixth after another two-run shot in the inning by Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Friday night.
Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League's 5-3 victory.
HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France - Because of doping's ravages on cycling, it's natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.
HOYLAKE, England - Even when he's not the favorite, Tiger Woods is still the show at the British Open.
OYONNAX, France - French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win Wednesday's 11th stage of the Tour de France as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Kansas City Royals have gotten some relief help, acquiring veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.
MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.
BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he's ever known some flexibility in the coming years.