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.
NEW YORK - "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn't hesitate to temporarily move TV's top-rated comedy to a different night to make room for football.
AUSTIN, Texas - New Texas coach Charlie Strong wasted no time delivering fans a bit of the honesty he demands from his players.
Baylor coach Art Briles quickly dismisses the idea of his Bears defending their Big 12 championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles made it through every hit from Derrick Johnson, every shot from Eric Berry and every tackle from the rest of the Chiefs' defense during three weeks at Missouri Western.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won't be running as many read-option plays as he has in the past.
MINNEAPOLIS - Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
MINNEAPOLIS - Phil Hughes threw seven sharp innings, Kurt Suzuki hit his third homer of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat first-place Kansas City 4-1 on Saturday night to snap the Royals' three-game winning streak.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton will see his first game action since undergoing ankle surgery in March when the Carolina Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended for the season opener against Tennessee on Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Coaches often say they are always on the hot seat. That might be true, but some seats are hotter than others.
MANKATO, Minn. - Jim Brown spinning his way through the line and breaking loose in the secondary with a burst of speed.
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma Sooners are boldly talking about playing for a national title.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is about to find out how far his program has come.