The folks at the Big 12 offices must have been smiling as they saw these results roll in:
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - This is what Adrian Beltre envisioned when he signed with Texas in the offseason. Balls jumping off his bat in October, the Rangers making another run for the pennant.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA canceled the remainder of the preseason Tuesday and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas has seen this story line before: A top-ranked offense against its bottom-of-the-barrel defense.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Le'Ron McClain posted a bold tweet a little over a week ago after another tough loss to the San Diego Chargers had dropped the Chiefs to 0-3.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night's NFL game after the country singer famous for the line "Are you ready for some football?" used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State was minutes from losing to Eastern Kentucky. A goal line stand from getting beat at Miami. And trailed most of the way against Baylor.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Back on the road in the playoffs, the Texas Rangers won again.
LSU and Alabama are the top two teams in the country one month before their game in Tuscaloosa.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard took a mighty cut, dropped his bat and admired the shot.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Yovani Gallardo could barely see the return tosses from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, losing them in the bright light filtering through the windows at Miller Park.
NEW YORK (AP) - No national anthem, all Yankees.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Napoli kept fouling off pitches while Texas Rangers fans chanted his name.
MIAMI (AP) - Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to terms with the team on a $325 million, 13-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday, the most lucrative deal for an American athlete.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick jostled his 2-year-old son on his lap, egging him on to speak into the microphone and tell the world his daddy was the NASCAR champion.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks kept driving deep into Kansas City territory. They kept getting stonewalled. First they were held to field goals, and then they were held to nothing.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Aaron Green ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Echols-Luper returned a punt 69 yards for another score and No. 5 TCU turned back a spirited upset bid from Kansas in a 34-30 win Saturday that kept the Horned Frogs in playoff contention.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - With memories of last year's season-opening 60-58 loss to Northern Colorado running through his mind, Bruce Weber wasn't prepared to see a halftime lead disappear again.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are in many ways mirror images of each other.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Devonte' Graham came off the bench Friday night to provide fifth-ranked Kansas with a much-needed spark, providing the scuffling Jayhawks with some scoring and toughness.
WICHITA (AP) - With six newcomers, five of them freshmen, coming off his bench, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was prepared for some inconsistency in the season opener.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Rarely has there been a college basketball season that has been more anticipated in the Sunflower State than this one, which begins in earnest on Friday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Michael Cummings has never been the go-to guy at Kansas at the beginning of the season.
MANHATTAN (AP) - When Curry Sexton looks back on his senior season for No. 13 Kansas State, he'll recall at least four 100-yard receiving games and more production than his first three years combined.
No. 5 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, CFP No. 4) at Kansas (3-6, 1-5), 2 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs won their first nine games a year ago, streaking toward the playoffs under new coach Andy Reid.
Things to watch in Week 12 of the Big 12 Conference season, when league co-leaders Baylor and Kansas State are among the four teams not playing: