If the NFL and NBC envisioned the Saints marching and the Lions roaring when they flexed Detroit's visit to New Orleans to prime time on Sunday, at least they got it half right.
The Southeastern Conference championship game between No. 1 LSU and No. 12 Georgia is not meaningless.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kyle Orton finished dressing after the Kansas City Chiefs' loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and then turned to face reporters for the first time since he was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are headed in a completely new direction.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Ndamukong Suh is going back to the NFL, this time hoping for some leniency.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A Penn State trustee and the head coach of the four-time defending national champion women's volleyball team will be part of a six-person university committee that will lead the search for fired football coach Joe Paterno's replacement.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor gave men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim a vote of confidence Tuesday amid an investigation of child molestation allegations against his former longtime assistant coach.
Houston quarterback Matt Leinart is out for the season with a broken left collarbone, and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita also could be done with a broken right hand.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The way quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sounded Sunday night, the Steelers not only should have lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, they shouldn't be allowed to show their faces in Pittsburgh any time soon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A group of NBA players that has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league is asking a Minnesota judge to hold off on any court proceedings while the two sides work on a new collective bargaining agreement.
NEW YORK - The voters in The Associated Press college football poll are clear on which two teams they believe are the best in the country.
LAWRENCE (AP) - The search is on for a replacement for Turner Gill at Kansas, who was popular with his players yet couldn't manage to win enough games to make it to a third season with the Jayhawks.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Urban Meyer is back on familiar turf, fit and rarin' to go as Ohio State's new football coach.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Denard Robinson danced with his feet and dazzled with his arm, giving Michigan an edge at quarterback against Ohio State.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women's national championship. It wasn't as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years last Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder still has high hopes for Travis Ford as Oklahoma State's basketball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz defended the NCAA's role in policing academics and says there's no need for more involvement.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins spent $55 million on Ervin Santana to bring some much-needed talent and experience to their beleaguered starting rotation.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James is like an NFL quarterback on the floor - with the ball, in control.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs don't have to stop construction on a Wrigley Field video board that will block game views of adjacent rooftop clubs in the urban neighborhood, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall has grown accustomed to hearing lucrative offers from big-name schools trying to lure him away. It's become as much a part of March as the NCAA Tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Four teams, four drug-testing policies.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Shaka Smart is leaving Virginia Commonwealth to coach the Texas Longhorns.