DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - On the night of the big "Decision" last summer, Luol Deng was at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with no TV, and no one was asking if LeBron James would sign with the Chicago Bulls.
DETROIT (AP) - One day after being shut down by Justin Verlander, the Kansas City Royals fared no better against Brad Penny.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James will take some turns guarding Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference finals. So will Dwyane Wade. Mike Bibby, Mario Chalmers and even Chris Bosh in some moments, too.
NEW YORK - Eric Hosmer and Melky Cabrera homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Yankees 11-5 on Thursday night, sending New York to its first home series loss of the season.
MIAMI (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal limped off Miami's court silently Wednesday night, into the offseason.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant's work was done early.
NEW YORK (AP) - Eric Hosmer's family rose from their seats at Yankee Stadium, watching his first career home run go soaring into the second deck in right field.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Robert Traylor, the former NBA and University of Michigan big man nicknamed "Tractor" because of his hulking frame, has died. He was 34.
MIAMI (AP) - For LeBron James, Game 5 last season against Boston was horrific.
NEW YORK (AP) - Freddy Garcia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter provided the offense and the New York Yankees' bullpen made it stand up in a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 33 points, Luol Deng added 23 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-83 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead.
BOSTON (AP) - Miami's Big Three was assembled for just this purpose: To dominate the bullies from Boston who knocked them from the playoffs so many times before.
TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas Senate has honored the World Boxing Council's new welterweight champion, who grew up in Garden City.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks finally won a second-round playoff game at home.
DALLAS (AP) - Phil Jackson walked off the court with a tight smile, shaking hands and accepting congratulations like he has after so many series-ending playoff games.
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.