The last time the Detroit Lions were poised to make a run at the playoffs, Barry Sanders was in their backfield.
MIAMI (AP) - Nearly two dozen former NFL players are suing the league over severe and permanent brain damage they say is linked to concussions suffered on the job.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio has been killed in a car accident, according to the university.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns have waived swingman Mickael Pietrus after reaching a financial agreement with him.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills receiver David Nelson was a Tim Tebow believer long before the Broncos comeback kid of a quarterback became a national phenomenon and, in the process, put Denver within reach of its first playoff berth in six years.
Carmelo Anthony's return to Denver is delayed for another year. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade won't be visiting Sacramento anytime soon. Fans in Chicago will only be seeing Kobe Bryant on television this season.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki has an idea of what it's like to be an NBA champion. He learned one of the lessons over the years he spent being teammates with Devean George.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Carson Palmer didn't stand much of a chance the last time he faced the Kansas City Chiefs.
A look at the 30 NBA teams, in predicted order of finish:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Playing for the first time this season on a national stage, the lights were simply too bright and the task too daunting for an inexperienced Southern California squad.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News was accused in a newspaper report Tuesday of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s, including his niece, who is now a prosecutor.
The only certainties about the Big 12 are that Kansas will finish in first place and TCU will be last.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Kansas clinched the Big 12 regular-season title Saturday. There was no celebration.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - By his own admission, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' team defense has been atrocious for three games.
WACO, Texas - The Baylor Bears need to win every game they can to improve their NCAA tournament hopes.
No. 1 FLORIDA 79,
NORMAN, Okla. - Isaiah Cousins has made it a recent focus to play aggressive on both ends of the basketball court and try to be more consistent. The result has been a boon for the Sooners.
MIAMI - Embattled former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is receiving treatment in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Malcolm Brogdon talked before No. 12 Virginia's final home game about making it a success for seniors Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell and even former walk-on Thomas Rogers, the first building blocks in Tony Bennett's remaking of the Cavaliers.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jason Vargas pitched two scoreless innings in his Kansas City debut and Alex Gordon doubled home two runs as the Royals beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 that was called after seven innings Saturday because of rain.
WICHITA - The chant started when Ron Baker walked toward the Wichita State bench for the final time, and reached a crescendo when he popped the front of his jersey - No. 31.
MIAMI - LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a huge third quarter to run away and eventually rout the New York Knicks 108-82 on Thursday night.
LAWRENCE - After two months spent mostly bludgeoning each other into submission, coaches in the Big 12 are starting to cast a wary eye toward the NCAA tournament.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-7 on Thursday.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Bill Self believes that unbeaten Wichita State deserves a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament - if it beats Missouri State on Saturday and then wins the Missouri Valley tournament.
RIP, "mid-major." It was a good run.