NEW YORK - The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bryce Harper hit his 20th homer, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki also connected and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Wednesday night to move closer toward winning their first division title since moving to Washington.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves showed no hangover from their champagne celebration, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - This hasn't been the smoothest of seasons for C.C. Sabathia. He's still coming through when it counts for the New York Yankees.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Davis and Manny Machado each connected twice and the Baltimore Orioles tied a team record with seven home runs, routing Toronto 12-2 Wednesday night and staying within 1½ games of the AL East lead.
DETROIT (AP) - Jhonny Peralta brought home the go-ahead run when Andy Dirks' hard slide broke up a potential inning-ending double play in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the NFL and referees' union pressed toward a settlement Wednesday to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season.
Championship teams avoid letdowns after big wins.
Matt Barkley has slipped back into the pack and Montee Ball has fallen off the board completely. Landry Jones? You can probably take him off the list, too. Same with Tyler Wilson.
MANHATTAN - All four of K-State's remaining football games have been declared sellouts as department officials announced today that all tickets to the October 27 matchup with Texas Tech have been sold.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Still seething about a controversial , decisive call that went against the Green Bay Packers in Seattle, Aaron Rodgers used his weekly radio show on Tuesday to dismiss the NFL's explanation for the replacement officials' decision.
NEW YORK - The NFL put its stamp of approval on the still-smoldering outcome of the Green Bay-Seattle game:
SEATTLE - M.D. Jennings was convinced he had the ball pinned to his chest the entire time and would be awarded an interception to cap Green Bay's comeback victory.
NORMAN, Okla. - It'd be just fine with running back John Hubert if people continued to underestimate Kansas State and believe that this latest run of success under Bill Snyder was a fluke.
NEW ORLEANS - As Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop lined up for a 31-yard field goal in overtime, fans started filing out of the Superdome.
WACO, Texas (AP) - With yet another 20-win season under Scott Drew secured, Baylor forward Rico Gathers is thinking more about the two times the Bears have been a win away from the Final Four under their coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Florida State's Jameis Winston showed Saturday there's nothing wrong with his throwing shoulder.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Perry Ellis had five long days to think about six quick seconds.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs released wide receivers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins on Tuesday as they began to clear roster and salary cap space ahead of what could be a busy offseason.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Shaquille Morris scored a career-high 17 points to lead No. 13 Wichita State to an 84-62 over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Bill Self never has to worry about Perry Ellis speaking out of turn.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA's All-Star show has arrived on Brrr-oadway.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Norman Powell bounced back from a four-point game with a double-digit effort and monster jam that moved UCLA into a second-place tie in the Pac-12.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Monte Morris scored 19 points and 14th-ranked Iowa State overwhelmed No. 21 West Virginia 79-59 on Saturday to sweep the season series with the Mountaineers.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James doesn't take a single moment for granted. There's no time to waste. Every game, every gesture is special.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.
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