CHICAGO - College football has always relied on polls and bowls to crown a national championship. It is an inexact science that has left many fans frustrated and wondering why they can't settle it on the field - like every other sport - with a playoff.
CHICAGO (AP) - The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
HOUSTON - The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they're happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins.
MIAMI - Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.
HOUSTON - Luke Hochevar pitched into the eighth inning, two relievers completed the shutout, and Billy Butler hit a solo home run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
MIAMI - LeBron James better get well fast. He's about to play for a championship.
MIAMI - A questionable substitution by the coach, more foul trouble for the superstar, and bad free throw shooting by just about everybody ruined Oklahoma City's chances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 win Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had no trouble with closer Jason Motte's two-strike pitch to pinch-hitter Billy Butler.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 14th inning, the New York Yankees were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and Washington Nationals teen sensation was Bryce Harper was 0 for 6 at the plate.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open.
MANHATTAN - Marcus Foster thinks Kansas State can compete for the Big 12 title. So the dynamic sophomore guard isn't paying much attention to any of his October accolades.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs seemed to have figured out their running game, which remains centered on Jamaal Charles. However, faced with critical third-and-shorts in the waning minutes against the 49ers, coach Andy Reid abandoned the run in favor of passes that kept falling incomplete.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Harbaugh walked out of an elevator at Levi's Stadium with his parents late Sunday evening, smiling and cracking jokes with reporters after a day that began with more fuss about his future.
BRONCOS 41, CARDINALS 20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals stole their way to a 12-inning victory over the Oakland A's in the AL wild-card game. They powered their way past the mighty Los Angeles Angels with an emphatic three-game sweep in the divisional round.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The day began with another round of questions about the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and his players. It ended with him putting a lot of trust in them to make a big play.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave.