BALTIMORE (AP) - John Mackey, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits of retired players and struggled with dementia, has died. He was 69.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL teams owners and players' association leaders met for another long negotiating session Thursday, hoping to finally break the labor lockout that has now lasted more than 16 weeks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Quarterback Kerry Collins is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons in the league, his agent announced Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With the hours dwindling until the deadline for Ohio State's response to NCAA allegations of improper benefits and a cover up in the football program, athletic director Gene Smith said Thursday that he's disappointed by "where we are" even as he's encouraged by the work of the school's compliance department.
NEW YORK (AP) - George Brett predicts the 3,000th hit of Derek Jeter's career will be harder to get than the first.
LISIEUX, France (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway led a sprint to win the rain-splattered sixth stage of the Tour de France, while his countryman Thor Hushovd retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police say Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka last week.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA players' association maintains that there is an "adequate basis" for doubting the NBA's losses, citing the inaccurate financial projections the league made in 2009-10.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Kansas State guard Nick Russell is headed to Southern Methodist University. On Tuesday, SMU head coach Matt Doherty said Russell will join the Mustangs this fall.
HAYS - Fort Hays State University men's basketball coach Mark Johnson announced six recruits that will be joining the men's basketball team for the 2011-12 season.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) - The Americans can't do things the easy way. Needing only a tie to avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals, the U.S. fell 2-1 to Sweden on Wednesday night, the team's fourth loss since November and first ever in group play at the World Cup. "After, what I said to the team is, my glass is half-full," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. "Even though we lost, we can come out as a winner ...
CHICAGO (AP) - Bruce Chen used an assortment of pitches, changed delivery angles and even let one pitch go at 90 mph. The veteran left-hander kept the Chicago White Sox guessing and had them off-balance for most of the day.
CHICAGO (AP) - Felipe Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols is more than just one of the best players in baseball. He's also an incredibly rapid healer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The impenetrable wall that was the Kansas City defense was breached by the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, when Peyton Manning and his cohorts ran up and down the field in a 27-17 victory.
LAWRENCE - For the second straight season, Kansas coach Charlie Weis has taken the reins from a highly-touted transfer quarterback and handed them to an unproven but more mobile signal-caller.
CHICAGO - Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season.
Baylor coach Art Briles described his team as disappointed after its first loss of the season. But not discouraged.
Auburn moves up to No. 4 in The Associated Press college football poll, setting up the second top-five matchup with Alabama in the history of the Iron Bowl.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs could be without their two top pass rushers against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday after Tamba Hali and Justin Houston were hurt against San Diego.
PATRIOTS 34, BRONCOS 31 (OT)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Red-faced and bundled on the sideline in a parka and stocking cap, Peyton Manning looked nothing the part of the cold-weather quarterback.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Philip Rivers came through when the San Diego Chargers needed him the most.
AMES, Iowa - Freshman Grant Rohach passed for a season-best 300 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa State beat Kansas 34-0 on a frigid Saturday night for its first Big 12 victory.
HEAT 101, MAGIC 99
CHICAGO - Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery, the team said Saturday.
MANHATTAN - Bob Stoops ran away from the tub filled with ice water just about as quickly and effectively as the Sooners' Brennan Clay ran through the Kansas State defense on Saturday.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead No. 3 Louisville to a 71-57 victory over Fairfield on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Les Miles loves calling Death Valley the place opponents' dreams go to die. The same might someday be said about Johnny Manziel's bid for a second Heisman Trophy.