CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton threw his first touchdown pass as a pro in Charlotte's 33-17 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night. After the game Charlotte coach Ron Rivera made it official: Newton will start the season opener at Arizona.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - With most of the Super Bowl champions' marquee players on the sideline, outside linebacker Vic So'oto likely sealed up his roster spot in the Green Bay Packers' 20-19 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Thursday night's preseason finale.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Rookie Da'Rel Scott ran a fake punt 65 yards for a touchdown and Derrick Martin returned a fumble 11 yards for a score as the New York Giants rallied for 15 points in the fourth quarter and beat New England 18-17 on Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
DETROIT (AP) - Danny Duffy overthrew his catcher on an intentional walk, and Alcides Escobar struck out on a pitch that hit him in the shoulder.
College football's most debated team has another referendum game.
NEW YORK (AP) - Venus Williams' smile was tinged with a bit of sadness when she said goodbye to the U.S. Open for 2011 - certainly not on her terms and certainly not the way most people expected.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is going against the grain on defense this season.
LAWRENCE - Bradley McDougald and Toben Opurum went from hunted to hunters. For wide receiver Kale Pick, last year's opening day quarterback, the adjustment has been fling to cling.
The Philadelphia Eagles' offseason overhaul hasn't gone unnoticed in Green Bay. Neither has the hype that's come along with it.
HOUSTON (AP) - The official Texas A&M fight song includes a line that bids farewell to Texas, "so long to the orange and white." By this time next year, Texas A&M may have said goodbye to a lot more than its storied, century-old rivalry with Texas.
The Steelers were a team in flux a year ago, their star quarterback about to sit out a four-game suspension.
The Big Ten and the Pac-12 now have conference title games. The Big 12, for the first time, will not play a league championship game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs were working on special teams Tuesday morning, specifically the field goal units, when Todd Haley's voice cut through the air like a foghorn.
WASHINGTON - The Miami Heat opted for rest for LeBron James and Chris Bosh over the pursuit of the Eastern Conference's top seed, and the Washington Wizards capitalized in a 114-93 breeze of a game Monday night that clinched the No. 1 seed for the Indiana Pacers.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension with the score tied 7-all Monday night.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.
CARDINALS 10, CUBS 4
NEW YORK - Brian McCann was far from panic mode. He was hitting the ball well, and figured positive results would follow.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - In a Masters longing for star power, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth put himself atop the leaderboard and 18 holes away from replacing Tiger Woods as the youngest player with a green jacket.
MINNEAPOLIS - After adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in the offseason, the Twins expected their rotation to be better.
CHICAGO - The Cleveland Indians almost wasted a great chance to grab the lead in the seventh inning on Saturday. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox.
CLEVELAND - Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
LAWRENCE - The quarterbacks at Kansas have been hit throughout spring, from the front and from behind, hard and not so hard, in the pocket and while scrambling during their practices.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins needed a strong outing from a starter and Kyle Gibson delivered.
WHITE SOX 7, INDIANS 3