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.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - While rival Texas has been rolling out its Longhorn Network, top-ranked Oklahoma has been working to expand its television capabilities, too.
DETROIT (AP) - Ramon Santiago hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Todd Haley is sticking with The Plan.
NEW YORK (AP) - Players ranted about the NFL's crackdown on illegal hits last season. Some even questioned if the league was heading toward touch football.
DETROIT (AP) - Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar hit back-to-back homers and the Kansas City Royals beat the first-place Detroit Tigers 9-5 Monday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Todd Haley has complete confidence the Kansas City Chiefs can figure out a way to get their offense going in the right direction.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight game and took over the AL Central lead Monday night when Yordano Ventura outdueled Sonny Gray during a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bobby Jones. Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods.
PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. - Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.
OVERLAND PARK - Andrew Wiggins told Kansas coach Bill Self that he wants to be traded from Cleveland to Minnesota because the No. 1 overall pick believes it will be better for his long-term future.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals bolstered their offense Monday by acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins, a move the long-suffering franchise hopes will help them end a playoff drought that stretches back nearly three decades.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy stood over a 10-inch putt in gathering darkness to win the PGA Championship as flashes from thousands of camera lit up Valhalla like a rock concert.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon is eager for another marketing gimmick.
LAWRENCE - Charlie Weis is entering the third year of his five-year contract at Kansas, so he knows better than anyone that the Jayhawks need to start winning games in a hurry.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Depending on which part of the Chiefs' preseason opener Andy Reid chose to watch, he could have come away thrilled about the prospects for the season or deeply depressed.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy played the kind of golf Saturday that typically would put him in control at a major championship. Staked to a one-shot lead in the PGA Championship, he made three birdies over his last four holes for a 4-under 67.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - James Shields threw a four-hitter and Alex Gordon homered as the Kansas City Royals won their sixth straight, beating the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Saturday night.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - As tight end Travis Kelce walked down the hill and onto the practice fields at Missouri Western, the crowd that turned up at sunrise for Saturday's practice gave him a round of applause.
NEW YORK - Derek Jeter has passed Honus Wagner on the career hits list with 3,431, getting an infield single in the sixth inning Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.