The NFL told club executives they could be schooled in the ins and outs of the new labor contract as early as Thursday, and the players' association summoned its leadership for a potential vote - the strongest signs yet the lockout might be nearing an end.
FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) - Dwight Howard's frustration with the NBA lockout has caused the Orlando Magic star to strongly consider playing overseas.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The Americans stood on the field, watching in stunned silence as Japan celebrated.
NEW YORK (AP) - One by one, tired and disappointed members of the U.S Women's World Cup team trudged off the bus and were greeted with cheers and waves from appreciative fans who didn't seem to mind a bit that they came up short of a championship.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Michael Cuddyer singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Joe Nathan did his job as the new closer Saturday night, giving the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Middle Tennessee State coach Kermit Davis has added Greg Grensing to his staff of assistants.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carl Eller doesn't want to be one of the bad guys, not when the NFL seems so close to getting back to work.
NFL, players: We're making progress toward deal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chasing an NBA dream hasn't left many opportunities for Cole Aldrich to get back home in the last four years.
PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France (AP) - French cyclist Thomas Voeckler retained the lead of the Tour de France on Saturday after the last stage in the Pyrenees, which was won by Jelle Vanendert of Belgium and failed to be as significant as expected for the main contenders.
SANDWICH, England (AP) - About the only predictable part of this British Open is the weather.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Trevor Plouffe hit a big two-run homer and Delmon Young had three hits in his return to the lineup to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA laid off about 114 people over the last two days, planned cost-cutting moves that a league spokesman said Thursday are "not a direct result of the lockout."
NEW YORK (AP) - With time running short to keep the NFL's preseason intact, owners and players got into another long round of labor talks Thursday, trying to break the impasse that has kept the league shut down for four months.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Freshman Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes in the first half and Texas A&M recovered two late fumbles to secure a 41-38 victory against No. 3 Auburn, likely ending the Tigers' playoff hopes.
They are thinking playoffs in Kansas City, which makes some sense even after the Chiefs got off to a poor start this season.
LAWRENCE (AP) - The sparse section of Kansas students spilled over the railing, celebrating alongside players in a happy pileup near midfield. Then they headed to the goalposts in the south end zone, tore them down and carried them up the hill from Memorial Stadium.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Trevone Boykin did an acrobatic flip on the second of his three touchdown runs and threw for 219 yards and another score for No. 6 TCU in a 41-20 victory over No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night that had huge Big 12 and playoff implications.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Only three players drafted in 1998 are still in the NFL, and two of them - Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson - meet this weekend when the Denver Broncos visit the winless Oakland Raiders.