BOSTON (AP) - Toney Douglas played well the last time he filled in for an injured Chauncey Billups. There's much more at stake now.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks' dominance over the Orlando Magic this year is not just a regular-season phenomenon.
MIAMI (AP) - Chris Bosh and LeBron James watched from afar when Dwyane Wade controlled the final portions of games during the Miami Heat's championship run in 2006.
CHICAGO (AP) - Never mind what everyone else was thinking, Derrick Rose insisted he didn't expect the Chicago Bulls to roll over the Indiana Pacers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Never mind the rings. The Los Angeles Lakers would be a nightmare playoff matchup for the New Orleans Hornets even without the fame, fortune and back-to-back titles.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - With the temperature hovering in the 30s, a steady rain and wind howling up to 24 miles per hour, Luke Hochevar felt right at home.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Josh Tomlin delivered yet another quality start for Cleveland, Orlando Cabrera drove in four runs and the first-place Indians won their sixth straight at home, 8-3 on Saturday over the Baltimore Orioles, who have lost six in a row and are having trouble scoring.
NEW YORK (AP) - Freddy Garcia's first scheduled start this season was wiped out by rain. The weather wasn't much better when he finally got another chance to take the mound.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A handwritten sign hastily taped above the little corner of the Royals clubhouse where Sean O'Sullivan and three relievers have their locker stalls told the story:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Back at his best after an unusually brief outing, Cliff Lee struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout Thursday night, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to overcome their own problems at the plate in a 4-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Freshman guard Josh Selby is declaring for the NBA draft, leaving Kansas with only two players who had a significant role in last season's 35-3 record.
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Bruce Chen pitched eight strong innings, Wilson Betemit and Alex Gordon drove in two runs apiece and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 in a rain-shortened game on Thursday night.
Just 10 months ago, they feared being turned into intercollegiate orphans - castouts who were unwanted by any major conference.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Salvador Perez hit a scorching liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single, allowing Jarrod Dyson to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Charlie Weis says his players would be disappointed if they didn't win "significantly more games" than a year ago, when they stumbled to a 3-9 finish.
There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David Burnett had just landed in Atlanta on a business trip when his phone buzzed with a voice mail. On the recording, breaking with emotion, was the voice of Cairo Santos.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jameis Winston said No. 1 Florida State did a little celebrating in the locker room after leaving the field seemingly less than thrilled with a closer-than-expected win over Oklahoma State.
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Todd Gurley is uncomfortable in front of the cameras.
NORMAN, Okla. - In the old wishbone days at Oklahoma, Barry Switzer's teams often would have three or more backs put up big numbers.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State ran up the middle. Ran to the left, then to the right. Even got crazy and threw a couple short passes to running backs out of the backfield on Saturday night.
NEW YORK - Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.