Great Bend Tribune sports editor Mack McClure's NFL conference championship game picks:
LAWRENCE (AP) - The longest home winning streak in Kansas' vaunted history came to an end on a doubly sad day for the Jayhawks.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Next step, the Super Bowl.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Minutes after Texas A&M was manhandled in an 81-60 loss to Texas earlier in the week, coach Mark Turgeon told the 11th-ranked Aggies they'd have to be much more physical to beat Kansas State.
No. 1 Ohio State 73,
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - On the list of Aaron Rodgers' accomplishments in three seasons as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback, one stands out as being something that really didn't seem possible when he first took over as the starter.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Jordan Taylor scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 18 Wisconsin to a 69-60 victory over Indiana on Thursday night for the Badgers' 14th straight win in the Kohl Center.
BY STEPHEN HAWKINS
LAKE FOREST (AP) - It would sound like a rough job constantly cleaning up after someone else, unless you're Anthony Adams and Julius Peppers is the one making the mess.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Carla Swart, a South African cyclist who won several college titles in the United States, has died after being hit by a truck while training. She was 23.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - David Lighty scored 18 points and Ohio State wasn't tested in its first game as No. 1, rolling over Iowa 70-48 on Wednesday night.
BY BARRY WILNER
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari has apologized for his profanity-laced tirade toward freshman Terrence Jones.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL can't be upset with so many upsets in the playoffs.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Bitterness and nastiness have been replaced by praise and compliments.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs began reworking their injury-depleted defense Tuesday, signing former Denver Broncos tackle Kevin Vickerson amid a flurry of roster moves.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Julius Thomas' dad likes to remind his son where he got his great hands.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the moments after a disheartening loss to Tennessee to open the season, Chiefs coach Andy Reid seemed at a loss for why All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles went virtually unused.
DURHAM, N.C. - David Cutcliffe is getting ready to coach against a man he never really got the chance to work with - Charlie Weis.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee on an elevator.
DETROIT - Jeremy Guthrie couldn't find a way out of trouble.
AMES, Iowa - Kansas State certainly has its issues following a 32-28 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford's first game under Jim Caldwell was a success.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the Kansas City Chiefs' season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles tendons in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
BALTIMORE - Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.