KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers will throw for a slew of yards and a bunch of touchdowns. Some unheralded running back will start to resemble Jim Taylor. Clay Matthews will harass the opposing quarterback and Charles Woodson will probably force a turnover.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons had been waiting all season for a complete game.
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty has brought in Turner Gill as its new football coach and the school also has hired a firm to help it study the feasibility of moving up to the Bowl Subdivision.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was locked up in federal custody Thursday as his stunned teammates learned he had been charged with trying to set up a drug-dealing network following his arrest with more than a pound of cocaine.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The play has become a Green Bay Packers staple: Aaron Rodgers drops back, lofts a pass down the sideline and one of his talented receivers turns around at precisely the right time and hauls it in around the unsuspecting cornerback.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday when Barry Bonds - the probe's highest-profile catch - is sentenced for obstruction of justice.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time - to the Clippers, not the Lakers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Romeo Crennel stepped to the podium inside the Chiefs' practice facility, gripping both sides of it with his meaty hands, and promptly named Kyle Orton his starting quarterback.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Charlie Weis leans forward in his chair behind a wide desk inside the Kansas football facility, reaches out to shake hands and then tries to stifle a yawn.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Scott Pioli spoke quietly and carefully, not at all like his reputation might suggest.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dan Marino long ago moved to the comfort of the broadcast booth. His passing record of 5,084 yards, set in 1984, has withstood strong-armed challenges for more than a quarter-century.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Romeo Crennel wants another chance to be a head coach in the NFL. He may have the opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs if he can hold together a franchise in disarray over the next three weeks.
The Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray got a chance to showcase themselves in the Chiefs' preseason game in Carolina.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken - the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Coach Kliff Kingsbury and his quarterback are in similar territory entering their second seasons at Texas Tech.
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU coach Gary Patterson had been thinking about spreading out his offense since the Horned Frogs got in the Big 12 two years ago.
LAWRENCE - The top two running backs on the Kansas depth chart will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles' tendon in separate incidents.
NEW YORK - "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn't hesitate to temporarily move TV's top-rated comedy to a different night to make room for football.
AUSTIN, Texas - New Texas coach Charlie Strong wasted no time delivering fans a bit of the honesty he demands from his players.
Baylor coach Art Briles quickly dismisses the idea of his Bears defending their Big 12 championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles made it through every hit from Derrick Johnson, every shot from Eric Berry and every tackle from the rest of the Chiefs' defense during three weeks at Missouri Western.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won't be running as many read-option plays as he has in the past.
MINNEAPOLIS - Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
MINNEAPOLIS - Phil Hughes threw seven sharp innings, Kurt Suzuki hit his third homer of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat first-place Kansas City 4-1 on Saturday night to snap the Royals' three-game winning streak.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton will see his first game action since undergoing ankle surgery in March when the Carolina Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight.