INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Leaving the Kansas City Chiefs is the best thing to happen to Brian Waters in his 12 years in the NFL.
INDIANAPOLIS - He was always being compared to someone. That's what happens when you're the youngest son of a great quarterback and the baby brother of an even better one. It wasn't until he compared himself to Tom Brady, though, that people began taking Eli Manning seriously.
MANHATTAN (AP) - The way Will Spradling had been shooting lately, the Kansas State guard had little reason walking into Bramlage Coliseum to think he was going to have a big game.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Marcus Denmon hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:05, the last for the go-ahead points, as No. 4 Missouri fought off No. 8 Kansas 74-71 in Game 1 of what could be the schools' final border showdown on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS - Sorry, Buffalo.
LAWRENCE - Tyshawn Taylor hardly hesitated when the topic was broached.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Gronkowski practiced with the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl for the first time Thursday. Now coach Bill Belichick is waiting to see how the All-Pro tight end's injured ankle responds.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Pierre Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to put No. 6 Baylor on top and added two free throws to give the Bears a 63-60 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Bill Self refused to let his team look past Oklahoma to a high-profile showdown with border rival Missouri, even though his own mind might have slipped that way a time or two.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has a bit of a variety show on his hands with this year's recruiting class.
LAWRENCE - Two things became abundantly clear when Charlie Weis introduced his first recruiting class at Kansas: He'll go anywhere to reel in talent, and he wants to eat well when he gets there.
Alphabetical school-by-school list of football players who signed national letters of intent at Big 12 schools Wednesday (doesn't include West Virginia):
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots.
BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies will be the leading contenders to make another championship run next season. It would be an unprecedented 11th title that would eclipse John Wooden's UCLA Bruins and their 10 championships.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Over a matter of mere minutes, the youngsters at Duke grew into salty old pros.
Alex Rodriguez got cheered at Yankee Stadium, a rain delay got booed in Miami, and David Ortiz got a quick introduction to baseball's new speed-up rules.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women's national championship. It wasn't as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years last Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder still has high hopes for Travis Ford as Oklahoma State's basketball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz defended the NCAA's role in policing academics and says there's no need for more involvement.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins spent $55 million on Ervin Santana to bring some much-needed talent and experience to their beleaguered starting rotation.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.