BALTIMORE (AP) - John Mackey, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits of retired players and struggled with dementia, has died. He was 69.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL teams owners and players' association leaders met for another long negotiating session Thursday, hoping to finally break the labor lockout that has now lasted more than 16 weeks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Quarterback Kerry Collins is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons in the league, his agent announced Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With the hours dwindling until the deadline for Ohio State's response to NCAA allegations of improper benefits and a cover up in the football program, athletic director Gene Smith said Thursday that he's disappointed by "where we are" even as he's encouraged by the work of the school's compliance department.
NEW YORK (AP) - George Brett predicts the 3,000th hit of Derek Jeter's career will be harder to get than the first.
LISIEUX, France (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway led a sprint to win the rain-splattered sixth stage of the Tour de France, while his countryman Thor Hushovd retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police say Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka last week.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA players' association maintains that there is an "adequate basis" for doubting the NBA's losses, citing the inaccurate financial projections the league made in 2009-10.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Kansas State guard Nick Russell is headed to Southern Methodist University. On Tuesday, SMU head coach Matt Doherty said Russell will join the Mustangs this fall.
HAYS - Fort Hays State University men's basketball coach Mark Johnson announced six recruits that will be joining the men's basketball team for the 2011-12 season.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) - The Americans can't do things the easy way.
CHICAGO (AP) - Bruce Chen used an assortment of pitches, changed delivery angles and even let one pitch go at 90 mph. The veteran left-hander kept the Chicago White Sox guessing and had them off-balance for most of the day.
CHICAGO (AP) - Felipe Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols is more than just one of the best players in baseball. He's also an incredibly rapid healer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs managed two offensive touchdowns against Cincinnati on Thursday night.
LeBron James and Kevin Love won Olympic gold medals together. They're about to team up again, this time to try and end Cleveland's 50-year championship drought.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started. Momentum was a big theme Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Championship, and it even applied to Tiger Woods.
With 10 teams playing a round-robin schedule and no championship game, the Big 12 is emphasizing its unique standing in the new playoff era.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Alex Smith was walking off the practice field, a member of the Chiefs communications staff intercepted him, the two of them huddling just out of earshot of reporters.
MANHATTAN - Bill Snyder ripped the big-time nature of college athletics as Kansas State opened fall camp Wednesday, lamenting the way universities have "sold out" in search of the almighty dollar.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Golf stories about Rory McIlroy are a lot more flattering than those a year ago. And if he reads too much into them, they can be a lot more dangerous.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith brushed aside any notion that the deal reached between the Bengals and Andy Dalton could affect negotiations on his own long-term contract.
SAN ANTONIO - As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - At some point this season, likely within the first couple of games, Jamaal Charles will slide past Larry Johnson and breeze past Priest Holmes to become the Chiefs' career rushing leader.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Joe LaCava walked nearly every blade of grass on the 18th green at Valhalla Golf Club, jotting notes in his yardage book after stepping off the distances from every edge of the green to every possible pin position. It was just like any other Monday at a major.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre is returning to Titletown.