Just 10 months ago, they feared being turned into intercollegiate orphans - castouts who were unwanted by any major conference.
Federal prosecutors got their conviction on Barry Bonds. Now on deck: Roger Clemens and, maybe, Lance Armstrong.
CHICAGO - Kyle Korver scored 19 points, Derrick Rose had 15 and the Chicago Bulls closed the regular season with their ninth straight victory, beating the New Jersey Nets 97-92 on Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON - At his dominant best until a shaky ninth inning, Roy Halladay held on to throw his first complete game of 2011, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 3-2 Wednesday night.
DETROIT - Brandon Inge hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers in their last at-bat for the second straight day, 3-2 on Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just like the whole Steroid Era: We'll never really know.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Different state. Different mediator. Same disagreements.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Aviles didn't feel he was in a funk. Even at 0 for 18, he didn't consider that long enough to be a slump.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - While Kansas City's young relievers once again gave the Royals a chance to win. It was a veteran who couldn't make a pitch when it was most needed.
Bulls 103, Knicks 90
Nationals 7, Phillies 4
Angels 2, Indians 0
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is preparing for preseason games even though the owners and players remain at odds over a new contract.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Kemba Walker says the school's decision to put his name and number on the wall of its basketball arena helped him decide it was time to head to the NBA.
Dodgers 6, Giants 1
Things to watch in Week 12 of the Big 12 Conference season, when league co-leaders Baylor and Kansas State are among the four teams not playing:
Oregon jumped undefeated Florida State and moved into second in the College Football Playoff rankings while TCU took over the fourth spot Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs have promoted running back Charcandrick West from the practice squad and signed tight end Phillip Supernaw after losing Cyrus Gray and Demetrius Harris to season-ending injuries.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After getting trounced by Tennessee in their season opener, the Kansas City Chiefs returned to their practice facility the following day and went through the game film in all its gory detail.
Two weeks ago, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen starting preparing for a Baylor team that was coming off a wild comeback win over TCU.