NEW YORK (AP) - As one of the strangest NFL seasons - on and off the field - winds down, football fans can begin contemplating playoff matchups, followed by the Super Bowl, then the draft.
ATLANTA (AP) - EJ Manuel threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to stop a South Carolina rally and lead Florida State to a 26-17 victory over the turnover-plagued Gamecocks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Friday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Some believe the national championship game might come down to superstitions being observed or neglected.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - More than any other time this season, Alabama looked like the team that was picked to win the national championship in the Capital One Bowl.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, linebacker Tank Carder swatted down a 2-point conversion pass attempt with 2 minutes to play, and No. 3 TCU completed a perfect season with its first Rose Bowl victory, 21-19 over fourth-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Pittsburgh fired new football coach Mike Haywood on Saturday, a day after he was arrested at his home on a domestic violence charge.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley says he has no knowledge of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis possibly taking a similar job with the University of Florida.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Urban Meyer walked away from Florida with a win against Joe Paterno, who insists Penn State's disappointing season won't be his last.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford really does have UConn's number.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL fined the New York Jets $100,000 on Thursday for violating league rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll on the sideline during a punt return earlier this month.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The NFL's rookie rushing leader is an undrafted free agent with a penchant for hurdling defenders in the open field.
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NEW YORK - The first Pinstripe Bowl turned into a home run derby, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading big plays and touchdowns in one of the most exciting games of this postseason.
MIAMI (AP) - For the Miami Heat, July was about putting the roster together. August was about new faces getting to know each other. September was about conditioning. October was about installing systems. November was about growing pains.
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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.
NEW YORK - Obtained by the Yankees from Arizona in separate July trades, Brandon McCarthy and Martin Prado are doing their best to keep alive New York's slim playoff hopes.
AMES, Iowa - For about a quarter, it looked as if Kansas State was going to get run out of Ames.
LAWRENCE - Everything went so perfectly for Kansas in the first quarter Saturday night that Charlie Weis openly wondered whether things might have gone too well.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The first inkling Dexter McCluster had that Ryan Succop was joining him in Tennessee came from a posting on Instagram. McCluster didn't know anything for certain until he walked into a meeting.