CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - For quarterback Geno Smith, the temptation might be to watch West Virginia's pounding of Clemson in the Orange Bowl over and over. The prolific passer is doing quite the opposite in preparing for the Mountaineers' debut season in the Big 12 Conference.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - After a season when the defense just couldn't cut it in the biggest games, Oklahoma is hoping a blast from the past can return the program to a championship level.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Darren McFadden needed one series to show he's in midseason form for Oakland following a foot injury that cut his last season short.
LONDON (AP) - LeBron James stood with both arms in the air, then hugged Kevin Durant before they headed to the bench.
LONDON (AP) - The USA track team came up just short.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Kansas City Royals, and Alex Gordon in particular, showed their late-night prowess on a dreary night at Camden Yards.
These six rivalries are being built the old-fashioned way - on the field. And there's no contrived, committee-designed trophies, no quaint nicknames that hark back to a more innocent time, and definitely no corporate sponsorship. Just contemporary, 21st-century spite. The winners usually take a big step toward a conference title, or even a national one. The losers just have to sit and stew and plan their revenge next season.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU's football team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule, a blow to the Tigers' national championship hopes three weeks before their season opener.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Tiger Woods watched the flight of his tee shot until he could see it drifting too far right, and he hung his head slightly as the ball tumbled off the green. Already with three bogeys in seven holes, it looked as though nothing was going right for him in the PGA Championship.
LONDON (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski's job is nearly finished.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Matt Schaub led one scoring drive and threw an interception in his first action since breaking his right foot last season, and the Houston Texans beat the Carolina Panthers 26-13 on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For the Kansas City Chiefs, getting a victory was more of a relief than a win.
CINCINNATI - Tim Tebow picked up some yards by running around a few times. Other than that, there wasn't much to his Jets debut.
LAS ANGELES (AP) - At long last, Dwight Howard got what he wanted.
ST. LOUIS - Matt Adams and the Cardinals are moving on. Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers are going home.
MANHATTAN - Marcus Foster thinks Kansas State can compete for the Big 12 title. So the dynamic sophomore guard isn't paying much attention to any of his October accolades.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs seemed to have figured out their running game, which remains centered on Jamaal Charles. However, faced with critical third-and-shorts in the waning minutes against the 49ers, coach Andy Reid abandoned the run in favor of passes that kept falling incomplete.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Harbaugh walked out of an elevator at Levi's Stadium with his parents late Sunday evening, smiling and cracking jokes with reporters after a day that began with more fuss about his future.
BRONCOS 41, CARDINALS 20
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals stole their way to a 12-inning victory over the Oakland A's in the AL wild-card game. They powered their way past the mighty Los Angeles Angels with an emphatic three-game sweep in the divisional round.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The day began with another round of questions about the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and his players. It ended with him putting a lot of trust in them to make a big play.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave.