FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez's phone blew up as soon as the NFL schedule came out.
The new kids in the Southeastern Conference have no intention of being pushed around.
So there we were, the final game of the 2011 season, the Cowboys at the Giants with the NFC East title on the line.
MANHATTAN - One week after piling up a school-record 35 fourth-quarter points, No. 20 Kansas State is preparing for a rematch of the game where it first earned a reputation for winning late.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals got home runs from Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella in a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The banged-up Kansas City Chiefs are in wait-and-see mode with several injured players heading into their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Roddick took up a new tradition in his final tournament.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Maurice Jones-Drew remains as passionate as ever about his value.
NEW YORK (AP) - Replacement officials probably can't start the regular season as poorly as they did the preseason.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - With fifth-ranked Oregon heavily favored in its nonconference schedule, Ducks head coach Chip Kelly must strike a balance between playing his starters and giving his backups valuable live-game experience.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California hadn't even taken the Coliseum field for its first game after its football postseason ban ended before reports of even more possible NCAA violations surfaced.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Joe Mauer's first grand slam of the year helped the Minnesota Twins finish off a successful Saturday.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Whether it's the Orange Bowl or playing at home, No. 11 West Virginia is comfortable with scoring a point a minute.
MANHATTAN - All week, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder harped on his team about starting fast. He wanted the No. 22 Wildcats to put away Missouri State early in their season opener, and give the backups some valuable repetitions before next week's showdown with Miami.
LOS ANGELES - Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and No. 1 Southern California rolled Hawaii 39-10.
MIAMI (AP) - Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to terms with the team on a $325 million, 13-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday, the most lucrative deal for an American athlete.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Harvick jostled his 2-year-old son on his lap, egging him on to speak into the microphone and tell the world his daddy was the NASCAR champion.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks kept driving deep into Kansas City territory. They kept getting stonewalled. First they were held to field goals, and then they were held to nothing.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Aaron Green ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Echols-Luper returned a punt 69 yards for another score and No. 5 TCU turned back a spirited upset bid from Kansas in a 34-30 win Saturday that kept the Horned Frogs in playoff contention.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - With memories of last year's season-opening 60-58 loss to Northern Colorado running through his mind, Bruce Weber wasn't prepared to see a halftime lead disappear again.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are in many ways mirror images of each other.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Devonte' Graham came off the bench Friday night to provide fifth-ranked Kansas with a much-needed spark, providing the scuffling Jayhawks with some scoring and toughness.
WICHITA (AP) - With six newcomers, five of them freshmen, coming off his bench, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was prepared for some inconsistency in the season opener.