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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - For the first time, Oklahoma State heads into the 2012 season with the distinction of being the reigning Big 12 champion.
LAWRENCE - The question posed to new Kansas coach Charlie Weis was simple and direct, and the answer he tossed back was just as blunt.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State was picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12 last year, and didn't do anything to change expectations with a last-gasp win over Eastern Kentucky to open the season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie allowed only three singles in seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith took the snap in the shotgun, looked quickly to his left and flicked the ball to tight end Travis Kelce, who was pushed out of bounds after a gain of nearly 10 yards.
A few things to watch during Week 15, when the Big 12 finishes its regular season with two games that have title implications while the other four power conferences play championship games:
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After weathering a late comeback by Wichita State, the Utah Utes recovered just in time to earn their biggest win in 15 years - against a team that's not accustomed to losing.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he "definitely" will play Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sprained right shoulder.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Brosnan will leave Major League Baseball at the end of January after losing to Rob Manfred in the competition to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Pittsburgh running back James Conner is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Wide receiver Miles Austin's first season with the Browns ended in a hospital bed.
MANHATTAN (AP) - When B.J. Finney stepped to the line of scrimmage on Sept. 3, 2011, against Eastern Kentucky, Kansas State's football program was still in disarray.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - If the Dallas Cowboys can avoid another late-season letdown, they can reach a significant goal: the NFC East title.