KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alcides Escobar has been dutifully going to the gym every week, and not just going through the motions. The Royals shortstop has been putting in some work, and truly believes that he's becoming a stronger all-around player.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Barry Larkin almost seemed wistful as his mind traveled back through time.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Blake Griffin has officially withdrawn from the Olympics and Anthony Davis has been added to the U.S. basketball team's roster.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, with $60 million guaranteed, said a person familiar with the deal.
The United States women's basketball team dominated the Beijing Games, winning by close to 38 points per game while cruising to the gold medal.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anthony Davis was seated on the court, the best players in the world towering above him.
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police officer is under investigation by his own department after allegations surfaced that he directed a racial slur at Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators say there is not enough evidence to arrest San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials buried child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful "culture of reverence" for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought.
HAVANA, Ill. (AP) - As scientists aboard a research boat activate an electric current, the calm Illinois River transforms into a roiling, silvery mass. Asian carp by the dozen hurtle from the water as if shot from a gun, soaring in graceful arcs before plunging beneath the surface with splashes resembling tiny geysers.
AUSTIN, Texas - In a letter to federal authorities, a Wisconsin congressman equates the anti-doping charges against Lance Armstrong to a conspiracy theory and calls the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's authority over the seven-time Tour de France winner "strained at best."
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Wednesday that trade talks involving Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets are "stationary," but that discussions remain open with them and other teams.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints still must close a significant gap in guaranteed money if they are to agree on a five-year contract worth about $100 million by Monday's looming deadline for a long-term deal, said a person familiar with the negotiations.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chipper Jones made a brand new stop on his farewell tour.
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.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Rarely has there been a college basketball season that has been more anticipated in the Sunflower State than this one, which begins in earnest on Friday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Michael Cummings has never been the go-to guy at Kansas at the beginning of the season.
MANHATTAN (AP) - When Curry Sexton looks back on his senior season for No. 13 Kansas State, he'll recall at least four 100-yard receiving games and more production than his first three years combined.
No. 5 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, CFP No. 4) at Kansas (3-6, 1-5), 2 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs won their first nine games a year ago, streaking toward the playoffs under new coach Andy Reid.
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: