A year ago, it was the Philadelphia Phillies, and then the rest of the National League. Everyone was picking Roy Halladay and Co. to win the pennant.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Flanked by his family, his former manager and a group of teammates he hates to leave behind, Chipper Jones choked up a bit and delivered the news that's been looming for years:
LAWRENCE - A second Lawrence police officer suspended for allegedly fixing traffic tickets for a University of Kansas athletics department employee is no longer working for the city, Police Chief Tarik Khatib said Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher has signed his restricted free agent tender, which was at the second-round level and will pay him $1,972,000 for the 2012 season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Tebow is coming to New York. Really.
NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because the team's players were paid bounties for big hits on opponents from 2009-11.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Needing to plug a big hole behind the plate, the Kansas City Royals acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros on Tuesday for minor league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning stood next to John Elway, holding up a bright orange jersey with the No. 18 on it.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Kansas State coach Deb Patterson was disappointed her team didn't compete better in its record-setting performance against Connecticut.
OMAHA, Neb. - Bill Self knows better than most that matchups dictate success in the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tight end Kevin Boss has agreed on a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Salvador Perez will open the season on the disabled list instead of as the Kansas City Royals' starting catcher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday, giving the team a formidable duo in the ground game with Jamaal Charles.
NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there's a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The New Orleans Pelicans have lost their fair share of winnable games on the road this month, a trend that cannot continue if they hope to make a run at the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Saying his team "followed the rules to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
DODGE CITY – Class 2A Central Plains stunned Class 6A Shawnee Mission South 54-38 to advance to Saturday's championship game of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions. The Oilers (10-1) outscored South 30-16 in the second half.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams scored 20 points on some hot shooting, Marcus Foster added 14 points and Kansas State led Oklahoma State from start to finish in a 63-53 victory Saturday.