CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will need to rewrite history if they hope to repeat as NFC South champions this season.
Green Bay's grab of the NFC North for the third straight season, giving the Packers seven of the 12 titles since the division formed, was predictable.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jeremy Guthrie gave up a home run on his first pitch and not much else, pitching the Kansas City Royals past the Texas Rangers 6-3 Saturday night for their 24th win in 30 games.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Matt Cassel made a winning return to Arrowhead Stadium, even if it was just a preseason game.
LAWRENCE - Nick Harwell had to wait an entire season before getting on the field at Kansas.
NATIONALS 6, GIANTS 2
CLEVELAND - Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sean Smith backpedalled into the end zone with the scout-team wide receiver, careful not to lay a hand on him. When the quarterback let go of the ball, the Chiefs' cornerback quickly jumped on it, snapping it away for an easy interception.
MANHATTAN - Every school has "max-out day," when guys try to better their best in a bunch of weight-lifting exercises - bench press, squat, hang clean. It's no different at Kansas State.
AMES, Iowa - Even Iowa State knows that it probably won't win the Big 12 this year.
Coach Dana Holgorsen needs no reminder about the lack of success he's seen on the field since ushering in West Virginia's move to the Big 12.
DENVER - Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings, helping the Colorado Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Fisher refuses to use offseason shoulder surgery as an excuse.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
SEATTLE - Forget about the NFC Worst. Last year proved the NFC West is the deepest division in the NFL.
AMES, Iowa - Kansas State certainly has its issues following a 32-28 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford's first game under Jim Caldwell was a success.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the Kansas City Chiefs' season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles tendons in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
BALTIMORE - Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.
NEW YORK - Obtained by the Yankees from Arizona in separate July trades, Brandon McCarthy and Martin Prado are doing their best to keep alive New York's slim playoff hopes.
AMES, Iowa - For about a quarter, it looked as if Kansas State was going to get run out of Ames.
LAWRENCE - Everything went so perfectly for Kansas in the first quarter Saturday night that Charlie Weis openly wondered whether things might have gone too well.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The first inkling Dexter McCluster had that Ryan Succop was joining him in Tennessee came from a posting on Instagram. McCluster didn't know anything for certain until he walked into a meeting.