CHICAGO - College football has always relied on polls and bowls to crown a national championship. It is an inexact science that has left many fans frustrated and wondering why they can't settle it on the field - like every other sport - with a playoff.
CHICAGO (AP) - The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
HOUSTON - The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they're happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins.
MIAMI - Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.
HOUSTON - Luke Hochevar pitched into the eighth inning, two relievers completed the shutout, and Billy Butler hit a solo home run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
MIAMI - LeBron James better get well fast. He's about to play for a championship.
MIAMI - A questionable substitution by the coach, more foul trouble for the superstar, and bad free throw shooting by just about everybody ruined Oklahoma City's chances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 win Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had no trouble with closer Jason Motte's two-strike pitch to pinch-hitter Billy Butler.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 14th inning, the New York Yankees were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and Washington Nationals teen sensation was Bryce Harper was 0 for 6 at the plate.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles made it through every hit from Derrick Johnson, every shot from Eric Berry and every tackle from the rest of the Chiefs' defense during three weeks at Missouri Western.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won't be running as many read-option plays as he has in the past.
MINNEAPOLIS - Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.