INDIANAPOLIS - He was always being compared to someone. That's what happens when you're the youngest son of a great quarterback and the baby brother of an even better one. It wasn't until he compared himself to Tom Brady, though, that people began taking Eli Manning seriously.
MANHATTAN (AP) - The way Will Spradling had been shooting lately, the Kansas State guard had little reason walking into Bramlage Coliseum to think he was going to have a big game.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Marcus Denmon hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:05, the last for the go-ahead points, as No. 4 Missouri fought off No. 8 Kansas 74-71 in Game 1 of what could be the schools' final border showdown on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS - Sorry, Buffalo.
LAWRENCE - Tyshawn Taylor hardly hesitated when the topic was broached.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Gronkowski practiced with the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl for the first time Thursday. Now coach Bill Belichick is waiting to see how the All-Pro tight end's injured ankle responds.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Pierre Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to put No. 6 Baylor on top and added two free throws to give the Bears a 63-60 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Bill Self refused to let his team look past Oklahoma to a high-profile showdown with border rival Missouri, even though his own mind might have slipped that way a time or two.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has a bit of a variety show on his hands with this year's recruiting class.
LAWRENCE - Two things became abundantly clear when Charlie Weis introduced his first recruiting class at Kansas: He'll go anywhere to reel in talent, and he wants to eat well when he gets there.
Alphabetical school-by-school list of football players who signed national letters of intent at Big 12 schools Wednesday (doesn't include West Virginia):
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Markel Brown scored a career-high 30 points to lead Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 80-63 on Tuesday night.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, Jason Vargas pitched into the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Wednesday night to finish off a three-game sweep.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - They play quarterback and wide receiver, tight end and offensive line. They can be found on the both sides of the ball, first on the depth chart and last.
It's judgment day for the Big Ten.
MANHATTAN - Tyler Lockett is the third member of his family to play wide receiver for Bill Snyder at Kansas State, so the 74-year-old coach knows what the family lineage can bring to an offense.