CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kasey Kahne won a series-high five races during NASCAR's regular season, yet barely qualified for the championship chase because of a points system that has long rewarded consistency over winning.
EFFINGHAM - Langston Chapel Middle School brought its boys and girls basketball teams to the Coastal Empire Middle School Regional Championship in Effingham on Monday night, and while the boys brought the trophy back to Statesboro after a heart pounder, the Lady Blue Devils fell short.
Portal head football coach Justin Chester remembers it well. During the week leading up to his team's regular season finale with Jenkins County, the Panthers and the Portal athletic program were dealt a blow they never saw coming.
INDIANAPOLIS - A comeback, a drive, a legacy. And, yes - finally - Peyton Manning gets his Super Bowl trip. So does Tony Dungy.
CHICAGO - Relax, Chicago. Rex Grossman and Da Bears are indeed good enough for this Super Bowl, and they've already made it a historic one.
For the second consecutive night, the Bulloch Academy boys had an aggressive, physical battle on their hands.
THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - Charley Hoffman rammed in a 4-foot birdie putt to beat John Rollins on the first hole of a playoff in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on Sunday, wrapping up a wind-swept round that took its toll on most of the players.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ronald Steele's final shot with the game on the line was far from pretty - an awkward leaner even he didn't think would go in.
CHICAGO - Two decades and forever. That's the time span between trips to the Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tyler Hansbrough scored 24 points and No. 4 North Carolina held Georgia Tech to its lowest-scoring game of the season in a 77-61 victory Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy calls it ''the Patriots Mystique'' and acknowledges it's something he and the Indianapolis Colts have to overcome to get to their first Super Bowl.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Atlanta Hawks thought they were headed in the right direction, riding a three-game winning streak and starting to get healthy.
Screven County's girls basketball team used a dominating stretch of basketball to secure a 56-30 home win over Josey on Saturday.
The Georgia Southern women's basketball squad will try to snap a four-game skid today, as it hosts Appalachian State with a 5 p.m. tipoff at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Georgia Southern has found its man.
ATLANTA - New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Monday his interview for the Atlanta Falcons' coaching vacancy was "fine."
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A development group that includes a company controlled by the owner of the St. Louis Rams announced plans Monday to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become home for an NFL team.
Two prospects from the U.S. Ski Team were killed in an avalanche Monday while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps.
LAS VEGAS - College football fans and ESPN executives aren't the only ones applauding the new championship playoffs.
Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton finally has his first ever playoff victory - with a big assist from his defense.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Treon Harris threw an 86-yard scoring pass to Ahmad Fulwood and Vernon Hargreaves III intercepted a pass in the end zone late to preserve Florida's 28-20 victory over East Carolina on Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl.
Midway through the first College Football Playoff, one thing really stands out.
The Big Ten is starting the new year with a new sense of pride.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was bound to happen.
Ohio State is looking for its first national title since 2002. Oregon is seeking its first, period.
NEW ORLEANS - Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game.
PASADENA, Calif. - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
Gordon loose on Auburn, there was no stopping the nation's leading rusher.
The main question for the NFL's weekend of wild-card games is who will advance, of course. The next big query: Who do you trust?