There are several reasons for what appears to be an abrupt downward spiral, many extending far beyond one player or one game. They lend credence to the possibility that last year's magical run merely masked the fact that there is still far more rebuilding to do.
James Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans' quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout.
A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week.
Shields allowed two hits over seven innings in another terrific performance, and Kansas City edged Detroit 3-0 on Wednesday night to take a one-game lead over the Tigers atop the AL Central.
The Reds starter doubled on the first pitch of his first at bat and then swung at the first pitch of his second plate appearance before slashing another two-bagger that drove in the go-ahead run of a 4-2 Reds win on Wednesday night.
As bad as the bottom line appears from a 34-6 blowout to the Vikings at home, players believe one good week will make it all better. Still, they will be using that whipping as motivation.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe made his much-needed return to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice field Wednesday after serving his weeklong suspension following an arrest last November.
The Cincinnati Reds earned a 9-5 victory Tuesday night that ended their six-game losing streak against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Detroit starter Max Scherzer (16-5) gave up a run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Kansas City was down 3-1 in the fifth when Alex Gordon's deep fly to right went just foul with two on. Gordon walked to load the bases with one out, but Salvador Perez lined out and Eric Hosmer struck out.
Jamaal Charles carried the ball on the first two plays of the game, and then caught a 14-yard swing pass from quarterback Alex Smith for a first down. But during the rest of Sunday's game, Charles only got his hands on the ball eight times as the Kansas City offense sputtered and backfired.
The deal for Kevin Vickerson is a one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms were not disclosed.
Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said Tuesday he is sticking with Danny Ferry even though the team's new majority owner wants the general manager to be fired.
News of Teddy and Kim Pegulas' pending purchase was celebrated across the city. One fan was so emotional that he began crying while discussing what the Pegulas purchase meant to him on Buffalo's WGR-Radio.
St. Louis has won 9-of-10, going from two games out to a season-high 4 1/2 games up in the National League Central.
Croatia's Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori on Monday, using 17 aces — including four in one game — and the same powerful groundstrokes that helped him eliminate Roger Federer in the semifinals.
Torii Hunter had two of his three hits in a six-run third inning and Detroit beat Kansas City 9-5 Monday for the Tigers' 9,000th win in franchise history.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that quarterback Shaun Hill remains his starter over untested Austin Davis.
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.
Williams won her 18th piece of Grand Slam singles hardware Sunday, matching Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. The Open-era record is 22 titles by Steffi Graf.
Hawks officials agreed Monday to meet with civil rights leaders after a team owner disclosed that he wrote a racially charged email theorizing that black fans kept white fans away.