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College Football Picks: Big Ten returns to Big Ten weather

Just as Big Ten weather hits the Midwest comes the start of the Big Ten football season. The conference that called off fall football in August only to reverse course a month later kicks off a nine-week season with no breaks and five teams already in the AP Top 25. No. 14 Wisconsin and Illinois […]

Illinois seeks to stun No. 14 Badgers for 2nd straight year

Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin, Friday at 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network). Line: Wisconsin by 19 1/2. Series record: Wisconsin 42-37-7 WHAT’S AT STAKE? Wisconsin seeks to avenge a 24-23 loss at Illinois from last year in one of the season’s biggest upsets. The Badgers were favored in that game by 30 ½ points. […]

Packers seek to bounce back after embarrassing defeat

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Billy Turner and coach Matt LaFleur compared their humiliating 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay to a punch in the mouth. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and defensive tackle Kenny Clark said it was more like a kick in the butt. Whatever part of the anatomy they chose to reference, the Packers (4-1) […]

Total package: Betts paying off big for Dodgers in every way

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. An inning later, he got to trot around the bases after going deep. That big commitment to Betts is already paying off for the Los Angeles Dodgers this postseason. After run-saving catches […]

Wisconsin’s veteran defense ready for bigger responsibility

Wisconsin traditionally wins games because of its running game and defense. Now that Jonathan Taylor has moved on to the NFL, that would seem to put more pressure on the defense to carry the load as the Badgers’ offense adjusts to life without the two-time Doak Walker Award winner. The defense looks forward to that […]

On Football: Packers, Browns, Patriots not so real

Aaron Rodgers throwing two picks in three passes. New England making errors of commission and omission on the field and on the sideline. The Browns getting annihilated in Pittsburgh. Well, scratch the third item as something unusual. Football fans aren’t used to witnessing the great Packers quarterback, with a 10-0 lead no less, surrendering a […]

Zimmer, Vikings left to ponder where to turn in 1-5 season

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was assessing his team’s 40-23, Week 6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with reporters on Monday when the coach stopped talking and paused for several seconds, seemingly done answering the latest question. Zimmer then started back up, without being prompted by a question, to reflect more […]

Iowa says it won’t pay ex-players’ demand for $20 million

The University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from eight Black former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced playeing for the Hawkeyes. The university general counsel’s office released its response Sunday to a 21-page certified letter dated Oct. 5 from civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons […]

Rodgers, Packers sputter against stingy Buccaneers defense

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Things had been going so smoothly for Green Bay that Aaron Rodgers figured the Packers were due for a dose of reality. The NFL’s highest scoring offense was virtually unstoppable through the first four weeks of the season and the opening quarter of Sunday’s 38-10 loss to Tom Brady and the […]

Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers and achieved nearly as much celebrity as some of the athletes he covered, died Sunday. He was 100. Hartman, whose first newspaper column was published in 1945, died surrounded by his family, […]

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