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Iowa among handful of states poised to legalize sports betting

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday. Barring a veto, they would be the first states to […]

While paying respect to past, Packers LaFleur focused on future

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Going into his first practice as Packers head coach, Matt LaFleur is trying to downplay the past. At least a little bit. “I wanted to make it about these guys,” LaFleur said following Tuesday’s minicamp practice. “When you come to the Green Bay Packers, obviously, you respect the tradition, the […]

With O-line still in flux, Vikings have clear need in draft

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be constructing a new front five yet again this year. Perhaps this will be the spring they can finally plant a couple of seeds for stability. The Vikings have consistently fielded one of the NFL’s best defenses since coach Mike Zimmer took over in 2014. In the two […]

Free-agent pickups ease pressure on Packers at draft

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Having signed four potential starters in free agency, the Green Bay Packers enter this week’s draft looking to add the missing ingredients to a team that has missed the playoffs the last two seasons. “With some of the things that we’ve done, I think where our team sits today, I’m […]

7 Big Ten teams will extend QB competitions into preseason

The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday. First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted after the Buckeyes’ spring game last Saturday he hadn’t decided between Georgia transfer […]

Cardinals face off against the Brewers in division play

Milwaukee Brewers (13-10, third in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (12-9, second in the NL Central) St. Louis; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: NL Central rivals St. Louis and Milwaukee will meet at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are 5-6 against NL Central opponents. St. Louis has hit 33 home runs this season, […]

Bucks try to secure series win over the Pistons

Milwaukee Bucks (60-22, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Detroit Pistons (41-41, eighth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) Detroit; Monday, on WKTY 96.7 FM / 580 AM, 6:30 p.m. EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Milwaukee leads series 3-0 BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks look to clinch the series over […]

Bucks, Rockets have shot to sweep Pistons and Jazz on road

DETROIT (AP) — Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston’s James Harden were this season’s leading NBA MVP candidates . In their latest playoff games, the superstars had relatively lackluster performances and their teammates were more than capable of picking up the slack to put Detroit and Utah on the brink of elimination. The Bucks can finish […]

Bellinger robs Yelich, homers off Hader, as Dodgers top Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cody Bellinger saved a run with his glove and nailed down a series-clinching win for the Los Angeles Dodgers with his bat. After the game, he focused on food. “We are going to eat some pizza here in a minute,” Bellinger said when asked what he enjoyed most about the day. “Pretty […]

Vikings Draft Preview Capsule

MINNESOTA (8-7-1) LAST SEASON: Crumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried into 2018 with new QB Kirk Cousins following trip to NFC championship game previous year, fading down stretch of difficult schedule and losing at home in regular-season finale to rival Bears to miss playoffs for third time in five years under coach […]

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