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La Crosse’s King gets first career start, scores 10 as No. 16 Wisconsin overwhelms Savannah State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Finally, Wisconsin had a breather. The 16th-ranked Badgers dominated back home against an overmatched team following a seven-game stretch versus power conference foes. Brad Davison scored a season-high 24 points and Wisconsin had a school-record 69 first-half points to overwhelm Savannah State 101-60 on Thursday night. La Crosse native Kobe King […]

Nebraska to meet Stanford in championship set in Minneapolis

Foecke, Huskers rally, beat Illini in NCAA volleyball semis MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No matter how good Mikaela Foecke is, a little luck doesn’t hurt. The Nebraska senior ripped her 19th kill to cap the defending champion Cornhuskers’ rally for a 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11 victory over Illinois on Thursday night in the NCAA volleyball […]

Brewers get durable lefty reliever Claudio from Rangers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have added another reliever to their strong bullpen, getting durable left-hander Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for a draft pick. The NL Central champion Brewers made the trade Thursday at the winter meetings. Claudio was 4-2 with a 4.48 ERA and one save in 65 relief appearances […]

Bears’ sweet scenario: Clinch North, beat Packers to do it

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Clinch the NFC North championship and beat a heated rival to do it? The Chicago Bears couldn’t have asked for a sweeter scenario. That’s exactly the opportunity they’re staring at when they host Aaron Rodgers and the fading Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon. “It would be very exciting,” quarterback […]

Goodell: NFL won’t pay for video in domestic investigations

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the NFL won’t pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league’s handling of those investigations. Speaking after owners held their annual winter meeting, Goodell said the NFL’s approach to dealing with domestic violence is “extraordinary” and that the league has […]

Protecting Rodgers at a premium when Packers face Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers right tackle Jason Spriggs saw no need to keep going on and on about Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. There’s plenty of film to watch. The rest of that Chicago defense is pretty good, too. Now Green Bay must face the NFC’s top-ranked unit on the road on Sunday, a […]

Pacers win 5th straight by pulling away from Bucks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, Indiana found ways to fill the void left by Victor Oladipo’s absence. When the All-Star guard returned from a sore right knee Wednesday, the Pacers proved they could plug holes in other ways, too. Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Myles Turner added 23 […]

Cousins takes Vikings’ OC firing ‘personally’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings went all-in on Kirk Cousins as their long-sought franchise player last spring, they paired him with a new offensive coordinator considered to be part of the current wave of up-and-coming quarterback developers and innovative play-callers putting a strong imprint on the NFL. The partnership with John DeFilippo […]

Curry hits seven 3s, drops 38 as Warriors beat Wolves

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr long ago ran out of superlatives to describe Stephen Curry. The Warriors coach isn’t even trying anymore, not with the way his All-Star point guard is playing since coming back from a groin injury. Curry had 38 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Golden State beat the Minnesota […]

Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, still seeking to salvage a season that started with Super Bowl designs, made a last-ditch move to capture a mid-December spark by firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Coach Mike Zimmer made what he called an “extremely difficult decision” on Tuesday morning, following a 21-7 defeat at Seattle on Monday […]

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