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Zack Baun emerging as leader for stout Wisconsin defense

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s defense hasn’t dropped off a bit after losing last year’s top pass rusher, Andrew Van Ginkel, to the NFL. Zack Baun, who had 2½ sacks in 25 career games before this season, is a big reason why. Responding to a challenge from coach Paul Chryst to improve his pass rush […]

Braun homers, Brewers beat Marlins 3-2 for 7th straight win

MIAMI — Ryan Braun honored injured teammate Christian Yelich the past two days by wearing his No. 22 jersey underneath his own. Braun then put on a Yelich-like performance Thursday, hitting a two-run homer that helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 to complete a four-game sweep that extended their winning streak to […]

Brewers’ Yelich won’t need surgery, likely done for season

MIAMI (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich won’t need surgery on his broken right kneecap, but the team says it’s unlikely he’ll return this season. Brewers general manager David Stearns says Yelich’s recovery is expected to take eight to 10 weeks. Yelich was back in Milwaukee for tests on Wednesday, a day after the […]

Illini’s Betiku could be Big Ten’s next defensive line star

The pool of elite Big Ten defensive linemen looks to be getting deeper. The play up front traditionally is strong across the conference, and a sampling of 2020 NFL mock drafts shows as many as four Big Ten defensive linemen listed as first-round picks. Now comes Illinois defensive end Oluwole Betiku Jr., who has burst […]

Kirk Cousins was an old-school quarterback in Vikings opener

Kirk Cousins went back to his Pop Warner days. Cousins only threw 10 passes in Minnesota’s 28-12 win over Atlanta in Week 1. He completed eight for 98 yards and one touchdown as the Vikings dominated the game on the ground. It was only the third time this decade a team attempted 10 or fewer […]

Analysis: Change on tap whether NCAA goes along or not

Chalk one up for the “student athletes.” California is on the verge of striking a mortal blow to the system that’s been sponging free labor off its “student athletes” for decades. The state is en route to approving a law that gives players a chance to make some money for playing games that entertain the […]

UPDATE: Brewers star Yelich breaks kneecap on foul, out for season

MIAMI (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich has broken his kneecap on a foul ball and will miss the rest of the season. The NL MVP fouled a ball off his right leg Tuesday night in the first inning against Miami. He was on the ground for several minutes before limping off the field. […]

Tick, tock: OBJ plans to keep wearing lavish ⁠— $200,000 ⁠—watch in games

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Watch it: Odell Beckham Jr.’s taking a stand against the NFL on his lavish wrist wear. Beckham said Tuesday that he intends to keep wearing the expensive watch he had on during Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans. The showy wide receiver believes the league has made an issue out […]

Antonio Brown accused of rape by former trainer

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a former trainer. Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client […]

NFL At 100: Jets-Browns squared off in MNF’s debut in 1970

It was the prime-time football game that kicked off decades of must-see TV. Broadway Joe and the New York Jets traveled to Cleveland to take on Leroy Kelly and the Browns in the 1970 season opener, with excited viewers around the United States glued to their sets — along with a club-record 85,763 at Municipal […]

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