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Giannis looks to improve as Bucks’ leader this season

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season’s loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors. Antetokounmpo said […]

Pats, Saints top 2 teams in AP poll; Packers steady at No. 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the top teams in the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers stand out for one important reason: They are still unbeaten. The 49ers improved to 5-0 on the season after shutting down the Los Angeles Rams 20-7 last week. The Niners, who are one of four NFC teams with five wins, […]

Lions latest victims of NFL’s flag football problem

Another frustrating weekend of flag-filled football culminated with the Packers’ 23-22 last-second win over the Lions on Monday night thanks to two phantom hands-to-the-face calls on Detroit defensive end Trey Flowers. The first one came with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Detroit comfortably ahead 22-13. The flag negated a sack of […]

LeBron: Rockets’ Morey ‘wasn’t educated’ on China tweet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. In his first public comments since the Los Angeles Lakers returned home from a strange […]

First-half surprises include stingy Wisconsin, LSU’s Burrow

The same six teams occupied the first six spots in the Top 25 poll all the way up until Georgia lost 20-17 in overtime to South Carolina last week, causing the Bulldogs to tumble from No. 3 to No. 10. That does not mean there hasn’t been the unexpected during the first half of the […]

Packers get the calls, Crosby hits late FG to beat Lions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It took Mason Crosby 13 seasons to perform his first Lambeau Leap. The 35-year-old kicker nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired and jumped into the crowd with a boost from long snapper Hunter Bradley after he finished off a rally for the Green Bay Packers, who benefited from […]

Aaron Rodgers returns to his ‘special’ place: Monday night

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers loves playing on Monday night. Growing up in Northern California, Rodgers would watch the long-running “Monday Night Football” games, hum the theme song and dream of being a part of the prime-time show. “When you’re also a lover of the game and historian of the game, and you […]

Cousins, Diggs fly past Eagles in Vikings’ 38-20 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, Stefon Diggs was a dissatisfied star with a decreasing role for a Minnesota team in a mini-crisis on the passing attack. Patience was all Diggs needed, as it turned out, to re-establish himself as a prominent receiver for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Cousins threw to Diggs for three […]

AP Top 25: LSU jumps to No. 2; Wisconsin crack Top 6

NEW YORK (AP) — LSU moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the rivals meet in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers jumped from No. […]

No. 8 Badgers post 4th shutout in 38-0 win over Spartans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he knew the Spartans were going to have to stop Jonathan Taylor if they were going to have any shot at stealing a win at No. 8 Wisconsin on Saturday. The Spartans’ defense limited Taylor to just 80 yards on 26 carries, marking the first […]

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