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Vikings offense continues to be missing in loss to Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — While the Minnesota Vikings are still fully in control of their path to the postseason, Adam Thielen knows it’s starting to slip away. Ten points last week in New England. Seven points on Monday night in an ugly 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not good enough. The Vikings know it, […]

Packers look to keep momentum going under Philbin

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin. Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay’s slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive vibes in the locker room as the […]

No Giannis, no problem, as Bucks blowout Cavs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It may not mean much in the standings by the end of the season, but a 16-point win over the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday may be a sign of the Milwaukee Bucks’ transformation into a contender. The Bucks had beaten the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on the road the night before […]

Packers get first win under Philbin, beat struggling Falcons at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A tough week for the Green Bay Packers ended with a sorely needed win that relied on a familiar formula. They beat a warm-weather team on a chilly afternoon at Lambeau Field by building a big lead and winning the turnover margin. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and set […]

Bucks win in first Giannis v. Kawhi matchup — thanks to Brogdon

TORONTO (AP) — After playing a starring role down the stretch, Malcolm Brogdon called this Milwaukee’s best performance of the season. Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Bucks held on to beat Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night. Brogdon scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth […]

Chiefs owner ‘shocked’ by video of Hunt that led to release

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he was shocked by security camera footage showing Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel, and that it was a collective decision by the organization to cut their star running back within hours. In his first comments since the incident nine […]

On and off field, Kyle Rudolph keeps giving value to Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kyle Rudolph’s value to the Minnesota Vikings could easily be taken for granted at this stage of his career, given his streak of 61 consecutive games started that’s the longest active run by a tight end in the NFL. Whether his contributions have been fully appreciated or not, Rudolph has continually […]

Brewers rental Schoop, agrees to 1-year, $7.5 million deal with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Second baseman Jonathan Schoop and the Twins agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract on Thursday, another step in an offseason remake of Minnesota’s infield. Schoop’s deal would allow him to earn a $100,000 performance bonus for reaching 600 plate appearances, plus additional award bonuses. He was an All-Star with Baltimore in […]

December dud: Falcons and Packers try to avoid losing years

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — How fortunes have changed in less than two years for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. The participants in the NFC title game in January 2017 are floundering this season. The Packers have already fired head coach Mike McCarthy. Falcons owner Arthur Blank reaffirmed support for his coach, Dan […]

Fired coach Mike McCarthy returns to speak to Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Fired coach Mike McCarthy was welcomed back to bid farewell to the Packers players on Thursday. “Mike came by the office, I think Tuesday we all saw him as a staff, which was great,” interim coach Joe Philbin said before Thursday’s practice. “Then we talked, and he wanted an opportunity […]

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