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Overreaction: Kyle Shanahan, not Matt Ryan, was real MVP

Kyle Shanahan was the real MVP for the Falcons last season. A team that averaged almost 34 points per game in 2016 can’t score anymore. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are still in Atlanta but the offense has 121 points in six games, 21.3 per game. The missing ingredient? Shanahan. He was the […]

Former Badger Joe Thomas done for season after triceps surgery

CLEVELAND — Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas had surgery for his torn left triceps, an injury that ended his consecutive plays streak at 10,363. Thomas was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s overtime loss to Tennessee. The 10-time Pro Bowler had never missed a snap since he was drafted No. 1 from the Wisconsin […]

Antetokounmpo unbelievable again, now averaging 37 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing “at a crazy level,” according to teammate Khris Middleton. Hard to argue with that. Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks scored the final nine points in a 103-94 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week […]

At long last, Dodgers ace Kershaw pitches in World Series

LOS ANGELES — In the Twilight Zone of October, the clock turns back at Dodger Stadium. To the mound, to the moments that defined World Series champions. Orel Hershiser, steely and standing tall.Fernando Valenzuela, eyes to the sky.The great Sandy Koufax, the very picture of pitching. And that brings us to Game 1 on Tuesday […]

Cowboys’ Elliott clear for Sunday at Redskins; hearing set

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will play at least one more game before another ruling from a federal judge on his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in an order posted Monday turned down the NFL’s request for an expedited hearing on a preliminary injunction. […]

Astros, Dodgers developed quite a rivalry as division foes

Long before they made it to this year’s World Series, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were plenty familiar with each other. For a quarter-century, they were in the NL West together, and back in the 1980s, their rivalry really began to take shape. Although Houston eventually moved to the NL Central and then […]

Former Badger Joe Thomas hurt for Browns, snap streak ends

CLEVELAND — The last great hope for the Browns faded Sunday. Rock-hard and shatter-proof, Joe Thomas missed an offensive play, and he’s going to miss many more. Cleveland’s iron man left tackle sustained a serious injury to his left triceps and could miss the remainder of another losing season for the Browns. The 10-time Pro […]

Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy supports protesting athletes

WASHINGTON — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team’s trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump. Van Gundy was asked before Friday night’s game against the Wizards what he hoped would result from the president’s criticism of […]

Hot World Series on deck: Altuve, Astros vs Kershaw, Dodgers

Big-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner. A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane. This is one hot World Series — […]

WATCH: Wiggins banks buzzer-beater from halfcourt to win it for Twolves over OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Wiggins didn’t have time to get near the basket for a final shot. Just inside halfcourt was close enough. Wiggins’ desperation heave banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. .@22wiggins comes in CLUTCH to sink the game […]

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