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Skidding Packers face steep climb to reach playoffs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Another close loss on the road left the Green Bay Packers in a huge hole when it comes to their flickering postseason hopes. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers laid out the grim scenario left behind after a 24-1 loss in Minnesota. “We’re going to need some help from some teams and then […]

Vikings enter tough stretch with fuel from victory over Pack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of work left just to make the playoffs before the championship chase even comes back into the conversation. The Vikings face daunting back-to-back road games against New England and Seattle, with the every-four-years matchup against five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the Patriots up this […]

About a quarter completed, NBA season is tough to explain

Under the former NBA schedule, the first month of the season would just be coming to a close this week. The earlier start that the league went to last year, with the regular season beginning two weeks sooner, means some teams are now already more than a quarter of the way through their 82-game schedules. […]

University of Minnesota students test for fatal deer disease

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As deer hunting season reaches its peak, University of Minnesota students have traveled across the state to test the animals for a lethal disease. The chronic wasting disease surveillance project is in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Daily reported. About 80 students participated in the project this month. Chronic […]

Cousins goes from worst game to best in win over Packers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins bounced back from his worst game for Minnesota with 342 passing yards and three touchdowns without a turnover, and the Vikings overcame some early gaffes to outlast the depleted Green Bay Packers for a 24-17 victory on Sunday night. Completing 29 of his 38 attempts, Cousins found Dalvin Cook, Stefon […]

Cousins, Vikings offense coming up short

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The arrival of Kirk Cousins has provided the Minnesota Vikings the stability at quarterback they’ve sought for years, and the recipient of that unprecedented $84 million fully guaranteed contract has helped take their passing attack to a higher level. Still, at the 10-game mark of his debut season, Cousins and the […]

Young and old, rivalry games remain important in Big Ten

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Barry Alvarez was pacing the sideline as coach the last time that Wisconsin lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Minnesota. It was 2003, but the empty feeling that comes with losing the rivalry game remains fresh. Losing stings. It’s all the education that younger fans and players need to understand why rivalry […]

Happ with double-double, Reuvers blocks nine as Badgers move to 4-0

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Ethan Happ had 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out late, and No. 25 Wisconsin beat Stanford 62-46 in Wednesday’s first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Sophomore Nate Reuvers had a tournament-record nine blocked shots for the Badgers (4-0), a total that also tied the longtime Wisconsin single-game record. Blocked!Swatted!Rejected!Denied!Turned […]

Fancy footwork: Big man Ethan Happ paces No. 25 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Every so often, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ makes a move around the bucket that reminds some college basketball experts of an NBA Hall of Fame forward. It’s more about how Happ freed himself to get to the hoop for the 25th-ranked Badgers than the shot itself. Check out the footwork. It reminded […]

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor toughs it out

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All the carries were starting to get to Wisconsin’s’ Jonathan Taylor. By his own admission, he wasn’t at full speed late in a marathon game against Purdue, though it sure didn’t look like it in triple overtime. Add last week’s performance in a thrilling win over Purdue to the highlight reel […]

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