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Bledsoe scores 27, as Bucks beat Pistons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The formula for success in Milwaukee doesn’t always have to revolve around the high-scoring duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Eric Bledsoe matched his season high with 27 points and Antetokounmpo added 15 as the Bucks rolled to a 115-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Middleton, the team’s […]

Packers’ Philbin dusts off offensive play-calling duties

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Time for Joe Philbin to assume an important new responsibility with the Green Bay Packers, and it’s not just the duties that come with taking over as interim head coach. It’s been a while since Philbin has called plays. “Trying to think. Might have been about 20 years, maybe,” Philbin […]

NBA making a ‘long-term play’ in Africa

SALY, Senegal (AP) — Timothy Ighoefe is an intimidating defender at 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds. Still, the Nigerian knows he must improve if his decision to play basketball instead of soccer is going to pay off and take him to the NBA. The 18-year-old Ighoefe has committed to play for Patrick Ewing at Georgetown University […]

The Timberwolves, finally, are getting it done on defense

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a baseline drive by Chris Paul and a bounce pass into the paint to Clint Capela, the Houston Rockets had what appeared to be an uncontested dunk early in the fourth quarter that would have cut Minnesota’s lead to five points. Robert Covington closed in from behind, stopped the 6-foot-10 Capela […]

Packers president Murphy to hire next coach, GM involved

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers’ head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason. He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year. Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike McCarthy’s successor, but is free to provide input, […]

Can basketball save the world? New NYU course says yes

NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball is moving from the court to the classroom at NYU, though students won’t be tested on dribbling or shooting. Nor will they spend much time on the game’s role as exercise or entertainment. The theme is how it can save the world. That’s the ambitious belief of professor David Hollander, […]

Middling Minnesota: Vikings hit final stretch, not in stride

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Though one quarter of the regular season remains for the Minnesota Vikings to finish strong, none of their biggest tests have so far revealed a team playing like the championship contender it was built to be. The Vikings still have a better-than-average chance of returning to the playoffs, but for all […]

Minnesota DNR plans two December deer hunts to manage wasting disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Special deer hunts are planned for two consecutive weekends in December aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. The DNR announced the hunts in specific deer permit zones in the Preston area — 603, 347 and […]

McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to Cleveland job

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy’s connections with the Browns could land him his next job. Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy’s candidacy to become Cleveland’s next coach has gotten more legitimate. The 55-year-old McCarthy was already […]

Happ scores 20, rallies No. 12 Badgers past Rutgers 69-64

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard didn’t need to be reminded that the No. 12 Badgers used a second-half rally for the third straight game to secure a victory. Ethan Happ scored a game-high 20 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 14 as Wisconsin beat Rutgers 69-64 on Monday night in its Big Ten […]

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