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Lions, Packers set for division clash on Monday night

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The stakes will be high on Monday night. The Packers and Lions enter Week 6 as the only two teams in the NFC North with one loss. A win in the primetime showdown at Lambeau Field will no doubt send a message to the rest of the division and the […]

As Eagles return to Super Bowl site, Vikes await in key game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Philadelphia Eagles arrive in Minnesota, their first visit since winning Super Bowl 52, there might be some subtle reminders at U.S. Bank Stadium of the scene that night when the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy was secured. They’ll have to look and think hard, though. The interior decoration will be different, […]

Taylor, No. 8 Wisconsin to host Big Ten foe Michigan State

Michigan State (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 8 Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (BTN). Line: Wisconsin by 10 1/2. Series record: Michigan State leads 30-23. WHAT’S AT STAKE? After thumping Kent State, No. 8 Wisconsin looks to stay unbeaten when it steps back into Big Ten play and hosts Michigan State. […]

Protesters show support for Hong Kong at Wizards game

Protesters handed out T-shirts and held up signs in support of Hong Kong on Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards hosted a team from the Chinese Basketball Association. The Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 137-98 in a game that included more than a half-dozen protests inside Capital One Arena over the NBA’s ongoing rift with […]

Amid rift with China, will the NBA be forced to apologize?

When major corporations have done something to anger Chinese authorities in recent years, the playbook has called for one thing: an apology. Marriott issued one. So did Delta. Mercedes-Benz, too. The NBA, embroiled in a rift caused by a tweet expressing support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, has avoided going that route — for […]

Popovich lauds Silver’s response to China over tweet rift

MIAMI (AP) — Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s longest-tenured coach, lauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday for his stance supporting freedom of speech amid the ongoing rift with China. Popovich, speaking before his San Antonio Spurs faced the Miami Heat in a preseason game, said he recognized that Silver is in a difficult situation following […]

Column: Freedom of speech has its consequences for NBA

If the NBA really wanted to make a statement it should have never issued a statement, much less two. No need to complicate things when two team owners had already genuflected to the irate citizens of China. Or when James Harden took it upon himself to apologize to an entire nation. The simple path for […]

Taylor, Wisconsin another test for Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — For Michigan State, the speed of Ohio State is followed up this week by the strength of Wisconsin. The Spartans, who are playing back-to-back road games against Associated Press top-10 teams for the first time since 1990, are in Madison on Saturday for the No. 8 Badgers. The Michigan State […]

Sun force Game 5 in WNBA Finals with 90-86 win over Mystics

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over the […]

STAT WATCH: Penn State, Wisconsin lead Big Ten sack attack

Big Ten defenses turned in three of the season’s top five sack totals over the weekend, with Penn State leading the way with 10 against Purdue. Wisconsin had nine against Kent State and Michigan had eight against Iowa. Penn State took down Purdue’s Jack Plummer 10 times, seven in the first half, and finished with […]

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