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Matt LaFleur says 4-1 Packers are ‘playing for each other’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — There are six rookie NFL head coaches this season, and Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur is standing head and shoulders above them all. LaFleur and the Packers improved to 4-1 with a 34-24 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. While Lafleur is a yard shy of being undefeated, the other five […]

Cousins, Vikings bounce back with revived passing attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Everson Griffen was asked what felt the best about the stress-reducing victory by the Minnesota Vikings over the New York Giants, and the 10th-year defensive end was as quick with an answer as he often is into the backfield on a pass rush. “I’m proud of Kirk Cousins,” Griffen said. “That’s our […]

Rodgers, Packers rule at home of Cowboys again in 34-24 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers darted toward the line of scrimmage before flinging a ball sidearm for another dazzling completion at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Aaron Jones waved “bye-bye” to Dallas cornerback Byron Jones on the way to one of four rushing touchdowns, which tied Green Bay’s franchise record. The “Aarons” were […]

Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant win over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So much for the Minnesota Vikings being one dimensional. The passing game is back in synch with the run. Add in the defense, and the reality is the Vikings have it all. Kirk Cousins threw two touchdowns to Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and the Vikings made […]

NBA referees aim to make traveling take a walk

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden slides sideways or steps backward, and the screaming starts. Whether seated on the opposing bench or on a stool in a sports bar, somebody is insisting that Harden must have traveled between the time he finished dribbling and launched his shot from a different spot. Traveling will be an […]

Column: Clock now ticking as California takes on the NCAA

The state of California is ready to take the NCAA to school. And the smart money should be on California in this one. A bill signed Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom starts the clock ticking on what may be a monumental change in big time college athletics. When — and if — it takes […]

A capsule look at the Twins-Yankees playoff series

A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees: Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at New York, 7:07 p.m. (MLB); Game 2, Saturday, at New York, 5:07 p.m. (FS1); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 7, at Minnesota, TBA (FS1 or MLB); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 8, […]

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes has plenty of fans within NFL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The popularity of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has soared into the stratosphere in just over one season as the starter, each no-look or left-handed passes drawing a fresh chorus of acclaim. It’s not just the fans that are the fans, either. “It’s kind of cool to see some of the […]

Vikings WR Diggs ‘trying to work through’ dissatisfaction

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs says he’s dissatisfied with the state of the team and “just trying to work through it,” stopping short of explicit confirmation that he’d prefer to be traded. Diggs spoke to reporters on Thursday for the first time in two weeks and was on the field […]

Mold-breaking Twins pitching coach makes positive impression

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins had a lead on the New York Yankees that had dwindled to one run on this late July night, and rookie Lewis Thorpe was in a daunting situation with one out in the sixth inning. After giving up hits to three of the first four batters he faced, the […]

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