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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Contenders flail

Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don’t play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody’s terrible — except No. 1 Alabama . Four of the top eight teams lost, […]

Jim Taylor, fierce fullback for mighty Packers, dies at 83

Jim Taylor, the ferocious Hall of Fame fullback who embodied the Green Bay Packers’ unstoppable ground game during the Vince Lombardi era and helped the team win four NFL titles and the first Super Bowl, died Saturday. He was 83. He died unexpectedly at a hospital in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the team […]

Turner homers as Dodgers beat Brewers 4-3 in NLCS Game 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers know all about performing in the postseason. Backed into a tough spot Saturday, the red-headed slugger delivered once again. Shut down for most of the afternoon, Los Angeles staged another late rally and Turner hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the […]

Brewers boot Kershaw early, hold off Dodgers late in NLCS opener

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pounded his glove over and over, yelling “Let’s go!” as he walked off the mound. Pretty soon, he was gone. Kershaw was hit hard in the shortest start of his spotty playoff career, and the shaky Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-5 to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the […]

Just a bit outside! Uecker throws out NLCS 1st pitch

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The pitch from Bob Uecker was, predictably, just a bit outside. A first pitch by Mr. Baseball and we’re ready to #PlayBall in Game 1 of the NLCS at Miller Park! #LetsGo #OurCrewOurOctober pic.twitter.com/84502xpjEK — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 13, 2018 The Milwaukee Brewers announcer is always good for a laugh, even […]

With ‘innate’ accuracy, Cousins delivering for Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As Kirk Cousins backpedaled in the pocket with Minnesota on the move late in the first half last week, Adam Thielen broke for the back corner of the end zone. Cousins had to make an off-balance throw to beat a fast-approaching Michael Bennett, and Thielen had little room left in bounds […]

49ers, Packers look to cut down on turnovers at Lambeau; Rodgers suffers setback with knee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Turnovers just might be the most important statistic in football. Just ask the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. The 49ers last week had a 33-10 edge in first downs against Arizona but still lost by 10 following five giveaways. The Packers (2-2-1) almost doubled the Lions in total offense (521-264) […]

Jimmy Butler to ESPN: I was ‘brutally honest’ with Wolves

Jimmy Butler is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his first practice of the season had fireworks. He caused them — with his words and his play. Butler, who asked for a trade more than three weeks ago, practiced with the Timberwolves for the first time this season in Minneapolis on Wednesday. ESPN reported that […]

Brewers going with lefty Gio Gonzalez in Game 1 of NLCS

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gio Gonzalez will start for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced his rotation on Thursday. Gonzalez was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts for the Brewers after being acquired in a deal […]

Inspired by Olympian, Vikings power through for victory

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings took only two healthy defensive ends to Philadelphia, a true test of conditioning and determination for Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly at a position where backups frequently rotate in for breathers. They successfully powered through it, an apt summary of a critical 23-21 victory by the Vikings on […]

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