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Belichick wins 250th with Pats in 24-10 victory over Vikes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have thrived in the final month of the season since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s arrival. They’re hoping their 24-10 victory over the Vikings is the start of another memorable December. Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as […]

NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say ‘bye’ to McCarthy; who next?

There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now. For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title. Now […]

Cardinals stun fading Packers at Lambeau; McCarthy fired

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The lowly Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset at Lambeau Field that was so much a stunner that the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after the game. Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left, Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired […]

Loyola presents Final Four ring to Sister Jean

CHICAGO (AP) — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the NCAA Final Four . Loyola great Jerry Harkness, who was a member of its 1963 championship team, helped present a Final Four ring Tuesday […]

Desperate Packers focus on fixes, tune out noise

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers must make a stand just to stay in the playoff conversation. The injury list is growing. Their postseason hopes are in serious jeopardy. They’ll need breaks to go their way with teams ahead of them in the wild-card chase. Tune out the outside noise and criticism […]

Season-high scoring for Antetokounmpo helps hold off Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo kept doing his thing for the Milwaukee Bucks. But he still needed a helping hand from teammate Khris Middleton, who sank a clutch 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to send the Bucks to a 116-113 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo had a season-high 36 points, 11 […]

Happ’s double-double helps Badgers hold off NC State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ had 19 points and 11 rebounds, D’Mitrik Trice hit a long jumper with 23.6 seconds left and No. 22 Wisconsin withstood North Carolina State’s in-your-face defense to rally for a 79-75 win on Tuesday night. Wisconsin’s Brad Davison drew a charging call on Markell Johnson on the perimeter with […]

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. […]

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