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Out of time: NFL tells Beckham not to wear watch ⁠— which retails for $250,000 ⁠— in games

CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham’s football fashion taste clashed with the NFL’s. The league reached out to the Browns on Monday and told them that their star can no longer wear a watch on the field after he sported an expensive one during Sunday’s season opener against Tennessee. The flashy, fashionable wide receiver wore an […]

USA Basketball relying on defense so far at World Cup

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — U.S. guard Donovan Mitchell turned toward his bench with fists clenched, then punched the air in celebration and let out a joyous scream. It wasn’t for a dunk, or a 3-pointer, or some highlight-reel play. Mitchell’s exuberant reaction was because the U.S. forced a 24-second violation in a big moment against […]

Vikings trample Falcons 28-12 behind fierce defense, Cook

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After dropping back to pass a mere 11 times for Minnesota, Kirk Cousins joked that this defense-and-running-dominated performance felt like youth football. He was more than happy to hand the ball off and get out of the way. Anthony Harris had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, Dalvin Cook rushed for 111 […]

AP Top 25 Takeaways: LSU’s masterpiece, Michigan’s mess

Much was made in the offseason about two high-profile programs trying to revamp their offenses. On Saturday, Michigan’s makeover looked like a mess and LSU’s like a masterpiece. The sixth-ranked Tigers won the game of the day at No. 9 Texas, with Joe Burrow becoming the first LSU quarterback with a 400-yard passing game since […]

Packers’ D, Aaron Rodgers beat Bears 10-3 in opener

CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to lay waste to a defense to enjoy Packers football. He sure had a good time seeing what his guys on the other side of the ball did Thursday night to the archrival Bears. “Yeah, it was fun to watch,” Rodgers said after Green Bay opened the NFL’s […]

Schwarber’s slam powers Cubs to 10-5 win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Schwarber helped the Cubs put some distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers. Schwarber launched a grand slam to cap a five-run sixth inning that sent Chicago to a 10-5 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night in the opener of a crucial four-game series. “That ball was beyond properly struck,” Cubs […]

NFL begins 100th season with Packers-Bears

CHICAGO (AP) — Doug Gottfred stopped to take a picture of his son, Owen, on their way to Soldier Field. Wearing a No. 29 Tarik Cohen jersey, Owen stood tall while his dad used the city skyline for a postcard-like backdrop. It was the first Chicago Bears game for Owen, who plays linebacker and running […]

Jonathan Taylor, No. 17 Badgers to host Central Michigan

Central Michigan (1-0) at No. 17 Wisconsin (1-0), Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network). Line: Wisconsin by 35. Series record: First meeting. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Central Michigan looks to jump start the Jim McElwain era with a big upset over a top-20 program on the road, while Wisconsin wants to dominate for the second […]

LaFleur, Rodgers over ‘audible’ questions, ready for Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — How much freedom will Aaron Rodgers have in coach Matt LaFleur’s offense? Will he be able to change plays at the line of scrimmage? LaFleur said Monday that Rodgers will have a “green light” to change plays in order to put the offense in the best position to succeed. As […]

Packers and Bears reverse roles in NFL’s 100th season opener

CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL’s oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league’s 100th season. It’s a role reversal for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. A year after new coach Matt Nagy took quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears to Lambeau Field to kick off the season, the script flipped, […]

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