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5 plays, 69 yards — and the Patriots get their winning TD

ATLANTA (AP) — For five plays, and for 2 minutes, 49 seconds, Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady and the Patriots offense looked like the one that cruised up and down the field for most of the season. Turns out, that’s all they needed. On a day that knocked two of the NFL’s highest-flying scoring […]

Antetokounmpo scores 19, Bucks beat Raptors 105-92

TORONTO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, Khris Middleton had 18 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Raptors 105-92 on Thursday night, ending Toronto’s season-best home winning streak at 10 games. D.J. Wilson scored a career-high 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 14 as Milwaukee (37-13) clinched the season series with their third victory […]

After further (judicial) review: No do-over of Rams-Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticketholders for a full or partial do-over of this year’s NFC championship game because of a blown “no-call” by game officials was rejected Thursday by a federal judge. NFL officials have acknowledged that flags should have been thrown when a Rams defensive back […]

Knicks deal Porzingis to Dallas, say he requested a trade

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks were having their doubts, wondering if Kristaps Porzingis truly wanted to be part of the franchise. On Thursday, they say he made it clear he didn’t. Once that happened, they decided to trade the All-Star forward who was thought to be one of the key players for […]

Lots of questions for Goodell, not a lot of answers

ATLANTA (AP) — Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick’s football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled. The NFL commissioner did provide some nuggets of news on Wednesday. […]

Chasing Brady: Donald, Suh to lead Rams’ Super Bowl pursuit

ATLANTA (AP) — Practically every member of the Los Angeles Rams has a favorite story about Aaron Donald’s feats of ridiculous athleticism. Michael Brockers loved the moment at Carolina in 2016 when Donald beat the Panthers’ left guard and launched himself like Superman, swallowing up Cam Newton while airborne. Nickell Robey-Coleman preferred the game at […]

Bucks beat Pistons, improve to 13-0 after a loss

DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight setbacks. “I love that about this team,” said Antetokounmpo, […]

No. 24 Wisconsin wins its 4th consecutive, heading into rematch with Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Wisconsin star Ethan Happ had trouble getting going on the offensive end in the second half. Brad Davison was happy to help. The sophomore guard scored 10 of his 13 points after halftime to fuel No. 24 Wisconsin’s decisive surge in a 62-51 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night. “He made […]

In the younger, cheaper NFL, Super Bowl champs get cut, too

A word of warning to all those soon-to-be Super Bowl champions in New England or Los Angeles: Don’t get too comfortable. You might be looking for a job fairly soon. The NFL’s inexorable trend of going younger and cheaper does not bypass the best teams in the league. In fact, it may help them stay […]

Agent: Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade

Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. Yet the Pelicans assert Davis won’t be going anywhere until they get a deal they want. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, agent Rich Paul told The Associated […]

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