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Notre Dame, Wisconsin to meet at Lambeau, Soldier fields

CHICAGO — Notre Dame and Wisconsin will play at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 2020 and Soldier Field in Chicago in 2021. The schools made a joint announcement on Monday in Chicago. The two-game series marks the first meeting between the Fighting Irish and Badgers since 1964. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick […]

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice takes part in 49ers practice

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers made a big-time acquisition at wide receiver — at least for one practice. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice put on the cleats and took part in practice with the 49ers on Monday, running patterns and doing stretches in individual drills, dishing out tips to young receivers and […]

How the schedule was made: NBA taking hard look at metrics

MIAMI — Larry Bird made his plea years ago. His request to the NBA was not unique: Bird wanted the league to eliminate the dreaded stretches of four games in five days. What made Bird’s pitch memorable was that it didn’t just cite the demand of so many games in such a short amount of […]

Seahawks’ Bennett plans to sit for anthem, expects backlash

CARSON, California — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice — and expects a backlash over an issue that is “bigger than a sport.” He sat on the visiting bench during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, […]

Long snapper Brett Goode feels at home with Packers again

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Goode had quite an eventful week. Returning to the Green Bay Packers was only part of it. Last Monday morning, the veteran long snapper — an unsigned free agent despite spending the past nine seasons with the Packers — was still unemployed when his wife, Monica, went into labor with […]

Wedding crashers: Donald Driver edition

CADOTT, Wis. — Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame receiver Donald Driver has surprised another newlywed couple by crashing their wedding reception. This time it was in western Wisconsin where Driver stopped his bus tour Saturday at Dixon’s Apple Orchard and Wedding Venue in Cadott. He caught Jenna Schier and Nathan Ulness and the bridal […]

Newly acquired Walker makes immediate impact for Brewers

MILWAUKEE — When Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell found out the Brewers had traded for Neil Walker, he immediately wanted to know if he could get the veteran infielder into the lineup for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. After collecting just 3 1/2 hours of sleep, Walker arrived in plenty of time to collect a pair of […]

Vikings coach Zimmer on Keenum’s performance: “Fine.”

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — If quarterback Teddy Bridgewater can’t make it back from injury, the Minnesota Vikings might be OK with Case Keenum. The quarterback showed glimpses of being a capable backup in Vikings 17-10 preseason-opening win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Taking over for starter Sam Bradford, Keenum went 11 of 16 […]

Packers win, but Eagles’ Wentz perfect in only series

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Quarterback Carson Wentz had a perfect preseason debut for the Philadelphia Eagles under less than ideal conditions against the Green Bay Packers. The ball was a little slick because of the humidity on Thursday night. Players on both sides were shaking off the rust in their first preseason game of the […]

Twin Cities look to regulate Airbnbs as Super Bowl nears

MINNEAPOLIS — Officials in the Twin Cities are trying to decide how best to deal with Airbnb short-term home rentals as the Super Bowl approaches. St. Paul has a proposed regulation that would limit rentals to only accommodating four unrelated adults. It would also require hosts to collect city taxes and become licensed, Minnesota Public […]

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