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Vikings have plenty more to play for in rematch vs. Bears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have won a whole bunch of games since their previous matchup with Chicago, a steady march to become NFC North champions that has put plenty of distance between the playoffs they’re about to enter and that ugly first half they played against the Bears. That’s precisely where their path […]

Not much at stake for this year’s Lions-Packers finale

Twice in the past three seasons, this was a de facto NFC North title game. Now, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are already out of the playoff race. So much for another big showdown in the regular-season finale. For both the Lions and Packers, the offseason begins the moment Sunday’s game ends in […]

Bucks rally from 20 down, take out Timberwolves

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks silenced the boos with a big victory. Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bucks rally from a 20-point deficit and win back their crowd with a 102-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. “I didn’t hear […]

Camping, parks could cost more; hybrid fees to increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Campers and hikers might have to dig a little deeper to get into their favorite state parks in 2018. And if they’re packing their tents and boots into a hybrid vehicle they’ll have to pay even more. Provisions in the Republican state budget that go into effect Monday allow Department of […]

Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph looking ahead to playoffs, for once

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — For the first time in Kyle Rudolph’s seven-year career, the Minnesota Vikings tight end is willing to concede there’s more riding on Sunday’s game than just one victory. Minnesota (12-3) can earn a first-round bye with a win against the Chicago Bears. Rudolph has been to the playoffs twice in […]

Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise’s first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later. And as his huge 2017 is coming to a close, the diminutive […]

Column: Tough year, and tough times ahead for the NFL

It was one of the great Super Bowls ever, a dramatic comeback win that cemented forever the legacies of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. No one could have predicted February’s game could very well have been the NFL’s last great defining moment. A league that once seemed untouchable is under siege as the […]

Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren’t really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked like title threats while running off lengthy winning streaks and LeBron James has played […]

Vikings QB Sam Bradford could return to practice next week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford could return to practice next week as he recovers from a knee injury from Week 1. Bradford has been out since a brief return in Week 5 against Chicago, which Minnesota plays Sunday in the regular-season finale. Bradford was taken out at halftime and was […]

Giannis back but Bulls thump Bucks once again

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have been a much better team since Nikola Mirotic got healthy. And not just on offense. The big forward came off the bench to score 24 points in 28 minutes as the resurgent Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-106 on Tuesday […]

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