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Bears beat Packers, clinch NFC North

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without ...

Allen leads Bills over Lions

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — After putting the Bills ahead with his arm, Josh Allen sealed Buffalo's 14-13 victory over the Detroit Lions with his leaping legs. All the rookie quarterback needed was a push. That's the way fullback Patrick DiMarco described Allen's 2-yard leap to convert a ...

Islanders edge Red Wings

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Mathew Barzal had been doing everything but score lately for the Islanders. He broke through against the Detroit Red Wings to get New York a needed win. Barzal scored a key tying power-play goal in the third period and then got the lone goal of the shootout to lift ...

Protecting Rodgers a premium when Packers face Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers right tackle Jason Spriggs saw no need to keep going on and on about Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. There's plenty of film to watch. The rest of that Chicago defense is pretty good, too. Now Green Bay must face the NFC's top-ranked unit on the road on Sunday, ...

Lamb, Hornets beat Pistons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets celebrated too soon and then weren't sure if they'd be celebrating at all. Meanwhile, team owner Michael Jordan chewed out one of his own players. Jeremy Lamb's first NBA buzzer-beater was no ordinary game-winning shot. Lamb knocked down a 22-foot jumper ...

Tigers won’t rush back Cabrera

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera might play only a game or two each week at the start of spring training as he returns from season-ending biceps surgery. Manager Ron Gardenhire plans to check in regularly with Cabrera to determine his availability when Grapefruit ...

Blackhawks win, end 8-game slide

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night. It had been a while. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and Chicago stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. "I think we played a winning style tonight," ...

Michigan dismisses RB Samuels after domestic violence charge

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan dismissed running back O’Maury Samuels from its football program on the same day he was arraigned on two charges, including one for domestic violence. The school did not say why the move was made Wednesday, when Samuels was charged with domestic violence ...

Packers look to keep momentum going under Philbin

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin. Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay's slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive ...

MLB: As winter meetings arrive, a look at the top free agents

Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already switched teams this offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in major trades. As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — the jewels of the free agent market — they're still waiting. Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson are already signed, but ...

Dominant defense leads Bears to upset

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams’ high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL’s best record. In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet. Eddie ...

GALLERY: Packers beat sliding Falcons 34-20, 1st win under Philbin

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A tough week for the Green Bay Packers ended with a sorely needed win that relied on a familiar formula. They beat a warm-weather team on a chilly afternoon at Lambeau Field by building a big lead and winning the turnover margin. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown ...

Larkin, Red Wings edge Maple Leafs in OT

TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock expected William Nylander to be "the freshest guy in hockey" on Thursday night. That was probably asking too much of a player making his season debut with exactly zero practice time since ending a prolonged contract impasse with Toronto just ...

Bucks blow out Pistons

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The formula for success in Milwaukee doesn’t always have to revolve around the high-scoring duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Eric Bledsoe matched his season high with 27 points and Antetokounmpo added 15 as the Bucks rolled to a 115-92 victory over the ...

Ward, MSU beats Iowa, 90-68

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward used his power to gain position and his touch to score, putting together a perfect game from the field. Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa ...

Buckeyes coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer, the highly successful football coach who won three national championships and sparked controversy and criticism this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant, will retire after the Rose Bowl, the Ohio State ...

Packers president Murphy to hire next coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason. He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year. Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike ...

McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to head coaching job

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy's connections with the Browns could land him his next job. Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy's candidacy to become Cleveland's next coach has gotten ...

No. 7 Michigan beats No. 19 Purdue

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter called timeouts twice in the opening 10 minutes, desperately trying to slow Michigan down. It didn't work. Jordan Poole scored 21 points as part of a balanced offense and the seventh-ranked Wolverines were stingy on defense in a 76-57 win ...

Cardinals stun fading Packers

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 ...