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Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) tries to break away from Chicago Bears defense on Sunday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Caldwell wants Lions to treat Vikings as just another game

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jim Caldwell is not looking too far ahead. That's also the advice the Detroit Lions coach is offering to his team as they prepare for the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The Vikings (8-2) lead the division by ...

Gussert’s 9 points helps MSU rout Charleston

EAST LANSING — Behind 18-point performances from senior forward Kennedy Johnson and freshman forward Sidney Cooks, the Michigan State women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 107-43 win over College of Charleston on Monday. This is the first time in school history that the Spartans ...

Green Bay Packers' Brett Hundley throws against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Packers coach backs Hundley after nightmare day against Ravens

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley called his four-turnover day against the Baltimore Ravens a "big-time learning game." The Packers are hoping he puts those lessons to good use, beginning with this weekend's trip to Pittsburgh. Hundley threw three interceptions ...

Green Bay Packers' Devante Mays fumbles the ball against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. The Ravens recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Ravens blank Packers, 23-0

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens' defense forced five turnovers. The offense finished off a shutout of the Green Bay Packers with 10 fourth-quarter points. Now that's the way that Ravens coach John Harbaugh wanted his team to play coming off a bye week. Baltimore (5-5) got its ...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 10th inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series in Los Angeles.  Altuve and Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton won the AL and NL MVP awards, respectively. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Astros’ Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins’ Stanton earns NL honor

NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron ...

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is tackled by Tennessee Titans nose tackle Austin Johnson, left, and Johnathan Cyprien, right, after a short gain on Thursday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Roethlisberger, Steelers make statement in rout of Titans

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The end is creeping up on Ben Roethlisberger. There have been times this season when the 35-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback looks every bit his age, and plays like it, too. Just not under the lights. Never under the lights. For all the heaping amounts of "blah" ...

Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) and Detroit Red Wings right wing Luke Glendening (41) are separated during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Red Wings rout Flames in dominant 8-2 win

DETROIT (AP) — Luke Witkowski called it old-time hockey. The Calgary Flames called it just plain stupid. The Flames were unhappy with the way Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings started, but they were appalled by the way it finished. With 5:56 remaining in Detroit's 8-2 ...

Milwaukee Bucks' DeAndre Liggins, left, and Thon Maker, back, attempt to steal the ball from Detroit Pistons' Eric Moreland (24) on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Bucks block 16 shots to top Pistons, 99-95

MILWAUKEE (AP) — For only the second time this season, NBA leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo did not have the most points in a game for the Milwaukee Bucks. Khris Middleton knew why after he finished with a team-high 27 points and eight assists in a 99-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons ...

Duke forward Javin DeLaurier reacts after dunking the ball during the closing seconds of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Chicago. Duke won 88-81. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Allen, No. 1 Duke top No. 2 Michigan State

CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke's talented freshmen for a moment. Grayson Allen can play a little, too. Allen scored a career-high 37 points, Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in the ...

Green Bay Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark (97) grabs Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Packers will need continued growth from the defense

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Not only did the Green Bay Packers pick up their first win with Brett Hundley at quarterback by beating the Chicago Bears, they got a sorely needed boost from their defense. After allowing a total of 56 points, 902 yards and a 57.1 percent conversion rate on third ...

Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 110-103. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Grizzlies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies. Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled away late in the fourth for a 110-103 ...

Michigan fullback Henry Poggi, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Michigan aims to spoil Wisconsin, Ohio St. seasons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has won three straight, scoring 35 points each game, since its midseason slump. The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) won easily over Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland to climb back to No. 19 in The Associated Press poll . They had same ranking after getting ...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley (7) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Packers edge Bears, 23-16

CHICAGO (AP) — The Green Bay Packers would love nothing more than to have Aaron Rodgers return this season and lead a deep playoff run. There's no guarantee their superstar quarterback comes back from a broken collarbone. That means Brett Hundley is on the spot, at least for now. "We're ...

No. 2 Michigan State dominates in season-opening win

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges started his sophomore season strong with 20 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 2 Michigan State beat North Florida 98-66 on Friday night in a tuneup for a highly anticipated game. The Spartans will play No. 1 Duke on Tuesday night in ...

Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, left, tries to get the puck past Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith on Thursday in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Jagr scores first goal for Flames in 6-3 win over Red Wings

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jaromir Jagr has finally found the back of the net with his ninth NHL franchise. The 45-year-old scored his first as a Flame and assisted on Mark Jankowski's first of his career to lead Calgary to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Jagr's ...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman (28) on Thursday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Injuries abound in Seahawks’ win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Richard Sherman limped off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon, just one of a host of players knocked out of the Seattle Seahawks' 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. "It's a good division win, a good team win," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said ...

Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) runs in to Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) on Wednesday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pistons top Pacers, 114-97

DETROIT (AP) — Stan Van Gundy is one of the NBA's most outspoken coaches when it comes to politics and social issues, so his reaction to a postgame meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson was no surprise. "I was a little bit in awe, right there," Van Gundy said. "To think of what he's done with ...

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett (80) looks at the scoreboard after Jordy Nelson (87) caught a touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. Bennett was released by Green Bay on Wednesday after failing to disclose a physical condition. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

Packers waive TE Bennett, ending short tenure with team

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end's short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end. General manager Ted Thompson announced the move on Wednesday after practice. The Packers cited a "failure to disclose a physical ...

No. 2 Michigan State signs 5 players to hoops scholarships

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 2 Michigan State has signed five recruits to scholarships. Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Marcus Bingham and Gabe Brown of Belleville, Michigan, are rated as top-100 basketball prospects by recruiting services. The 6-10 Bingham and 6-7 Brown may get a ...