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Women’s ski jumping in Japan

ZAO, Japan (AP) — Yuki Ito won a women's ski jumping World Cup event on Friday, and overall leader Sara Takanashi missed the podium for the second consecutive competition. Ito had jumps of 89.5 and 94.0 meters for a total of 213.6 points, 0.3 points of Manuela Malsiner. The Italian had ...

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) on Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Jackson helps Pistons cruise past Hawks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons were happy to be home after a five-game West Coast trip. They played like it, too. Reggie Jackson scored 26 points to lead the balanced Pistons to a 118-95 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. It was Detroit's first game at the ...

Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) watches his 51-yard field goal to win the game as time expires during an NFC divisional game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

Packers top Cowboys on Crosby’s clutch leg

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After another improbable throw from Aaron Rodgers that propelled the Green Bay Packers to a playoff win, coach Mike McCarthy was asked if it was the best one yet from his star quarterback. "It's the best one today, that's for sure," McCarthy said after a wild 34-31 ...

Lions defensive end Kerry Hyder sits on the bench at the end of the NFC wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last Saturday in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Lions 26-6. (Stephen Brashear/AP Photo)

Lions’ strong start ends with limp

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions were not a popular pick to reach the playoffs when the 2016 season began. After winning eight of nine games midway through the season, Detroit (9-8) earned a spot in the postseason. The Lions, though, spoiled their season by losing the last three games ...

Carl Edwards pauses Wednesday in North Carolina as he announces he is stepping away from racing. (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)

Edwards stands behind decision to leave NASCAR

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Carl Edwards listed reason after reason for stepping away from full-time NASCAR competition this season, less than two months removed from nearly winning his first Cup title. He's content with his career accomplishments. He wants to spend more time on his outside ...

Clemson dethrones Alabama

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson's journey to the top of college football. A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama was decided with 1 second ...

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts after his touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP Photo)

Rodgers works Hail Mary magic, Packers beat Giants

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — To beat Dallas next week, the Green Bay Packers figure that they'll need to build a big lead to make the Cowboys one-dimensional on offense. The Packers look as if they can beat anybody with the way quarterback Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball, even if they could be ...

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) makes a catch for a touchdown as Detroit Lions strong safety Don Carey (26) and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, right, look on in the second half of an NFL football NFC wild card playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Lions drop 9th straight in playoffs, fall 26-6 to Seahawks

SEATTLE (AP) — A season that appeared so promising a month ago ended with an offensive whimper for the Detroit Lions and extended the franchise's history of playoff futility. Detroit, which lost its final three regular-season games and has not won a playoff game since the 1991 season, ...

Anaheim right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) takes a shot against the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim, Calif. on Wednesday. The Ducks won 2-0. (Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)

Gibson, Ducks blank Red Wings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After a couple of days off to recover from the busiest game of his NHL career, John Gibson had an easier night of work and another impressive result for the Anaheim Ducks. Gibson made 23 saves in his eighth career shutout, and Nick Ritchie scored in the first period ...

Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) reacts after teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) hit a buzzer-beater to beat the New York Knicks 105-104 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Antetokounmpo’s buzzer-beater lifts Bucks over Knicks, 105-104

NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the NBA's most explosive players, as he showed when he leaped from about a step inside the free-throw line to throw down a fast-break dunk. And when he takes his time, he can do special things, too. Antetokounmpo made a turnaround jumper at ...

Detroit announced on Wednesday it will bring back head coach Jim?Caldwell, above, for the 2017 season. (Rick Osentoski/AP File Photo)

Caldwell to remain Lions’ head coach in 2017 season

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions silenced questions about Jim Caldwell's future with the team, announcing he has been retained to coach them during the 2017 season. Caldwell refused to talk much about it other than to say he appreciated the move made by general manager Bob Quinn ...

Wolves beat Bucks, 116-99

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have two of the most promising groups of young stars in the NBA. Minnesota's core shined just a little brighter Friday night Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the ...

Detroit’s Anthony Mantha (39) scores on Ottawa Senators goaltender Mike Condon (1) during overtime in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)

Mantha’s OT goal lifts Wings

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings spoiled old friend Daniel Alfredsson's party. Anthony Mantha scored at 1:07 of overtime after Bobby Ryan's turnover to give the  Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. The Senators retired  Alfredsson's No. 11 ...

Down to the wire: Lions-Packers will decide NFC North

DETROIT (AP) — It's not the biggest game in the history of Ford Field, though it's probably the biggest that's actually involved the Detroit Lions. Motown's new football stadium opened in 2002, and since then it has hosted a Super Bowl and a Final Four. The Lions, however, have never had an ...

The Detroit Lions, led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, above, have a chance to capture the NFC?North division title for the first time since 1993. (Brandon Wade/AP Photo)

For Lions, it all comes down to final weekend

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit coach Jim Caldwell is looking on the bright side — the Lions have a chance this weekend to win their first division title since 1993. Never mind the fact that their NFC North lead has vanished, and if Detroit loses to the surging Green Bay Packers, the ...

Slay able to practice after injury

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay was on the practice field Wednesday after missing Monday night's game at Dallas with a hamstring injury. Slay was listed as limited at practice, and so was center Travis Swanson (concussion). Swanson hasn't played since Dec. 4 at ...

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, and wide receiver Jordy Nelson became the most productive quarterback-receiver touchdown duo in Packers history. In last week’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, the duo surpassed the 57 touchdown mark held by Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman. (Mike Roemer/AP File Photo)

Rodgers-Nelson connection heats up

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson have worked with each other so long that it often seems they can create plays just by making eye contact. Nelson points to where he thinks he can make a catch. Rodgers buys precious seconds and delivers a pinpoint pass. Another big ...

Milwaukee center Greg Monroe shoots over Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes on  Wednesday in Auburn Hills. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Parker, Bucks beat Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Barring an unlikely playoff matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks played their final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday night. They will be taking away a lot of good memories. Jabari Parker scored 31 points and Giannis Antetokuompo had 23 points and eight ...

Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo holds up the World Series final out ball during a Nov. 4 rally in Grant Park honoring the World Series championship in Chicago. The Cubs’ first World Series title in 108 years punctuated a memorable year of sports moments. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP File Photo)

2016 full of inspiring sports moments

We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired — and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track, to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favorite soccer player, to a warm ovation fueled by ...

Buffalo left wing William Carrier (48) is knocked off the puck by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen (3) on Tuesday in Detroit. (Duane Burleson/AP Photo)

Sabres edge Red Wings 4-3 for Bylsma’s 300th coaching victory

DETROIT (AP) — When the Red Wings finally caught up to the Sabres, Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma advised his team not to get concerned over the sudden momentum swing. "When they tied it, we talked about it now being a 12-minute game," Bylsma said. "If we could beat them over the next 12 minutes, ...