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Lopez has 25 as Bucks rout Pistons 121-98

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks started the new year much like the finished the last one. Antetokounmpo threw down a spectacular one-handed dunk, Brook Lopez continued to show off his long-range shooting prowess and the Bucks cruised past the Detroit Pistons ...

Offseason of change awaits Packers after another losing season

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews looked up into the Lambeau Field suites to find his parents before walking down the stadium tunnel for what might be the last time as a member of the Green Bay Packers. An offseason of change awaits in Titletown following a second straight year without a ...

Oregon edges MSU, 7-6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert did just enough to keep his streak intact for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Make it an impressive 28 and counting for Oregon's quarterback, the longest active streak in the nation among FBS schools. That it turned out to be the Ducks lone ...

Kessel, Penguins beat Wings

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't happy with their lackluster play in the first period after a three-day holiday break. Then, Phil Kessel and the power play changed everything. Kessel scored two power-play goals, Derick Brassard added two goals and the Penguins defeated ...

Giannis leads Bucks over Knicks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo held down his usual spot atop the stat sheet, though his most important contribution was keeping his cool. Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 25 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 112-96 on Thursday ...

Michigan adjusts to decisions by 4 to skip Peach Bowl

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan probably will need more than one running back to replace Karan Higdon in Saturday's Peach Bowl against Florida. The leadership void left by Higdon's exit may be even more difficult to fill. "Karan was our guy, our offensive leader, and we all kind of followed him," ...

Wisconsin, Miami set for frigid Pinstripe Bowl

Wisconsin and Miami followed much of the same dreary path that started in the warmth of the Orange Bowl and ends with a frigid thud at Yankee Stadium. The Badgers and Hurricanes were AP Top 25 teams when they played last season in the Orange Bowl, a 34-24 victory for No. 6 Wisconsin in a game ...

Adams optimistic about playing with records in sight

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers wideout Davante Adams is optimistic that he will be able to play in Green Bay's season finale against the Detroit Lions, a game in which he would have a shot to break a couple of franchise receiving records. Adams missed practice on Wednesday. The star ...

Griffin, Drummond help Pistons beat Wizards

DETROIT (AP) — There's no trophy for beating a slumping team like the Washington Wizards in late December. For Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons, though, Wednesday night's victory felt like a big deal. After losing nine of 11, the Pistons went on a 23-2 run to start the second half ...

MLB, union, Cuba reach deal for players to sign

HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The ...

Giannis scores 25 as Bucks beat Pelicans, 123-115

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As usual, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up the big numbers. But it was D.J. Wilson and his fellow reserves who caught the eye of first-year Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. Antetokounmpo had 25 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Bucks got a big effort from ...

Draft-bound Layne to miss Spartans’ bowl

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne will miss the team’s bowl game after declaring his intention to leave for the NFL draft. Layne, a junior, said on Twitter last week that he would be entering the draft. Coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that Layne wouldn’t be ...

Rodgers gets 7th Pro Bowl nod in playoff-less year

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A lost season coming to a close without a trip to the playoffs for the Green Bay Packers is ending in a familiar spot for Aaron Rodgers. He's headed to the Pro Bowl for the seventh time in his career. "Yeah, I think there's a lot of pride with that. Especially knowing ...

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," ...