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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 ...

Gurley, Rams beat Lions 30-16

DETROIT (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams returned to their lockers in the Motor City, where NFC West championship shirts and hats were waiting to be worn. The victors, though, refuse to be spoiled by this accomplishment. Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the Rams ...

McCarthy fired after Packers fall to Cardinals

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach. The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to ...

No. 9 Michigan State edges Rutgers 78-69

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Last season, Tom Izzo wanted to leave Nick Ward in New Jersey after a poor game against Rutgers. Friday night, Michigan State's coach and the rest of the Spartans were singing Ward's praises. Cassius Winston scored 22 points and Ward added 20 to lead No. 9 Michigan ...

Ehlers, Jets edge Blackhawks 6-5

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers and the Winnipeg Jets were in full flight — again. Patrik Laine scored twice and became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 goals, Ehlers had a hat trick and the Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on Thursday ...

Haskins steps forward as Buckeyes hit stride

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball. That didn't happen until two weeks ago in ...

No. 7 Michigan rolls past No. 11 North Carolina

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After 40 minutes of poised offense and smothering defense by Michigan, North Carolina coach Roy Williams was at the end of his wits. "As a coach, I feel like I've done the worst job with this team in 31 years as a head coach, but give Michigan the credit," Williams ...

Bertuzzi, Red Wings edge Blues

DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi doesn't mind going into areas where there will be more physical play, like in front of the net, the corners and behind the net. That was a good thing for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Bertuzzi broke a tie with 6:53 to go with his second goal of the ...