National Sports

Bucks beat Hawks in Budenholzer’s return

ATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had just one rebound in the first half as the Bucks lost the battle of the boards by 16. Milwaukee took charge of the game in the second half with Khris Middleton and Antetokounmpo exerting their will in the paint. "We played a little bit harder, moved ...

Grandal, Brewers agree to $18.25M, 1-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to an $18.25 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the agreement, first reported by The ...

LaFleur takes over as Packers head coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has never been in charge of an NFL team before, and until last year had never called plays for one either. On Wednesday, he took over the Green Bay Packers, who have missed the playoffs two years in a row — and a team with a two-time MVP quarterback in ...

Antetokounmpo’s 27 leads Bucks over Rockets, 116-109

HOUSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't going to join in on the debate about whether he should be an early favorite for MVP after he led the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Houston Rockets and last year's MVP James Harden on Wednesday night. The rising young star was just happy ...

LaFleur accepts offer to become Packers coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt LaFleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the postseason. LaFleur accepted an offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers, according to a person familiar with the ...

Tide Rolled: Clemson routs Bama for second national championship in 3 years

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dabo Swinney kissed the championship trophy and proclaimed this Clemson team the greatest of all time. He's got a case. With stunning ease — and a freshman quarterback — Clemson toppled college football's greatest dynasty again to become the first perfect ...

Fence woman finalist for Packers Fan Hall of Fame

Amy Nelson, a life-long and faithful supporter of the Green Bay Packers from Fence, Wisconsin, is a finalist for the Packers Fan Hall of Fame. An adult with Down's Syndrome, she loves the excitement of Packers’ games and enjoys the bonds they create with friends and family, according to her ...

No. 6 Michigan State surging with fewer stars than last year

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State is proving it doesn't need NBA-ready talent to succeed. The Spartans have surged to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 with eight straight victories, including an 86-77 win against then-No. 14 Ohio State on the road Saturday. They're clicking with a team that ...

Foles lifts Eagles just in time to beat Bears

CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles were desperately seeking a lift with little time left to save their season. Nick Foles came through for the defending Super Bowl champions. And he did it just in time. Foles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on fourth down in the final ...

No. 8 Spartans hold off Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Riding a seven-game winning streak, No. 8 Michigan State came to Columbus to play No. 14 Ohio State with captain and scoring machine Joshua Langford sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team's two other veterans had to pick up the slack. Cassius Winston ...

Raptors sink Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a simple explanation after the Toronto Raptors' latest victory. "If you want to win, you got to play defense," Leonard said. "That is every game in the NBA." Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points, with Siakam setting a career high, and the ...

Ward scores 21, Spartans rout Wildcats

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward was so dominant in the first half he didn't have to score after halftime to help No. 8 Michigan State stay undefeated in Big Ten play. Ward scored all 21 of his points in the first half to give the Spartans build a big lead and they went on to beat ...

Flames ignite with win over Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau capped a memorable day with another splendid performance. Gaudreau had a goal and three assists, and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Gaudreau was named the NHL's second star for ...

Pastrnak, Bruins beat Blackhawks 4-2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — David Pastrnak delivered once again. Patrice Bergeron showed off his all-around game, and Tuukka Rask made a couple of big stops. Oh, and those suits, too. It was stylish start to the new year for the Boston Bruins. Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Rask made 36 ...

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," ...