National Sports

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," ...

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 ...