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No. 8 Buckeyes face test from MSU

If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance. Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges. This week, it's Michigan State that stands in the way, and although Ohio State routed the Spartans ...

Drummond, Pistons beat Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Detroit center Andre Drummond has expanded his offensive game dramatically. Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds and the Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 103-96 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Drummond hit 10 of 16 shots, including a ...

Packers eager to finish strong

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Randall Cobb is out of detailed answers for now. But the veteran receiver did have one simple solution to get the Green Bay Packers out of their first-half funk. No rallying cries. No inspirational slogans, like the "Run the Table" phrase from Rodgers that turned ...

Harvick’s championship berth spoiled by failed inspection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick's bid for a second NASCAR title suffered a massive setback when he was stripped of his berth in the championship race after series inspectors found his winning car from Texas Motor Speedway had been deliberately altered to give him a performance ...

Vikings claim Lions’ Abdullah off waivers

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ameer Abdullah off waivers from the Detroit Lions. The Vikings announced the move Wednesday. Abdullah was drafted by the Lions in the second round in 2015, but they weren't using him much this year. He has 1,251 yards ...

Saints sign Dez Bryant

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes ...

Trail Blazers upend Bucks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In search of his jump shot, CJ McCollum watched every single 3-pointer he took last season looking for what he lost. Fortunately for the Portland Trail Blazers, he found it. McCollum scored 40 points and Portland beat Milwaukee 118-103 on Tuesday night to hand the ...

Sabathia staying with Yankees

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — CC Sabathia is staying with the New York Yankees for an 11th season, agreeing to an $8 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The deal does not include any performance bonuses. The 38-year-old left-hander went 9-7 with a ...

Russia thwarted drone attacks

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it thwarted attempted drone attacks at this year's World Cup. Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service, says his officers "took measures to detect and foil attempts by terrorists to use drones.”

Richardson, Heat edge Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — Minus their big man, the Miami Heat were looking for someone to come up big. Josh Richardson answered the call. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard scored 27 points to lead the short-handed Heat past the Detroit Pistons 120-115 in overtime Monday night. Richardson hit four free ...

Blackhawks fire 3-time Stanley Cup winning coach Quenneville

CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks have fired three-time Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville. General manager Stan Bowman announced the startling dismissal of Quenneville and assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson on Tuesday and appointed Jeremy Colliton the new coach. Chicago was off ...

Defense key to Michigan’s success

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — By the time last season ended, Michigan had long shed its reputation as a finesse team. The Wolverines reached the Final Four by playing hard-nosed defense and outlasting opponents even when shots weren't falling. The team was comfortable winning ugly — and ...

Packers struggling at halfway mark

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Every year, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy nips any playoff talk in the bud by saying it's not a topic of conversation until the team wins 10 games. The Packers hit the season's midpoint with a 3-4-1 record, meaning there is little margin for error after ...

Abdelkader, Red Wings beat Devils

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings earned and got some breaks while extending their season-high winning streak to three games. Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period and Trevor Daley put the puck in an empty net for another short-handed score in the ...

Mullens shines in 49ers debut win over Raiders

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Mullens got several hundred congratulatory text messages, a phone call from Brett Favre and his Twitter account verified. Delivering the most productive game by a quarterback in his NFL debut since the merger leads to many accolades. Mullens threw for 262 ...

Red Wings edge Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Red Wings took an early 3-0 lead but ended up having to scrap for a victory. Tyler Bertuzzi scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves as Detroit got its second straight win, 5-3 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday ...

Bye Ty: Packers trade RB to Ravens for draft pick

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have traded running back and kick returner Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore was sending a seventh-round draft pick to Green Bay in what was a busy trade deadline day for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst. Green Bay also traded ...

Lions trade Tate to Eagles for pick

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Golden Tate is bringing his show to Philadelphia. The Eagles acquired the 30-year-old wide receiver nicknamed "Showtime" from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 third-round draft pick on Tuesday. Tate has 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season. He joins ...

Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top 1st CFP rankings

If you don't like the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, don't worry. Saturday's slate of huge games guarantees major changes are coming next week. Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame were the top four teams in the initial CFP rankings Tuesday night. After meeting ...

Another letdown leaves Lions alone in last place

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After a listless home loss this past weekend, Detroit defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois called out his team. "I just want everybody to lock back in. Lock in for these next 10 weeks, just lock in," Jean Francois said after Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle. "Leave ...