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Streaking Bucks beat Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are doing more than just winning. They are dominating opponents. The Bucks won their third straight game and 14th of the last 17 Wednesday night with a 111-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The victory marked the 23rd time the Bucks have won ...

Packers name Jags assistant Hackett as offensive coordinator

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers hired former Jacksonville assistant Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive coordinator Wednesday. Hackett spent most of the last four seasons with the Jaguars as quarterbacks coach (2015-16) and then as offensive coordinator before he was fired ...

Michigan 7th grader has offer from Harbaugh, father says

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The father of a seventh grader in Michigan said Wednesday his son has a scholarship offer from Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. Brian Williams said Harbaugh made the offer after watching film of his son Isaiah, who plays quarterback. He said he tries to keep his son ...

Red Wings extend Ducks’ loss streak

DETROIT (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks dropped their heads on the bench and looked down at their skates, another defeat seemingly imminent. Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 4:16 left and Darren Helm scored a little later, lifting the Detroit Red Wings over the Ducks 3-1 on Tuesday night to extend ...

No. 6 Spartans beat Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tom Izzo wasn't impressed with much of No. 6 Michigan State's double-digit victory over Penn State. The Spartans built a big lead early and dominated at times in the paint in their 71-56 win on Sunday. From Izzo's standpoint, that's all they did well and that won't ...

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 ...