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Rodgers’ 4 TD passes help Packers roll over Bears, 41-25

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers beat the slumping Chicago Bears 41-25 on Sunday night to pad their NFC North lead. Green Bay (8-3) scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions and grabbed a three-game division edge over ...

No. 13 Michigan State coasts to 80-70 win over Notre Dame

EAST LANSING — Aaron Henry withdrew from the NBA draft to work on his craft in college. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is glad he did. Henry had 14 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists to help the 13th-ranked Spartans beat Notre Dame 80-70 on Saturday night. “Aaron Henry ...

Bears seek to end 4-game skid as they visit Green Bay Sunday night

As poorly as things have gone for the Chicago Bears over the last month, they have a chance to close November by getting right back in the thick of the NFC North race. If the Bears don’t capitalize on the opportunity, the Green Bay Packers will head into December well on their way to ...

Deshaun Watson’s 4 TDs lift Texans to 41-25 win over Lions

DETROIT (AP) — Deshaun Watson dropped back in a protected pocket at midfield and perfectly lofted one of his four touchdown passes, connecting with Will Fuller in stride just before he reached the end zone. Houston's star quarterback made it look easy, and the Detroit Lions did their part ...

COVID-19 causes Gophers to cancel Saturday’s game with No. 18 Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time in 114 years, the Minnesota-Wisconsin game has been bumped off the schedule. Minnesota called off its annual battle with Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan’s Axe — which was slated for Saturday afternoon — due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases within the ...

Panthers-Packers contest set for Saturday, Dec. 19

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has set its pairings for the league's first Saturday doubleheader this season. The Buffalo Bills will visit the Denver Broncos on Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. ET. That will be followed by the Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers kicking off at 8:15 p.m. ET in Week ...

Playoff rankings: Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State

By The Associated Press Alabama was No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida was sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference three of the top six teams along with ...

New Cubs prez Hoyer’s goal: Retool team but stay competitive

While the window is just opening on Jed Hoyer’s time as the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations, it’s closing on the Cubs’ championship-winning core. The Cubs gave Hoyer a five-year contract on Monday that runs through the 2025 season, one week after his friend and ...

Panthers blank Lions 20-0

CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) — P.J. Walker was a third-string quarterback battling for a roster spot with the Colts 18 months ago when he received a strange call from his mother, Tamicha Drake. She said she had a dream that he was throwing touchdown passes and winning games for the Carolina ...

No. 19 Northwestern tops No. 10 Wisconsin 17-7

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Every clutch play by Peyton Ramsey. Every big hit by Northwestern's defense. It was all designed to send a message. The Wildcats had something they wanted to say. “We woke up the country now, and we need our damn respect,” cornerback Greg Newsome II said. Ramsey ...

Colts slip past Green Bay 34-31 in overtime

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis defense may have turned Aaron Rodgers into a true believer Sunday. Others around the league should take note, too. After allowing three touchdown passes and 28 first-half points, the Colts held one of the NFL's highest-scoring teams to three ...

Michigan ends 3-game skid, beats Rutgers 48-42 in 3OT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Michigan had to switch quarterbacks, go three overtimes and play roughly 4 1/2 hours to avoid the football program's worst start in 53 years. It was worth it. Hassan Haskins dove in from less than a yard out on fourth down in the third overtime and the Wolverines ...

Free agency opens: Fox, Kings agree on $163 million deal

On the first night of free agency, De’Aaron Fox was the first huge winner. Huge, as in $163 million — or even more. Fox and the Sacramento Kings agreed on a max deal Friday night, agent Chris Gaston said. It’s a five-year pact that will pay Fox $163 million, and that figure could ...

Wolves select UGA’s Anthony Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft

Anthony Edwards paid tribute to his mother and grandmother. Onyeka Okongwu recalled his brother. Obi Toppin thought about coming home. Tears flowed freely for those and many more players Wednesday night when their long-awaited, months-delayed NBA dreams were finally realized. Edwards was ...

No. 9 Indiana visits No. 3 Ohio State Saturday in key Big Ten matchup

Things to watch during the fifth week of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State It would be no exaggeration to call this the Hoosiers' biggest game in over 50 years. Indiana hasn't been ranked this high since 1967 and hasn't been involved in a ...

What’s the ceiling for UC, BYU, Marshall, Coastal & Liberty?

Before the pandemic forced most schools to tear up their schedules, Marshall had an interesting September slate. The Thundering Herd was set to play rebuilding East Carolina and perennial MAC contender Ohio on the road and Pittsburgh and Boise State at home in Huntington, West Virginia. None ...

Unbeaten Badgers have no margin for error in Big Ten race

No. 10 Wisconsin is walking a fine line on its path to a potential second straight appearance in the Big Ten championship game. After a flurry of COVID-19 cases caused the Badgers to scrap games with Nebraska and Purdue, Wisconsin likely can’t afford any more cancellations to remain ...

Rodgers explains why he’s no longer Packers’ player rep

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he “wasn’t real, real happy” about the negotiations leading to the most recent NFL labor agreement as he discussed why he’s no longer a team player representative. The NFL Players Association sent out a tweet ...

College Football Playoff committee: Dates of games, selections unchanged

The dates of the College Football Playoff games and selection of the semifinal participants will remain unchanged after the CFP management committee discussed possibly pushing back the event. CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday there was no support among the conference ...