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Aaron lauded for grace amid racism during home run pursuit

Reaction to Hank Aaron’s death from former presidents to fellow Hall of Famers to everyone who knew him followed a theme: how the one-time home run king handled the racism he faced on the way to passing Babe Ruth’s hallowed record nearly 50 years ago. Joe Carter met his childhood idol ...

Ted Thompson, 68, GM when Packers won Super Bowl XLV, dies at Texas home

Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, has died. He was 68. The Packers announced Thursday that Thompson died the previous night at his home in Atlanta, Texas. The team said it was contacted by a direct family ...

Bertuzzi lights the lamp in OT, Wings nip Columbus

DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi scored 15 seconds into overtime and Bobby Ryan became the first player to score four times in his first three games with Detroit, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Bertuzzi was credited with the winning goal ...

Ravens’ season ends with Jackson in locker room, 17-3 loss

A season in which the Baltimore Ravens overcame a long list of obstacles to reach the playoffs ended with their star quarterback stuck in the locker room during the fourth quarter and the rest of the team shuffling off the field to join him after a disheartening 17-3 defeat. The Ravens and ...

Bears plan to keep Nagy, GM Pace for at least 1 more season

CHICAGO (AP) — Chairman George McCaskey insisted the Chicago Bears have the right culture to become a winning franchise. So the team is sticking with general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for at least another season. What helped convince him to stay the course rather than make ...

Harden to Nets in a 4-team deal

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio of the some of the NBA’s highest scorers. The Nets agreed to acquire the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a move he has sought for ...

Packers sign OT Veldheer, who played with Colts last week

Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is back with the Green Bay Packers, giving him an opportunity to compete in playoff games for different teams on back-to-back weekends. Veldheer was with the Packers for Tuesday's practice. 6 he Packers (13-3) are hosting the Los Angeles Rams (11-6) in an NFC ...

Red Wings in year five of rebuild, hit ice on Thursday

The Detroit Red Wings have spent half a decade rebuilding. And, this still might not be the year a once-proud franchise with 11 Stanley Cups breaks through and makes the playoffs. Detroit had the NHL’s worst record last season with 23 fewer points than any other team in a pandemic-altered ...

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Some volume is returning to the Masters, just maybe not the head-turning roars. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11, provided it can be done safely amid ...

Tigers reach deal with Fulmer

DETROIT (AP) — Right-hander Michael Fulmer and the Detroit Tigers agreed Tuesday to a $3.1 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration. The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year went 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA in 10 starts last season after missing all of 2019 because of Tommy John surgery. He earned ...

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night. The ...

Lamar Jackson gets 1st playoff win, Brees to play Brady

The NFC divisional round will give fans a third-time treat: another meeting between old-timers Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Possibly the final one. Brees assured that the NFC South rival Saints and Buccaneers will meet once more, throwing for two touchdowns in a 21-9 victory over Chicago. ...

Cleveland drills Steelers, 48-37

PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or an emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The burden of carrying the mantle of a franchise that's long been a punchline. A schedule ravaged by ...

Donald, Kelce unanimous AP All-Pros; Rodgers, Henry chosen

Dynamic defensive star Aaron Donald and unstoppable tight end Travis Kelce were unanimous choices Friday for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was selected for the third time, finishing ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes in voting from a ...

Harbaugh has new, 5-year deal

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan has decided to stick with coach Jim Harbaugh, finalizing a new, five-year deal that cuts his guaranteed compensation but gives him an opportunity to make up for the financial loss if he can start winning championships. The school will pay him $4 million in 2021 ...

Packers allowing some season ticket holders to attend divisional playoff game

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers’ divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field will include attendance by season ticket holders, for the first time in months amid the coronavirus pandemic. NBC26 in Green Bay reported that the Packers announced Thursday that ticket holders who opted ...

No surprise: Peyton Manning a Hall of Fame finalist

Peyton Manning, no surprise, is among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. The star quarterback, owner of a record five NFL Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl titles, was the first finalist revealed by the hall on Tuesday night. Manning, of ...

Henry scores 20, Spartans beat No. 15 Rutgers, 68-45

EAST LANSING— Aaron Henry had 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, helping No. 23 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 15 Rutgers 68-45 on Tuesday night. “He did the job for us, which the best players are supposed to do," coach Tom Izzo said. “What I liked about him is, he was ...

Tigers sign Robbie Grossman to a 2-year contract

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a $10 million, two-year contract, adding a switch-hitting veteran to a rebuilding team coming off consecutive last-place finishes. The deal includes performance bonuses. The 31-year-old Grossman spent the past two ...

Alabama’s Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

NEW YORK (AP) — On an Alabama team stacked with stars, DeVonta Smith emerged as the best player in college football while playing a position that rarely gets that kind of recognition. Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 29 seasons Tuesday night, breaking the ...