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Maryland, Michigan State grid canceled again

In yet another twist to this crazy college football season, a matchup between Maryland and Michigan State has been canceled a second time after an outbreak of COVID-19 in College Park. The Terrapins (2-3) were slated to face the Spartans (2-5) on Saturday night as part of the Big Ten ...

Brewers’ Counsell confident Yelich will bounce back

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is confident former MVP Christian Yelich's 2020 hitting struggles won't carry over to next season. After winning consecutive NL batting titles in 2018 and 2019 during his first two years with the Brewers, Yelich hit just .205 with ...

Johnson, Billups going into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

DETROIT (AP) — Calvin Johnson, Chauncey Billups, Shane Battier and Jordyn Wieber have been selected for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, officials said Wednesday. Former Central Michigan softball coach Margo Jonker and photographer Mary Schroeder are also part of the class of standout ...

Giannis agrees to 5-year extension

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo says he's staying with the Milwaukee Bucks for at least five more seasons. "I'm blessed to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years," the two-time reigning MVP posted Tuesday on his social media platforms. The 26-year-old ...

‘Bama, ND, Clemson, OSU enter champ weekend in CFP position

Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State will enter championship weekend in position to make the College Football Playoff with very little drama. In fact, where the semifinals will be played might be more in doubt than who will play in them. The top five teams were locked into their ...

Pistons, Griffin look for fresh start

DETROIT (AP) — This offseason was such a whirlwind for the Detroit Pistons, it was easy to forget that Blake Griffin is still part of the roster — sort of a last star standing after a flurry of moves by the team’s new general manager. Griffin sounds ready to embrace whatever the future ...

NMU hockey team to finally open season

MARQUETTE — After having more than a half-dozen hockey games canceled or postponed and a ski meet canceled for this weekend, the Wildcats hockey team will finally see action. NMU faces Ferris State Wednesday at 6 p.m. (Eastern) in the first of a home-and-home non-conference pair of ...

Trubisky outplays Watson, Bears stop skid, defeating Texans 36-7

CHICAGO (AP) — All Mitchell Trubisky cared about was helping the Chicago Bears get back to winning. He insisted the other story that got most of the attention during the week wasn’t on his mind. Trubisky threw three touchdown passes to outplay Deshaun Watson in their first meeting since ...

NFL: Chiefs clinch division despite 4 turnovers, beat Miami 33-27

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 30-yard sack, four turnovers and a 10-point deficit Sunday to clinch their fifth consecutive AFC West title by beating Miami 33-27 on Sunday. Mahomes was picked off three times, his first multi-interception ...

College Football Playoff Top 25 weekend preview

A weekend devoid of drama appears to be setting up in college football unless you're Colorado. Southern California (4-0, 4-0) can lock up a spot in the Pac-12 championship game if it beats crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday even if Colorado beats Utah to remain undefeated in the Pac-12 ...

Army hosts Navy today, for first time in 77 years due to virus

By The Associated Press Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo never tires of the feeling that permeates the locker room in the moments before the opening kickoff of the annual matchup against Army. "There's a chill that goes through you unlike any other game," Niumatalolo said. "It's the craziest ...

Look-alike teams meet when No. 25 Badgers visit No. 19 Iowa

Kirk Ferentz used Wisconsin as his template when he started building Iowa’s program in 1999. Good choice. The Badgers of that period were in the top 10 and going to Rose Bowls, and they’ve been the dominant team in the Big Ten West since the league went to its current alignment. “Not ...

Al Michaels voted to baseball’s Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Al Michaels refers to his lack of baseball for much of his career “the one regret I might have.” An absence from regular baseball broadcasts for the past quarter-century didn’t prevent the 76-year-old from reaching the Hall of Fame. Michaels was voted the Ford C. Frick ...

Penn State, Michigan State close out tough regular seasons

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford is grateful that the faces he’s been able to see and interact with in person have stayed close this season. Penn State’s quarterback realizes many of them, like himself, weren’t used to losing and could’ve jumped ship, as others across the ...

Packers limit attendance at home for remaining games

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will limit attendance at Lambeau Field games to team employees and their families for the remainder of the regular season. The team said the decision is based on a continued high rate of coronavirus activity in Brown County and many areas of the ...

Wolverines blast Toledo

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hunter Dickinson scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots and Michigan defeated Toledo 91-71 on Wednesday night in their first meeting in 37 years. Isaiah Livers hit three 3-pointers and added 16 points for the Wolverines ...

Antetokounmpo mum about signing supermax offer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo praised the "amazing" moves the Milwaukee Bucks have made to improve the team, but the two-time reigning MVP stopped short Wednesday of saying he would sign a supermax contract extension offer. "Right now I'm not focusing on that," Antetokounmpo said ...

Michigan cancels Ohio State showdown, citing COVID-19 cases

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Citing a rising number of COVID-19 cases in its program, Michigan canceled its annual showdown with Ohio State on Tuesday as college football lurches toward the end of the season without one of its cornerstone rivalry games. The season-ending grudge match known as ...

Virus-related restrictions again hit fall prep playoffs

EAST LANSING (AP) — The group that runs Michigan high school sports expressed disappointment Monday in another delay in finishing the fall season. The Michigan High School Athletic Association said it had provided a plan to complete tournaments in swimming, volleyball and football with no ...