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Wisconsin wins Duke’s Mayo Bowl

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers captured the Duke's Mayo Bowl and the trophy that came along with it. And then they broke it. While dancing around to celebrate his team's 42-28 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday, quarterback Graham Mertz dropped the football-shaped piece ...

From Kobe to Maradona, a year of staggering losses in sports

There were so many this year. Sports in 2020 was an unending state of mourning. It was as if every week, sometimes days, another luminary fell, bringing a cascade of condolence and remembrance. It began New Year's Day, a harbinger of what the year held, with the deaths of David Stern and ...

No. 21 Minnesota tops No. 17 Michigan State

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three days after surging back to beat Iowa in overtime behind a stream of 3-pointers, Minnesota followed with a decisive victory over Michigan State on the strength of a stifling defense. The Gophers have made their case to be included in the crowd of contenders in this ...

Germany edges Slovakia 4-3 in overtime at world juniors

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mario Zimmerman scored a power-play goal four minutes into overtime, lifting Germany to a 4-3 win over Slovakia on Monday night in the world junior hockey championships. Tim Stutzle scored twice and the Ottawa Senators’ prospect helped set up Zimmerman’s goal ...

Blackhawks captain Toews sidelined indefinitely by illness

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the start of training camp because of an illness, and there is no timetable for his return. The 32-year-old Toews said Tuesday he has been experiencing symptoms that have left him feeling “drained and lethargic.” “I ...

Lions interim coach, team were helpless against Bucs

Detroit Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell said he felt helpless watching his team from home. And the Lions looked helpless in a 47-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bevell is back from quarantine after being a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, an exposure that ...

Adams shines in snow as Packers trounce Titans, 40-14

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams created a picturesque atmosphere as they connected for three touchdown passes on a snow-covered Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers teammates would love the opportunity to produce plenty of similar scenes next month by staying home ...

Blackhawks’ Dach has right wrist surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach could miss the upcoming season after he had wrist surgery on Monday. Dach fractured his right wrist while playing for Canada’s world junior team during an exhibition against Russia last week. Team physician Michael Terry said Dach is ...

Senators acquire Coburn, Paquette, pick from Lightning

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn, forward Cedric Paquette and a 2022 second-round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik and goalie Anders Nilsson. Both Gaborik and Nilsson, who have a ...

Padres have deal in place to get Ray’s Snell

Two months ago, Blake Snell got yanked off the mound with a two-hit shutout going in the final game of the World Series. Now, the Tampa Bay Rays are ready to ship him out of town. The San Diego Padres are close to completing a blockbuster trade to acquire Snell from the defending AL ...

Brady-led Bucs rout Lions 47-7, reach playoffs

DETROIT (AP) — Tom Brady was so dominant in Detroit that he could’ve left Ford Field at halftime to get his favorite chicken wings near the University of Michigan’s campus and still made it back to fly to Florida with his team. Brady threw four touchdown passes in the only half he ...

Sexton scores 32 points, Cavs top Pistons 128-119

DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers took full advantage of Detroit’s inability to close out games. Collin Sexton scored 32 points and three of his teammates had at least 21 points, helping Cleveland beat Detroit 128-119 in two overtimes Saturday night. “Multiple opportunities ...

Lions practice without Bevell due to COVID-19 contact tracing

The Detroit Lions have resumed practicing without interim coach Darrell Bevell, defensive coordinator Cory Undlin and and some other assistants on the field. Bevell said Wednesday he has not tested positive for COVID-19, but he is among the several coaches affected by contact tracing. The ...

Tigers sign RHP Urena to 1-year, $3.25M contract

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers signed right-hander Jose Urena to a $3.25 million, one-year deal Wednesday. Urena can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses based on starts, $50,000 each for 15, 18, 21, 24 and 27. The 29-year-old starter has spent the past six season with the Miami ...

No. 5 Villanova routs Marquette

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Collin Gillespie scored 22 points and sank six 3-pointers as No. 5 Villanova routed Marquette 85-68 for its sixth consecutive victory Wednesday night. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Justin Moore had 13 points each and Caleb Daniels added 10 to help the Wildcats overpower ...

Tech men’s, women’s basketball set for Jan. 8 return

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team was on a roll when their season was cut short in March. It had just won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference title when the COVID-19 shutdown took effect and the Huskies haven’t been able to begin since. “This is the first ...

Teams led by experienced players have edge amid COVID-19 pandemic

Joshua Langford is part of a Michigan State team leaning on upperclassmen in at the top of its rotation, including multiple players from a Final Four squad two seasons ago. It's the kind of veteran experience that has given Tom Izzo's 12th-ranked Spartans and some of the nation's top men's ...

MLB payrolls drop nearly $2.5 billion during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball payrolls plunged to $1.75 billion during the pandemic-shortened season from $4.22 billion, and the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers led with $98.6 million — the smallest for the top spender in 20 years. Base wages for 40-man rosters tumbled ...

Chesser named 8-player AP Player of the Year

Jameson Chesser does more than display his blazing speed and amazing moves on a football field. The Adrian Lenawee Christian senior running back huddles with teammates and opponents, leading them in prayer after every game. “We decided to invite the other team to be a part of it, and ...

Lions firing more employees than winning games lately

The Detroit Lions have more fired employees than victories the past two months. Detroit dismissed special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs on Monday, three-plus weeks after parting ways with general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia. The Lions announced their latest move a day ...