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Week 12: Big Ten unbeatens, Bedlam and Lawrence return

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The Big Ten’s four unbeaten teams square off Saturday in two games that could go a long way toward settling the division races. No. 9 Indiana faces No. 3 Ohio State in a top-10 matchup featuring the conference’s overwhelming favorite against its best early season story. The Hoosiers ...

Pistons draft Hayes with one of 1st round picks

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DETROIT (AP) — If there were any doubt that new general manager Troy Weaver would be willing to shake up the Detroit Pistons, it’s obvious now. Detroit agreed to trade guard Luke Kennard to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that brought the No. 19 pick in Wednesday night’s NBA draft to ...

Brewers promote Arnold to VP, GM

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted Matt Arnold to senior vice president and general manager. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns announced the move Thursday and said it "formalizes how we have operated over the last few years." Stearns previously held ...

MTU releases volleyball schedule

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech volleyball team will play 14 GLIAC matches in the 2021 spring season. The schedule was announced by the conference office on Thursday following approval by the GLIAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors on Nov. 10. The condensed schedule will feature matches ...

Michigan, Rutgers looking to end 3-game losing streaks

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has been waiting for the day when its football program is on the same footing with some of the big boys of the Big Ten. It’s happened this year. The Scarlet Knights and Michigan are right there with each other heading into Saturday night’s game at SHI ...

McGregor agrees to UFC return

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Conor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 at UFC 257. UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that McGregor has ended his latest retirement from mixed martial arts by signing an agreement for a 155-pound fight ...

Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

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Anthony Edwards was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night in an NBA draft delayed multiple times because of the coronavirus pandemic. Edwards became the 11th straight one-and-done player to be the No. 1 pick, coming in a year where there was no clear obvious ...

NFL teams to enter intensive COVID-19 protocol Saturday

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The NFL is placing all teams in intensive protocol starting Saturday to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 as the number of cases rises around the country. Use of masks will be mandatory at all times at team facilities, including during practice and in weight rooms. Meetings must be held either ...

MHSAA makes plans for fall championships in December

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EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school football championship games would be played after Christmas if the state allows fall sports to resume, officials said Wednesday. Sports and in-person classes are on a three-week break in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Football ...

Hunting licenses soar as Americans head outdoors

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TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Hunting was a big part of Zane Goucher’s youth, when he pursued whitetail deer and ruffed grouse in the Maine woods with his father. He eventually drifted away from the sport but has returned after a 22-year absence, inspired by the coronavirus outbreak. Many ...

Bucks getting Holiday to play with Giannis

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Point guard Jrue Holiday is being traded from New Orleans to Milwaukee, which is aiming to give two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo the improved roster that he seeks with the decision on his supermax contract extension looming, a person with knowledge of the situation said ...

Unbeaten Badgers have no margin for error in Big Ten race

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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 ...

Peterson: Athletes deserve kudos

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In this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic crisis, there’s no shortage of blame to go around. First off, you can point an accusing finger at China, which failed to properly warn other countries of the problem. The Chinese should be dealt a long — and serious — penalty. Secondly, you have to ...

Ng ready to bear the torch as baseball’s 1st female GM

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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins’ new general manager sat at home plate in the team’s ballpark Monday, reflecting on all the times she struck out. As baseball’s first female GM, Kim Ng can bask in a breakthrough achievement that’s all the more admirable because she was turned down ...

Even during shaky season, Prater has been big for Lions

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have won four games this season, and three of those victories came via the foot of Matt Prater. The veteran kicker has been shaky at times this year, but he has already made a trio of game-ending kicks. The latest was the most spectacular of the bunch, a ...

MHSAA suspends fall sports tournaments, start of winter sports

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For the second time this year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended championship tournaments because of an emergency order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The start of high school winter sports was also suspended, the MHSAA said. The MHSAA’s decision was announced ...