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A lot has changed for Packers, Lions since first meeting

By Noah Trister AP Sports Writer There was actually a point this season when the Detroit Lions looked like real threats in the NFC North. On Oct. 14, the Lions led 22-13 in the fourth quarter at Green Bay. A victory would have improved Detroit’s record to 3-1-1, but some questionable ...

Simone Soars: Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer They're called "Simone Things," a catchall phrase for the casual ease with which Simone Biles seems to soar through her sport and her life. The irony, of course, is that there's nothing casual or easy about it. Any of it. The greatest gymnast of all time and ...

Simone Soars: Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer They're called "Simone Things," a catchall phrase for the casual ease with which Simone Biles seems to soar through her sport and her life. The irony, of course, is that there's nothing casual or easy about it. Any of it. The greatest gymnast of all time and ...

Amid hotshot passers, old men Brady and Brees roll on

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Between them, Tom Brady and Drew Brees have played 38 pro football seasons, 39 if you count 2008 when the New England star wrecked his knee in Week 1. Both probably should be long retired and counting the days until their induction into the Pro Football ...

LSU’s Edwards-Helaire still mending, a no-show for media day

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a no-show at the Peach Bowl media day on Thursday, another indicator No. 1 LSU's leading rusher could miss the playoff semifinal because of his hamstring injury. LSU coach Ed Orgeron still holds out hope ...

North Carolina, Temple meet for 1st time in Military Bowl

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Military Bowl: North Carolina (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs Temple (8-4, 5-3 American Athletic Conference), Friday at noon EST (ESPN). Line: North Carolina by by 4 1/2. Series Record: First meeting. WHAT'S AT STAKE North Carolina seeks to complete a winning ...

Steelers seek playoff berth vs Ravens, who own No. 1 seed

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (8-7) at BALTIMORE (13-2) Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. OPENING LINE --- Steelers by 2 RECORD VS. SPREAD--- Steelers 7-6-2, Ravens 9-5-1 SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 28-23 LAST MEETING — Ravens beat Steelers 26-23, OT, Oct. 6 LAST WEEK — ...

Olympic weightlifting champion Torokhtiy banned for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Ukrainian weightlifter Oleksiy Torokhtiy has been stripped of the gold medal he won at the 2012 Olympics and banned for doping. The International Olympic Committee said Thursday that the Ukrainian tested positive for the banned steroid turinabol when his sample ...

Chiefs’ add Suggs to defensive mix for Super Bowl push

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Terrell Suggs was brutally honest with Chiefs coach Andy Reid when they spoke on the phone for the first time, shortly after Kansas City was awarded the veteran pass rusher off waivers ahead of a handful of other playoff ...

OBJ on his future with Browns: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. dramatically ended the drama. He's not leaving the Browns. Not now anyway. Tired about speculation over his future, the flashy wide receiver emphatically said Wednesday he's not looking to get out of Cleveland after ...

Landrum hits record 14 3s as No. 7 Baylor women roll 111-43

WACO, Texas (AP) — Juicy Landrum set an NCAA record by making 14 3-pointers for all of her career-high 42 points, leading the No. 7 Baylor women to a 111-43 victory over Arkansas State on Wednesday. Landrum attempted all but one of her 24 shots from 3-point range as the Lady Bears (9-1) shot ...

LHP Brett Anderson, Brewers agree to $5M, 1-year deal

By Keith Jenkins AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Left-hander Brett Anderson is the latest addition to the quickly transforming Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing Friday to a $5 million, one-year contract. The 31-year-old left-hander was 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts with Oakland last ...

Column: Lamar Jackson finishes off an ugly stereotype

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Columnist Surely Lamar Jackson has put that ugly stereotype to rest, once and for all. Let’s hope we never hear again how some dynamic young African-American quarterback would be better off at another position because — wink, wink — he’s just not cut out ...

Americans have momentum, just not the lead in Presidents Cup

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The fist pumps, the screaming and shouting, it all belonged to the Americans in the final hour of the Presidents Cup. They just didn't have the lead. That's the beauty of these team events in golf. Momentum can change with one ...

Pastrnak the Unpredictable: Bruins winger is dominating NHL

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer David Pastrnak on the ice these days is like a dazzling young magician who isn't quite sure how his sleight of hand is going to work out. When he has the puck, his Boston Bruins teammates don't know what to expect. Opponents don't know. He doesn't even ...

Jackson, Ravens beat Jets 42-21 to clinch AFC North title

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Only minutes removed from watching his team roll to its 10th consecutive victory, coach John Harbaugh showed up to the post-game news conference wearing a white hat proclaiming Baltimore to be AFC North champions. No small accomplishment, ...

Former NBA Commissioner Stern has emergency brain surgery

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday and had emergency surgery. The league made the announcement about Stern's condition in a statement, saying its thoughts and prayers were with the 77-year-old ...

Joel Embiid responds to criticism to lead 76ers past Celtics

By The Associated Press undefined BOSTON (AP) — Joel Embiid responded to criticism from Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley to score a season-high 38 points and add 13 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers' 115-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Embiid scored 16 points in ...

AP source: Anthony Rendon and Angels agree to 7-year, $245 million contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and ...

Astros probe widens to almost 60 witnesses, 76,000 emails

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball has interviewed almost 60 people and obtained tens of thousands of electronic messages in its investigation into allegations the Houston Astros broke rules by using a television camera to steal signs. Former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers sparked the ...