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Pack gets second shot at Bucs

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All that stands between Green Bay and its first Super Bowl berth in a decade is the one team that managed to shut down the Packers’ high-powered offense this season. Green Bay is the NFL’s highest-scoring team but had its lowest point total of the season in a ...

Lions’ Holmes wasn’t on original list

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DETROIT (AP) — Brad Holmes was not even a candidate when the Detroit Lions began their search for a general manager nearly two months ago. After a process that included interviewing him and 11 others for the vacancy, Holmes won the Lions over and landed a job he didn’t dream of when his ...

QBs in final four have affinity for deep balls

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Just in case it matters, Chad Henne isn’t nearly as likely as Patrick Mahomes to chuck the ball deep down the field for the Kansas City Chiefs. The sample size is closer than people might think as well. If Mahomes can’t start the AFC championship game against Buffalo because of ...

Browns, Mayfield look to build on 2020 success

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CLEVELAND (AP) — On their wild ride of an unforgettable, almost unimaginable 2020 season when Zoom calls, masks and contact tracing were daily fixtures, the Browns discovered two things that point to a bright future for an awakened franchise. They’ve got the right coach and the right ...

Jets earn third State Title in win over PSP

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BRIGHTON — On the most important day of their season, in the most important game, North Central got four touchdowns apiece from quarterback Luke Gorzinski and running back Wyatt Raab as the Jets defeated Portland St. Patrick 70-48 in the MHSAA Division 2 8-player State Championship game ...

Packers, Rodgers corral Rams

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Don’t tell Aaron Rodgers the lack of capacity crowds in a pandemic will limit the Green Bay Packers’ home-field advantage in the NFC championship game. He’s been waiting too long for this moment to have any such negative thoughts. Rodgers threw two touchdown ...

Bucks edged by Nets

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left, James Harden had 34 points and 12 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123 on Monday night. Durant finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists to give the Nets their fourth ...

Jets earn third state title

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BRIGHTON — On the most important day of their season, in the most important game, North Central got four touchdowns apiece from quarterback Luke Gorzinski and running back Wyatt Raab as the Jets defeated Portland St. Patrick 70-48 in the MHSAA Division 2 8-player State Championship game ...

Wolves fall short in semifinal

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BATTLE CREEK —It was in a nearly empty arena and lacking almost all fans that the Carney-Nadeau volleyball team clashed against Auburn Hills Oakland Christian in an echo of its 2018 run. However, the Wolves couldn’t stop history from repeating itself Friday, and they fell 3-1 (25-23, ...

Packers control Rams, host NFC Championship

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Don't tell Aaron Rodgers the lack of capacity crowds in a pandemic will limit the Green Bay Packers' home-field advantage in the NFC championship game. He's been waiting too long for this moment to have any such negative thoughts. Rodgers threw two touchdown passes ...

U.P. Lugers stay on course at home

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NEGAUNEE — In a normal year, the United States National Natural Luge team would be miles away from their home track Lucy Hill in Negaunee competing in Europe at this time. This year, riding on the coattails of 2020, has thus far been anything but normal. Especially for the ...

Bucks outlast Mavs

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame poor free-throw shooting to score 31 points, Khris Middleton hit two late 3-pointers and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Dallas Mavericks 112-109 on Friday night. The Bucks improved to 9-4, winning their fourth straight and snapping the ...

More games off as NBA still struggles with virus

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Another three NBA games were postponed Friday, including one in Minnesota only a couple hours before game time, as the league’s struggle with increasing coronavirus numbers continued. Among the revelations Friday: Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns , whose mother and six other relatives ...

Prep schedule

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Today’s game Football Eight-player Division 2 State final At Brighton North Central vs. Portland St. Patrick, 2

Jets ready to take title

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POWERS — After a football season that began Aug. 10, the North Central Jets will travel across the Mackinac Bridge today. They’ll do so to complete their journey to the 8-player state championship game. North Central (10-0), will take on Portland St. Patrick (10-0) on Saturday afternoon ...

Wings shut out in opener

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DETROIT (AP) — Nino Niederreiter scored early in the first period and Petr Mrazek had to make just 14 saves for a shutout, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Ryan Ddzingel scored on a power play with 2:34 left ...

Packers’ face test from L.A. defense

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No NFL team scored more points during the regular season than the Green Bay Packers. Nobody has played better defense than the Los Angeles Rams. That sets up an intriguing showdown of strength vs. strength when MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (13-3) host All-Pro defensive tackle ...

Lions hire new GM

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The Detroit Lions desperately need to figure out how to draft better players and they’re leaning on Brad Holmes to lead the way, drawing on his expertise with the Los Angeles Rams. Holmes and the Lions agreed to terms Thursday on a deal Thursday that makes him their general manager. He led ...

Prep schedule

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Today’s games Volleyball State semifinal Division 4 At Battle Creek Carney-Nadeau vs. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, 2 Saturday’s games Volleyball Division 4 At Battle Creek State final, 10 a.m. Football Eight-player Division 2 State final At Brighton North ...

Briefs

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MHSAA alters winter sports schedule The MHSAA has, again, adjusted the schedule for winter sports. Boys and girls basketball will now have their first contests on Feb. 4. Competitive Cheer and wrestling will have their first meets on Feb. 8. Hockey games will begin Feb. 1. Non-contact ...