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Lions stumble into Thanksgiving game

DETROIT (AP) — As poorly as the Detroit Lions have played this season, this might have been a new low. That meant some predictable questions for coach Matt Patricia. The Lions were shut out 20-0 Sunday by a Carolina team that was missing its quarterback and star running back. It was the ...

Vikings defense learns another lesson in defeat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the sixth time in the last eight games, the Minnesota Vikings had their under-construction defense on the field down the stretch on Sunday with the opportunity to seal a victory. Three times, this group of mostly inexperienced players made the stop it needed for a ...

Packers edged by Colts in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis defense may have turned Aaron Rodgers into a believer Sunday. Everyone else might want to take notice, too. After allowing three touchdown passes and 28 first-half points, the Colts gave up only three second-half points. They also forced a ...

Lions shut out by Panthers, Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — P.J. Walker was a third-string quarterback battling for a roster spot with the Colts 18 months ago when he received a strange call from his mother, Tamicha Drake. She said she had a dream that he was throwing touchdown passes and winning games for the Carolina ...

Wolverines end skid after triple overtime

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Michigan had to switch quarterbacks, go three overtimes and play roughly 4 1/2 hours to avoid the football program’s worst start in 53 years. It was worth it. Hassan Haskins dove in from less than a yard out on fourth down in the third overtime and the Wolverines ...

Dalton, Dallas top Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andy Dalton returned from a two-game absence to throw three touchdown passes, hitting Dalton Schultz for a 2-yard score with 1:37 left to lift Dallas over the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 on Sunday to stop the Cowboys’ four-game losing streak. Dalton went 22 for 32 for 203 ...

Packers face tough Colts’ defense

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts embrace these daunting midseason tests. First, they tried to contain reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. Then they contended with 2019 rushing champion Derrick Henry. On Sunday, the Colts face a third consecutive challenge — slowing down two-time MVP ...

Lions and Stafford take advantage of schedule

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matthew Stafford has earned a reputation for being tough and playing through injuries. The Detroit Lions are going to need their franchise quarterback to be tough — and to stay on the field — if they hope to rebound from a 4-5 start and make a run at the NFC ...

Vikings look to improve ST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The low moment of Minnesota’s most recent game at Chicago came at the opening of the second half, when former Vikings return ace Cordarrelle Patterson took the kickoff 104 yards for a Bears touchdown that triggered a sideline eruption by coach Mike Zimmer. The recipient ...

MHSAA accepts new plan for FB, VB finals

EAST LANSING, Mich. (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. ...

Belanger signs with Bay College

RAPID RIVER — For Rapid River senior Natalie Belanger, the choice to continue playing softball at Bay College with the Norse was an easy one. “Ever since they announced they were going to have a softball team a few years ago, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” said ...

UM looks to snap streak

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 Conference. It’s happened this year. The Scarlet Knights and Michigan are right there with each other heading into Saturday night’s game ...

Pistons draft three in first

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 ...

Pistons take Hayes at No. 7

Anthony Edwards paid tribute to his mother and grandmother. Onyeka Okongwu recalled his brother. Obi Toppin thought about coming home. Tears flowed freely for those and many more players Wednesday night when their long-awaited, repeatedly delayed NBA dreams were finally realized. Edwards was ...

Cook slowed, Cousins steps up

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With league-leading production from running back Dalvin Cook and clever play-calling by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Minnesota Vikings helped Kirk Cousins get back in a groove this month after his rash of turnovers contributed to the team’s 1-5 start. Cousins ...

Foles may be available in spite of a hip injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy on Tuesday indicated a desire to keep his offense’s play-calling in the hands of coordinator Bill Lazor even after their lowest yardage output in almost three years during a 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Now he just needs to ...

Column — Johnson enters INDYCAR, McLaughlin driver to watch

ESCANABA — You would be hard-pressed to find a more stout field of drivers than the one that will be showcased in the 2021 NTT Data INDYCAR Series. A paddock that already includes five-time INDYCAR champion Scott Dixon — considered one of the all-time greats of American open-wheel racing ...

Spartans may face uncertainty at QB

Four games into the season, Michigan State might be back to square one at quarterback. At the very least, coach Mel Tucker has indicated that the competition is open this week. “It’s really early in the week, we haven’t even put the pads on yet. We’ll do that later on today. We’ll ...

Vikings, Cousins top Bears

CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Cousins will take a victory any day of the week. That he finally got one on a Monday night didn’t seem to matter. Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings overcame a 104-yard kickoff return by Chicago’s Cordarrelle Patterson to beat ...

Unbeaten Badgers on knife’s edge in Big Ten

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 ...