GREEN BAY — It was the worst of times. Period. End of sentence. That's how the Green Bay Packers felt after learning Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers would need surgery for the broken right collarbone he suffered in a 23-10 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. When a displaced collarbone requires surgery, the average recovery time is approximately three months. If Rodgers needs that much time, his 2017 season is likely over.
MADISON — When the offense has failed No. 7 Wisconsin during the 2017 season, the Badgers' defense has picked the team up time and time again. The Badgers' 17-9 Big Ten Conference victory Saturday over Purdue at Camp Randall Stadium offered many examples. Wisconsin's defense allowed only three second-half points and held the Boilermakers to zero touchdowns on four red-zone opportunities. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said the defense is a stout unit.
CLEVELAND -- Didi Gregorius hit two home runs and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Wednesday night in the deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field. After losing the first two games of the series, the Yankees won three in a row, outscoring Cleveland 13-5. The Indians hadn't lost three straight games since July 30-Aug. 1.
Strong-armed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky commanded the attention of dozens of NFL scouts as he shattered school records at North Carolina a season ago. Tonight, Trubisky will have an opportunity to showcase his abilities in front of millions of viewers. The No. 2 overall pick will make his debut in prime time as the Chicago Bears (1-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Soldier Field. The 23-year-old Ohio native supplants Mike Glennon as the starter only five weeks into his career.
NFL WEEK 5 / PACKERS 35, COWBOYS 31 ARLINGTON, Texas — Aaron Rodgers dashed the Dallas Cowboys' hopes for a win once again. The Green Bay quarterback tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davante Adams with 11 seconds remaining to lift the Packers to a 35-31 victory over Dallas on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Rodgers' scoring throw to Adams capped a nine-play, 75-yard march that took only 1:02. The winning touchdown pass came on second-and-10 from the Dallas 12, one play after Rodgers threw incomplete to Adams in the left-back corner of the end zone.
The Minnesota Vikings signed Stevan Ridley and placed fellow running back Dalvin Cook on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday. Cook sustained a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions. The rookie recorded 74 carries for 354 yards and two touchdowns in four games for the Vikings (2-2), who visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Ridley had brief stints with the Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons in 2016 after playing in eight games with the New York Jets the previous season.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a sexist remark toward a female reporter on Wednesday, saying it was "funny to hear a female" ask a question about route running. Newton smirked as Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked the following question: "Cam, I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well," Rodrigue said. "Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards.
The Minnesota Wild signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year, $660,000 contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Winnik attended training camp on a professional tryout contract for the Wild, who open their season at the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Minnesota is expected to be without fellow forward Zach Parise for at least the first two games as he nurses a back injury.
Kevin Molino scored in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to propel Minnesota United FC to a stunning 3-2, come-from-behind win over 10-man Atlanta United on Tuesday at Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, keeping alive the Loons' fleeting playoff hopes. Christian Ramirez scored in the 90th minute to lift Minnesota United into a tie, and Molino finished off Atlanta with a goal that rocked the crowd of 43,185. It was the first loss for Atlanta in its gleaming new home after five wins and a draw in the first six matches.
MADISON — Tenth-ranked Wisconsin pushed aside a forgettable first half to beat Northwestern 33-24 on Saturday in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) trailed 10-7 at the half, but quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who struggled with long passes in the first half, found success on the Badgers' first series in the third quarter.