Athlete injuries

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
December 29, 2019 - 4:42 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a 23-20 win over the Detroit Lions to earn a first-round bye. The Packers (13-3) fell behind by two touchdowns in the second quarter. They didn't lead until Crosby made his second game-winning...
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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after Clemson defeated Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
December 29, 2019 - 3:45 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The matchup is set for a tantalizing College Football Playoff national championship game. On one side, defending champ Clemson, with its 29-game winning streak. On the other, unbeaten and No. 1 LSU, with its record-setting offense and Heisman Trophy winner. But first, we...
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Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta (84) runs with the ball while defended by Southern California cornerback Greg Johnson (9) during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)
December 28, 2019 - 1:27 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A tough month for the Iowa Hawkeyes ended with a rousing Holiday Bowl victory over Southern California that would have made Hayden Fry and Bump Elliott proud. Ihmir Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard reception — all in the second quarter...
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Toronto Blue Jays newly signed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, right, smiles as he speaks to media at a news conference announcing his signing to the team in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 27, 2019 - 7:14 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu is the ace the Toronto Blue Jays needed to pair with a lineup flush with “baseball royalty.” That’s the view agent Scott Boras has of the four-year, $80 million deal that brought the Korean left-hander north of the border. Ryu agreed to join the Jays last weekend, then...
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Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) celebrates with teammate Brent Seabrook (7) on the bench after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
December 27, 2019 - 6:15 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Reality set in for Jonathan Toews when he got to the Chicago Blackhawks' locker room Friday morning. Brent Seabrook's stall was empty. “Day 1, pretty much. He's not around,” Toews said, “and you notice it right away.” Seabrook has been ruled out for the rest of the season after years...
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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, looks across at quarterback Russell Wilson during warmups at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, in Renton, Wash. When Lynch played his last game for the Seahawks in 2016, the idea of him ever wearing a Seahawks uniform again seemed preposterous. Yet, here are the Seahawks getting ready to have Lynch potentially play a major role Sunday against San Francisco with the NFC West title on the line. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 27, 2019 - 3:12 pm
The return of Beast Mode. A division title on the line. Possible home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Those are the intriguing story lines of the juiciest matchup of the NFL's final week of the regular season as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks square off in a Sunday night...
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File-This Dec. 12, 2019, file photo shows Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson running during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. No matter how many spectacular plays Jackson and Russell Wilson made, officiating overshadowed the NFL this season. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
December 27, 2019 - 2:56 pm
No matter how many spectacular plays Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson made, officiating overshadowed the NFL this season. Regardless of the record stream of receptions by Michael Thomas, the sacks by Chandler Jones and long field goals by nearly every kicker, the headlines regularly were about...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
December 26, 2019 - 10:57 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic returned to the Dallas lineup after missing four games to injury and scored 24 points to help the Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-98 on Thursday night. Doncic finished with 10 rebounds and eight assists and barely missed adding to his NBA-leading total of eight...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) reacts after injuring his ankle as Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) defends him during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Dec 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 26, 2019 - 7:26 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic returned to the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs after missing four games because of a sprained right ankle. Doncic leads the NBA this season with eight triple-doubles. The reigning rookie of the year entered the game averaging 29.3...
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Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz speaks to members of the media about the 2019 Holiday Bowl during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)
December 26, 2019 - 7:19 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 30 years after Hayden Fry last worked a sideline in San Diego, the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes will remember their former coach when they play No. 22 USC in the Holiday Bowl on Friday night. Iowa will remove the Tigerhawk decals from its helmets to honor Fry, who died on Dec. 17 at...
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