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DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers ran for a tiebreaking score in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday and clinched the NFC North title.

The Packers (10-3) knocked Matthew Stafford out of the game with a rib injury in the fourth quarter and went on to win their third straight game and second straight division championship. The Packers clinched the division with the win and Minnesota’s loss to Tampa Bay earlier in the day.

The Packers’ win combined with the Saints’ loss in Philadelphia gives Green Bay the top seed in the NFC. The teams are both 10-3, but the Packers beat the Saints earlier this season.

The Lions (5-8) scored first and pulled into a tie late in the second quarter, but they simply couldn’t stop Rodgers.

The two-time MVP completed his first eight passes for 119 yards and two scores. Rodgers finished 26 of 33 for 290 yards, three TDs and did not throw an interception for a third straight game. He ran 6 yards, untouched, to put the Packers ahead 21-14 for his 30th career rushing TD to break Tobin Rote’s team record for a quarterback.

Green Bay receiver Davante Adams also broke a franchise record.

He extended his touchdown reception streak to eight games, turning a short pass from Rodgers into a 56-yard touchdown to pull into a 7-all tie in the first quarter. Adams broke the franchise record set by Hall of Famer Don Hutson, who had a pair of seven-game streaks in the 1940s. He finished with seven catches for 115 yards and Green Bay tight end Robert Tonyan had his ninth TD reception of the season.

Stafford went toward the team’s locker room in the fourth, returned to the field to throw some passes, then retreated out of view again.

Chase Daniel replaced Stafford and led a drive that ended with Matt Prater’s 32-yard field goal with 1:49 left to pull the Lions within seven points. The Lions’ comeback hopes were dashed when the ensuing onside kick didn’t go 10 yards and Rodgers completed a pass to convert a third down on his final possession.

Detroit opened the game with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped by Stafford’s 1-yard shovel pass to T.J. Hockenson.

Rodgers responded with the TD pass to Adams. He also threw a 14-yard TD pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s back shoulder to put the Packers ahead 14-7 in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Detroit rookie D’Andre Swift scored on a 3-yard run to tie the game at 14 late in the first half.

Rodgers directed a 14-play possession and took advantage of penalties to open the second half and his 6-yard run gave Green Bay a 21-14 lead. The Packers ran 21 plays in the third for 143 yards while the Lions had just three snaps on offense and gained just 4 yards.

Kerryon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 6:30 left in the game to end a 13-play drive and cut Detroit’s deficit to 28-21.

Green Bay made it a two-score game with 3:30 remaining on Mason Crosby’s 57-yard field goal.

INJURIES

Packers: CB Chandon Sullivan (hip) was hurt during the game.

Lions: Stafford hurt his ribs and CB Darryl Roberts left the game with a hip injury in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host the Carolina Panthers (4-9) on Saturday night.

Lions: Play at the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans (9-4).



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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Draw lays out path to FIFA Club World Cup glory

  • Action to start on 4 February with Tigres against Ulsan
  • Al Duhail and Al Ahly will clash in the second match
  • The winners of the latter will play Bayern München in the semi-finals

Today’s Official Draw at the Home of FIFA in Zurich mapped out the road to global glory for the six clubs competing at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™.

Tigres UANL and Ulsan Hyundai FC will face each other in the first game scheduled for 4 February at 17:00 local time (15:00 CET) at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, while Al Duhail SC and Al Ahly SC will face off at 20:30 (18:30 CET) on the same day at Education City.

The Tigres-Ulsan winners will move on to play the Copa Libertadores champions – Palmeiras and Santos will contest the final on 30 January – in the semi-finals, while Al Duhail or Al Ahly will take on FC Bayern München.

The Qatar 2020 champions will be crowned following the final at Education City Stadium on 11 February, with kick-off at 21:00 (19:00 CET).

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The Hundred 2021 – Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan among names in latest Hundred player retentions list

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Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan and Jason Roy are among the England men’s internationals who have been retained by their teams for this year’s inaugural edition of the Hundred, while Sunil Narine, Mohammad Amir, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez have been confirmed for overseas player slots.

The ECB has announced another batch of more than 50 player retentions for its new competition, which was pushed back by the Covid-19 pandemic. The process for allowing men’s teams to decide whether they want to keep players selected in the original draft in 2019 will run until February 4, after which there will be a mini-draft to complete the squads.

All players in the women’s competition had previously been given the option to roll over their contracts or negotiate with other teams.

ALSO READ: The Hundred – full 2021 squad lists

Bairstow will remain with Welsh Fire, despite losing his place as the team’s centrally contracted Test player to Ollie Pope, where he is understood to have secured a top-band contract worth £100,000. He will play for the Cardiff-based team alongside fellow white-ball internationals Tom Banton and Ben Duckett.

“I’m delighted to be staying at Welsh Fire and I’m really looking forward to representing the team this summer,” Bairstow said. “Ben and Tom are both excellent players and we’ve got the makings of a really strong line-up.”

Malan, ranked the ICC’s No. 1 T20I batsman, has opted to stay with Trent Rockets on a deal increased after initially being drafted in the sixth of seven salary bands, while Roy will play on his county home ground with Oval Invincibles.

“I was really pleased when Trent Rockets picked me in the men’s draft and it was a no-brainer to stay with the side,” Malan said. “We’ve got a really exciting mix of local talent and overseas stars and we’ll be aiming to bring the trophy to Trent Bridge.”

In the women’s competition, South Africa’s Lee and du Preez have signed for Manchester Originals, Kapp stays at Oval Invincibles, and their compatriot Chloe Tryon will turn out for Lord’s-based London Spirit.

“I’ve got some fantastic memories of playing in England both internationally and in the Kia Super League and I can’t wait to take part in the Hundred later this year for Manchester Originals,” Lee said. “It’s really exciting to be playing in a new competition and I think it’s a great opportunity to continue to grow the women’s game.”

Kapp added: “The Kia Oval is a fantastic place to play cricket and I’m really looking forward to playing for Oval Invincibles there. We’ve got a great group of players and I’m hoping we can go all the way in the competition.”

Other notable retentions include England spinner Kirstie Gordon remaining with Birmingham Phoenix, Narine staying at Oval Invincibles, and Amir and Mohammad Nabi sticking with London Spirit.

Birmingham Phoenix: Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood

London Spirit: Mohammad Amir, Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Jade Dernbach, Danielle Gibson, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon

Manchester Originals: Joe Clarke, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizelle Lee, Phil Salt

Northern Superchargers: Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth

Oval Invincibles: Megan Belt, Alex Blake, Eva Gray, Marizanne Kapp, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Rhianna Southby, Nathan Sowter

Southern Brave: Lauren Bell, Alex Davies, Sonia Odedra, Max Waller

Trent Rockets: Kathryn Bryce, Matthew Carter, Abbey Freeborn, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney

Welsh Fire: Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith

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KU falls 77-69 to Baylor, drops consecutive Big 12 games for first time since 2013

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WACO, Texas — Jared Butler hit a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game and No. 2 Baylor jumped out to a big lead. The standout guard kept scoring points — and making plays when No. 9 Kansas tried to get close late.

Butler had a season-high 30 points and eight assists as the Bears remained undefeated with a 77-69 victory Monday night over No. 9 Kansas, which has lost consecutive Big 12 games for the first time in nearly eight years.

“It’s a team that wins the game. Me trying to do it all by myself, it’s never worked out that way,” Butler said, deferring some of the credit. “To win the Big 12, we’re going to need all 15 guys, we need everybody, we need the staff. I just make sure we play a team game, and I think we’re unbeatable when we play that way.”

Butler and these Bears (13-0, 6-0 Big 12) led throughout in a matchup of this season’s preseason league favorite and the team that has won or shared 15 of the last 16 regular-season titles. The first of Butler’s seven 3-pointers was part of their opening 11-2 spurt, and they led by as many as 16 in the first half.

“They were real focused, like we’ve been for every game,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

Kansas (10-4, 4-3) played for the first time since a 75-70 loss last Tuesday at Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks’ scheduled game Saturday was postponed because of COVID-19 issues in Iowa State’s program.

The Jayhawks were within 65-60 with 3:18 left after Jalen Wilson drove the baseline for a slam that capped an 8-0 run. Butler then hit a 3 at the other end, and Kansas never got closer.

When Kansas had closed to 56-51 midway though the second half after a turnover by Butler led to a dunk by Ochai Agbaji, Butler responded with a pass to Mark Vital for a dunk. Butler then followed a turnover by Agbaji with a 3-pointer.

Coach Bill Self’s team hadn’t lost consecutive Big 12 games since a three-game skid in February 2013 against Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma.

“I’m not leaving out of here mad. I’m leaving out here disappointed, without question,” Self said. “Certainly they were better than us tonight.”

MaCio Teague added 13 points and Davion Mitchell 10 for the Bears. Vital had 10 rebounds, along with an impressive block on what would have been a breakaway dunk for Kansas.

Christian Braun had 14 of his 17 points for Kansas in the first half, while Agbaji had 13 of his 16 points after halftime. Marcus Garrett had nine points and eight assists, but also had five turnovers.

Butler had nine points in the game’s first five minutes. That came two days after he was scoreless until scoring seven points in the final seven minutes of a 68-60 win at Texas Tech that was Baylor’s first game this season decided by fewer than 10 points.

Baylor was up 37-21 following another 3 by Butler that prompted Self to call his third timeout. That came only seconds before what would have been the under-four media stoppage, but he didn’t wait after the 3 that was set up when Matthew Mayer stole a bad pass by Garrett.

1 AND 2

Kansas also played No. 1 Gonzaga this season, losing to the Bulldogs 102-90 in the season opener.

“Well, I would be shocked if there’s a third (team) that fits into that category,” Self said. “The games were actually pretty similar. … We came back and tied Gonzaga, didn’t quite get close enough to do that today. I think they’re both terrific.”

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The Jayhawks are 98-14 following a loss under Self. Their last eight losses overall have been to Top 25 teams. … If not for Braun’s effort in the first half, when he made all four of his 3-pointers, the Jayhawks could have been in a much bigger hole. There was a stretch of just over four minutes when he outscored Baylor 11-10 on his own.

“We would have been buried if it wasn’t for CB making two or three 3s, but after that we settled in and did some good things,” Self said.

Baylor: The Bears are 13-0 for the fourth time in school history — the other times were in 1911-12, 2011-12 and 2016-17. They are off to a 6-0 start in Big 12 play for the second season in a row. Baylor is 9-1 against ranked teams the past two seasons.

UP NEXT

Kansas is at Oklahoma on Saturday, only two weeks after holding on at home for a 63-59 win over the Sooners.

Baylor plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday.



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