the N-F-C North...
Green Bay 20, Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 20, Chicago 14
Miami 37, Minnesota 35
In men's college basketball...
U-W Green Bay 66, Arkansas-Little Rock 46
Whitworth 78, Marian 64
women's college basketball...
Marquette 65, Western Illinois 57
U-W Milwaukee 69, Chicago State 47
In the American Hockey League...
Milwaukee 3, Toronto 2 in overtime
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The Green Bay Packers clinched at least a Wild Card playoff berth for the sixth straight year, after winning at Tampa Bay yesterday 20-to-3. Now, they'll go for a team-record fourth consecutive division title next Sunday when they host their regular season finale against Detroit -- a game that's been moved from noon to 3:25. Both remain tied atop the N-F-C North at 11-and-4, but Detroit still has the tie-breaker. Green Bay's defense romped against Tampa, sacking quarterback Josh McCown seven times and holding the Buccaneers to just 109 total yards. Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for almost three times that much -- 318 yards while completing 31-of-40 passes and a touchdown to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers played with flu-like symptoms and a strained left calf which he suffered early in yesterday's game. That's why he didn't scramble as much as normal. Randall Cobb had career-highs of 11 catches and 131 receiving yards. Nelson had nine receptions for 113 yards.
Nelson now has 14-hundred-33 yards and needs 65 more next week to break the team season record set by Robert Brooks in 1995. Eddie Lacy ran for 99 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown scamper for the game's first points late in the first quarter. Lacy joined John Brockington as the only players in Green Bay history to rush for a-thousand yards in each of their first two N-F-L seasons. For the Buccaneers, McCown completed 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards. Doug Martin had 17 yards on 10 carries, as Tampa Bay fell to 2-and-13. Green Bay had 431 total yards on the day, and held the ball for almost 39 of the 60 minutes.
The Detroit Lions remained atop the N-F-C North with a 20-to-14 victory at Chicago. Joique Bell scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, as the Lions extended their winning streak to four games. Detroit has eleven wins for the first time since 1991. They secured a playoff spot on Saturday, after Philadelphia lost to Washington. It's Detroit's first post-season berth since 2011. Jimmy Clausen threw for 181 yards in place of Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears are now 5-and-10, after losing four straight.
The Minnesota Vikings fell to 6-and-9 after losing at Miami, 37-to-35. Terrence Fede blocked Jeff Locke's punt out of the end zone to win it. Ex-Packer Greg Jennings had a receiving touchdown for Minnesota, which lost its second straight. After the game, the Dolphins announced that former Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin would return for his fourth season as Miami's head coach. He's 23-and-24 since 2012. The Dolphins were eliminated from playoff contention yesterday when Kansas City lost to Pittsburgh.
The Green Bay men's basketball team topped Arkansas-Little Rock 66-to-46 yesterday in the semi-finals of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Little Rock's defense focused on Phoenix star Keifer Sykes, who ended 29 straight games with ten points or more by getting just five yesterday. Jordan Fouse helped fill the scoring gap with 17. Alfonzo McKinnie had 16 points and ten rebounds, as Green Bay has now won four straight contests and eight of their last nine. Sykes had eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Roger Woods had 18 points and eight rebounds for Arkansas-Little Rock, which shot just 35-percent from the floor and dropped to 4-and-5. Green Bay improved to 9-and-2. They'll play California-Irvine this afternoon for the Vegas tournament championship. Irvine rallied from 16 points down to beat Bradley in the semi-finals, 55-to-47.
The Marquette women rallied in the second half yesterday to beat Western Illinois at home 65-to-57. The Golden Eagles were down by five with about ten minutes to play, when they went on a game-deciding 13-0 run. Marquette led by seven with 40 seconds to go, when Kenisha Bell had a steal and a lay-up which sealed the victory. Arlesia Morse scored 17 points, and Apiew Ojulu had 14 rebounds to help Marquette improve to 4-and-7. Ashley Luke had 17 points and 12 boards for Western Illinois, which fell to 6-and-5. The Golden Eagles have completed their non-conference schedule, and will host Xavier in their Big East opener a week from tomorrow night.
The U-W Milwaukee women scored 17 straight points in the second half yesterday to beat Chicago State at home, 69-to-47. The Cougars out-shot U-W-M 47-to-40 percent, but Milwaukee forced 27 turnovers and grabbed a season-high 20 offensive rebounds. Ashley Green had 25 points and nine rebounds to help the Panthers improve to 4-and-6. Jakeisha Wells scored 13 for Chicago State, which dropped to 2-and-9. The Milwaukee women will play their next game on Sunday at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.
In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals won at Toronto 3-to-2 in overtime. Taylor Aronson scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left in the extra period. Admirals' goal-tender Magnus Hellberg had 31 saves to pick up his seventh win of the season.