• In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 photo, referee Greg Knight, center, leans in for a pre-game prayer with other officials before a high school football game in Gentry, Ark. Sports officials across the country are facing increasing scrutiny, with many taking out insurance in case they are attacked by fans or coaches. (AP Photo/Kurt Voigt)

    Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jimmy Woods has been a youth official for nearly 30 years, and he’s lost count of how many football games he has refereed and how many times he’s been yelled at, threatened or insulted.

  • Green Bay holds on to beat Akron 66-63

    ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Khalil Small made a key 3-pointer with 3:30 to play and Green Bay held on to beat Akron 66-63 on Tuesday night.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Buffalo Bills in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    POWER RANKINGS: Perfect Patriots and Panthers remain 1-2

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers remained the league’s only unbeaten teams going into Week 12.

  • In this Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is looking forward to the return of predecessor Brett Favre on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at Lambeau Field. Favre’s name and retired number will be unveiled on the north facade of the stadium at halftime of Green Bay’s game against the Chicago Bears.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

    Packers’ Rodgers looking forward to returns of Favre, Starr

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers often speaks with pride about the history of the Green Bay Packers, a franchise that has been fortunate to have three of the game’s best quarterbacks on its side.

  • Colter, Mason lead Duquesne past Milwaukee 96-92 in OT

    ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Derrick Colter scored a career-high 27 before fouling out with 2:36 left in overtime and Micah Mason scored four points in the final 43 seconds to help Duquesne hold off Milwaukee for a 96-92 win on Tuesday.

  • Starr’s trip back to Lambeau could be his last

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr has been tossing the football again as he prepares to return to Lambeau Field for a special ceremony on Thanksgiving honoring another Green Bay Packers legend, Brett Favre.

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker (12) dunks over Detroit Pistons' Ersan Ilyasova during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Monroe helps Bucks beat Pistons 109-88

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his former team, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

  • Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) runs past Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) an defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Sore Packers need to bounce back for Thanksgiving night

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers celebrated the end of their three-game losing streak and return to the top of the NFC North on the flight home from Minnesota.

  • Wisconsin's Alex Erickson (86) and Drew Meyer (90) react as the referee reversed a touchdown reception call during the second seconds of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Northwestern won 13-7. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Call it: Badgers get input from Big Ten on reversed TD

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A down-to-the-wire loss to Northwestern still stings at Wisconsin, though the Badgers have vowed to move on with an important rivalry game up next to wrap up the regular season.

  • Chicago Bears head coach John Fox talks to quarterback Jay Cutler (6) as Cutler walks to the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bears looking to regroup after missing chance to hit .500

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Cornerback Tracy Porter could sense the frustration in the Chicago Bears’ locker room even if there were no major outbursts.