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No. 5 Wisconsin hosts No. 19 Michigan...Elway blames players for Broncos’ slump...Nets’ Russell has knee surgery

November 18, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — The top match-up in college football today has number-19 Michigan at number-five Wisconsin. The only game on the schedule this weekend matching ranked teams features two of the best defenses in the country.

DENVER (AP) — Broncos general manager John Elway is defending his rookie head coach and his staff, while blaming Denver’s five-game skid on underachieving players. Elway’s comments yesterday were his first about the slump that cost quarterback Trevor Siemian (SIHM’-ee-ihn) his starting job. Brock Osweiler (AHS’-wy-lur) will make his third start tomorrow when the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals in a matchup of 3-6 teams fighting to stay relevant.

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Russell has played in 12 games for Brooklyn this season with team-leading averages of 20.9 points and 5.7 assists. No timetable for his return was announced. Spencer Dinwiddie takes over as the starting point guard in his place.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick broke down in tears as she announced she will retire from full-time racing next year after running the Daytona 500 and then the Indianapolis 500. In her announcement yesterday Patrick didn’t reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The weightlifter who was known as “Pocket Hercules” has died. Turkey’s official news agency says the 50-year-old (Naim Suleymanoglu) had been undergoing treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. The 4-foot-10 weightlifter could lift three times his weight. The native Bulgarian won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996 and was regarded as a national hero in his adopted country.

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