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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are NFC North champions after Aaron Jones bulled his way to 154 yards rushing and two second-half touchdowns in a 23-10 win at Minnesota. Za’Darius Smith was the Packers’ defensive standout with five tackles for loss, including 3 ½ sacks of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Packers fought through three first-half turnovers that left them trailing 10-9 at the break.

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks could be reuniting with former star running back Marshawn Lynch. Coach Pete Carroll said during his radio show yesterday that Lynch was on his way to Seattle to undergo a physical after not playing in more than a year. Seattle is 11-and-4 and in desperate need of running backs after Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise both suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to Arizona.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Utah Jazz have upgraded their backcourt through a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Jazz have picked up Jordan Clarkson from the Cavs for fellow guard Dante Exum and second-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023. Clarkson is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 29 games this season. Exum had fallen out of Utah’s rotation and is averaging 7 ½ minutes.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida won the Gasparilla Bowl as Richie Grant and Tre’mon Morris-Brash had first-quarter defensive touchdowns in the Knights’ 48-25 rout of Marshall. Grant had a 39-yard interception return on Marshall’s third play and Morris-Brash brought back a fumble 55 yards for a score that put UCF ahead, 21-0. Dillon Gabriel was 14 of 24 passes for 260 yards, tossing two scoring passes in the third period and running for a TD later in the period.

NEW YORK (AP) — Gonzaga has just become the sixth to reach No. 1 in this season’s Associated Press men’s basketball poll, supplanting Kansas after improving to 13-1. The Bulldogs picked up 54 of 65 first-place votes, while No. 2 Ohio State claimed nine. Third-ranked Louisville and No. 4 Duke received one apiece. Kansas is fifth, followed by Oregon, Baylor, Auburn, Memphis and Villanova.

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