GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are preparing for all scenarios for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers and injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two-time NFL MVP was held out of practice at midweek to focus on rehabbing what he says is a sprained left knee. He might be more limited in the pocket than usual. It still didn’t stop Rodgers from helping the Packers beat the Bears last week. The Vikings say they think Rodgers is playing and will be ready for anything.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking Brown. Police Chief Alfonso Morales disclosed the firing Thursday and identified the officer as Erik Andrade. Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black. Andrade mocked Brown on Facebook for his Jan. 26 arrest stemming from a parking violation.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Major League pitcher Billy O’Dell has died at 85 years old. O’Dell played at Clemson and went on to a 13-year big league career with Baltimore, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. O’Dell was an All-Star in 1958 and 1959. Clemson officials announced his death Thursday after speaking with family members. The Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry says O’Dell died Wednesday but did not announce a cause of death.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers and workers have started the mammoth task of demolishing the Milwaukee Bucks’ former arena. The Bradley Center, which is next door to the new Fiserv Forum, is being deconstructed one locker and luxury suite at a time. The crews are saving furniture, equipment, fixtures and other items to be resold at Milwaukee County Habitat Re-Store shops.