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coffey's accelerated recovery gives gophers hope they can do the same

amir coffey knew where he wanted to go with the ball saturday. he had a good feeling about how to play with his teammates.but the mental part is one thing — being back to 100 percent physically is another.things were just a little off when coffey returned after a five-game absence because of a right shoulder injury. the 6-8 gophers sophomore guard is still working back into shape.coffey practiced just once before playing 35 minutes in saturday’s 67-49 loss to ohio state in new york. and now he is being kept out of practice, along with junior guard dupree mcbrayer (leg), for precautionary reasons.“i think with amir, once some time passes, he’ll get in better shape and be able to help,” coach richard pitino said monday. “i thought he just gutted it out and played as well as he could.”the gophers, who play northwestern on tuesday night at williams arena, were 1-4 without coffey and suspended center reggie lynch. they lost again with coffey back over the weekend, but his sooner-than-expected return gives the team hope to turn things around this season, especially if coffey, mcbrayer and all-big ten senior point guard nate mason can play well together again.coffey had 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting with two assists and three turnovers saturday. in his nine games before being sidelined, the hopkins product averaged 15.4 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds. the gophers are 10-0 this season when coffey has at least three assists in a game.“he’s just got to get back ...





gophers set date for spring football game; kenisha bell honored again

the gophers football program announced monday that its spring game will be played april 14 at tcf bank stadium. the game will begin at noon and will be free to the public.minnesota’s spring practice schedule and events surrounding the game will be announced later.the gophers posted a 5-7 record in coach p.j. fleck’s inaugural season in 2017. the gophers open 2018 on aug. 30 against new mexico state at tcf bank stadium.nine early enrollees joined the gophers for spring semester, and they will participate in spring practice. included in that group are quarterbacks vic viramontes of riverside (calif.) city college and zack annexstad of img academy in bradenton, fla., along with offensive linemen curtis dunlap, a four-star recruit, and daniel faalele, a 6-9, 400-pounder, both from img academy.bell honored againgophers junior guard kenisha bell received her second big ten player of the week honor, sharing the nod with katelynn flaherty of michigan.bell, a bloomington kennedy grad, averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 assists, seven rebounds and three steals per game last week in leading the gophers to two conference wins.state schools jump in men’s hockey pollthree minnesota teams are in the top 10 of the u.s. college hockey online men’s poll released monday, and two of them moved up significantly in the rankings ahead of a tuesday night intrastate showdown.minnesota state mankato jumped two spots to no. 7 after its 5-2 victory over then-no. 3 st. cloud state on saturday. and minneso...





harden's 28 help rockets rally for 99-90 win over heat

houston — chris paul wasn't thrilled with how the houston rockets played monday night.the veteran was perfectly happy with the outcome though.james harden scored 28 points and the rockets overcame a big early deficit to beat the miami heat 99-90."you have those games during the season where (you) win the game and move on ... out of 82 of them sometimes it's going to be ugly, but you just want to win," paul said.miami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. it was tied with about three minutes left when harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. that was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.james johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but miami's hassan whiteside grabbed the rebound. harden blocked his layup, and houston added a dunk by clint capela with 18 seconds left."they did a really good job of trying to run you off the 3-point line," harden said. "so that was kind of tough for us tonight, but defensively that second half we locked up, controlled the game and that was it."whiteside led the heat with 22 points and 13 rebounds. the team was missing goran dragic for the second straight game because of a bruised left knee."they finished and finished in high fashion, making shots, and we struggled to get clean looks on the other end," heat coach erik spoelstra said.houston was at full strength for the first time in a while with trevor ariza and gerald green...





cousins' historic triple-double lifts pelicans over bulls

new orleans — demarcus cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, anthony davis scored 34 points, and the all-star pair led a 17-point new orleans comeback in the final five minutes of regulation before the pelicans pulled out a 132-128 victory over the chicago bulls in double overtime monday night.cousins scored seven points in the second overtime on a 3-pointer, a turnaround jumper and two free throws with 8.2 seconds left. he became the first nba player since hall of famer kareem abdul-jabbar in 1972 to have as many as 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game, according to the elias sports bureau.e'twaun moore scored 15 points, including a 3 in the second overtime to help the pelicans win for the fifth time in six games.jerian grant had 22 points and 13 assists, and robin lopez also scored 22 for the bulls, who appeared well on their way to their fifth victory in six games when they opened the fourth quarter with a 23-5 run to take their largest lead at 104-86.chicago still led by 17 when bobby portis hit a pair of free throws with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter. but cousins and davis led new orleans back with a stunning 21-2 run. jrue holiday tied it at 110 on a 3 with 46 seconds left, and davis briefly gave new orleans the lead with an alley-oop dunk of holiday's lob.lauri markkanen, who had 14 points and 17 rebounds, tied it with a driving layup before davis hit two free throws to give new orleans the lead again with 3.2 seconds left.darius miller fo...





gophers-northwestern men's basketball game preview

8 p.m. vs. northwestern • williams arena • btn (1130-am, 103.5-fm)after three games away, u is back in barnpreview: the gophers (14-8, 3-6 big ten) return to williams arena after their first three-game stretch away from home in conference play since 2002. they have lost five of six since c reggie lynch was suspended jan. 5. g amir coffey returned saturday after missing five games because of a right shoulder injury, but minnesota still fell 67-49 to ohio state at madison square garden. after scoring a combined 49 points in an overtime victory at penn state, nate mason and dupree mcbrayer have totaled only 44 points on only 15-for-50 from the floor the past two games. northwestern (12-9, 3-5) lost two consecutive games after beating the gophers 83-60 on jan. 10, but the wildcats ended the slide with 70-61 victory saturday over penn state.players to watch: coffey scored 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor in 35 minutes against ohio state. the 6-8 sophomore guard is averaging 13.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season. coffey missed the gophers’ earlier game against northwestern this moth. wildcats senior pg bryant mcintosh, a preseason all-big ten selection, set a school record with 16 assists and zero turnovers against the gophers two weeks ago.numbers: tuesday’s game is the only home for the gophers during a 23-day stretch, which includes five of six games away from williams arena.marcus fuller





souhan: something happened on the way to the super bowl

that the vikings could have become the first team to play a super bowl at home became the dominant theme of their season. that story line obscured a more important truth.this wasn’t just the year they could have played for a title in u.s. bank stadium. this was the year their path to a championship would be cleared as if by an industrial-sized snowplow on interstate 35w.two mvp-caliber quarterbacks in the nfc went down — first aaron rodgers, then carson wentz.the seattle seahawks’ once-great defense was shredded by injuries and age.ezekiel elliott’s suspensions ruined the cowboys’ season, and odell beckham’s injury helped ruin the giants’.you can lament the arrival of another nfc team in minneapolis for the super bowl, but the vikings’ lasting regret from this season should be that their future routes to the super bowl are certain to be more difficult.late sunday, there was a level of disgust and self-recrimination in the vikings’ locker room that you rarely hear in the nfl.xavier rhodes said the vikings played like “trash.”terence newman questioned the team’s “energy.”brian robison uttered an expletive when describing what the eagles did to the vikings in a 38-7 victory in the nfc championship game.the vikings became the second team in franchise history to win at least 13 games in a regular season. they did so with two franchise quarterbacks recovering from knee injuries, and a talented running back, dalvin cook, being injured in week 4.they becam...





dems blink on shutdown, hope for immigration bargain

washington – senate democrats blinked. but the saving grace for them may be that they did it quickly.“should we have ever shut down the government?” asked sen. joe manchin of west virginia, who played a leading role in finding a way out for democrats. “absolutely not.”over the weekend, it became clear that using the shutdown to insist on protections for hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrants was a serious miscalculation. by abandoning the strategy on its third day, democrats believe they limited the damage and gave the public time to forget about the disruption before the critical november election.they also won a commitment from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to allow debate on a wide-ranging bipartisan measure that could achieve their goal of protecting the ­so-called dreamers.but by supporting the government’s reopening, they provoked a surge of outrage from the party’s left as progressive activists and lawmakers assailed the deal as a capitulation based on mcconnell’s mere promise.immigration activists were furious that senate minority leader chuck schumer and his fellow democrats had given away the best leverage they had to ensure that the young immigrants were protected.“it’s morally reprehensible and it’s political malpractice,” said ezra levin, the co-executive director of ­indivisible, a liberal group.“leader mcconnell’s track record of keeping his ‘commitments’ is thin at best,” said sen. jeff merkley, d-ore., a ...





storm temporarily shuts down msp, drops several inches across metro

renee jones schneider – star tribunegallery: mike levitson braved taking his children mason, 5, and monroe ,4, to the park to sled during a snow day due to a snow storm hitting the metro on monday, january 22, 2018 in savage, minn.





us says it wants to help indonesia provide maritime security

jakarta, indonesia — u.s. defense secretary jim mattis says the trump administration wants to help indonesia play a central role in maritime security in the asia-pacific region.mattis spoke briefly to reporters tuesday after meeting with his indonesian counterpart.his visit to jakarta reflects one of the key tenets of the broad national security strategy that he publicly unveiled last friday in washington — building partnerships and strengthening alliances.mattis told reporters tuesday that the u.s. wants to help indonesia realize its ambition to become a "maritime fulcrum" in the region. he says that, on that basis, the u.s. wants to work together with indonesia on countering terrorism in the asia-pacific.





jury: clarke, ex-sheriff in milwaukee, didn't violate speech

milwaukee — former milwaukee county sheriff david clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury concluded monday night.in a civil lawsuit against clarke, daniel black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after clarke called him a "snowflake" online and said black "wouldn't be around to whine" if the then-sheriff really wanted to harass him. clarke made the comment after black complained to the county that the sheriff had his deputies detain and question him for 15 minutes after he got off the plane in milwaukee.jurors deliberated nearly three hours before deciding clarke's posts were not enough to chill black's future speech. clarke resigned on aug. 31 to join a political action committee that supports president donald trump.black said he shook his head at clarke last january on the flight from dallas to milwaukee because clarke was wearing cowboys gear when they were playing the green bay packers in the playoffs.black at one point became teary-eyed while testifying monday, saying he would never file another complaint against an elected official because the incident left him so rattled. he said he sued last year because he needed "someone to say this is wrong."although black was not arrested or cited, his attorneys argued that clarke's actions — particularly his social media taunts — were retaliatory and t...





ap source: cubs having active talks with rhp yu darvish

chicago — the chicago cubs are having active talks with free agent yu darvish, hoping to add the right-hander to their rotation as they try for a second championship in three seasons.the 31-year-old darvish is one of the top players available in a slow-moving market this winter. he finished last season with the los angeles dodgers, helping them reach the world series.a person with direct knowledge of the discussions confirmed the talks to the associated press on condition of anonymity monday night because there was no agreement in place. the texas rangers, milwaukee brewers, minnesota twins and new york yankees also have expressed interest in darvish.the conversations come amid reports the cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with chris gimenez, who regularly caught darvish while they were in texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the japanese pitcher.darvish began a successful transition from japan to the majors in 2012, going 16-9 with a 3.90 era in 29 starts for the rangers. he was traded to los angeles in july and went 4-3 with a 3.44 era in nine starts with the dodgers down the stretch.darvish shut down the cubs in game 3 of the nl championship series, striking out seven while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at wrigley field. but he was hit hard in the world series against houston, managing just five outs in each of his two starts, and there was talk he was tipping his pitches.the addition of darvish would be a big boost for ...





rough sledding: snow strands students, flights and commuters

the first major snowstorm of 2018 brought the twin cities to a halt monday, stranding students at school and littering streets, alleys and highways with stuck cars.commuters on public buses got out and walked because it was faster. hundreds of flights were canceled, keeping some vikings fans in philadelphia for an extra day.in southern minnesota, the national guard was on standby to help and house travelers in need.and minneapolis and st. paul both declared a snow emergency.the storm walloped the southern half of the state, dropping up to 10 inches of snow in the twin cities.it was the biggest snowfall since dec. 12, 2012, when 10.5 inches fell in one day. raymond grumney graphic: snow forecast and weather warnings map at minneapolis-st. paul international airport, two runways opened shortly after 7 p.m. after being open only briefly earlier in the day, according to the flight tracking website flightaware. the site said more than 560 flights into and out of msp had been scrubbed and another 114 delayed as of about 9 p.m.a delta flight full of vikings fans was stranded in philadelphia. after already boarding once, pulling away from the gate and being told the airport had closed in minneapolis-st. paul, the plane returned to the terminal. many fans ended up at a bar in terminal d, where sports were on tv, showing replays of sunday’s games. fans commiserated about the sad loss and the ugly conduct of the eagles fans.“what are you going to do about it? it’s...





california cop feeds critter for squirrel appreciation day

clovis, calif. — you may have overlooked squirrel appreciation day, but the police force in clovis, california, didn't forget.the fresno bee reports that on sunday the clovis police department posted a video on its facebook page showing officer john mcgrory give a nut to a squirrel that scampered over to him.the squirrel calmly took the nut and bounced back to a tree as mcgrory laughed.squirrel appreciation day is celebrated every jan. 21.





tcu upsets no. 7 wvu 82-73 after falling out of top 25

fort worth, texas — desmond bane scored eight of his 15 points in just over a minute early in the second half, and tcu beat no. 7 west virginia 82-73 on monday night.the horned frogs (15-5, 3-5 big 12) got their first home win over a top 10 team in nearly five years on the same day they dropped out of the ap top 25 to end an eight-week run as a ranked team.jevon carter had 16 points and sagaba konate 14 for west virginia (16-4, 5-3), as all five starters scored in double figures while losing for the third time in four games. daxter miles jr. had 12 points, lamont west 11 and wesley harris 10.alex robinson had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for tcu, and kouat noi had 13 points with three 3-pointers before being ejected because of a flagrant foul with just over 10 minutes left. vladimir brodziansky had 14 points, and kenrich williams had 14 rebounds.bane's quick burst, with two 3-pointers and a heady layup between those long-range shots, pushed tcu ahead 47-34 with 15:28 left. that capped a 12-1 run to start the second half after the frogs finished the first half on an 11-2 spurt in which bane made the go-ahead shot.and that is even with bane's long 3 going into the break getting taken off the board after officials determined the ball was still on bane's fingertips when the clock hit zero, negating the 35-foot shot and leaving tcu's lead at two instead of five.bane's two-handed slam dunk with 1:15 left broke a 31-all tie. he then made a putback when jd miller...





9 people hurt in volcano eruption near japanese ski resort

tokyo — a volcanic eruption tuesday injured at least nine people at a ski resort in central japan, officials said.one or two of the injured were on a gondola when the window was shattered by volcanic rocks, and the others were believed to have been hit by rocks while on the slopes, said makoto shinohara, an official in kusatsu town.five people had broken bones, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.the japanese military said six soldiers who were among about 30 on ski training were buried by an avalanche, but they had all been pulled out of the snow.the japan meteorological agency said mount kusatsu-shirane erupted around 10 a.m.a rest house at the resort was hit by volcanic rocks, but the extent of damage was not known, resort official yasuaki morita said.aerial photographs showed a large swath of the snowy volcano covered by dark gray ash.





sorry not sorry: wolves' towns backs his support of eagles

los angeles – a philadelphia eagles fan since he was a boy, timberwolves center karl-anthony towns tweeted out support for his favorite team after sunday’s nfc championship game rout, and for plenty of vikings fans, it was too soon.the backlash was fierce and silly: boo him. trade him. worry about your defense. philadelphia 76ers big man joel embiid is your daddy.towns giggled when asked about such reaction and said he couldn’t lose either way on sunday. he is friends with tight end kyle rudolph and other vikings players and he has cheered for the eagles since the 2004 season in which they advanced to the super bowl even though he grew up in new jersey not far from where the jets and giants played.monday, he didn’t back down.“i don’t care,” he said of the reaction. “there’s a lot of hate out there for me right now, but it’s all good. understand february 4th, 6:30 eastern, make sure you catch us. we’ll be on tv. see you then.”towns has cheered for the eagles since donovan mcnabb, brian westbrook, terrell owens and brian dawkins played for them. he told his dad he couldn’t cheer for the giants after he watched them get thumped one day.“being young, you love flashy players,” towns said. “i was drawn to the flashiness, how great they were. we didn’t have game pass, so you had to watch the teams around you and the eagles always were on fox. i just drew a love for them.”in his tweet, he congratulated the vikings on a great season but added, “go...





world economic forum founder asks critics to listen to trump

davos, switzerland – the founder of the world economic forum said he hopes president donald trump's planned visit to davos this week will "provide him even better with a global perspective," and said critics of the u.s. leader should hear him out.klaus schwab couldn't confirm whether trump will actually attend the wef event in the alpine snows on friday, as scheduled, but the trip appears to be on. white house spokeswoman sarah huckabee sanders said monday that if "all things go as expected" with reopening the government, the delegation will travel tuesday and the president will go later in the week.a delegation of cabinet members was scheduled to leave monday, but it was delayed amid the government shutdown, which ended for the moment on monday.more than 60 heads of state and government, plus hundreds of business leaders, academics, civil society advocates and celebrities are meeting in davos from tuesday to friday, an event featuring roughly 400 debates and panels on topics like action on the environment, the outlook for africa, and ways that refugees can contribute to their host countries.in an interview with the associated press, schwab said that now that economic fortunes worldwide are rising and the financial crisis is fading, business has to take a major role in solving social problems."what we need is 'qualitative easing' to make the lives of those who have been left out better, and to include them into the economic development process," said schwab, who w...





puerto rico moves to privatize troubled power company

san juan, puerto rico — puerto rico's governor announced monday that he is moving to privatize the u.s. territory's public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from hurricane maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption.nearly 30 percent of customers on this island of 3.3 million people remain without power more than four months after hurricane maria. many blame the failings of the puerto rico electric power authority, or prepa.its director was forced out in november after the utility failed to immediately call for help from its mainland counterparts after the storm. instead, prepa granted a power-restoration contract to a little-known company that the utility was later forced to rescind. most recently, prepa was blamed for the failure to distribute badly needed parts found in one of its warehouses even as repairs went undone for lack of supplies.founded in 1979 as a public utility run by appointees of the island's governor, prepa is worth roughly $4 billion and has $9 billion in debt and years before maria's september landfall, the company was criticized for political patronage and inefficiency. it was also beset by frequent blackouts, including an island-wide outage in september 2016."the electric power authority has become a heavy burden for our people, who today are held hostage by its poor service and high cost," gov. ricardo rossello said. "the deficient and obsolete system of generation and distribution of ...





hong kong bookseller detained again by chinese authorities

hong kong — a hong kong-based bookseller who was secretly detained in china has been taken away by chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last october, his daughter said monday.angela gui told radio sweden, the english-language service of national broadcaster sveriges radio, that her father, gui minhai, was on a train with two swedish diplomats when a group of police officers seized him.gui, a chinese-born swedish national, ran a hong kong publishing company specializing in gossipy tales about high-level chinese politics when he disappeared from his thai holiday home about two years ago. he was believed to have been spirited away by chinese security agents to mainland china, where he later turned up in police custody.four employees were also held, but they were released within months while gui was not freed until october. even then, his daughter told the station, he was put into a "police-managed flat" in the city of ningbo, near shanghai, and remained under surveillance.the case reinforced rising fears that beijing was eroding rule of law in hong kong, a semiautonomous chinese city that is promised civil liberties like freedom of speech until 2047. the books the group sold at their causeway bay bookshop were popular with visitors from mainland china, where such titles were banned.angela gui said her father was traveling to beijing to see a swedish doctor after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurological disease that he de...





a fresh gop promise and a 'talking stick' help end shutdown

washington — when the senate called it quits late sunday night, senate minority leader chuck schumer declared there still was no deal to end the federal government shutdown and address a standoff over immigration.on monday morning, he and many of his fellow democrats got to yes fast.whether it was a fresh offer from majority leader mitch mcconnell, moderates' stampede away from the shutdown blowback or a native american "talking stick" wielded by sen. susan collins isn't entirely clear. what is apparent is that democrats began the morning planning to dig in, and the tide turned fast behind closed doors.midmorning, collins, r-maine, gathered a meeting about two dozen centrists from both parties in her office. collins' office had become known as switzerland, an essential neutral place for both sides to talk. there was, at times, too much talking, collins acknowledged. she employed a colorfully beaded stick — given to her by her colleague, sen. heidi heitkamp, d-n.d. — to help bring order out of the chaos."as you can imagine, with that many senators in a room, they all want to talk at once. i know that shocks you," said collins. she said the stick was handed to whichever senator was talking, "and they were allowed to speak, and then i'd take the stick from them, give it to the next person."the stick wasn't always a positive thing. a gop aide said that at one point, a nearby glass elephant was chipped and collins turned to a more manageable rubber ball.over dough...