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with tortorella's dog ailing, gretzky becomes all-star coach


los angeles — wayne gretzky will coach the metropolitan division team in the nhl all-star game on sunday. he is replacing columbus' john tortorella, who is skipping the weekend festivities because one of his dogs is ailing.the nhl announced the move urday before gretzky coached a celebrity hockey game at staples center.tortorella's decision comes late in the week, forcing the nhl to scramble for a replacement to coach one of the four divisional teams in the 3-on-3 tournament format.the league found a decent replacement in gretzky, the leading scorer in nhl history and the former coach of the phoenix coyotes. he also played eight seasons for the host los angeles kings.montreal's michel therrien, minnesota's bruce boudreau and san jose's peter deboer are the other three coaches.






with tortorella's dog ailing, gretzky becomes all-star coach


los angeles — when columbus coach john tortorella had to drop out of the nhl all-star weekend to take care of his ailing dog, the league turned to the great one to replace him.wayne gretzky will coach the metropolitan division team in the all-star game on sunday as a last-minute fill-in for tortorella."when he told me you're going to get (alex) ovechkin and sidney (crosby), well, that's a pretty easy decision," gretzky said.tortorella dropped out late in the week, forcing the nhl to scramble for a replacement to coach one of the four divisional teams in the 3-on-3 tournament format. montreal's michel therrien, minnesota's bruce boudreau and san jose's peter deboer are the other three coaches.the league found a decent replacement in gretzky, the leading scorer in nhl history and the former






jets hire kevin greene as outside linebackers coach


florham park, n.j. — the new york jets have hired hall of famer kevin greene as their outside linebackers coach.greene, who played linebacker for 15 nfl seasons and twice led the league in sacks, stepped away from coaching in 2014 to spend more time with his family. he previously spent five seasons as green bay's outside linebackers coach from 2009-13 after beginning his coaching career as an intern with pittsburgh in 2008.the jets announced the move urday. greene replaces mark collins, who was one of five istants not brought back by coach todd bowles.greene was a five-time pro bowl selection and the 1996 nfl defensive player of the year. he had 160 sacks, ranking him third on the career list, while playing for the rams, steelers, panthers and the 49ers. greene was inducted into the pro fo






crespi's nicholas ghazarian will fulfill lifelong dream of playing football whil


captionthe rams introduce sean mcvay as their new coachthe rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. the rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. 






conor mcgregor and floyd mayweather jr. continue to fan flames for a super-fight


captionthe rams introduce sean mcvay as their new coachthe rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. the rams introduced sean mcvay as their new coach. bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry react to his first news conference. 






football: raymond grajeda promoted to head coach at banning


defensive coordinator raymond grajeda has been named football coach at wilmington banning, replacing john aponte.grajeda is a banning grad who played on the 2000 city section championship team.he was the defensive coordinator for five years.for the latest on high school sports, follow @latsondheimer on twitter






ex-coach 'kit' carson bailed in historical abuse probe


image copyrightkit carsonimage caption michael "kit" carson has worked as a coach and scout for a number of clubs a former football coach and scout arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse in the sport has been freed on bail.michael sean carson, 74, and known as kit, from bridge, was detained on friday on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent ault.he has worked for clubs including peterborough united, bridge united and norwich city.police said a man in his 70s arrested on friday was bailed until 6 march.






ex-coach 'kit' carson bailed in historical abuse probe


image copyrightkit carsonimage caption michael "kit" carson has worked as a coach and scout for a number of clubs a former football coach and scout arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse in the sport has been freed on bail.michael sean carson, 74, and known as kit, from bridge, was detained on friday on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent ault.he has worked for clubs including peterborough united, bridge united and norwich city.police said a man in his 70s arrested on friday was bailed until 6 march.






city coach bus simulator 2016


sit behind the wheels of this city coach bus simulator 2016 and become a real bus driver who travels from one big city to some far away areas. this wonderful simulation game will start from a city and travel through hills, rivers and green lands. as a bus driver, many p engers will be waiting for you at bus stations and you have to carry them to their destinations. now a days, there is rush in city of tourists who are willing to visit different parts of the country. you will be their guide and driver in this wonderful sim. this will bring adventure in your life. driving big bus on long route is not an easy task to do. you will feel yourself like a real paid transporter. environment of this game will be amazingly attractive for you as a player. this game is free for smart phone users. th






with tortorella’s dog ailing, gretzky becomes all-star coach


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royal rumble live results: what time does the royal rumble start?


the road to wrestlemania begins today with the 2017 wweroyal rumble, available on pay-per-view and online on the wwe network. as wwethe show, originating from san antonio, officially begins at 4 p.m. pt, with a pre-show beginning at 2 p.m. pt.this year’s rumble match is one of the most anticipated in years, with several wrestlers having a chance to winning. usually it is easy to pick who is going to win, but this year it could be goldberg, brock lesnar, braun strowman, randy orton, the undertaker or any of a half-dozen other wrestlers.we will have live match-by-match results here thoughout the evening.scheduled for the the pre-show and the main show are:nia jax vs. sasha bankscesaro and sheamus vs. luke gallows and karl anderson for the raw tag team championshipkevin owens vs. roman reigns






49ers navorro bowman honors old coach as linebacker overcomes latest hurdle


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);san francisco — navorro bowman once recovered from a devastating knee injury. and he’s confident that he’ll come back strong from last year’s ruptured achilles tendon.but it was clear friday night that a broken heart lasts forever.wiping back tears and struggling for words, bowman saluted his late high school mentor at the coaching corps game changer awards in san francisco.nick lynch died on dec. 31, 2008, at age 43. now, bowman, the 49ers four-time all-pro, said he tries to carry lynch’s legacy every time he takes the field.“i’m in his shadow,” bowman said, his voice catching. “i felt it was my duty to make his name live forever.”bowman honored lynch as part of third annual event at the fairmont el. the event allows prominent bay area sports






no. 4 mississippi state beats texas a&m 71-61


starkville, miss. — mississippi state star victoria vivians — inexplicably — was wide open in the corner during the second quarter, caught a p and drained a 3-pointer.texas a&m coach gary blair frowned, took off his coat and tossed it toward the bench in disgust. his aggies were giving the bulldogs a tough game in front of a hostile crowd, but mistakes like that meant there would be no road upset.vivians scored 18 points, teaira mccowan and morgan william both added 10 and no. 4 mississippi state survived a hard-fought game to beat texas a&m 71-61 on sunday."that was two really good teams and i knew it was going to be like that," mississippi state coach vic schaefer said.schaefer was an istant coach under blair when texas a&m won a national title in 2011. he took the mississipp






bruce arena's return brings a timeless element to u.s. national team


it’s been a while since bruce arena coached a game with the u.s. national team.“we’re on our third president now,” said arena, whose first stint with the national team ended when the 2006 world cup did.  “things have changed.”changed a lot. consider that twitter was launched the month arena was fired, while facebook was still a niche product. and the iphone hadn’t even been invented.but if the world around him has changed, those who know arena best insist the coach hasn’t.“same guy,” said forward jozy altidore, who played his first professional game for arena.  “he’s probably a better coach. [but] he’s still the same guy.”added defender damarcus beasley, the only holdover from arena’s last national team: “there’s nothing much different. … his personality’s the same.”arena will start his se






how the nhl all-star game will work


the nhl all-star game, which will be played as a three-on-three mini-tournament sunday at staples center, has had more formats over the years than the average nhl game has goals.for most of the first two decades, the game was played before the season and matched the previous season’s stanley cup winner against a team of all-stars from other teams. the 1967 expansion led to a shift to west vs. east and to playing the game at mid-season.other years, the teams were wales vs. pbell, then the names of the conferences. later e the north american stars vs. world stars, and teams named after distinguished players, such as the team toews vs. team foligno game in columbus in 2015. alas, team toews never got to defend its title because that format was s ped, too. in olympic years, there’s no all-star






royal rumble live results: what time does the royal rumble start?


luke gallows and karl anderson d. cesaro and sheamus to win the raw tag team championshipthere are two referees for this match. cesaro and sheamus start strong, overpowering gallows at the start. gallows finally made a tag and anderson, who tried to pin sheamus with his feet on the ropes. second ref saw it and stopped the count. the ref in the ring got knocked out by an inadvertent brogue kick. the second ref e into the ring and made the count when anderson rolled up cesaro and held the tights. i kept waiting for the second ref to come in and reverse the decision and dq sheamus for hitting him, but it never happened.  becky lynch, nikki bella and naomi d. alexa bliss, mickie james and natalyathe heels worked on lynch early before the match broke down with everyone hitting a move in the rin






49ers next gm still tbd after urday interviews


at some point, the wayward 49ers will hire a general manager to not only form a power couple with their next coach but also address a cavernous roster in need of playmakers. urday marked a key step in that direction. george paton and terry mcdonough had follow-up interviews for the general manager opening, doing so in atlanta alongside the franchise’s projected coach, kyle shanahan.although either gm finalist can be hired any time, shanahan officially can’t sign on until his duties as the falcons offensive coordinator are completed after the super bowl on feb. 5.sunday’s pro bowl illustrates the 49ers roster’s sad state: the franchise won’t be represented by any player in the all-star game for the first time since 2005. in contrast, the 2012 49ers had 10 earn pro bowl honors, although they






five takeaways from the clippers' 144-98 drubbing by golden state


here are five takeaways from the clippers’ embarr ing 144-98 loss to the golden state warriors on urday.1. even clippers coach doc rivers found his team in a mental stupor during the beat-down by the warriors in a nationally televised game.“it’s funny. at halftime i asked our guys, ‘what do you think is hurting us?’ and they said the three,” rivers said. “i said: ‘you got to be kidding me. we’re even. we’re eight for 13 and they were eight for 13.’ it’s amazing about the mental thing when they make a three.“[stephen] curry had to make a half-court s to tie us in threes made. but they had 46 points in the paint. the paint is what killed us tonight. their drives, their cuts, their layups and our guys are still thinking about the three-point s . that didn’t hurt us. it did later. but in the f






five takeaways from the clippers' 144-98 drubbing by golden state


here are five takeaways from the clippers’ embarr ing 144-98 loss to the golden state warriors on urday.1. even clippers coach doc rivers found his team in a mental stupor during the beat-down by the warriors in a nationally televised game.“it’s funny. at halftime i asked our guys, ‘what do you think is hurting us?’ and they said the three,” rivers said. “i said: ‘you got to be kidding me. we’re even. we’re eight for 13 and they were eight for 13.’ it’s amazing about the mental thing when they make a three.“[stephen] curry had to make a half-court s to tie us in threes made. but they had 46 points in the paint. the paint is what killed us tonight. their drives, their cuts, their layups and our guys are still thinking about the three-point s . that didn’t hurt us. it did later. but in the f






nhl still unsure it if will participate in 2018 olympics


there was nothing new on the olympics front for the nhl, commissioner gary bettman said in his state-of-the-league address urday at staples center.whether the nhl will participate in the 2018 winter olympics in pyeongchang, south korea, has been a looming question and bettman addressed it in his opening remarks and said the league’s board of governors “spent 10 seconds” on it in that morning’s meeting.asked how long the issue can remain undecided, bettman said, “we’re not the ones setting deadlines.”nhl deputy commissioner bill daly reportedly said the sentiment among the board is they don’t want to participate and something would have to change their mind.the nhl benefited from the exposure of the 2010 vancouver olympics but has the same concerns about travel, money compen ion and the con






all-star blackhawks likely to stick together during 3-on-3 game


coach bruce boudreau had a smile on his face as he surveyed the players gathered on the stage of the microsoft theater on friday night.several of the nhl's top 100 players were together on the stage chatting, taking pictures and giving interviews while boudreau, the coach of the wild who's heading up the central division all-stars on sunday, stood off to the side."i'm glad that in the 2010-17 group i have three players playing for me in the all-star game," boudreau said. "i don't have to go far to think about what that line combination is going to look like."boudreau was referring to patrick kane, jonathan toews and duncan keith, who, along with goaltender corey crawford, will represent the hawks in the all-star game.for the second consecutive year, the league is adopting a three-on-three






all-star blackhawks likely to stick together during 3-on-3 game


coach bruce boudreau had a smile on his face as he surveyed the players gathered on the stage of the microsoft theater on friday night.several of the nhl's top 100 players were together on the stage chatting, taking pictures and giving interviews while boudreau, the coach of the wild who's heading up the central division all-stars on sunday, stood off to the side."i'm glad that in the 2010-17 group i have three players playing for me in the all-star game," boudreau said. "i don't have to go far to think about what that line combination is going to look like."boudreau was referring to patrick kane, jonathan toews and duncan keith, who, along with goaltender corey crawford, will represent the hawks in the all-star game.for the second consecutive year, the league is adopting a three-on-three






new twins hitting coach rowson is inclusive in his approach


new twins hitting coach james rowson wanted to get to know all the hitting coaches in the minor league system. so he back and listened.the twins recently held a “scouts summit” in fort myers, fla., for all their talent evaluators. at the same time, they also held a “hitting summit,” where rowson was able to meet with his staff. that included rick eckstein, recently hired as twins minor league hitting coordinator.“we laid out the terms: ‘i want to hear your ideas. i want to hear what you think,’ ” rowson said. “the hitting coaches got the chance to speak and say what they think we can do better what they think we do well. i loved it.”the goal was not to establish a new hitting philosophy but to make sure there’s a clear vision on how to let hitters develop.“we talked about being very carefu






no. 19 cincinnati wins 12th in row, 94-53 over south florida


cincinnati — freshman jarron cumberland scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half as no. 19 cincinnati rolled to its 12th straight victory on sunday, 94-53 over south florida.the bearcats (19-2, 8-0 american athletic) used their bench often against the conference's last-place team. cincinnati extended its longest winning streak since it took 15 in a row during 2013-14.south florida (6-14, 0-9) has dropped nine straight, a streak that includes the firing of coach orlando antigua on jan. 3. the bulls also lost nine in a row last season, when they finished 8-25. michael bibby scored 17 for the bulls, who had a season-high 24 turnovers.cincinnati was coming off an emotional 86-78 win over then-no. 24 xavier in a crosstown rivalry game thursday night on the bearcats' home court.






greg holland officially signs with rockies; eddie butler designated for ignment


the rockies made two bold moves urday. they officially signed former kansas city royals reliever greg holland to a one-year contract.then they designated right-handed starter eddie butler to clear space on the 40-man roster. er, a former first-round draft choice, has struggled to succeed at the major-league level.holland’s contract, which includes a vesting option for a second season, includes a $7 million guarantee for the 2017 season.holland, 31, a 10th-round selection in the 2007 draft, has a career 2.42 era in six seasons that were all spent with the royals. from 2011 to 2014, he was one of the best relievers in baseball. he compiled a 1.86 era in that span while striking out 358 batters in 256⅓ innings. however, he injured an elbow late in the 2015 season, missed the royals’ world ser






lindsey vonn’s boyfriend, an nfl coach, understands her pain – the denver post


by andrew dampf, ap sports writercortina d’ampezzo, italy — lindsey vonn’s new boyfriend, an nfl coach, knows what the skier feels like when she crashes.kenan smith, who until recently was an istant wide receivers coach with the los angeles rams, has helped vonn lately as she fights through a series of injuries.“definitely the injuries are very relatable — just feeling stiff and hurting is very relatable,” vonn said sunday after finishing 12th in a world cup super-g. “in football they get hit all the time.”smith, who is looking to sign with a new nfl team, attended his first ski races in cortina.he had to help out as a bodyguard when vonn — the most successful female skier of all time with 77 victories — waded through the crowd as she exited the athletes’ area and hundreds of fans sought h






new twins hitting coach rowson is inclusive in his approach


new twins hitting coach james rowson wanted to get to know all the hitting coaches in the minor league system. so he back and listened.the twins recently held a “scouts summit” in fort myers, fla., for all their talent evaluators. at the same time, they also held a “hitting summit,” where rowson was able to meet with his staff. that included rick eckstein, recently hired as twins minor league hitting coordinator.“we laid out the terms: ‘i want to hear your ideas. i want to hear what you think,’ ” rowson said. “the hitting coaches got the chance to speak and say what they think we can do better what they think we do well. i loved it.”the goal was not to establish a new hitting philosophy but to make sure there’s a clear vision on how to let hitters develop.“we talked about being very carefu






denzel valentine's d-league stint adds new wrinkle to trying season


denzel valentine saw his first development league action urday night as the windy city bulls played the erie bayhawks at sears centre.the highly-touted first-round pick from michigan state has played just 39 mop-up minutes and five times by coach's decision since scoring his career-high 19 points jan. 10 in washington. he missed another game with the stomach flu."everybody has to stay ready," coach fred hoiberg said of valentine falling out of the rotation yet again. "he'll get an opportunity to get some (development league) minutes."that neither valentine nor 2015 first-round pick bobby portis is in the rotation for a below-.500 team is a troubling sign for the bulls. and while the rising stars challenge is merely an exhibition for all-star weekend, the fact no bulls were named to rosters






denzel valentine's d-league stint adds new wrinkle to trying season


denzel valentine scored 24 points in 37 minutes urday night in his first development league game as the windy city bulls beat the erie bayhawks 113-100 at sears centre.the highly-touted first-round pick from michigan state has played just 39 mop-up minutes and five times by coach's decision since scoring his career-high 19 points jan. 10 in washington. he missed another game with the stomach flu."everybody has to stay ready," coach fred hoiberg said of valentine falling out of the rotation yet again. "he'll get an opportunity to get some (development league) minutes."that neither valentine nor 2015 first-round pick bobby portis is in the rotation for a below-.500 team is a troubling sign for the bulls. and while the rising stars challenge is merely an exhibition for all-star weekend, the f






don't look now, but northwestern has a legit home-court a ntage


this was the scene thursday night at welsh-ryan arena: northwestern's vic law almost tore down the rim with a slam off an alley-oop feed from bryant mcintosh, prompting the frothing nu students near the basket to lose their … stuff."i knew vic law could jump," stephen bardo said on the big ten network telecast, "but i didn't know he could get up like this. oh, my goodness! put his head in the rim."seconds later, dererk pardon corralled one of his 22 (not a misprint) rebounds, and nebraska coach tim miles ran to the end line. miles went to his knees and smacked the floor where he thought pardon's foot touched when he secured the ball.whistle. a technical for miles.and a great opportunity for razzing from the official student section, the "wildside.""the student body is calling me all kind o






gonzaga possibly on the verge of second no. 1 ranking


the week in college basketball started with three of the top four teams in the ap top 25 losing by wednesday. the hits to ranked teams kept coming, leading to what's sure to be a major upheaval in monday's poll.through all the chaos, one team stayed steady: no. 3 gonzaga.after rolling through a pair of blowouts this week, the bulldogs remain the only undefeated team in division i and are poised to move to no. 1 for the second time in program history."i feel like we're doing our jobs right now, playing really well as a team," gonzaga forward zach collins said. "if that means we're no. 1, then we're no. 1. that's not what we're worried about right now."gonzaga (22-0, 10-0 wcc) has a strong resume with wins over florida, arizona and saint mary's. the bulldogs cruised through their two games t






wayne gretzky will coach in nhl all-star game


“good pride,” he said urday to describe his feelings. “i got an opportunity to play there as a 20-year-old. i think i was an entirely different person. probably did a lot of stupid things. i think it might be a little bit of validation to know that i’ve gone through all the paces. i’ve done that work and i’m here today.”he roomed with drew doughtyduring his kings career, but the two will be opponents sunday, when doughty plays for the pacific division. that hasn’t gotten in the way of their friendship, as they got together to catch up. “it was pretty sweet. we had fun [friday] last night, me and wayne,” doughty said. “it’s good to be reunited. we had a lot of fun our first three years together in l.a. to kind of go back to old times felt pretty good and i’m happy to be here with him.”slap






benny feilhaber among us vets getting 2nd chance under arena


carson, calif. — only a year ago, benny feilhaber thought he had no chance to get back in the good graces of jurgen klinsmann and the u.s. national team.so the frustrated sporting kansas city midfielder let them have it, sharply criticizing klinsmann's player selection in an unusual moment of bridge-burning candor for a frustrated veteran athlete.one year and one new coach later, feilhaber has just completed a january training p with the u.s. men, and he is on the 23-man squad for the first matches in a crucial year of world cup qualification for the americans."a clean slate," feilhaber said with a broad smile.the u.s. begins the year sunday with an exhibition against serbia at qualcomm stadium in san diego. new coach bruce arena's mls-based player group is clearly optimistic about the tes






speights hoping to show off expanded range against warriors


oakland – marreese speights knows his audience, so it wasn’t too surprising to hear his response when a los angeles clippers writer asked him if he expected to be booed when he entered the game against the warriors urday night.“the fans, they ain’t never gonna boo me here,” speights said prior to his regular-season return to oracle arena as a member of the clippers. “every day, they’re hitting me up on instagram and twitter, always saying, `thanks, mo, i can’t wait to you come back,’ all that kind of stuff. it’s always good, and i really appreciate it.”the man who be e affectionately known as “mo buckets” in his three years as a warrior played at oracle in the preseason. bbut as speights admitted, that almost didn’t count and he was very nervous then. he said this counting game “will be fo






georgetown pulls away late to upset no. 11 butler 85-81


indianapolis — georgetown coach john thompson iii watched anxiously while his team scrambled to get in position for a s late in the game.eventually, jessie govan bailed the hoyas out.the sophomore center hit a 3-pointer from nba range with 1:03 left, and georgetown pulled out an 85-81 upset at no. 11 butler on urday night.govan's unexpected 3 put the hoyas ahead by five. he'd made just two s s from beyond the arc in big east play before urday."we didn't have a choice, we had to take that s ," a relieved thompson said. "i'm not going to sit here and say we drew it up like that, but jessie can make that s ."barely. the s was so close to the buzzer, the officials reviewed it before actually putting the points on the scoreboard.the 6-foot-10 govan made all three of his 3s, went 8 of 9 from the






bears coaches believe they had productive week at senior bowl


bears coaches quickly filed off the field and out toward the team bus urday, isfied by the head start they gained this week in the pre-draft process. their north squad lost the senior bowl 16-15, but they believe they accomplished their main objective of researching and evaluating the 114 players at college football's biggest showcase game.whatever reservations coaches had about spending a week of their offseason here were erased by the extensive access to players on the field and off it, in settings formal and informal."i'd rather coach it — other than qualify for it — than come to (watch) it," coach john fox said. "it was a great experience being in the meeting rooms, being around the guys, getting to know them. it gives you tremendous insight."as night fell urday, fox offered no specifi






trust us, there are 10 really good reasons to watch super bowl li


the falcons and patriots in super bowl li doesn’t scream grudge match, but the storylines are plentiful.10. spreading the wealthatlanta, 0-1 in super bowls, can become the 20th team to win a super bowl. if it happens, we’re down to 12 lombardi trophy-free teams: vikings (0-4), bills (0-4), panthers (0-2), eagles (0-2), bengals (0-2), cardinals (0-1), titans (0-1), chargers (0-1), texans (0-0), jaguars (0-0), lions (0-0) and browns (0-0).9. matty ice vs. joe coolmatt ryan’s playoff record is 3-4, but atlanta’s qb is completing 70.6 percent of this year’s playoff p es for 730 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 132.6 p er rating. it’s reminiscent of joe montana’s postseason super bowl-winning run in 1989. he completed 78.3 percent for 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions an






benny feilhaber among us vets getting 2nd chance under arena


carson, calif. (ap) — only a year ago, benny feilhaber thought he had no chance to get back in the good graces of jurgen klinsmann and the u.s. national team.so the frustrated sporting kansas city midfielder let them have it, sharply criticizing klinsmann’s player selection in an unusual moment of bridge-burning candor for a frustrated veteran athlete.one year and one new coach later, feilhaber has just completed a january training p with the u.s. men, and he is on the 23-man squad for the first matches in a crucial year of world cup qualification for the americans.“a clean slate,” feilhaber said with a broad smile.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the u.s. begins the year sunday with an exhibition against serbia at qualcomm stadium in san diego. new coach bruce are






nathan hale coach brandon roy: rumors of michael porter jr. recruitment ‘just to


nathan hale has gone from 3 to the top team in the nation after adding brandon roy and five-star uw commit michael porter jr.nathan hale has managed to go from a 3 basketball team last season to an undefeated one that is considered by many the best in the nation.matt calkinsno. 1 nathan hale: a joy to watch or an artificial all-star team?the “how” isn’t exactly a mystery. the formula goes: hire uw legend brandon roy as head coach, then add the top recruit in the country, michael porter jr., and his four-star brother, jontay, after their father is hired by michael jr.’s godfather, lorenzo romar. michael signed his letter of intent to romar and the huskies in november.the circumstances have been the source of plenty of chatter among metro league and college basketball fans.ahead of nathan ha






colts hire kansas city's ballard as general manager


indianapolis — indianapolis colts owner jim irsay is turning to another first-time general manager to get his franchise back on track.eight days after firing ryan grigson and conducting a week of interviews, irsay hired former kansas city chiefs executive chris ballard.the announcement e sunday on the team's website.ballard has never previously served as a team's top decision-maker, but he comes with a long history as a scout and front-office executive. he was hired by the chiefs in 2013 as the director of player personnel and was promoted to director of football operations under current gm john dorsey.last season, the chiefs earned the no. 2 seed in the afc playoffs and they've been a consistent playoff contender despite not having a pro bowl quarterback.like grigson, ballard worked with






nathan hale coach brandon roy: rumors of michael porter jr. recruitment ‘just to


nathan hale has gone from 3 to the top team in the nation after adding brandon roy and five-star uw commit michael porter jr.nathan hale has managed to go from having a 3 basketball team last season to an undefeated one that is considered by many the best in the nation.matt calkinsno. 1 nathan hale: a joy to watch or an artificial all-star team?the “how” isn’t exactly a mystery. the formula goes: hire uw legend brandon roy as head coach, then add the top recruit in the country, michael porter jr., and his four-star brother, jontay, after their father is hired by michael jr.’s godfather, lorenzo romar. michael signed his letter of intent to romar and the huskies in november.the circumstances have been the source of plenty of chatter among metro league and college basketball fans.ahead of na






bulls' taj gibson sits out against 76ers with ankle injury


chicago — chicago forward taj gibson out the bulls' game sunday night against philadelphia after injuring his left ankle injury in practice urday.gibson tested the ankle in warm-ups, but the bulls determined it was best to give him the night off.gibson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.bulls coach fred hoiberg believes the injury will be day-to-day.the 76ers were without center joel embiid. embiid, who didn't make the trip to chicago, is out with a left knee contusion. embiid also was listed as day-to-day.






bold move lands wayne taylor racing win in rolex 24 at daytona


ricky taylor used a gutsy move to fiercely grab a victory in the rolex 24 at daytona that had seemingly slipped out of reach. the wayne taylor racing team was among the most dominant in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race but found itself trailing action express in the final hour in a battle of brand new cadillacs. his s at the celebrated victory was down to one final attempt at a p of filipe albuquerque, and taylor dove inside of him entering turn 1 of the road course. taylor seemed to have the inside lane, but it wasn't clear if he could complete the p . contact between the two cars sent albuquerque spinning, and imsa reviewed the action to see if taylor warranted a penalty. no penalty was issued after the review, and the taylor team won its first rolex since 2005 — when team owner






no. 19 cincinnati wins 12th in row, 94-53 over south florida


cincinnati — the 19th-ranked bearcats appreciated an easy game at the right time.freshman jarron cumberland scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and the bearcats rolled to their 12th straight victory on sunday, 94-53 over south florida.the bearcats (19-2, 8-0 american athletic conference) used their bench often against the conference's last-place team, with the reserves contributing 60 points. cincinnati extended its longest winning streak since it took 15 in a row in 2013-14.cincinnati was coming off an emotional 86-78 win over no. 24 xavier in a crosstown rivalry game thursday night on the bearcats' home court. they've won 21 straight home games, their third-longest streak since the arena opened in 1989."it took us a while to get in the game, get our emotions going,"






randolph, gasol shine in grizzlies' 102-95 win over jazz


salt lake city — zach randolph scored a season-high 28 points, marc gasol added 18 and the memphis grizzlies beat the utah jazz 102-95 on urday night.randolph bullied defenders in the post throughout the night and gasol worked the utah defense both inside and out, routinely hitting turnaround fade-away jumpers and going 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.the grizzlies took a 52-43 lead into halftime after a 13-2 run gave memphis a 10-point lead. randolph had his way with the jazz post defenders and had 10 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter.the jazz s just 26.3 percent from the field in the second quarter and never led in the second half.mike conley helped keep the jazz at bay in the fourth quarter and finished with 23.rodney hood led the jazz with 20 points.tip-insgrizzlies: chandler pars






nhl honors 100 greatest players ahead of all-star game


no matter when they played, no matter which team they played for, many players selected as members of the top 100 of the nhl’s first 100 years had a similar reaction to winning that honor.“i never really expected it,” hall of fame goaltender billy smith, who won the stanley cup four times with the new york islanders, said of the announcement made friday during festivities related to sunday’s all-star game at staples center and the nhl’s centennial.“i didn’t see myself as being one of the top 100,” bobby clarke said, though he was the heart of the philadelphia flyers’ broad street bullies and is a hall of famer and two-time cup winner. “it’s pretty humbling to be honored this way. it’s so special, i can’t describe it.”grouped by eras (starting with the 1970s) rather than ranked, 67 players






arena's 2nd stint as us coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as coach of the u.s. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw.the united states had few scoring chances in sunday's match against a young serbia roster, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena.arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia and was fired following the team's first-round elimination at the 2006 world cup, returned to major league soccer and led the to three league titles.the u.s. plays jamaica on friday in an exhibition at chattanooga, tennessee






arena's second stint as u.s. coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as coach of the u.s. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw.the united states had few scoring chances in sunday's match against a young serbia roster, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena.arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia and was fired following the team's first-round elimination at the 2006 world cup, returned to major league soccer and led the to three league titles.the u.s. plays jamaica on friday in an exhibition at chattanooga, tennessee






colin staub makes good for denver pioneers in win


university of denver sophomore right wing colin staub was one of 12 players in the pioneers’ lineup for a 5-0 national collegiate hockey conference win over omaha at magness arena on urday night who are older than nathan mackinnon, the avalanche’s 21-year-old representative at the nhl all-star festivities in los angeles this weekend.staub will turn 23 on march 26.as reflected by the wide range of ages on rosters — they can range from 18 to the mid-20s — ncaa hockey can be about biding time between high school and college, often in the united states hockey league.in staub’s case, his hiatus e after he graduated from palmer high in colorado springs and involved three full seasons with the north american hockey league’s wichita falls wildcats, and then he was all set to enroll at the air forc






no. 15 wisconsin beats rutgers 61-54 in ot


new york — ethan happ had just scored 32 of wisconsin's 61 points and when he was done with a tv interview, the badger fans at madison square garden cheered him as he left the court waving and blowing kisses."it's always special to play in msg but once you get going it turns into a basketball game," the sophomore forward said after the 15th-ranked badgers survived a bad offensive game for a 61-54 overtime victory over rutgers on urday. "but when you get a curtain call in madison square garden you're not going to turn it down."happ scored seven of his career-high total in the overtime and he scored eight of wisconsin's points in the 13-4 rally to close regulation, including the basket that tied it at 45 with 2 seconds left."no one could throw it in the ocean for most of the game," wisconsin