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minnesota duluth edges st. cloud state in ot for final north star college cup ti


it was announced last week that the north star college cup would be discontinued because of a lack of fan interest. urday, st. cloud state and minnesota duluth gave the spectators at xcel energy center something to remember it by.kyle osterberg scored six minutes into overtime, giving umd a 2-1 victory over the huskies in the championship game. the second-ranked bulldogs (17-5-4) hoisted the minnesota red oak trophy for the first time, becoming the fourth school to win the four-year-old tournament. alex iafallo also scored for umd, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat st. cloud state (12-13-1).umd's hunter miska stopped 31 of 32 s s and was named the tournament's most valuable player. the freshman from stacy, minn., ended the tournament with 68 saves on 71 s s in victories over st. clo






nhl all-star game facts


all-star game what to knowformateach of league's four divisions will be represented by 11 players (six forwards, three defensemen, two goalies). team a will play team b in the first 20-minute, 3-on-3 semifinal, followed by team c vs. team d (matchups were determined urday night). the winners a nce to the $1 million championship.wild repsdevan dubnyk, goalie: second all-star game. leads the league with a 1.88 gaa and .936 save percentage.ryan suter, defenseman: third all-star game. seven goals, 23 ists this season. bruce boudreau: coaching in his first all-star game. will be behind the central division bench.minn. connectionsatlantic: buffalo f kyle okposo (shattuck-st. mary's, gophers).metropolitan: n.y. rangers d ryan mcdonagh (cretin-derham hall high school), carolina d justin faulk (min






microsoft’s profit rises, buoyed by cloud business


microsoft corp. is securing its spot as the second most important cloud-computing company.the software giant thursday posted big fiscal second-quarter gains in its web-based, on-demand computing business, emerging as the stiffest competitor to amazon.com inc.’s market-leading cloud unit.revenue for microsoft’s intelligent cloud...






gophers women's hockey team routs st. cloud state to complete sweep


the gophers fired 55 s s on net — their second-highest total of the season — in routing st. cloud state 5-0 on urday afternoon to sweep the wcha series at the herb brooks national hockey center. minnesota won the opener 2-1 and now has 34 consecutive wins over the huskies, gong back to 2010.“everybody played and got significant minutes,” gophers coach brad frost said. “… our players that play a lot really encourage those [reserve] guys when they got out there [and that] was really special to see. really enjoyable game here. we just played tremendously well, so excited about that.”five different players scored for the no. 4 gopher (19-5-3, 15-4-3-2 wcha) and sidney peters made 12 saves for her sixth shutout this season. madeleine dahl had 50 stops for the huskies (7 -3, 5-15-2-2).sarah poto






sid's jottings


jottings• it’s interesting that the gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 cl and none of them chose to play for richard pitino. now they have five scholarships in the 2018 cl , and landing daniel oturu from cretin-derham hall this past week is a big deal. that 2018 cl also features race thompson of armstrong and tre jones of apple valley. and looking ahead to 2019, maybe one of the top-rated state high school players in recent years is matthew hurt out of rochester john marshall, who has already been offered by the u and whose brother, michael, plays for the gophers.• speaking of gophers recruiting, four-star signee isaiah washington, who is playing at st. raymond high school in new york city and is ranked as the 62nd-best player in the country by rivals.com,






maryland 85, gophers 78


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: minnesota golden gophers forward jordan murphy (3) hung his head for a moment after the minnesota golden gophers were unable to score during the second half.






7 security startups that raised venture capital in january


among the first security firms to announce funding in 2017 was cloud access security broker (casb) vendor bitgl . on jan. 6, bitgl announced a $45m series c round of funding, bringing total funding to date up to $80 million. "cloud and mobile are driving business data beyond the firewall, introducing new security and compliance risks," nat kausik, ceo, bitgl said in a statement. " bitgl "delivers real-time inline data protection in the cloud, at access and on any device," kausik's statement said.






see a collection of ornate antique pool tables


six murals that have been cleaned and repaired by conservators are reinstalled in the governor's reception room and anteroom at the minnesota state capitol in st. paul on friday, january 27, 2017. the paintings were taken down, conserved, and stored offsite during the minnesota state building capitol restoration.






brown's 30 helps miami beat no. 9 north carolina 77-62


coral gables, fla. — freshman bruce brown needed only 11 s s to score a career-high 30 points, and the miami hurricanes deployed a swarming zone defense urday to upset the no. 9 north carolina tar heels 77-62, ending their seven-game winning streak.the tar heels' point total was a season low and 27 below their average, and they s only 35 percent. the hurricanes repeatedly got their hands on the ball against the taller tar heels, especially in the lane.miami also had a 41-36 edge in rebounding against the tar heels, who lead the nation in that category.north carolina (19-4, 7-2 atlantic coast conference), which had climbed to the top of the league standings with its winning streak, was playing for the second time in three days and looked it. the hurricanes (14-6, 4-4) beat a ranked team for






reusse: in 'beloved' category, '87 twins are no. 1


there were seven members of the champion 1987 twins and manager tom kelly taking part in a public conver ion on friday night at twinsfest. roy smalley offered a story to demonstrate the ability of kelly to observe and to react in leading that team.the twins starting pitching was thin, and they were in a stretch when scoring a bunch of runs wasn’t enough to win games. after one road loss, there were suggestions from hitters that the pitchers start doing their job.it turned into a bit of a clubhouse row, and smalley’s thought on the way to the postgame bus was: “i hope t.k. didn’t hear that.”and then kelly got on the bus after it was loaded and said, “listen,” and then told his players that a successful team was required to “row the boat” together, and not to be divided.there was no attempt






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4sync for android is a simple and user-friendly application, which enables you to sync, access, upload, and manage all data, stored at your 4sync account, e. g. pics and p os, documents, or video files, etc. on your android smartphone and tablet wherever you are at the moment. with 4sync for android it only takes a few clicks to upload, sync and any files from your account at 4sync.com on your smartphone or tablet and further share them with your family, friends and colleagues. 4sync for android: keeps all your files at hand at one place. enables you to manage your data and it right to your android device. allows you to sync the files from your smartphone or tablet with all your computers. provides instant sharing of your files with anyone, you wish to. there are 4 simple rules that 4sy






aws unveils cloud directory for storage of hierarchical data


(image: aws) aws has made its cloud directory product generally available for its us east, us west, ireland, singapore, and australian datacentres, with the cloud computing giant stating that it is the back end used in its cognito and organizations products.besides the usual cloud-based mana ent and scale a ntages touted by amazon web services, the company says cloud directory is able to handle multiple dimensions and data extension safely."cognito user pools use cloud directory to offer application-specific user directories with support for user sign-up, sign-in, and multi-factor authentication. with cognito your user pools, you can easily and securely add sign-up and sign-in functionality to your mobile and web apps with a fully managed service that scales to support hundreds of million






rochester woman killed in rollover on icy road


a rochester woman died urday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy highway in southeastern minnesota’s dodge county and it rolled over.the 42-year-old woman was driving a 2011 ford ranger pickup west on hwy. 14, just east of dodge center, when the vehicle went out of control on the icy road and then rolled over, according to the minnesota state patrol. the accident happened just before 10 a.m.the victim’s name has not been released.






rochester woman killed in rollover on icy road


a rochester woman died urday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy highway in southeastern minnesota’s dodge county and it rolled over.the 42-year-old woman was driving a 2011 ford ranger pickup west on hwy. 14, just east of dodge center, when the vehicle went out of control on the icy road and then rolled over, according to the minnesota state patrol. the accident happened just before 10 p.m.the victim’s name has not yet been released.






loss to no. 22 ter ins sets back gophers


richard pitino never talks about the ncaa tournament. well, publicly at least.but the fourth-year gophers men’s basketball coach admitted to giving his players a speech this week about needing to finish strong in the last big ten games to make sure to reach their postseason goals.one loss might not derail the season. but five straight losses could be tough to overcome.that’s how critical minnesota’s 85-78 loss urday against no. 22 maryland could eventually be going into the second half of the conference season.akeem springs had a season-high 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting to lead the gophers, who suffered their fifth loss in big ten play by single digits.maryland (19-2, 7-1) won its sixth straight game and avenged last season’s loss at williams arena. the gophers led by as much as 12 point






merchants financial leads resurgent minnesota bank industry


generations-old merchants financial group has grown organically and through acquisitions to 21 banks from apple valley to southeastern minnesota and western wisconsin.it also is something of a for the consolidating, increasingly profitable minnesota banking industry since the great recession of 2007-09.merchants, which is owned partly by its 444 employees, just posted another year of record earnings of $14.15 million.it saw the value of its stock rise in value by 27 percent to $54.40. the small business-and-consumer lender’s loan portfolio grew 7 percent last year, twice-plus the growth rate of minnesota’s economy.deposits grew 9 percent at merchants, which has total loans and other ets of $1.6 billion.ceo rodney nelson, who is retiring to make way for 28-year-employee greg evans, credited






webb, south hold on for 16-15 win over north in senior bowl


mobile, ala. — california's davis webb directed scoring drives on all three of his possessions to lead the south to a 16-15 senior bowl victory urday over the north, which couldn't hit a final two-point attempt.the pac-12 conference's leading p er threw for 165 yards on 11-of-16 p ing, including a 39-yard touchdown strike on a well-thrown fade to texas a&m's josh reynolds.nate peterman of pittsburgh had a similarly strong performance for the north in the showcase game for senior nfl prospects that actually featured late drama. peterman fired a 6-yard scoring p to east carolina's zay jones with 1:51 left but the north went for two points and a potential lead.under heavy pressure from chattanooga's keionta davis, peterman's p was deflected and intercepted by byu's harvey langi. the south






loss to no. 22 ter ins extends gophers' slide to five games


richard pitino seldom talks about the ncaa tournament. well, publicly at least.but the fourth-year gophers men’s basketball coach told his players and local media this past week that expectations were to make the ncaa tournament, and his team’s résumé still put it in good shape to get there.one loss might not derail those goals. but five consecutive losses will be tough to overcome.that’s how critical the gophers’ 85-78 loss urday to no. 22 maryland before an announced 11,191 at williams arena could be going into the second half of the conference season.“i think they’re an ncaa tournament team,” maryland coach mark turgeon said. “it gets a little bit easier for them moving forward, a few more home games. we had to play as well as we could play to win.”akeem springs had 23 points on 9-for-1






microsoft earnings stronger than expected in second quarter


cloud computing services continue to be a major contributor to microsoft's booming revenue growth as the company reports its earnings for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ending dec. 31, 2016. beating wall street expectations, the redmond, wash., technology giant reported $26.1 billion in revenue (non-gaap). financial analysts had expected microsoft to book sales of $25.3 billion during the quarter. net income was $6.5 billion and the company posted earnings per share of 83 cents, well ahead of the 79 cents predicted by analysts. "our customers are seeing greater value and opportunity as we partner with them through their digital transformation," said ya nadella, ceo at microsoft, in a statement. "accelerating a ncements in ai across our platforms and services will provide further o






und instructor, student pilot ok after emergency landing


crookston, minn. — a university of north dakota instructor pilot and a student pilot are ok after engine failure forced their airplane to make an emergency landing in northwestern minnesota.the polk county sheriff's office and other authorities responded just after 6:30 p.m. friday after the 2008 single-engine cessna landed south of crookston.authorities say the plane was about 900 feet in the air when the engine failed. the two pilots then made an emergency landing into a plowed field.twenty-two-year-old instructor pilot joseph gromek and 21-year-old student pilot collin bates, both of grand forks, north dakota, were found outside of the plane and unhurt. they were the only people in the plane, which was lightly damaged.the plane was released to und's aviation department.






fatal crash on i-94 in st. paul is among at least three on minnesota roads


at least one person died urday afternoon in a crash on interstate 94 in st. paul, bringing the day’s death toll on minnesota roads to at least three, according to the state patrol.details were few urday night, but the patrol said the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near prior avenue at 2:36 p.m.earlier urday, two people died in separate one-vehicle crashes on icy roads in southern minnesota.an iowa man was killed when a pickup in which he was a p enger lost control on westbound interstate 94 in jay township, in martin county, went into the median and rolled over. charles e. bilek, 61, of clinton, iowa, was killed. he was wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said.bilek was in a vehicle driven by cynthia ann pleau, 60, of siren, wis., who suffered noncritical injuries, as did






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






how to add cloud functionality to your wordpress site with an easy to use plugin


image: jack wallen one reason i always recommend wordpress for more than just blogs is its flexibility. with wordpress you can create sites centered around blogging, services, e-commerce, community, and so much more. plus, with the help of a m ive repository of plugins, wordpress can be expanded into almost any type of site.if you use wordpress as either a community or a client-based website, you'll be interested to know about a cloud-centric plugin called wp cloud that enables users to:upload and view filesview igned cloud spaceview cloud space usedmust-read cloudat the moment, the plugin is limited in what it can do, and it doesn't have an ociated mobile plugin yet, but what it does offer goes a long way to extend the built-in features for users. a word of warning about wp cloud: the de






minnesota scene: gophers women win eight titles in own track and field meet


gophers sophomore nina horvath won the weight throw at the jack johnson cl ic on urday at the university of minnesota fieldhouse with a personal-best distance of 63 feet, 8¾ inches, the sixth best in program history.for the second year in a row, minnesota's erin hawkins won the 200-meter dash (24:87) and heta tuuri the high jump (5-9¼). teammate kimberly golding set a meet record in winning the 60 hurdles (8.20). minnesota women also won four other events.on the men's side, nate roese of the gophers won the 600 (1:17.97) after winning the 400 last year.u swimmers sweep double dualthe gophers men's swimming team swept a two-day, double dual meet with purdue and northwestern in west lafayette, ind., on urday, eclipsing six ncaa "b" cuts (provisional) in the process. minnesota defeated the bo






microsoft q2 strong, says commercial cloud tops $14 billion annual run rate


more tech earningsmicrosoft reported strong second quarter results, as the company said its commercial cloud annual run rate tops $14 billion.commercial cloud run rate is calculated by taking revenue from the last month of the quarter for office 365 commercial, azure, dynamics 365, and other cloud properties and multiplying it by 12. the company's various business units are intersecting with the cloud. for instance, microsoft said that four out of five new dynamics enterprise customers went with the cloud-based dynamics 365. microsoft has also broadened its reach as the company noted that 65 million monthly active devices are using office on ios and android, double the amount last year. in addition, surface revenue was $1.32 billion in the second quarter, down from $1.35 billion a year ago






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.






kennard's late 3 lifts no. 17 duke past wake forest 85-83


winston-salem, n.c. — luke kennard hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left and no. 17 duke rallied to beat wake forest 85-83 on urday.kennard finished with 34 points — one shy of his career high — while hitting all six of his 3s, and grayson allen added with 19 points for the blue devils (16-5, 4-4 atlantic coast conference). for most of the day they appeared headed for their fourth loss in five games.kennard scored 12 of duke's final 15 points, including 11 after the blue devils fell behind by 10 points with less than 4 minutes to play.bryant crawford scored a career-high 26 points, john collins added 20 and keyshawn woods finished with 15 for wake forest (12-9, 3-6), which was denied its first home victory over a top 25 opponent since beating duke in 2014.after allen's 3 with 52.5 seconds






loss to no. 22 ter ins extends gophers' slide to five games


richard pitino seldom talks about the ncaa tournament. well, publicly at least.but the fourth-year gophers men’s basketball coach told his players and local media this past week that expectations were to make the ncaa tournament, and his team’s résumé still put it in good shape to get there.one loss might not derail those goals. but five consecutive losses will be tough to overcome.that’s how critical the gophers’ 85-78 loss urday to no. 22 maryland before an announced 11,191 at williams arena could be going into the second half of the conference season.“i think they’re an ncaa tournament team,” maryland coach mark turgeon said. “it gets a little bit easier for them moving forward, a few more home games. we had to play as well as we could play to win.”akeem springs had 23 points on 9-for-1






lawmakers won't publicly commit to 'bathroom bill' repeal


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina's governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state's "bathroom bill." but a survey by the ociated press and eight north carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance.the law is best known for requiring transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the on their birth certificates.only 12 of 50 state senators and 40 of 118 current house members said they support abolishing the law, nearly all of them democrats. on the other side, 13 representatives and six senators said firmly that they want the law to remain.but in both chambers, those giving a "yes" or "no" were outnumbered by those on the fence or declining to participate.






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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






runners face final tough guy challenge


after more than 30 years, an obstacle course race created by a man called mr mouse that spawned other extreme runs, is having its final run this weekend.mike bushell reports.






as falcons return to big game, remembering the dirty birds


atlanta (ap) — the last time the atlanta falcons made it to the super bowl, they put on quite a show.just not when it mattered.the team known as the “dirty birds” capped off a remarkable season in 1998 by doing almost everything wrong once they claimed a spot in the big game.“i didn’t do a good enough job of making them understand that you don’t want to just be there,” said dan reeves, who was the falcons’ coach. “you want to win it.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.in the lead-up to the super bowl, reeves actually got things rolling by unwittingly rekindling his ugly breakup with the denver broncos, who just happened to be atlanta’s opponent. then there was a dispute over the way the players got off the plane once they landed in miami. for some reason, receiver te






louise erdrich leads finalists for minnesota book awards


minneapolis writer louise erdrich has been named a finalist for a minnesota book award for her novel “larose,” which is also in the running for a national book critics circle award. she last won a minnesota book award — her fifth — in 2013 for “the round house.”the finalists, announced urday also include two-time winner kao kalia yang (also a finalist for an nbcc award), caren stelson (whose book, “sachiko,” was longlisted for a 2016 national book award), benjamin percy, peter geye and david housewright.for the first time, two self-published authors were among the finalists. notably missing from the lineup were kate di illo’s “raymie nightingale,” also longlisted for a national book award, and kelly barnhill, whose middle-grade novel “the who drank the moon” just won the newbery award.the






college basketball: no. 2 kansas rallies past no. 4 kentucky


frank mason iii scored 21 points, josh jackson had 20 points and no. 2 kansas rallied past no. 4 kentucky, 79-73, urday night in the sec-big 12 challenge at lexington, ky. three-point shooting was crucial for the jayhawks (19-2), who shook off an 0-for-8 first half to make five of 11 in the second half. mason had 13 second-half points and landen lucas contributed 13 points, including a layup with 4 minutes 41 seconds remaining for a 69-59 lead, and five rebounds before fouling out. jackson had 10 rebounds. malik monk and derek willis each had 18 points for the wildcats (17-4).unfazed by first-half perimeter woes, the jayhawks made their first three s s from long range in the second half to change the momentum. they also forced 17 turnovers for 21 points.the wildcats’ ragged stretch just be






amazon launches cloud directory, purpose-built storage for hierarchical data


image: istockp o/pixfly amazon's new cloud directory product, announced thursday, could bring additional flexibility and scalability to enterprise directories. the key value proposition of cloud directory is that it offers users the ability to create directories with hierarchies spanning multiple dimensions. according to an amazon press release, more traditional directory tools like active directory lightweight directory services (ad lds), and ldap-based directories, only allow for a single hierarchy. the idea is that, in allowing the mana ent of multiple hierarchies, cloud directory will improve directory flexibility for enterprise users. one example given by amazon would be using hierarchies like reporting structure, location, and cost center to manage and navigate a directory created






nba: miami heat top detroit pistons for seventh straight win


goran dragic scored 23 points urday night and the miami heat defeated the visiting detriot pistons, 116-103, to push the nba’s longest current winning streak to seven games. wayne ellington added 19 points, james johnson had 18 and dion waiters scored 17 for the heat, who tied a season high with 14 three-pointers, including three by ellington in less than two minutes in the final quarter. miami out- scored detroit 26-12 in the fourth. miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season, and hasn't lost since — although it is still only tied for 13th in the eastern conference. only golden state, san antonio and houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the heat’s recent run.the heat outscored the pistons 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding them to 30% shooting. reggie






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






son of a slave helped build st. paul


her grandfather would pluck the mandolin, blow his harmonica and recite poetry in the evening when his grueling day job was done. if the children were lucky, he’d try dancing.“grampa would sit and cross one leg over the other and we kids, one by one, would climb up on his top foot,” 87-year-old janet bullard watson recalled from los angeles. “he would hold our hands and lift and bounce us up and down in the air like a seesaw. once in a while, he would pretend to do a soft shoe and would do an awkward shuffle that would throw us kids into peals of laughter.”luckily for casiville bullard, his handiwork as a renowned stonemason and bricklayer didn’t rely on his feet. the son of a slave, bullard had a hand in building some of st. paul’s most enduring buildings in the early 20th century.that li






son of a slave helped build st. paul


her grandfather would pluck the mandolin, blow his harmonica and recite poetry in the evening when his grueling day job was done. if the children were lucky, he'd try dancing."grampa would sit and cross one leg over the other and we kids, one by one, would climb up on his top foot," 87-year-old janet bullard watson recalled from los angeles. "he would hold our hands and lift and bounce us up and down in the air like a seesaw. once in a while, he would pretend to do a soft shoe and would do an awkward shuffle that would throw us kids into peals of laughter."luckily for casiville bullard, his handiwork as a renowned stonemason and bricklayer didn't rely on his feet. the son of a slave, bullard had a hand in building some of st. paul's most enduring buildings in the early 20th century.that li






genuine matthews st. francis basketball


genuine matthews st. francis, senior basketball, trackgenuine matthews is a senior at st. francis, who placed second in the 400-meter dash in last season’s track and field state meet. his boys’ basketball coach, ryan hauge, said matthews’ speed makes him an elite defender. matthews is committed to run track at north dakota state next year.q: does your track speed help your hoops game?a: i use it to my a ntage to get down the court quickly and break through the t s that are set when the opposite teams press. in the halfcourt, i use it to create a lot of separation between defenders and me.q: is track and field your favorite sport? if so, why? if not, which sport is and why?a: track and field is my favorite sport. before this past summer it was always basketball, but when i did summer aau tr






jackson's 28 points lead no. 22 maryland past minnesota


minneapolis — justin jackson had a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, making all five of his 3-point attempts, and no. 22 maryland beat minnesota 85-78 on urday for its sixth straight win.jackson and fellow freshman kevin huerter combined to go 10 for 12 from 3-point range. huerter finished with 19 points and melo trimble added 13 points, nine ists and seven rebounds as the ter ins (19-2, 7-1) kept pace with wisconsin in a tie for first place in the big ten.akeem springs led the gophers (15-7, 3-6) with a season-high 23 points, but they lost their fifth consecutive game despite a 41-31 rebound a ntage and a 21-10 ist-to-turnover ratio. the biggest problem for minnesota was its defense, with maryland making more than half of its field-goal attempts (30 for 59), including an 11-for perfo






a cool start to february, but sun will bring smiles


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trump's move on refugees stirs praise, worry in minnesota


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kennard's late 3 lifts no. 17 duke past wake forest 85-83


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hartman: vikings must find a way to fix awful running game


last year vikings coach mike zimmer added pat shurmur as a tight ends coach and tony sparano as an offensive line coach, giving the vikings a lot of nfl head coaching experience on their staff.but the team lost a chunk of head coaching experience during the season when offensive coordinator norv turner resigned. shurmur took over the coordinator position on an interim basis and now will retain that job, while zimmer also added two new coaches in recent weeks to round out his staff.zimmer talked about what he expects from his new coaches.“well, we hired clancy barone as the tight ends coach, and clancy, he’s had a long history of coaching the offensive line and the tight ends with the denver broncos,” he said. “that’s where he e from, and he won the super bowl with them last year. he’s a ve






serena williams beats venus for record 23rd grand slam title


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, williams, 35, moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september after 186 str






facebook atwitter over friendly fox sightings in southern minnesota


a friendly pet fox named notchi has gone missing from his lakeville home and is gallivanting across southern minnesota, despite multiple run-ins with humans, a social media paign and a $1,000 reward for his return.notchi, a tame, 8-month-old red fox, was rescued from a fur farm as a kit by mikayla raines, 21, who has a usda license to keep foxes. notchi has distinctive silver and white markings because foxes used for fur often are bred over generations for unique colors.foxes generally make poor pets, raines said, because they mark their territory and chew things up.“there’s just a special bond that i have with foxes that i can’t explain,” raines said. “you have to work hard to bond with a fox, but i like the challenge.”more than 50 people have spotted notchi traipsing from lonsdale to was






facebook atwitter over friendly fox sightings in southern minnesota


a friendly pet fox named notchi has gone missing from his lakeville home and is gallivanting across southern minnesota, despite multiple run-ins with humans, a social media paign and a $1,000 reward for his return.notchi, a tame, 8-month-old red fox, was rescued from a fur farm as a kit by mikayla raines, 21, who has a usda license to keep foxes. notchi has distinctive silver and white markings because foxes used for fur often are bred over generations for unique colors.foxes generally make poor pets, raines said, because they mark their territory and chew things up.“there’s just a special bond that i have with foxes that i can’t explain,” raines said. “you have to work hard to bond with a fox, but i like the challenge.”more than 50 people have spotted notchi traipsing from lonsdale to was