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gymnastics state meet details


state tournamentgymnasticsat university of minnesota sports pavilionclass 2a• team competition: cambridge-isanti, east ridge, lakeville north, maple grove, minnetonka, owatonna, st. cloud tech, stillwater; friday, 6 pm• individual competition: saturday, 6 pmclass 1a• team competition: austin, becker, detroit lakes, mahtomedi, mankato west, melrose, watertown-mayer/mound westonka, worthington; friday, 11 am• individual competition: saturday, 11 am






gymnastics state tournament details


state tournamentgymnasticsat university of minnesota sports pavilionclass 2a• team competition: cambridge-isanti, east ridge, lakeville north, maple grove, minnetonka, owatonna, st. cloud tech, stillwater; friday, 6 pm• individual competition: saturday, 6 pmclass 1a• team competition: austin, becker, detroit lakes, mahtomedi, mankato west, melrose, watertown-mayer/mound westonka, worthington; friday, 11 am• individual competition: saturday, 11 am






kevin durant fully cleared for friday's practice, likely for saturday's game


oakland — the anticipated was officially announced by the warriors on thursday morning: kevin durant has been fully cleared for friday’s team practice and is likely to play in saturday’s game against the pelicans.“following multiple workout sessions in recent days – including 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 scrimmages – forward kevin durant has been cleared by the team’s medical and athletic training staffs to return to full-team practices,” the release said. “if he does not suffer any setbacks following tomorrow’s practice, it is anticipated that durant will play in saturday’s game against the new orleans pelicans at oracle arena.durant suffered a sprained mcl and tibial bone bruise back on feb. 28. he has missed the past 19 games. he returns to a scorching hot warriors team that has won 13 in






lonzo ball says he's one and done at ucla, headed to nba


memphis, tenn. — star ucla freshman lonzo ball says he's one and done at ucla and headed to the next level.the guard said friday night after his team lost to kentucky in the sweet 16 that he had played his final game for the bruins. he says he appreciates the fans and all their support.ball was widely expected to declare for the nba draft after this season. his father, lavar ball, has been especially vocal, declaring that the eldest of three hoops-playing brothers is better than nba mvp steph curry.ball says he felt bad that he couldn't carry his team's seniors to another win in the ncaa tournament. he says ucla simply lost to a good team.ball was outdueled by kentucky's de'aaron fox on friday night, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting. fox scored 39 for the wildcats.






a's manager bob melvin to return to team sunday following death of mother


mesa, ariz. — a’s manager bob melvin is expected to rejoin the team sunday after the death of his mother judy, who passed away friday afternoon.melvin departed arizona on friday morning and arrived home in time to spend some final moments with her.“it was important for him to be there,” said a’s bench coach mark kotsay, who will fill in for melvin for a second straight day. “we all pushed him to get there and thankful that he did get there and was able to be with her.”details on services weren’t yet available and it’s conceivable melvin may take more time off at a later date.






crystal palace team coach vandalised before premier league match


palace's defaced team buscrystal palace's team coach was vandalised prior to saturday's 1-0 win over middlesbrough, with the club's name and colours sprayed on to it. contrary to speculation, the coach had not been provided for boro to use for their visit to selhurst park.the eagles used another bus to travel to the premier league game.a club spokesman said: "the team bus was covered in graffiti overnight on friday ahead of the game on saturday. police have been informed."






celtics get hot from 3-point range, finish off bulls


they were listening, right? brad stevens' players had to be eavesdropping.during his pregame media session friday, the celtics coach said he liked his team's shot selection in game 5, even if they hit just 9 of 40 3-point attempts."my hope," stevens said, "is that water finds its level."consider it lost and found.boston hit its first three 3-pointers in friday's game 6, getting bombs from jae crowder, avery bradley and gerald green. that was a sign of things to come in boston's series-clinching 105-83 victory.the celtics made 16 of 39, a 41 percent clip that easily bested what they produced in the first five games — 32.4 percent."we've got more coming, based on how we shot before that," stevens said. "we had better rhythm to our passing, a real purpose."one moment that crystallized chicago






galaxy enjoy confidence booster with win over impact, 2-0


the galaxy honored four iconic players from the team’s illustrious past friday at the stubhub center. and it turns out landon donovan, cobi jones, carlos ruiz and clint mathis have more in common than just conference championships and mls cup appearances.none of the four ever played on a team that got off to a worse start than this year’s galaxy, which entered friday’s game with the montreal impact 10th in the 11-team western conference with three points after four games.so romain alessandrini, who could wind up an icon himself if he keeps playing the way he has in first five mls games, did something about that, scoring the first-half goal that sparked the galaxy to a 2-0 win over the short-handed impact.jermaine jones got the second goal in the 74th minute, finishing a 45-yard run by bank






the latest: dortmund bus attack suspect bet against the team


berlin — the latest on the borussia dortmund team bus bombing (all times local):1:10 p.m.german prosecutors say they believe a 28-year-old german-russian man suspected of carrying out a bombing attack on the borussia dortmund soccer team's bus acted alone.prosecutors' spokeswoman frauke koehler told reporters friday that according to the latest information, there are "no indications of possible helpers or accomplices."suspect sergej w. was arrested by authorities early friday morning in the vicinity of the southwestern city of tuebingen and was expected to be brought before a judge later friday.the suspect came to the attention of investigators because he had made "suspicious options purchases" — taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs' stock on the day of the attack.the






warriors and cavaliers seem headed for another finals face-off


may 08, 2017, 4:13 am salt lake city — three mid-playoff observations, now that the warriors are up 3-0 over utah and one victory away from a third consecutive trip to the western conference finals… 1–this is still steve kerr’s team, and it’s also mike brown’s team, and stephen curry’s team, and draymond green’s team and andre iguodala’s team and kevin durant’s team and, oh,...






warriors and cavaliers seem headed for another finals face-off


may 08, 2017, 4:13 am salt lake city — three mid-playoff observations, now that the warriors are up 3-0 over utah and one victory away from a third consecutive trip to the western conference finals… 1–this is still steve kerr’s team, and it’s also mike brown’s team, and stephen curry’s team, and draymond green’s team and andre iguodala’s team and kevin durant’s team and, oh,...






warriors and cavaliers seem headed for another finals face-off


may 08, 2017, 4:13 am salt lake city — three mid-playoff observations, now that the warriors are up 3-0 over utah and one victory away from a third consecutive trip to the western conference finals… 1–this is still steve kerr’s team, and it’s also mike brown’s team, and stephen curry’s team, and draymond green’s team and andre iguodala’s team and kevin durant’s team and, oh,...






jackson says that a trade might be best for carmelo, knicks


greenburgh, n.y. (ap) — phil jackson thinks carmelo anthony and the knicks might be better off going their separate ways.“we have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and i think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship,” jackson said friday.jackson stopped short of saying he wanted to trade his all-star forward, but certainly seems eager to explore a deal that would help the knicks get younger and more athletic.“right now we need players that are really active, can play every single play, defensively and offensively,” jackson said. “that’s really important for us.”most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.jackson spoke to the local medi






hayward's 39 points lead jazz to comeback victory over wolves


salt lake city – while the wolves speed toward their summers, they are making some sort of history along the way.their 120-113 loss to the utah jazz on friday night was their 22nd time this season — and second in as many nights — in which they built a double-digit lead only to lose.no nba team has done that in the past two decades, but the wolves did so friday. they built an 11-point, second-quarter advantage, then saw jazz men gordon hayward and joe johnson, to name two, shoot their team back into contention.wolves coach tom thibodeau said before the game he will study this summer how his team let so many such leads get away this season. friday, the answers rested in their defense — or lack thereof — against a team that alternately went big with rudy gobert and just-returned derrick favor






hayward's 39 points lead jazz to comeback victory over wolves


salt lake city – while the wolves speed toward their summers, they are making some sort of history along the way.their 120-113 loss to the utah jazz on friday night was their 22nd time this season — and second in as many nights — in which they built a double-digit lead only to lose.no nba team has done that in the past two decades, but the wolves did so friday. they built an 11-point, second-quarter advantage, then saw jazz men gordon hayward and joe johnson, to name two, shoot their team back into contention.wolves coach tom thibodeau said before the game he will study this summer how his team let so many such leads get away this season. friday, the answers rested in their defense — or lack thereof — against a team that alternately went big with rudy gobert and just-returned derrick favor






lakeville north wins team gymnastics title


david joles – star tribunegallery: st. cloud tech, front left to right, lakeville north and owatonna team members wait for the results of the minnesota state high school 2a gymnastics team championship friday, feb. 24, 2017, at the university of minnesota in minneapolis, mn. lakeville north was first, st. cloud tech finished second and owatonna third.






the latest: dortmund bus attack suspect bet against the team


berlin — the latest on the borussia dortmund team bus bombing (all times local):12:45 p.m.german prosecutors say the 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attacking the borussia dortmund team bus had taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs' stock by purchasing financial derivatives.spokeswoman frauke koehler says investigators are still trying to determine how big a profit the suspect might have made.koehler said in a statement friday that the german-russian dual citizen, identified only as sergej w., bought most of the financial derivatives on april 11, the day of the attack.the prosecutors said there were no indications that the suspect was aided by others.___6:15 a.m.a 28-year-old german-russian citizen was arrested friday in germany on suspicion of bombing the bus






wolves notes: injuries in key spots place greater demands on reserves


miami – ready to move on this final month without injured nemanja bjelica and quite possibly recently signed lance stephenson as well, timberwolves coach tom thibodeau vowed friday the team still can win the western conference’s final playoff spot.but that doesn’t mean the team won’t add a healthy body, either.“we feel we have more than enough to win with,” thibodeau said before friday’s game at miami. “so the next guy has to get in there and get the job done.”bjelica is done for the season because of a foot injury suffered wednesday in boston. stephenson returned with bjelica to minnesota on friday for evaluation after he reinjured an ankle he sprained a month ago.his second 10-day contract expires saturday. stephenson’s signing for the rest of the season depends on swelling and how much






seahawks’ pursuit of t.j. lang shows urgency of team to improve offensive line


that seattle was aggressively pursuing t.j. lang spoke to the team’s sense of urgency to improve an offensive line that many regarded last year as among the worst in the nfl.the seahawks’ pursuit of free-agent offensive lineman t.j. lang was reported to have hit a slight snag friday — a delayed flight to seattle for his visit with team coaches and executives, the player arriving a little later than had been expected.but that was thought hardly likely to slow the team’s own pursuit of lang, a pro bowl guard last season with the green bay packers who could become the most highly-paid free agent offensive linemen the team has signed since pete carroll took over as coach and john schneider as general manager in 2010.lang visited detroit on thursday and into friday before flying to seattle, acc






romain alessandrini’s early spark keys galaxy victory over montreal impact


the galaxy honored four iconic players from the team’s illustrious past friday at the stubhub center. and it turns out landon donovan, cobi jones, carlos ruiz and clint mathis have more in common than just conference championships and mls cup appearances.none of the four ever played on a team that got off to a worse start than this year’s galaxy. with three points after four games, they entered friday’s game against the montreal impact in 10th place in the 11-team western conference.so romain alessandrini, who will wind up an icon himself if he keeps playing the way he has in first five mls games, did something about that. he scored a first-half goal that sparked the galaxy to a 2-0 win over the impact.jermaine jones got the second goal in the 74th minute, finishing a 45-yard run by bankin






raiders confirm deadline to sign marshawn lynch is the nfl draft


the oakland raiders acknowledged friday that the team would like to solve marshawn lynch's future by the nfl draft on thursday.oakland raiders general manager reggie mckenzie on friday confirmed reports from earlier this week that the team wants to settle whether marshawn lynch will play for them in 2017 by the time of the nfl draft, which begins with the first round on thursday.mckenzie and coach jack del rio held their annual pre-draft press conference friday with mckenzie acknowledging the team hopes to know soon about lynch.“at some point, you’d like to know,” mckenzie told reporters. “prior to the draft is that point. you’d like to know that. our door is open, and we’re not shutting the door until that time pretty much. who knows after that? i’m not ever going to say ‘never.’ but the






bears' newcomers convinced they bring value to team with major needs


one by one, the bears paraded a host of new players through the halas hall media room friday afternoon. free agency was still only a day old but the team made several introductions, pushing to show progress with their ongoing roster overhauls.mike glennon? he was, for obvious reasons, the day's headliner, the new quarterback asserting that his new team was much better than last season's 3-13 record suggests.safety quintin demps? he's a new leader, a nine-year veteran vowing to bring tenacity and playmaking ability to the secondary.wide receiver markus wheaton and tight end dion sims? they're a pair of new offensive parts, the first a speedy deep threat and the latter a battering ram for the running game.after the nfl's free-agency pinata split open thursday, this was the bears' initial hau






bears' newcomers convinced they bring value to team with major needs


one by one, the bears paraded a host of new players through the halas hall media room friday afternoon. free agency was still only a day old but the team made several introductions, pushing to show progress with their ongoing roster overhauls.mike glennon? he was, for obvious reasons, the day's headliner, the new quarterback asserting that his new team was much better than last season's 3-13 record suggests.safety quintin demps? he's a new leader, a nine-year veteran vowing to bring tenacity and playmaking ability to the secondary.wide receiver markus wheaton and tight end dion sims? they're a pair of new offensive parts, the first a speedy deep threat and the latter a battering ram for the running game.after the nfl's free-agency pinata split open thursday, this was the bears' initial hau






suspect bet against team then bombed its bus


berlin — a 28-year-old german-russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that borussia dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team’s bus in an attack he tried to disguise as islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, german officials said friday.the suspect, identified only as sergej w. in line with german privacy laws, was arrested by a police tactical team early friday near the southwestern city of tuebingen, federal prosecutors said.“we are working on the assumption that the suspect is responsible for the attack against the team bus of borussia dortmund,” prosecutors’ spokeswoman frauke koehler told a news conference friday.she said the man came to the attention of investigators because he had made “suspicious options purchases” for shares in borussia dortmund, t






look up friday! green comet and snow moon eclipse team up for skywatchers


skywatchers this weekend will get two special, subtle treats: a penumbral lunar eclipse on friday (feb. 10) and a strange green comet reaching its peak viewing time the following morning.






borussia dortmund bus attack: suspect bet against the team, prosecutors say


berlin -- a 28-year-old german-russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that borussia dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team’s bus in an attack he tried to disguise as islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, german officials said friday.the suspect, identified only as sergej w. in line with german privacy laws, was arrested by a police tactical team early friday near the southwestern city of tuebingen, federal prosecutors said.“we are working on the assumption that the suspect is responsible for the attack against the team bus of borussia dortmund,” prosecutors’ spokeswoman frauke koehler told a news conference friday.she said the man came to the attention of investigators because he had made “suspicious options purchases” for shares in borussia dortmund,






prosecutors: man arrested over bombing of german soccer bus


berlin — a 28-year-old german-russian citizen was arrested friday in germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the borussia dortmund soccer team in an attack last week that prosecutors alleged was motivated by financial greed.a dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts last week as the bus was heading to the team's stadium for a champions league match against as monaco. investigators found notes at the scene claiming responsibility in the name of islamic extremists, but quickly doubted their authenticity.federal prosecutors said the suspect, identified only as sergej w. in keeping with german privacy law, was arrested by a police tactical response team in the tuebingen area early friday.the man faces charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion and serio






five takeaways from the lakers' 115-95 loss to the boston celtics


before the lakers played the boston celtics on friday night, coach luke walton said he wanted this one a little bit more, given the history of the celtics-lakers rivalry.the truth is that right now that rivalry is a bit one-sided.on friday, it was just an elite team beating an overmatched team.here are five takeaways from the lakers’ 115-95 loss to the celtics.1. the lakers’ energy to start was generally good, but they got frustrated as the celtics built a lead anyway. when this team gets frustrated, it tends to play a bit selfishly and stop moving the ball, and that’s what started to happen.2. walton allowed his starters to start the second half, but pulled them about three minutes into the third quarter. he didn't like that the offense was stagnant and the lakers had been giving up too m






thunderbirds have proved tough to beat with mathew barzal in lineup


the nhl draftee hasn’t been around all season, but when he has the t-birds have been among the best in the whl. seattle goes for a playoff sweep of everett on friday night in kent.there’s little doubt the reason the seattle thunderbirds are poised for another run at a western hockey league title is the team captain that hasn’t always been around.mathew barzal spent the season’s first six weeks with the new york islanders, had a winter stint with team canada’s juniors and missed the opening round of the whl playoffs following a bout with the mumps. but the 19-year-old center from coquitlam, b.c., returned for round 2 against the everett silvertips and — as he has all season when actually in a thunderbirds uniform — lifted his team when most needed.barzal’s two goals last tuesday, including






stanford women prepare for final four matchup with south carolina


for dawn staley, being on tara vanderveer’s team has worked out much better than being on the other side.staley, whose south carolina squad faces stanford in the national semifinals friday in the women’s final four at dallas, was a reserve guard on the 1996 u.s. olympic team coached by vanderveer.that team went 60-0, including a nearly year-long schedule leading to the atlanta games.as a player or a coach on the opposite bench, staley is 0-7 against one of just three division i college coaches to win 1,000 career games.“i’m part of that 1,000 wins. i’m one of the defeated teams in that total win category,” staley said. “she’s a hard win. she’s been in these situations a number of times and she definitely uses her experience against you.”vanderveer acknowledges their long history, noting sh






thunderbirds have proved tough to beat with mathew barzal in lineup


the nhl draftee hasn’t been around all season, but when he has the t-birds have been among the best in the whl. seattle goes for a playoff sweep of everett on friday night in kent.there’s little doubt the reason the seattle thunderbirds are poised for another run at a western hockey league title is the team captain that hasn’t always been around.mathew barzal spent the season’s first six weeks with the new york islanders, had a winter stint with team canada’s juniors and missed the opening round of the whl playoffs following a bout with the mumps. but the 19-year-old center from coquitlam, b.c., returned for round 2 against the everett silvertips and — as he has all season when actually in a thunderbirds uniform — lifted his team when most needed.barzal’s two goals last tuesday, including






borussia dortmund bus attack: suspect bet against the team, prosecutors say


berlin -- german prosecutors say the 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attacking the borussia dortmund team bus had taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs’ stock by purchasing financial derivatives.spokeswoman frauke koehler says investigators are still trying to determine how big a profit the suspect might have made.koehler said in a statement friday that the german-russian dual citizen, identified only as sergej w., bought most of the financial derivatives on april 11, the day of the attack.the prosecutors said there were no indications that the suspect was aided by others.the 28-year-old german-russian citizen was arrested friday.a dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts april 11 as the bus was heading to the team’s stadium for a cham






prosecutors: man arrested over bombing of german soccer bus


berlin (ap) — a 28-year-old german-russian citizen was arrested friday in germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the borussia dortmund soccer team in an attack last week that prosecutors alleged was motivated by financial greed.a dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts last week as the bus was heading to the team’s stadium for a champions league match against as monaco. investigators found notes at the scene claiming responsibility in the name of islamic extremists, but quickly doubted their authenticity.federal prosecutors said the suspect, identified only as sergej w. in keeping with german privacy law, was arrested by a police tactical response team in the tuebingen area early friday.the man faces charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion and






supersectional preview: evanston coach thinks young, kits are similar


for evanston senior swingman malcolm townsel, the wildkits' class 4a chicago state supersectional game against young on tuesday will be a reunion.townsel, who played for young last year before his family moved to evanston, said he's seen his old team play on multiple occasions this season, and said the wildkits can expect another end-to-end game like last friday's waukegan sectional final, which evanston won 81-68 over the host bulldogs."(young) is a fast-paced team, they play hard and are about nine deep. they are as good as any team in the state," said townsel, an evanston starter who came off the bench at young last season and said he remains close to dolphins seniors lucas williamson, derrick faulkner and justin stovall. "they are kind of like waukegan, kind of play at the same pace as






dodgers' ace madison bumgarner put on dl after dirt bike accident


denver – giants ace lefthander madison bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career friday after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder.san francisco announced bumgarner's injury friday, a day after the accident occurred during an off day in colorado. the giants said bumgarner is out of the hospital and resting at the team hotel."the main thing is you have to be grateful he's not hurt worse than he is," giants catcher buster posey said. "i don't know the timetable [for his return], i'm not sure anybody does."also friday, manager bruce bochy rejoined the team. he missed a two-game series at kansas city following a heart procedure.the 27-year-old bumgarner, the 2014 world series






roethlisberger plans to return in 2017


pittsburgh (ap) — pittsburgh steelers quarterback ben roethlisberger isn’t quite ready to head off into retirement. roethlisberger announced on twitter friday that he’s told the steelers he plans to be under center in 2017.“informed the team i am looking forward to my 14th season,” roethlisberger posted. “steeler nation will get my absolute best.”the two-time super bowl winner, who turned 35 last month, hinted after pittsburgh’s loss to new england in the afc championship game that he needed to take stock before committing to returning.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.though everyone from coach mike tomlin to general manager kevin colbert to team president art rooney ii believed roethlisberger would be back, roethlisberger kept quiet publicly until friday.the fron






bruce arena has u.s. calm and confident for world cup qualifier against honduras


when the u.s. takes the field for friday’s world cup qualifier against honduras, it will be on ground both new and familiar.never before have the americans started the hexagonal round of qualifying with consecutive losses. and they’ve never been at the bottom of the six-team table heading into their third game. the forecast friday calls for rain and temperatures in the mid 50s ahead of the 7:55 p.m. pdt kickoff (fs1, unimas, udn) at avaya stadium.but this is not the first time they’ve had their backs to the wall in the final round. in 2001 the u.s. entered the ninth game of the 10-game competition needing win to keep alive its hopes of advancing to the world cup.and coach bruce arena calmly led the americans to a victory over jamaica in foxborough, mass. a month later the americans played






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n