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snow sculpting teams gather in wisconsin for national event


lake geneva, wis. — fifteen teams of snow sculptors from 13 states have gathered in wisconsin for the u.s. national snow sculpting championship.the event began wednesday in lake geneva, with judging set for urday morning.the team that won last year for "door master" has disbanded, but all its members are taking part again this year on other teams. one of them, david andrews, has been on nine teams that have taken first place.the teams receive a cylinder block of snow eight feet in diameter and nine feet high. they can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements.they will be judged on creativity, technique and message. the winner gets a trophy and an invite to an international snow sculpting competition.






both manchester teams are solidly in the top four hunt after winning sunday


for the second time in less than a week, both manchester teams faced a very preferable situation. after seeing how the top four finished the day before, both manchester city and manchester united knew that they would be able to gain points on multiple top four teams if either win.after chelsea, tottenham and liverpool drew and arsenal lost on tuesday, the manchester teams had a chance to get back into the top four on wednesday. manchester city did their part, defeating west ham 4-0 but manchester united drew hull city 0-0 with an incredible eldin jakupovic performance in goal and almost lost the draw if lazar markovic’s uncontested s didn’t go off






avalanche see dramatic decline in television ratings on altitude – the denver po


the nhl cellar-dwelling avalanche has seen a 57 percent drop in television ratings on altitude, according to sportsbusiness journal. the publication collected ratings information for 21 u.s.-based teams and said information for the carolina hurricanes and nashville predators and the seven canadian teams was not available.among 12 teams with ratings declines, colorado — which is on pace to finish with the fewest points in its 21-year history — had the biggest drop. the avs’ .75 average rating, however, is not among the bottom six. the perennial playoff-contending anaheim ducks on prime ticket has a .21 average rating, worst among the 21 teams included in the study and had a 46 percent decrease.the other teams with the weakest rankings were the florida panthers (.27), new york islanders (.29






avalanche see dramatic 57 percent decline in television ratings on altitude – th


the nhl cellar-dwelling avalanche has seen a 57 percent drop in television ratings on altitude, according to sportsbusiness journal. the publication collected ratings information for 21 u.s.-based teams and said information for the carolina hurricanes and nashville predators and the seven canadian teams was not available.among 12 teams with ratings declines, colorado — which is on pace to finish with the fewest points in its 21-year history — had the biggest drop. the avs’ .75 average rating, however, is not among the bottom six. the perennial playoff-contending anaheim ducks on prime ticket has a .21 average rating, worst among the 21 teams included in the study and had a 46 percent decrease.the other teams with the weakest rankings were the florida panthers (.27), new york islanders (.29






nba, take-two to create professional videogame league


the national basketball ociation and videogame publisher take-two interactive software inc. on thursday announced plans to create a professional videogame league, marking the biggest tie-up yet between traditional and digital sports.under the agreement, nba franchises will be able to form and manage teams that will compete starting next year at take-two’s popular “nba 2k” videogame, the businesses said. while professional sports teams and athletes have independently acquired or invested in so-called e-sports teams...






georgetown men's basketball team's bus involved in crash


anyone who watches college basketball should know the top 25 will see some shuffling this week.five teams i had ranked in the top 10 last week lost with four falling to unranked teams. also northwestern drops out of top 25 after losing to purdue.the steady mainstay? top-ranked gonzaga remaining...






spacex’s hyperloop competition sees three companies run their pods


spacex hosted a hyperloop pod design test competition at its hawthorne headquarters this past weekend, where student teams got the chance to run their pod designs in low-pressure environments in a test track for the first time. there were a number of teams competing, with 30 in total selected to come down for the trials, but only three were actually able to perform runs this weekend, since each had to p a number of tests for things like structural integrity and vacuum chamber survivability in order to compete.the three teams that made it through include a team from mit, one from delft university, and one from warr, a student group from the technical university of munich. the teams ran their pods in the test tube, with the fastest (warr) achieving a max speed of around 90 km/h. the one mile






spacex’s hyperloop competition sees three companies run their pods


spacex hosted a hyperloop pod design test competition at its hawthorne headquarters this past weekend, where student teams got the chance to run their pod designs in low-pressure environments in a test track for the first time. there were a number of teams competing, with 30 in total selected to come down for the trials, but only three were actually able to perform runs this weekend, since each had to p a number of tests for things like structural integrity and vacuum chamber survivability in order to compete.the three teams that made it through include a team from mit, one from delft university, and one from warr, a student group from the technical university of munich. the teams ran their pods in the test tube, with the fastest (warr) achieving a max speed of around 90 km/h. the one mile






swift-water rescue teams stream into oroville amid the flood danger


swift-water rescue teams are being dispatched from fire departments in los angeles, long beach and others across california to help with the situation at oroville dam. officials have evacuated tens of thousands of people after a hole was found at the emergency spillway of the dam, raising concerns about it failing and sending water into oroville and other communities.






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offensive juggernauts mountain iron-buhl and roseau collide


as the season winds down, the number of undefeated teams across the state has dwindled to just nine. there will be at least one fewer this week when roseau and mountain iron-buhl meet, provided both win their games on monday.the rangers, ranked no. 1 in cl 1a by the minnesota basketball news, and the no. 1-2a rams have been rolling this season and show no sign of slowing down. four players on each team average more than 10 points a game, but with all of the capable offensive threats, it might come down to which team plays better defense.high school basketball doesn’t get much better when two top-ranked and undefeated teams collide. in this game featuring two of the highest-scoring offenses in the state, it’s easy to see why the meeting of the top teams in cl 1a and cl 2a is our pick for th






basketball: southern section releases 16 teams in open division


the southern section announced on friday the 16 boys' teams selected to play in the open division basketball playoffs. the complete pairings will be released on sunday.the teams: alemany, bishop montgomery, corona centennial, chino hills, crossroads, damien, esperanza, heritage christian, jserra, mater dei, oak park, long beach poly, redondo, roosevelt, santa margarita, sierra canyon.although seedings were not released, the top four teams are expected to be sierra canyon, chino hills, bishop montgomery and santa ana mater dei.the top 16 teams in southern section basketball were plucked out of their playoff divisions to participate in the open division playoffs.there will be a semifinal boys' doubleheader at usc's galen center on feb. 24. the championship game is march 4 at honda center.sie






prep baseball season begins next week for city section teams


the poly cl ic is set to open the high school baseball season for city section teams beginning next wednesday, feb. 17.the top opening game will have sun valley poly and ace left-hander danny pimienta taking on host venice and all-city shortstop nick atkins in a 6 p.m. game. pimienta signed with cal state northridge. atkins signed with new mexico.other games on feb. 17: roosevelt at hamilton; marshall at sylmar; verdugo hills at bell; fairfax at arleta; chavez at wilson; van nuys at v ; granada hills at westchester; north hollywood at south gate; locke at monroe; taft at franklin; eagle rock at lakeview.southern section teams begin their season on feb. 25.for the latest on high school sports, follow @latsondheimer on twitter






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duke, nc state projected to host tourney games despite hb2


new york — duke and north carolina state were among the top 16 projected seeds the ncaa revealed monday for the women's basketball tournament in march, making them potential hosts in a state that's lost several sports events because of a divisive law.the ncaa pulled seven championships from north carolina in september, including the first two rounds of the 2017 men's basketball tournament, because of the law that some say can lead to discrimination against lgbt people.but the ncaa does allow games to be played when teams earn the right to host — those aren't predetermined sites, meaning duke and n.c. state could hold women's tournament games on their puses."we don't pick teams on who can host or not," women's basketball selection committee chair terry gawlik said in a phone interview monda






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download download the only app that has the ncaa tournament. the most teams & stations. designed for phones & tablets. automatic updates. the best reviews of any app listen live to your favorite teams games throughout the season. just click on your team and you are ready to catch all the action. no matter where you are you can take your team with you. disclaimer: the use of any team names, trademarks or photos have been used for description purposes only and does not endorse any affiliation with any sporting team. all rights remain with their current owners. stations have restrictions on certain broadcasts any may not carry every game.






golfsixes: the latest innovative format on the european tour


virginia water, england — the european tour has added a new six-hole team event to the schedule as part of its aggressive move to introduce innovative formats and broaden the appeal of the sport.golfsixes will make its debut at the centurion club north of london on may 6-7, featuring two-man teams from 16 different countries competing for a prize fund of 1 million euros ($1.06 million).the teams will be split into four groups of four teams on day 1, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stages. the quarterfinals, semifinals and final will take place on day 2.teams will comprise the leading available player from each competing country and a chosen teammate.keith pelley, chief executive of the european tour, said he wants to "emulate the national fervor" of the ryder c






the nba is creating its own esports league for the basketball game nba 2k


the rise in popularity of esports has mainly been focused around leagues that play games like league of legends, dota and counter-strike – all games that aren’t actually sports-related.but esports games that are modeled after actual sports are also extremely popular – for example the madden nfl and fifa soccer franchises are some of the most popular games made for xbox and playstation.so today the nba announced that they are teaming up with take-two interactive software to create a new esports league centered around nba 2k – a popular basketball game made by take-two.the league will launch in 2018 and consist of teams operated by nba franchises. while no teams have committed yet, league commissioner adam silver told the wsj that all 30 leagues have “expressed interest” in forming teams.eac






nba d-league to be renamed nba gatorade league


the nba introduced the d-league in 2001 with only eight teams. it wasn’t until 2005 where former nba commissioner david stern invested the resources to make the d-league a true minor league system, expanding it to 15 teams. fast forward to 2017 and the league features 22 teams, each affiliated with a nba organization. beginning in the 2017-2018 season, the nba announced the alliance will be renamed to the nba gatorade league.read: pitbull is bringing miami heat to nba all-star weekendnba deputy commissioner mark tatum says the agreement will allow the “g-league” to make use of gatorade’s sports science institute. tatum also said the league will use the institute’s “sports science expertise and knowledge to enhance player performance in our game” through nutrition, training and other advanc






former servite player matthew slater comes through in super bowl li overtime


former servite standout matthew slater, the new england patriots' special teams captain, e through big time on sunday in overtime in super bowl li.it was his job to call heads or tails in the coin flip to decide which team would get the ball first.he called heads, the patriots got the ball and tom brady & co. did the rest, ending the game with a touchdown in a 34-28 overtime win over the atlanta falcons.slater, who played for ucla and has been one of the nfl's best special teams players, will go down in history with the trivia question: who guessed correctly the coin flip to give the patriots the ball first?for the latest on high school sports, follow @latsondheimer on twitter






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college football scoreboard gives you up to the minute ncaa football scores, schedules and all the latest news stories, for the following conferences: american, acc, big 12, big ten, conference usa, mountain west, pac-12 and sec- plus top 25 schools. now includes ap & bcs polls and conference standings. this free version is ad supported. new: added favorite teams, new settings menu, and new live feed page combining facebook, instagram and twitter posts for your favorite teams. also includes schedules, news and scores (but not real time) for the following conferences: american midwest, big sky, big south, colonial athletic (caa), great west, ivy league, mid-american (mac), mid-eastern athletic, missouri valley, north coast athletic, northeast, ohio valley, patriot league, sun belt, s






semi-finalists named in the shell ocean discovery xprize


the shell oil-sponsored ocean discovery xprize moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including canada, china, france, germany, ghana, india, japan, new zealand, portugal, south africa, switzerland, the united kingdom and the united states.aimed at exploring and detecting chemical and biological systems at the depths of the ocean, the teams will be required to navigate vessels deeper than the grand canyon, tasked with mapping space five times the size of paris, by the xprize’s measure.the nearly two-dozen teams currently competing represent a pretty width breadth of solutions, including the arggonauts from germany, which utilize a swarm of 12 drones, a modular, low-cost rov from ghana and a canadian team that launches underwater drones from aerial ones.






semi-finalists named in the shell ocean discovery xprize


the shell oil-sponsored ocean discovery xprize moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including canada, china, france, germany, ghana, india, japan, new zealand, portugal, south africa, switzerland, the united kingdom and the united states.aimed at exploring and detecting chemical and biological systems at the depths of the ocean, the teams will be required to navigate vessels deeper than the grand canyon, tasked with mapping space five times the size of paris, by the xprize’s measure.the nearly two-dozen teams currently competing represent a pretty width breadth of solutions, including the arggonauts from germany, which utilize a swarm of 12 drones, a modular, low-cost rov from ghana and a canadian team that launches underwater drones from aerial ones.






nba set to launch esports league for 2018


atlanta  — video gamers now have a chance to compete for an nba title, in an actual nba arena and get paid by the some of the same people who pay lebron james and steph curry.that’s right, the “nba 2k eleague” is coming — the first esports league operated by one of the four major pro sports leagues in the united states.the nba and take-two interactive software announced early thursday morning that they are bringing some of the world’s best gamers together to compete while representing actual nba teams, a competition commissioner adam silver hopes will continue to expand his league’s global brand.“the large part of my mission is to grow the game of basketball,” silver told the ociated press. “there’s going to be an opportunity for this first of a kind league to attract a group of gamers who






duke, nc state projected to host tourney games despite hb2


new york (ap) — duke and north carolina state were among the top 16 projected seeds the ncaa revealed monday for the women’s basketball tournament in march, making them potential hosts in a state that’s lost several sports events because of a divisive law.the ncaa pulled seven championships from north carolina in september, including the first two rounds of the 2017 men’s basketball tournament, because of the law that some say can lead to discrimination against lgbt people.but the ncaa does allow games to be played when teams earn the right to host — those aren’t predetermined sites, meaning duke and n.c. state could hold women’s tournament games on their puses.“we don’t pick teams on who can host or not,” women’s basketball selection committee chair terry gawlik said in a phone interview






in the age of rpi, records can deceive down the prep basketball homestrech


what’s in a record? a lot, as it turns out.in today’s colorado preps world dominated by the ratings percentage index (rpi), it has become increasingly hard to judge a team based off regular-season wins and losses. the rpi is a formulaic system of determining colorado high school playoff fields across all team sports, and it measures teams relative to each other, with a primary factor in that measurement being strength of schedule.knowing this, local coaches and athletic directors of elite programs stacked their nonconference schedules with games against other elite teams, as well as prestigious out-of-state tournaments. the results so far this winter as the hoops season heads into the final week of the regular season are plenty of squads with records that aren’t indicative of how good they






sports scores


sports scores has more leagues than any other app. the app delivers up to date scores, schedules, and standings, and allows you to setup notifications for your favorite teams. the scores constantly update so you will never miss any sports action again. plus setup your favorite teams, and view them all on the same table for easy browsing. here is a list of the leagues we offer (send us a request to add more leagues) : baseball. a - aaa minor league. mlb. ncaabasketball. nba. nba d-league. ncaa (men & women). wnbafootball. afl. cfl. nfl. ncaahockey. ahl. nhl. ushl. echl. ncaa. ohl. qmjhl. whllacrosse. nllmotorsports. nascar sprint. nascar xfinitysoftball. ncaasoccer. mls. premier league. ligue 1. bundesliga. serie a. eredisie. la liga. uefa champions. uefa europa. world cuptennis. atp






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






eric yarber expected to join rams' staff as receivers coach


eric yarber, ucla’s receivers coach since 2012, is expected to join the rams’ staff.yarber, 53, attended los angeles crenshaw high and played on special teams as well as at receiver for the washington redskins’ team that won super bowl xxii in 1988.he has coached in the nfl with the tampa bay buccaneers, san francisco 49ers and seattle seahawks.rams coach sean mcvay is expected to announce his complete staff next week.wade phillips was hired as defensive coordinator, joe barry as linebackers coach and greg olson as quarterbacks coach.special teams coordinator john f el was retained from the previous staff and running backs coach skip peete also is expected to be retained.






brock olivo will bring "k.i.l.l. it" mentality to broncos special teams


at first glance, it’s hard to determine if broncos new special teams coordinator brock olivo is hopped up on red bull or naturally exudes energy in an attention-grabbing way. olivo said he’s always had that enthusiasm and hopes the way he coaches will rub off on his players.olivo, 40, said he’s ready to excel with the broncos as a first-time coordinator. broncos head coach vance joseph grilled him during a six-hour interview to determine if he was the right fit to end an exhaustive search to find the right special teams coordinator.the key, olivo says, is to focus on how players learn rather than how coaches teach. he has a favorite acronym: “k.i.l.l. it.” it’s startling at first, but fits perfectly  with his high-energy approach and projected coaching style. it stands for “keep it likeabl






sweat-free playoff push? rare, but ...


the wild has put itself in a rare position among local teams of recent vintage: there doesn't figure to be any guesswork as to whether it will make the postseason. it's all about seeding now, and even that looks quite promising.the gophers men's basketball team, thanks to a four-game winning streak that included two dramatic victories at williams arena — the most recent a 75-74 win over indiana on wednesday — now has a chance to do the same.minnesota is 7-6 in the big ten (19-7 overall). the gophers are in great shape in the rpi and deemed worthy of a no. 7 seed in espn's latest "bracketology" report.they are firmly in the tournament as of now. two more wins in their last five regular-season games should be plenty to keep them off the bubble.but three or more? ah, that would create some mo






spartans finally beat new mexico 78-68


albuquerque (ap) — ryan welage scored 20 points to lead four san jose state players in double figures urday as the spartans won 78-68 for their first victory over new mexico in 13 tries.the spartans (11-10, 4-6 mountain west) pulled ahead midway through the second half, using a 14-2 run to take control of the game.the lobos (14-10, 7-5) pulled within 70-65 with 1:53 left on damien jefferson’s, wild, off-balance bank as he was fouled, but he missed the free throw and san jose state was awarded the ball out of bounds after both teams scrambled for the loose ball.elijah brown had 21 points and sam logwood added 19 for new mexico, but brandon clarke and terrell brown each had 17 for the spartans and jaycee hillsman added 10.the real difference in the game e off turnovers as the san jose state






no. 2 baylor, no. 3 kansas headline week ahead in ap top 25


raleigh, n.c. — kansas didn't get long to savor a win at kentucky, not with another top-five matchup looming to headline this week's schedule for ap top 25 teams.the third-ranked jayhawks host no. 2 baylor on wednesday night, topping a heavy schedule of games matching two ranked teams. each of the major conferences has at least one, though the baylor-kansas game is the only one featuring two top-10 teams.it comes four days after kansas beat the wildcats 79-73 at rupp arena when those teams were ranked no. 2 and no. 4, respectively."it's not very often you get to host a top-five team at home. we were able to do that last year in an epic game," kansas coach bill self said, referring to the jayhawks' triple-overtime win against oklahoma. "i'm sure this one will be ly contested as well."baylor






south pasadena wins academic decathlon in l.a. county contest


south pasadena high school has won the academic decathlon competition for los angeles county for the third consecutive year, officials announced thursday. the school now a nces to the california academic decathlon, which will be held near the end of march in sacramento. seven additional county teams from high schools in various districts also will compete at the state level because of their high scores. in order of point totals, they are: edgewood high in west covina, west high in torrance, mark keppel high in alhambra, redondo union high, beverly hills high, alhambra high and el rancho high school in pico rivera. the top three individual scorers were benjamin lin of edgewood, nathaniel lyons of edgewood and anthony chen of south pasadena. the local decathlon competition is split into






essential education: betsy devos' rough weekend


south pasadena high school has won the academic decathlon competition for los angeles county for the third consecutive year, officials announced thursday. the school now advances to the california academic decathlon, which will be held near the end of march in sacramento. seven additional county teams from high schools in various districts also will compete at the state level because of their high scores. in order of point totals, they are: edgewood high in west covina, west high in torrance, mark keppel high in alhambra, redondo union high, beverly hills high, alhambra high and el rancho high school in pico rivera. the top three individual scorers were benjamin lin of edgewood, nathaniel lyons of edgewood and anthony chen of south pasadena. the local decathlon competition is split int






nba, video game company to launch new gaming league in 2018


atlanta — video gamers now have a chance to compete for an nba title, in an actual nba arena and get paid by the some of the same people who pay lebron james and steph curry.that's right, the "nba 2k eleague" is coming — the first esports league operated by one of the four major pro sports leagues in the united states.the nba and take-two interactive software announced early thursday morning that they are bringing some of the world's best gamers together to compete while representing actual nba teams, a competition commissioner adam silver hopes will continue to expand his league's global brand."the large part of my mission is to grow the game of basketball," silver told the ociated press. "there's going to be an opportunity for this first of a kind league to attract a group of gamers who






minneapolis, you're up next for the super bowl


minneapolis, you’re upwhat: super bowl lii, nfl championship game for the 2017 season. the game is expected to draw 100,000 visitors to the twin cities, while more than 100 million people across the united states watch it on tv.when: feb. 4, 2018 — 363 days from today, but who’s counting?where: u.s. bank stadium, which opened in 2016.tv: nbc’s turn in the rotation.the teams: nfc champion vs. afc champion. sorry, that’s the best we can do. chance for a repeat? seven teams have won back-to-back super bowls, most recently the 2003-04 patriots.tickets: neither the nfl nor the participating teams put super bowl tickets on sale to the general public or even to season-ticket holders in any substantial number, meaning relatively few fans get access to the game at face value.halftime show: taylor s






eric yarber to join rams' staff as receivers coach


eric yarber, ucla’s receivers coach since 2012, will join the rams’ staff, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about it.yarber, 53, attended los angeles crenshaw high and played on special teams as well as at receiver for the washington redskins’ team that won super bowl xxii in 1988.he has coached in the nfl with the tampa bay buccaneers, san francisco 49ers and seattle seahawks.rams coach sean mcvay is expected to announce his complete staff next week.wade phillips was hired as defensive coordinator, joe barry as linebackers coach and greg olson as quarterbacks coach.special teams coordinator john f el was retained from the previous staff and running backs coach skip peete also is expected to be retained.






no. 2 baylor, no. 3 kansas headline week ahead in ap top 25 – the denver post


by aaron beard, the ociated press raleigh, n.c. — kansas didn’t get long to savor a win at kentucky, not with another top-five matchup looming to headline this week’s schedule for ap top 25 teams.the third-ranked jayhawks host no. 2 baylor on wednesday night, topping a heavy schedule of games matching two ranked teams. each of the major conferences has at least one, though the baylor-kansas game is the only one featuring two top-10 teams.it comes four days after kansas beat the wildcats 79-73 at rupp arena when those teams were ranked no. 2 and no. 4, respectively.“it’s not very often you get to host a top-five team at home. we were able to do that last year in an epic game,” kansas coach bill self said, referring to the jayhawks’ triple-overtime win against oklahoma. “i’m sure this one wi






minneapolis, you're up next for the super bowl


minneapolis, you’re upwhat: super bowl lii, nfl championship game for the 2017 season. the game is expected to draw 100,000 visitors to the twin cities, while more than 100 million people across the united states watch it on tv.when: feb. 4, 2018 — 363 days from today, but who’s counting?where: u.s. bank stadium, which opened in 2016.tv: nbc’s turn in the rotation.the teams: nfc champion vs. afc champion. sorry, that’s the best we can do. chance for a new england repeat? seven teams have won back-to-back super bowls, most recently the patriots.tickets: neither the nfl nor the participating teams put super bowl tickets on sale to the general public or even to season-ticket holders in any substantial number, meaning relatively few fans get access to the game at face value.halftime show: tayl






jack sock to play for missouri squad in world team tennis


new york — jack sock will play for the springfield (missouri) lasers in world team tennis after he was selected first in the preliminary draft.he won gold in mixed doubles at the rio olympics and is the highest-ranked american man at no. 21 in the summer league.john isner, eugenie bouchard and mardy fish will head to the new york empire. andy roddick and sloane stephens will join the philadelphia freedoms.venus williams, martina hingis and bob and mike bryan are returning to the washington kastles.team lineups will be completed at the march 14 draft in indian wells, california. six teams will play 14 matches from july 16-aug. 2. the top two teams advance to the finals aug. 5.the league, co-founded by billie jean king, enters its 42nd season.






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, minnesota duluth and st. cloud state 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 vs. st. cloud state (12-13-1).umd’s hunter miska stopped 31 of 32 s s and was named the tournament’s mvp. the freshman from stacy, minn., had 68 saves on 71 s s in wins over scsu and the gophers (3-2).“our guys talked about it be






tyler graovac's 2 goals power wild to 5-2 win over oilers


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college basketball rankings: northwestern cracks top 25


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