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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






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


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






warriors' stephen curry out against the blazers with the stomach flu


portland — one night after dropping 43 points in three quarters, steph curry will get a night of rest against the blazers. but there’s a reason. curry has the stomach flu, according to the team.it will be curry’s first missed game of the season, leaving kevin durant as the lone warrior to appear in all 48 games this season.curry nearly missed urday night’s game against the clippers with some quad tightness. but after testing it out pregame, he decided to give it a s . curry went on to hit nine 3s, nail a halfcourter, score 25 points in the third quarter and star in golden state’s ridiculous 46-point win over the clippers.but he’ll rest on sunday night. there’s no word on who will take his place in the starting lineup, though it’s likely to be shaun livingston, with a bump in minutes off th






wolves-brooklyn game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe had his ninth 30-point game of the season, out-dueling nets big man brook lopez by scoring 27 points with 13 rebounds.by the numbers12-11 the wolves' record in their past 23 games.2 wolves second-half turnovers, after seeing the nets score 15 points off nine first-half turnovers.129 points by the wolves, a season high.kent youngblood






karl-anthony towns, playing despite a bad cold, leads wolves to victory


it wasn’t always perfect, but the wolves did what they had to do urday, with a wire-to-wire victory over the horrible brooklyn nets at target center.karl-anthony towns felt horrible, but played very well, scoring 37 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks. towns had a very bad cold that had him on the verge of not playing in the game; he stayed behind in the training room sleeping as his teammates warmed up for the game. but he played, and he and all four of his fellow starters scored in double figures in what ended up being a one-sided game.here are some notes on the game:--the 129 points the wolves scored was a season high, four better than the 125 they scored twice.--towns had his ninth 30-point game of the season, and his eighth with 30 points and 10 rebounds. he has consecutive 30-poi






jermain defoe is the most valuable player in the premier league


think of all the stars in the premier league. who is coming to your mind? it’s probably the usual cast of characters. paul pogba, zlatan ibarhimovic, sergio aguero, diego costa, harry kane, alexis sanchez, kevin de bruyne and a whole slew of others. but you would probably have to list off about 50 players before you even thought to name of a player who is more valuable to his club, or perhaps in the league, than any of the players listed above.jermain defoe.you read that right. the same jermain defoe who has been around the block and then some. the same jermain defoe who has had stints at west ham, bournemouth (when they were a league two side), tottenham, portsmouth, tottenham again, toronto fc, tottenham a third time, and finally sunderland, is currently the most valuable player in the p






lindsey vonn crashes out of world cup downhill


lindsey vonn is crashing more than she's winning. the most successful female ski racer of all time fell and hit the safety netting during a world cup downhill urday in cortina d’ampezzo, italy, in exactly the same spot where she crashed a day earlier in an official training session. “i'm getting a little sore. i'm too old to be hitting the fence that hard,” said the 32-year-old vonn, who was again fortunate to walk away without any serious injuries. “i'm happy to still be in one piece.” it's not like vonn to fall two days in a row — and nearly unheard of for her to fall two days in a row in the same spot. defending overall champion lara gut of switzerland won her first downhill of the season, finishing .05 seconds ahead of sofia goggia of italy and .47 in front of ilka stuhec of slovenia. 






no. 24 green bay women win 11th straight game


cleveland — mehryn kraker scored 21 points and no. 24 green bay beat cleveland state 65-51 on urday, the 11th straight win for the horizon league-leading phoenix.jessica lindstrom added 16 points and 15 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season with allie leclaire scoring 10 points with six ists for green bay (19-2, 10-0).ashanti abshaw scored 21 points with seven rebounds and khayla livingston had 18 points for the vikings (10-11, 5-5), who have lost three in a row.the phoenix took the lead for good midway through the first quarter on a 7-0 run. lindstrom had nine rebounds and six points and kraker and leclaire seven points each as green bay went up 34-25 at halftime.kraker scored a pair of baskets to open the second half, beginning a 12-3 run that gave green bay its largest lead






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


indianapolis — l.j. peak scored 22 points and jessie govan beat the s clock with a key 3-pointer with 1:03 left, helping georgetown top no. 11 butler 85-81 on urday night.govan and rodney pryor each finished with 20 points as the hoyas (12-10, 3-6 big east) stopped the bulldogs' 14-game home winning streak with their second straight victory against a ranked opponent. they were coming off a 71-51 win against no. 16 creighton on wednesday.kelan martin scored 22 points for butler (18-4, 7-3), which lost for the first time in five games.after the bulldogs tied it at 74, govan broke free for a layup and peak knocked down a 3 to make it 79-74 with 3:31 left.avery woodson's 3 cut the deficit to 79-77. following five straight empty possessions, govan beat the s clock to make it 82-77.butler never






nuggets sweep suns, 123-112


phoenix – breaking out the brooms hasn’t been something the nuggets were used to doing lately. urday, they gladly dusted those brooms off.how rare is it that the nuggets have swept a four-game seasons series? this rare: their 123-112 win over phoenix on urday night was just the fifth four-game sweep of a western conference opponent in the last seven seasons. it was the first four-game sweep since the 2012-13 season, when they went 4-for-4 against the rockets and the kings. and it was the first sweep of the suns since the 2011-12 season.“it’s not easy to beat a team four times,” nuggets coach michael malone said. “taking nothing away from phoenix, but our guys e in here and closed out the season series, which i give all of our players a lot of credit for.”the phoenix suns have been the gift






ask the itunes guy: better ways to view your itunes media


when your media library grows, you need better ways to view your content in itunes. in this week’s column, i answer two questions about viewing media. the first discusses a better way to view by genre. the second explains why some tv shows aren’t separated by season and how to fix this issue. with a little bit of work, you can view each of your media kinds more efficiently.a better way to view by genreq: i have a large collection that includes many genres. i’d like to be able to see all my artists and albums in a particular genre. for example: i’d like to listen to some jazz but i’m not sure which album, so i’d like to be able see at a glance which artists i have to choose from. the current choice seems to be an album cover s along with a list of songs on the album. this limits the informa






mitchell scores 28, leads no. 13 louisville over nc state


louisville, ky. — donovan mitchell scored the first 14 points for louisville and finished with 28 as the no. 13 cardinals routed north carolina state 85-60 on sunday.with louisville down two guards because of injuries, mitchell took charge right away. the sophomore hit four early 3-pointers, with two of them propelling a 15-0 run that made it 21-9.mitchell led louisville (18-4, 6-3 atlantic coast conference) to a second straight romp. he scored a career-high 29 wednesday in a 106-51 win over pittsburgh.abdul-malik abu and maverick rowan each had 13 points for the wolfpack (14-8, 3-6), who s 38 percent and failed to follow up on their upset at no. 17 duke.the cardinals made 12 of 24 from long range — matching their season high set at pittsburgh — and s 50 percent for the second straight gam






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






new twins hitting coach rowson is inclusive in his approach


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






preparing the red carpet and setting the stage for the 2017 sag awards


awards season is underway, with all roads leading to oscar night on feb. 26. keep up with all the buzz and predictions here, where you'll find the latest on the guild awards, critics' picks, the golden globes and more.






new twins hitting coach rowson is inclusive in his approach


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






postgame: akeem springs wasn't to blame for gophers loss to maryland


akeem springs blamed himself for the gophers’ demoralizing 85-78 loss urday against no. 22 maryland, because he felt like he didn’t do enough to lead his team down the stretch.but the 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior scored a season-best 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, which included 14 of his steam’s 18 points during one stretch to answer the ter ins.“to pull out tough games like this your seniors have to step up,” said springs, who talked about mistakes defensively costing his team the game.first off, springs is the only senior who has contributing role for this team on the floor. secondly, it was valiant for springs to take responsibility for the gophers getting outplayed down the stretch, instead of throwing his teammates under the bus.but this fifth straight loss wasn’t his fault. springs i






heat extend win streak to 7, top pistons 116-103


miami — there was only one quarter in which miami figured out how to slow down detroit.that was enough for the heat.goran dragic scored 23 points, wayne ellington added 19 and the heat pushed the nba's longest current winning streak to seven games by topping the pistons 116-103 on urday night.the heat outscored detroit 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding the pistons to 30 percent shooting."our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end," heat coach erik spoelstra said. "that's what's good to see."james johnson scored 18 and dion waiters added 17 for the heat, who tied a season high with 14 3-pointers. ellington made three in a span of less than two minutes of the fourth quarter as miami pulled away.miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season — and hasn't l






south metro news and notes: new prague s' basketball leader felled again by inju


new prague senior captain maizie deihl was considered one of the top s’ basketball players in her cl two years ago.but for the second consecutive year, the five-year starter has fallen victim to injury. the guard suffered a broken wrist in a 60-46 loss to orono in a wright county conference game jan. 12.“she was having a great start [16 points per game] to her senior season,” said new prague coach ron gunderson, who is hopeful deihl can return to the court the last week of february.her most recent setback was three days short of being exactly one year after her previous injury. deihl went down with a torn anterior collateral ligament in her right knee in a 73-59 victory over delano on jan. 15, 2016.“for her to suffer these setbacks is hard for me to deal with,” gunderson said. “it’s maizie






10 things to know about the warriors-trail blazers game


1. the basicstipoff: 6 p.m. sunday at the moda center. tv: nba tv and csn bay area.2. the recordswarriors: 40-7, no. 1 in the western conference by 3½ games over san antonio.trail blazers: 21-27, no. 9 in the western conference, one game behind no. 8 denver.3. what have they done lately?warriors: blasted the los angeles clippers 144-98 on urday at oracle arena. stephen curry, in his best game of the season, had 43 points, nine rebounds and six ists in only 29 minutes. playing as he did when he was the unanimous 2016 mvp, curry hit a midcourt s at the halftime buzzer, then picked right up in the third quarter with 25 points. for the night, he was 15 of 23 from the field and 9 of 15 on 3-pointers. the clippers, playing without chris paul (left thumb surgery) never challenged the warriors, tr






islanders 'committed' to new york, not barclays center, gary bettman says


los angeles — the islanders’ owners are “committed” to new york but are keeping their options open with regard to barclays center, nhl commissioner gary bettman said during his news conference during the league’s all-star weekend.“they’re committed to the franchise, they’re committed to new york and the great fan base that has followed the islanders,” bettman said, referring to scott malkin and jon ledecky, who are in their first season as principal owners after having completed the sale from charles wang.latest islanders storiesbarclays center has drawn mixed reviews from long island fans regarding the difficulty of getting to brooklyn and the presence of seats that do not offer a full view of the rink. the building also has been criticized by players because of the quality of the ice in






jameer nelson coming through in the clutch when nuggets need him most


in the postgame locker room after the nuggets’ win over phoenix, their seventh win the last nine games, jameer nelson did his best to deflect a spotlight being turned on him. “i’m not going to talk about myself,” he said with a grin. that subject, however, is reaching unavoidable levels. nelson has put together a solid season for the nuggets, and they’ve needed his contributions badly. with a stable of young point guards, he’s been the steadying force, a calming influence when players like emmanuel mudiay or jamal murray need him. but it’s his production on the court that has been most helpful. in an average of 25.6 minutes, his 9.0 points is his highest average since 2012-13. his shooting percentage (44.9) is up 8 percent over a year ago and is tied for the fifth-highest percentage in his






march world cup qualifier will be played in san jose


san jose — for the first time since 1997, the bay area will host a world cup final round qualifier when the united states faces honduras at avaya stadium on march 24, it was announced sunday.the match also will be coach bruce arena’s first world cup qualifier since taking over from jurgen klinsmann in november. kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.the match against honduras is a must-win for the united states, which emerged from its first two qualifying matches in this round with no points.“this game is very important, and we’ve chosen an outstanding venue in avaya stadium,” arena said. “we think it’s a place where we will get fantastic support from the u.s. fans in a game that’s critical for our effort to qualify for russia in 2018.”because of high demand and a limited supply of tickets at 18,000-seat






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


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






nhl names its 100 greatest players; where's joe thornton?


sharks center joe thornton didn’t make the cut as the nhl on friday announced its 100 greatest players at a ceremony in los angeles as part of the league’s all-star weekend.thornton is 24th in nhl history and is second among all active players with 1,372 points in 1,417 regular season games over 18-plus years.larry robinson, who is in his third season as the sharks’ director of player development, did make the list as the nhl announced the players, not by rank, but in groups by decade and according to their position. robinson was announced as part of the group of 1970s defenseman.robinson, a hockey hall of famer who played 20 seasons in the nhl and won a combined nine stanley cups as a player and a coach, also spent three seasons from 2011-2014 as a sharks istant coach.the complete list of






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






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


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






no. 15 wisconsin beats rutgers 61-54 in ot


new york — ethan happ scored seven of his career-high 32 points in overtime and no. 15 wisconsin over e offensive struggles to beat rutgers 61-54 on urday at madison square garden.happ was the only player for the badgers (18-3, 7-1 big ten) to shoot above 50 percent (12 for 18) and the team finished at 33.3 percent for the game (20 for 60) including 3 for 23 from 3-point range.corey sanders had 15 points for the scarlet knights (12-10, 1-8), who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.the badgers e into the game tied for first in the big ten with no. 22 maryland. they have won 14 of their last 15 games.wisconsin struggled with its shooting but the badgers made six of their seven s s in the overtime.they took the lead for good on a reverse by happ on which he was fouled. he missed the free thro






how to file taxes online 2017


less than a month into the new year, u.s. citizens have begun preparing their federal income tax returns. the internal revenue service (irs) began the federal tax season monday, and forms are due by april 18. more people than ever — as many as 43 percent — are turning to the internet to submit their financial…






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






islanders 'committed' to new york, not barclays center, gary bettman says


los angeles — the islanders owners are “committed” to new york but are keeping their options open with regard to barclays center, nhl commissioner gary bettman said during his news conference during the league’s all-star weekend.“they’re committed to the franchise, they’re committed to new york and the great fan base that has followed the islanders,” bettman said, referring to scott malkin and jon ledecky, who are in their first season as principal owners after having completed the sale from charles wang.latest islanders storiesbarclays center has drawn mixed reviews from long island fans, regarding the difficulty of getting to brooklyn and the presence of seats that do not offer a full view of the rink. the building also has been criticized by players because of the quality of the ice in






no. 3 gonzaga poised for top spot after thumping pepperdine


malibu, calif. — przemek karnowski scored 16 points and silas melson had 15, helping no. 3 gonzaga easily roll past pepperdine 96-49 on urday night.the bulldogs are the last unbeaten team in the country and could lead the ap top 25 for only the second time in their history after both no. 1 villanova and no. 2 kansas lost this week.gonzaga (22-0, 10-0 west coast conference) has matched its longest ever winning streak at 22 games.the bulldogs s 58.6 percent and held the waves to 30.2 percent shooting. they took immediate command over outmanned pepperdine (6-16, 2-8), using a superior height a ntage to jump out to a 27-8 lead.gonzaga led 43-21 at the half, shooting 63.3 percent from the field while holding pepperdine to 8 of 28 (28.6 percent).jeremy major led pepperdine with 13 points. lamond






a super bowl curse for nfl's high-scoring mvps?


if matt ryan is named league mvp next urday as expected, he would become the 14th mvp quarterback to play on a super bowl team that led the league in scoring. the previous signal-callers in that category have gone 6-7. here’s a look at the seven who fell short:y.a. tittledec. 29, 1963completed 11 of 29 attempts and was picked off five times against chicago.johnny unitas, dec. 27, 1964managed just 125 total yards (95 p ing) in a shutout loss to cleveland. washington redskins quarterback joe theismann (7) wears a grim look as he walks of the field during first quarter super bowl xviii action against the los angeles raiders, sunday, jan. 22, 1984 at tampa stadium. (ap p o) org xmit: aphs179175 joe theismannjan. 22, 1984no p ing tds, two ints and six sacks made for a long day against the l.a.






'sag awards' could offer some oscars clues


chuck barney’s tv picks for jan. 29-feb. 4don’t miss: “the 23rd annual screen actors guild awards” — yes, it’s another excuse for movie and tv stars to get all dressed up and wear sparkly things. at least his celebration of top performances should offer some clues as to who might collect oscars a few weeks from now. will “la la land” dance off with lots of trophies? will “moonlight” shine extra brightly? hard to say. what we do know is that lily tomlin will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. 5 p.m. pt (8 p.m. et), sunday, tnt and tbs.other bets:sunday:  believe it or not, steve harvey returns to host tonight’s miss universe pageant from the philippines. let’s hope he doesn’t flub it up this time. 7 p.m., fox.sunday: you don’t have to talk like a pirate to enjoy the fourth and fi






falcons quarterback matt ryan has shown toughness and grit since his boston coll


the atlanta falcons have themes for several days of the week. there’s competition wednesday, turnover thursday, finish friday…and now sleepless sunday.the falcons are still trying to w their heads around their first trip to the super bowl since the 1998 season, the result of their 44-21 thrashing... (sam farmer)






steph curry, warriors pound clippers 144-98


oakland — backed by some steph curry ridiculousness, the warriors smashed the clippers 144-98 on urday night in oracle arena. here is some id reaction.turning pointwith 2:28 left in the first half, j.j. redick nailed a straight-on 3 after a deandre jordan missed free throw to bring the clippers within 10. steve kerr made a substitution seconds earlier, replacing zaza pachulia with klay thompson. the hamptons 5 (or mega death lineup) was deployed to close the half. this season, their performance together has been surprisingly pedestrian. urday may have been their most dominant stretch. the five — steph curry, thompson, andre iguodala, kevin durant and draymond green — closed the half on a 17-6 run that turned that 10-point lead into a 21-point runaway. green bottled up a previously blake gr






stephen curry's 43 helps warriors top clippers 144-98


by josh dubow, the ociated press oakland, calif. — when kevin durant arrived in golden state this season, stephen curry made an extra effort early in the season to make sure his new teammate got his s s.warriors coach steve kerr wanted curry to know how important it was for him to be aggressive as well.with his first halfcourt buzzer-beater of the season followed by a dazzling quarter, curry looked just like the player who won the mvp the past two years.curry scored 25 of his 43 points in the third quarter following his long-range s to end of the first half, leading the warriors to their ninth win in 10 games, 144-98 over the los angeles clippers on urday night.“i have to be aggressive,” curry said. “that’s the thing about us. we do have a lot of talent. there’s a balancing act with it.”cu






edina gymnast battles back from state-meet ending injury


edina’s megan haug lay on the landing mat behind the vaulting table before the 2016 cl 2a gymnastics state meet last march, her competition over before it began. in her first year as a high school gymnast after a lifetime of club training, haug, then a junior, had planned to unveil a new vault, a double-back tuck, for the state meet. an event championship, maybe even an all-around title, was reachable.two vaults into her warmup, the unthinkable happened.“when i hit the vaulting table i could tell something was off,” haug said. “but i just went for it and landed short. i just crunched my ankle. i got up and tried to keep going, but i could not walk on it at all. i was mad. i was so excited to compete.”she tried tape and ice and tried to walk it off, but she realized there would be no kerri






coon ids boys' basketball rebound comes with lots of pride


when mike ogorek be e the coon ids boys’ basketball coach in 2013, he inherited a complete rebuilding project.a year before ogorek’s arrival, the cardinals went 0-27. his first season as head of the program started unlike most. an offseason of inconsistent summer workouts resulted in his two returning leading scorers not returning to the team.in ogorek’s first season, coon ids won only one game. but he felt his message and brand of basketball were beginning to manifest inside the program.in the 2014-15 season, the cardinals won two games. last season they won three. this season they have already won eight games, including victories against forest lake, elk river and centennial.coon ids (8-6) is in position to have its first winning season since 2000. p os by jerry holt • jerry.h






nhl still unsure it if will participate in 2018 olympics


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






a quick reminder that the expanse has some of the most bad female characters on


the expanse is returning next week, and syfy is ramping up the hype with its promos—including one simply titled “why fans love the expanse,” and a recap of season one performed by cats. most recently, “the powerful women of the expanse” offers a reminder of how bad the show’s female characters really are.advertisementof particular interest are the moments with season two’s most important new character, bobbie d r (frankie adams), a fierce believer in the martian cause (with the military skill to back up her convictions). i’m really looking forward to seeing the entirety of the scene in which the formidable chrisjen avasarala (shohreh aghdashloo) advises whoever’s trying to mansplain for bobbie to “stand down and let her speak.”the expanse returns february 1 to syfy.






von miller, shane ray could become nfl's best p rushing duo


editor’s note: sixth of an eight-part series breaking down the broncos’ roster as they reboot under new coach vance joseph. sunday: linebackers. up next: secondaryshane ray‘s mischievous smirk told his thoughts before he even answered the question.“can you imagine how it will be for you and von miller chasing quarterbacks full-time?”ray said, “yeah, i do. it’ll be scary.”that should become reality beginning next season. ray enters his third year, more mature and focused on becoming a pro bowl player. miller is the face of the broncos and an annual defensive player of the year candidate.together, they could become the best p rushing duo in the nfl.the broncos have a decision to make on whether to re-sign demarcus ware, but the afc west will still have its hands full with miller, ray and sha






healthy and confident nadal hoping for resurgent season


melbourne, australia — rafael nadal has become used to making comebacks in an injury-ravaged career. this last one, though, may be the most unexpected — and isfying.sidelined by a wrist injury for two long stretches last year, nadal didn't believe he'd be playing at his top level and contending again for titles until later this spring, when the tour moves to his beloved clay.then he e to melbourne and somehow kept grinding out win after win. he made it all the way to the australian open final, where he fell just short in his bid to win his 15th major by losing to long-time rival roger federer, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.it had been a lean couple of years for nadal, but he believes he's back now and feeling confident he can pull out grueling five-set matches at majors again after struggling at






galaxy agrees to deal for french midfielder romain alessandrini, report says


marseille midfielder romain alessandrini appears to be heading to the galaxy.the galaxy declined to comment publicly on the reported transfer, but the team did not deny it. if the deal goes through, as french sporting newspaper l’equipe suggests it will, alessandrini is expected to fill one of the team’s two vacant designated-player spots.“we’re not in a position to make anything formal yet,” a team spokesman said.the signing of the speedy 27-year-old winger would complete an offseason makeover of the galaxy’s midfield.  earlier this month the galaxy signed national team midfielder jermaine jones, 35, and acquired joao pedro, 23, from portugal. both players were signed with targeted allocation money (tam), meaning their individual salaries will not count for more than $481,000 against the






hayes powers no. 25 florida past oklahoma 84-52


norman, okla. — kevarrius hayes scored a career-high 20 points to help no. 25 florida beat oklahoma 84-52 on urday in the big 12-sec challenge.canyon barry scored 15 points and devin robinson had 13 for the gators (16-5), who have won two in a row since dropping consecutive games to south carolina and vanderbilt.florida scored a season-high 106 points against lsu on wednesday, and then held oklahoma to 27.7-percent shooting.rashard odomes scored 13 points for the sooners (8-12), and kameron mcgusty had 10.jordan woodard, oklahoma's leading scorer for the season with 17 points per game, went scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting. the senior guard was benched for most of the second half.oklahoma led 20 before florida took control. barry drained three underhanded free throws with 4 seconds left in th






saint mary's takes fourth straight win


santa clara — jock landale had 20 points and 11 rebounds and no. 21 saint mary’s held off a late charge by santa clara for a 72-59 victory urday night.the gaels (19-2, 9-1 west coast conference) won their fourth straight game and beat santa clara for the 14th time in their past 16 meetings.emmett naar added 15 points and nine ists for saint mary’s, which led 53-37 with 10 minutes left before the broncos rallied within 55-50 with six minutes remaining. the gaels made 11 of 12 free throws in the final five minutes to secure the victory.nate kratch led santa clara (12-11, 6-4) with 19 points, including 14 in the first half. broncos senior jared brownridge, a 2,000-point career scorer and no. 4 this season in the wcc at 18.8 per game, made just one of his first 11 s s against defense by joe ra






saint mary's takes fourth straight win


santa clara, calif. (ap) — jock landale had 20 points and 11 rebounds and no. 21 saint mary’s held off a late charge by santa clara for a 72-59 victory urday night.the gaels (19-2, 9-1 west coast conference) won their fourth straight game and beat santa clara for the 14th time in their past 16 meetings.emmett naar added 15 points and nine ists for saint mary’s, which led 53-37 with 10 minutes left before the broncos rallied within 55-50 with six minutes remaining. the gaels made 11 of 12 free throws in the final five minutes to secure the victory.nate kratch led santa clara (12-11, 6-4) with 19 points, including 14 in the first half. broncos senior jared brownridge, a 2,000-point career scorer and no. 4 this season in the wcc at 18.8 per game, made just one of his first 11 s s against defe






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.there’s no sense in ducking it any longer: sunday’s pac-12 women’s basketball showdown between no. 7 washington and no. 10 stanford is the biggest home game for the huskies in nearly two decades.the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.that win e on the heels of a 73-65 uw win over stanford in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. before the victories, the huskies were 1-17 against the cardinal over the past 10 years.stanford @ uw women, 5 p.m., pac-12 networkswhen asked if stanford will use revenge as motivation, uw sen






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.there’s no sense in ducking it any longer: sunday’s pac-12 women’s basketball showdown between no. 7 washington and no. 10 stanford is the biggest home game for the huskies in nearly two decades.the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.that win e on the heels of a 73-65 uw win over stanford in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. before the victories, the huskies were 1-17 against the cardinal over the past 10 years.stanford @ uw women, 5 p.m., pac-12 networkswhen asked if stanford will use revenge as motivation, uw sen






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.there’s no sense in ducking it any longer: sunday’s 5 p.m. pac-12 women’s basketball showdown between no. 7 washington and no. 10 stanford is the biggest home game for the huskies in nearly two decades.the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.that win e on the heels of a 73-65 uw win over stanford in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. before the victories, the huskies were 1-17 against the cardinal over the past 10 years.stanford @ uw women, 5 p.m., pac-12 networkswhen asked if stanford will use revenge as motivation,