Daily Archive : Monday February 20, 2017



    Monica Puig of Portugal returns the ball to Yaroslavl Shvedova of Kazakistan during the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Bellis beats Putintseva in Dubai in 1st match of season

    American teenager Cici Bellis advanced to the second round at the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating 17th-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 7-5 Monday in her first official match of the season

    Switzerland's tennis player Roger Federer arrives to greet his fans at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Federer arrived in Prague to promote the Laver Cup, a tournament that will be held in Prague on Sept. 22 to24, 2017, pitting six top European players against their counterparts from the rest of the world. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Roger Federer says Laver Cup will be a tough competition

    Roger Federer says the new Laver Cup team tournament is supposed to be a "tough" contest, not an exhibition

    Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match Juventus and Palermo at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Friday, Feb. 17 2017. (Alessandro di Marco/ANSA via AP)

    Spotlight shifts to teams with less Champs League pedigree

    The Champions League round of 16 was opened by teams with a combined 24 European titles

    Pescara coach Zdenek Zeman follows the Serie A soccer match between Pescara and Genoa, in Pescara, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Claudio Lattanzio/ANSA via AP)

    Quick fix: Zeman turns last-place Pescara around in 3 days

    Turnarounds don't get much quicker than this


    South Korea wins 2 golds in short track speed skating

    South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport

    Western Conference forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (23 ) holds up his MVP trophy after the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense

    It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench

    Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma stands on the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tulane in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Sophia Germer)

    ICYMI: Upsets galore and one near upset in women's hoops.

    ICYMI: It wasn't a great week to be a ranked team


    Fordham's 3 women's basketball seniors excel in classroom

    It's not that rare in women's basketball for players to earn enough credits to graduate before their senior year is done

    FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference in Foxborough, Mass. Brady did not attend a 2015 celebration at the White House because of what the he insisted was a "family commitment" but others speculated was because of some unflattering comments a spokesman for President Barack Obama made about the Deflategate scandal. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    How often have athletes snubbed the White House?

    Presidents have been snubbed before, but a half-dozen players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump

    FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Eastern FC head coach Chan Yuen-ting poses during a training session in Hong Kong. The first test of Chan's assignment as the first female coach in the Asian Champions League couldn't be much more difficult, considering she's taking her Hong Kong club to big-spending Guangzhou Evergrande to play a team guided by World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Female coach ready to take on Scolari

    The first test of Chan Yuen-ting's assignment as the first female coach in the Asian Champions League couldn't be much more difficult.

    Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, back, and Shayne Gostisbehere celebrate Simmonds' goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Gostisbehere has 3 assists, Flyers beat Canucks 3-2

    Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists for the first three-point game of his NHL career, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2


    Charlotte QB Kevin Olsen arrested on rape charges

    Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen has been arrested on rape charges

    Western Conference forward DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (15) warms up before the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game against the Eastern Conference in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

    A person familiar with the situation says the Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans

    Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) is greeted by teammates during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Russ and KD provided an All-Star highlight

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played together for only 81 seconds in the All-Star Game, just one very early stint


    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,1st Add

    All Times ESTCOLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTUNC-Wilmington133.813245.828Coll. of Charleston124.750218.724Towson115.6881910.655Elon97.5631712.586William & Mary97.5631512.556Northeastern79.4381414.500James Madison610.375821.276Hofstra511.3131316.448Delaware511.3131217.414Drexel313.188920.310 ___ CONFERENCE USAConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMiddle Tennessee141.933244.857Louisiana Tech123.800208.714Old Dominion95.6431610.615UTEP95.6431115.423Rice86.571189.667Marshall86.5711512.556UAB87.5331513.536W. Kentucky77.5001314.481UTSA68.4291116.407Charlotte59.3571114.440FAU59.357916.360Southern Miss.510.333819.296North Texas212.143818.308FIU212.143621.222 ___ Sunday's Games W. Kentucky 76, UAB 64


    BC-BKC--BKC Glance,2nd Add

    All Times ESTOHIO VALLEY CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTBelmont141.933205.800Morehead St.95.6431314.481UT Martin86.5711811.621Jacksonville St.86.5711613.552Murray St.86.5711414.500SE Missouri86.5711316.448Tennessee Tech86.5711217.414Tennessee St.87.5331711.607Austin Peay68.4291018.357E. Illinois69.4001414.500E. Kentucky311.2141019.345SIU-Edwardsville015.000524.172 ___ PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTArizona141.933253.893Oregon132.867244.857UCLA113.786243.889California95.643188.692Southern Cal86.571216.778Utah87.5331710.630Colorado69.4001612.571Arizona St.69.4001315.464Stanford59.3571313.500Washington St.510.3331215.444Washington213.133918.333Oregon St.114.067523.179 ___ Sunday's Games Oregon St. 68, Utah 67 Wednesday, Feb. 22 Oregon at California, 9 p.m. Oregon St. at Stanford, 11 p.m.


    NCAA Basketball

    All Times ESTAMERICA EAST CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTVermont1401.000245.828Stony Brook122.8571710.630Albany (NY)95.6431811.621UMBC86.5711710.630New Hampshire86.5711711.607z-Mass.-Lowell510.3331119.367Binghamton311.2141217.414Hartford311.214821.276Maine213.133624.200 z-ineligible for post-season play ___ Sunday's Games Albany (NY) 74, Maine 56 Wednesday, Feb. 22 New Hampshire at Mass.-Lowell, 7 p.m. Stony Brook at UMBC, 7 p.m. Binghamton at Hartford, 7 p.m. Albany (NY) at Vermont, 7 p.m. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTSMU141.933244.857Cincinnati131.929243.889Houston95.643188.692UConn95.6431412.538Memphis86.571189.667UCF87.5331710.630Tulsa68.4291214.462Temple510.3331414.500East Carolina410.2861215.444Tulane212.143521.192South Florida114.067719.269 ___ Sunday's Games UConn 64, Temple 63 Tuesday, Feb. 21 East Carolina at Tulane, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 UCF at Temple, 7 p.m. UConn at Houston, 9 p.m.


    FILE - At left, in a March 25, 2015, file photo, a Heinz ketchup sign is shown on the side of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. At right, also in a March 25, 2015, file photo, the Kraft logo appears outside of their headquarters in Northfield, Ill. U.S. food giant Kraft Heinz Co. is confirming that it's made an offer to buy Europe's Unilever and been rejected. The company said Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, that talks are ongoing with the Dutch company, but that no deal can be assured. (AP Photo/File)

    Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid

    Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, are down sharply after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer

    An empty parking lot at the Huntley Outlet Center signals the impending closing of the mall once its remaining stores close this spring.

    Why Huntley outlet mall lost its luster

    After more than 22 years, the curtain is about to fall on the Huntley Outlet Center this spring. Signs for closeout sales announcing deep discounts are plastered on the windows of the seven stores left in the 279,000-square-foot mall off Interstate 90 and Route 47.

Life & Entertainment

    NASA has been part of “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder’s life for as long as she can remember. Her grandfather had uprooted his family from Iowa to move to Florida to work on the Mercury prototypes, and she participated in a NASA mentorship program throughout high school.

    The ‘Hidden Figures’ screenwriter had NASA in her blood

    NASA has been part of “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder’s life for as long as she can remember.

    Actor and musician David Duchovny, best known for his roles on “The X-Files” and “Californication,” has released two novels and is readying a third. He is now touring in support of his first album, “Hell or Highwater.”

    David Duchovny wants you to believe in his new project

    Add David Duchovny to the long list of actors who have used their fame to become gigging musicians. The New York native best known for his role as the brooding Fox Mulder on “The X-Files” released his first album, “Hell or Highwater,” last year.

    Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) straddles his old life and a new mission in “The Blacklist: Redemption.”

    NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ spinoff takes off in new directions

    With its roots established on “The Blacklist,” NBC’s “The Blacklist: Redemption” premieres Thursday, Feb. 23. In the spinoff, Tom Keen (played by Ryan Eggold) becomes a member of a rogue group skirting government boundaries in trying to make up for past misdeeds, but also for the greater good.

    One canine bathroom at the Westminster dog show.

    Things a reporter learned covering the Westminster dog show

    A reporter reflects on how she’d never been to a dog show before a few days ago, when she went to New York to cover Westminster. She learned a lot about the show-dog world, not least of which were the names of breeds that she’s sure weren’t in my family’s book, such as Xoloitzcuintli and Portuguese podengo pequeno. Here are a few other things she learned.

    Jay Richardson of Elgin, shown judging at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, says the movie satire “Best in Show” was “a work of art ... I don’t know too many people involved in showing purebred dogs who didn’t enjoy it.”

    Straight From the Source: Behind the scenes with a Westminster judge

    Jay Richardson of Elgin was a judge at the venerable Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. We asked him a few questions about what his dog show world is like.



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