The Gophers men’s basketball team trailed the only winless team in the Big Ten for more than 30 minutes Saturday, but rallied in the second half to escape a second straight gut-punch loss. After Illinois dismantled Minnesota by 27 points Wednesday, Minnesota flirted with giving another conference foe its first conference win this year. The Gophers put together a 8-0 run to take their first lead at 52-51 with eight minutes left and survived Penn State for a 65-64 win at Williams Arena. The Gophers, a four-point favorite, trailed 38-30 at the half and by as many as 11 at 41-30 early in the second half. Before the second-half run, the biggest thing for The Barn crowd to cheer for was a fan hitting a half-court shot to win $500 during a timeout. The Gophers (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten) built a seven-point lead, but it was quickly erased to 61-61 with 3:29 remaining. Jordan Murphy gave the Gophers a 64-61 lead with an emphatic putback dunk off his own miss, but Penn State’s Lamar Stevens … [Read more...] about Gophers rally against Penn State and then survive with a 65-64 win
Embarrassment sets in. An apology seems called for. From the moment Jayme Closs was taken after the murder of her parents on Oct. 15, 2018, until her miraculous reappearance among the living Jan. 10, we held out suspicions, we constructed scenarios: she must have known him; there had to be a connection; the sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald, wasn’t telling us everything. By “we,” I mean all of us. We are simple human beings and we need things to make sense. We need a set of extenuating circumstances so we can put things in boxes, line things up in a row, rivet together loose ends. Nothing will excuse the horrific mayhem that young Jayme endured, but if there was an ending we could at least pretend that we could set out to understand what happened. There was nothing to explain the mayhem. Nothing. Which leads to only one conclusion. The child was the victim of pure evil, there being no other explanation plausible. There is evil in the world and we all saw it firsthand and this … [Read more...] about Soucheray: Jayme’s ordeal shows evil sometimes finds us. So do small miracles.
ABU DHABI -- With the big powers all having negotiated the expanded Asian Cup group stage safely enough, the tournament gets going in earnest on Sunday with the first of the sudden-death round of 16 ties. First of the former champions out of the blocks are Iran, who take on Oman at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi for the right to play China or Thailand in the last eight. Team Melli cruised through their group unbeaten and should make light work of Pim Verbeek’s Oman, who progressed as one of the best third-placed teams by virtue of a sole win over Turkmenistan. “The real Asian Cup starts now,” coach Carlos Queiroz told a news conference on Saturday. “It is everything for the winner, nothing for the losers. There is no room for mistakes, no room for regrets, there is no room for sorry, no room for tomorrow. It is just here and now. “Ninety minutes trying to play the best football you can, and with good inspiration and great character trying to … [Read more...] about Sports Big guns primed as business end of Asian Cup gets underway Things I miss when away from Vietnam
Mika Zibanejad scored twice, and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to move into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list as the visiting New York Rangers skated to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Tuukka Rask, who was bidding to become the Bruins’ all-time winningest goaltender, sustained a concussion with 1:28 remaining in the first period following a collision with Filip Chytil. The Rangers forward was credited with a goal despite barreling into Rask after being tripped by the stick of Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy. Rask, who won the 2013-2014 Vezina Trophy, remained on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his feet by the training staff. The 31-year-old Finn made six saves before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak, who turned aside 11 shots as Boston fell for the third time in four games (1-2-1). With Bruins captain Zdeno Chara serving a delay-of-game penalty, Zibanejad wired a shot from above the left circle that … [Read more...] about Rangers top Bruins as Lundqvist passes Sawchuk
Getty Images Washington hired Nate Kaczor as its special teams coordinator, the team announced. Kaczor replaces Ben Kotwica, who joined the Falcons 10 days ago after five years in Washington. Kaczor has 11 years of experience in the NFL. He spent the past three seasons with the Buccaneers. Before going to Tampa, Kaczor worked with the Titans and the Jaguars. He was the special teams coordinator with the Titans in 2013-15 and assisted with the Jaguars’ special teams unit from 2008-11. Kaczor was the assistant offensive line coach in 2012 with the Titans. “We are excited to have Nate join our staff,” coach Jay Gruden said in a statement from the team. “We have had the opportunity to face his special teams play during his time at Tampa Bay and respected competing against him. He is a competitor, and we have noticed and admired the intensity his units have played with through the course of his time as a special teams coordinator and assistant coach in the … [Read more...] about Washington hires Nate Kaczor as special teams coach