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US drawn against Australia in Fed Cup playoffs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:58 AM

LONDON (AP) — The United States will travel to Australia in April as they try to win back their place in the top tier of the Fed Cup.

The Americans and Australia were drawn on Tuesday in the World Group play-offs from April 16-17.

In other pairings, Germany travels to Romania, Spain hosts four-time champion Italy and Belarus is in Russia.

Australia defeated Slovakia last weekend to advance to the playoff round while the U.S. downed Poland without No. 1-ranked Serena Williams.


Tuesday's Time Schedule

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:44 AM
All Times EST
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
Men

No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.

No. 5 Xavier at Creighton, 8 p.m.

No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 10 West Virginia, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7 p.m.

No. 9 North Carolina at Boston College, 8 p.m.

No. 12 Miami vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.


Top organizer of London 2017 athletics worlds resigns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:16 AM

LONDON (AP) — London's preparations for hosting the 2017 world track and field championships have been hit by the sudden departure of its chief organizer.

U.K. Athletics says Sally Bolton, managing director of the organizing committee of the championships, is leaving for "personal reasons."

Bolton did not expand on the reasons, only saying she is "incredibly proud of the work that has been completed in achieving the early milestones that lay the foundations for the events success."

No replacement for Bolton was announced.


Top European clubs play down talk of Super League plans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:02 AM

PARIS (AP) — Europe's top football clubs say they have no plans to set up a Super League of elite teams to replace the Champions League.

European Club Association vice chairman Umberto Gandini said after a meeting of 143 members in Paris that "we are not designing anything at the moment."

ECA leaders have helped fueled recent speculation during talks with UEFA about changing the Champions League and Europa League for the 2018-2021 seasons.


A Wyoming cowboy is snow master for the Pyeongchang Olympics

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 07:00 AM

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Cattle rancher Tom Johnston is a Wyoming cowboy gone global who's the master of snow for Alpine skiing events at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Johnston, the chief of race for ski events at the 2018 Olympics, is responsible for preparing the snow to world-class conditions at the next Winter Games.


Paris secures 8m euros in sponsorship deals for Olympic bid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 04:49 AM

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics have secured about 8 million euros ($8.9 million) in sponsorship deals with four major French groups.

The bid committee says each of the four new partners — Caisse des Depots, Elior Group, JCDecaux and RATP — will contribute about 2 million euros to the budget.

The announcement, coming on the same day Paris will release its bid logo, follows the signing last month of the bid's first sponsorship deal with France's national lottery, Francaise des Jeux.


American Hockey League

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 04:01 AM
All Times EST
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
WLOLSLPctPtsGFGA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton301411.67462150108
Hershey271336.64363164143
Portland261810.58953133121
Providence2

Party like it's 1999: Denver to celebrate another Super Bowl

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 03:13 AM

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos will board fire trucks and roll slowly through the crowd-lined streets of the Mile High City to celebrate winning the Super Bowl.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected for Tuesday's parade and rally after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.


Here is the Illinois Scorecard from the Associated Press:

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 03:01 AM

MONDAY'S RESULTS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 108, Chicago 91

TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Winnipeg at St. Louis, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

N. Illinois at Kent St., 6 p.m.

Northwestern at Ohio St., 7 p.m.

Villanova at DePaul, 7:30 p.m.


Florida A&M escapes with 96-95 win over Delaware St. in 2OT

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:51 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Malcolm Bernard scored 27 and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds, while freshman Justin Ravenal hit six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points — both season highs — to help Florida A&M snap a three-game skid and beat Delaware State 96-95 in double overtime Monday night.

Isaiah Omoregie had 15 points, one short of his career high set in Florida A&M's last game — an 81-63 loss to North Carolina Central last Monday. Bernard added six assists and five steals.


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