Bonamego back with Lions as special teams coordinator

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Former Central Michigan coach John Bonamego is returning to the Detroit Lions.
The Lions announced Tuesday that they have hired Bonamego as special teams coordinator. That’s the same position he held with the Lions before becoming CMU’s coach for the past four seasons. Bonamego’s tenure at CMU ended when the team went 1-11 in 2018.
Bonamego was special teams coordinator for the Lions in 2013 and 2014. He’s also coached special teams for the Jaguars, Packers, Saints and Dolphins.
Bonamego went 22-29 as CMU’s coach.

Glendening scores twice, Red Wings top Oilers 3-2

Detroit Red Wings’ Andreas Athanasiou (72) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) during third period NHL action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Luke Glendening was pleased the Detroit Red Wings were finally able to close out a game.
Dylan Larkin liked the timing, too.
Glendening scored twice and Detroit headed into the All-Star break with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
“It was nice to be able to finish one,” Glendening said after his team squandered leads in each of its previous two games. “This trip hasn’t been kind to us in that respect, but we’ve played some pretty good hockey and to get some results before the break is huge for us.”
Larkin had a goal for the Red Wings, who snapped their two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.
“It feels really good to get two points going into the break feeling good about our game,” Larkin said. “We played a solid game and we really didn’t give (Connor) McDavid and (Leon) Draisaitl a whole lot even if they found a way to get on the scoresheet. We took a lot of time and space away from them. That’s the way we have to play and it’s a huge two points for us.”
Draisaitl and Matt Benning scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row.
“Everybody here has to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are doing enough and playing the right way and playing for the team,” forward Alex Chiasson said.
Detroit broke a scoreless deadlock four minutes into the second period when Larkin got his 21st of the season on a quick wrist shot.
The Oilers got caught scrambling midway through the second, leading to a backhand goal by Glendening.
Draisaitl swatted in a puck out of midair for his 27th at 4:30 of the third period as Edmonton finally scored. Detroit restored its two-goal lead when Glendening somehow squeezed in a bad-angle shot past goalie Mikko Koskinen.
The Oilers pulled Koskinen early and it paid off with 2:26 left on a point drive from Benning, but they were unable to tie it.
“We just have to keep battling,” said McDavid, the Edmonton captain. “We have said everything that there is to say. It is just up to us to do it now.
“I think guys are tired right now. Maybe it is a good time to step away and refresh and come back at it with a clear head.”
NOTES: The Red Wings improved to 4-9-2 in their past 15 games. … Edmonton won the only other meeting this season, 4-3 on Nov. 3. … Koskinen made his first start for the Oilers since signing a three-year contract with an average annual salary of $4.5 million on Monday. … Two players the Oilers placed on waivers Monday, Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner, cleared waivers Tuesday. Spooner dressed against Detroit, while Rattie was a healthy scratch.
Red Wings: Off until Feb. 1, when they host Toronto.
Oilers: Play at Philadelphia on Feb. 2.

Matthews beats buzzer, No. 5 Michigan edges Minnesota 59-57

Michigan guard Charles Matthews (1) breaks away for a basket, followed by Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur (22), in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The ball bounced right to Charles Matthews, who dribbled once and squared up to shoot as the game clock — and more importantly, the shot clock — neared zero.
“I saw the clock when I did get the ball. I’m not sure exactly how much time, but I did know that there was time on the clock,” Matthews said. “So I didn’t want to just throw up a crazy shot. I wanted to still follow through with it.”
Matthews used up what little time he had, then made a baseline floater at the buzzer to lift No. 5 Michigan to a 59-57 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night.
On the final possession, Iggy Brazdeikis drove to the basket and had his shot blocked by Eric Curry, but the ball bounced over to Matthews to the left of the rim. His shot went high in the air and dropped through with no time remaining.
The shot by Matthews was clearly released before the game clock expired, but the shot clock was a much closer call. After a long review, officials ruled the ball was released in time.
“As heartbreaking as that was, we got that stop,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “The ball kind of bounced their way.”
Gabe Kalscheur’s 3-pointer tied it at 57 with 30.9 seconds remaining, capping a 10-0 run for the Golden Gophers.
Brazdeikis scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. He was held scoreless at Wisconsin on Saturday when the Wolverines lost for the first time this season. Michigan (18-1, 7-1 Big Ten) struggled through much of the game against Minnesota and was down by seven before Brazdeikis made a 3-pointer and a three-point play to cut the deficit to one. That was the start of a 23-3 run by the Wolverines.
Michigan led by 13, and then it was Minnesota’s turn to rally.
Minnesota (14-5, 4-4) scored the first six points and led 19-10 after a 3 by Kalscheur. Michigan was 3 of 20 from the field before finishing the first half a bit better. The Golden Gophers led 31-28 at halftime.
Jordan Murphy scored 15 points with 11 rebounds for Minnesota, and Brazdeikis had 11 rebounds to go with his 18 points for Michigan. The last-second shot by Matthews was especially tough for Murphy and the Golden Gophers after they’d battled back to tie it.
“We were just hoping that it was a shot-clock violation so we could get a chance at overtime,” Murphy said. “We think we were playing those guys pretty well. Obviously they made a big run in the second half, but we made a run back, so it was a pretty interesting game to play in. We just didn’t finish out our defensive possession.”
Amid all the commotion on the final play, Michigan coach John Beilein liked what he heard.
“I trust my ears,” Beilein said. “I saw the ball leave his hand, and I heard a buzzer go off, and that’s usually a good sign.”
Minnesota: The way Michigan shot the ball in the first half, the Golden Gophers could have been up by more at halftime, but turnovers hurt. Minnesota had 10 in the first half while the Wolverines committed just two. The margin was 16-6 at the end of the game.
Michigan: This obviously wasn’t an emphatic victory for the Wolverines after their weekend loss. A lot of their problems were because of outside shooting. They went 3 of 22 from 3-point range.
An underwhelming win at home is unlikely to move the needle much for Michigan.
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers host Iowa on Sunday.
Michigan: The Wolverines have a relatively quick turnaround before playing at Indiana on Friday night.

W.Va. Senate rejects amendment expanding free tuition bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has rejected an amendment that would have included four-year colleges in a bill to provide free tuition at community and technical colleges to state residents.
The Republican-led Senate rejected the amendment along party lines Tuesday. The amendment was proposed by Democratic Sen. Roman Prezioso of Marion County.
Republicans were concerned the House of Delegates would reject the bill if the cost of the program increased by adding four-year colleges.
GOP Senate President Mitch Carmichael is the bill’s lead sponsor. He says there will be opportunities later to look at expanding the program but says “we can all destroy a great idea by adding to it.”
Some Democrats said there should be no dollar ceiling on funding education opportunities.
A similar bill passed the Senate last year but died in the House Education Committee.

West Virginia city to add LGBTQ to list of protected groups

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia city has voted to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to its list of protected minorities.
The Register-Herald reports the Beckley Common Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to add LGBTQ discrimination protections to the city’s code.
Mayor Rob Rappold asked the city council in November to consider an ordinance prohibiting housing and employment discrimination against those who identify as LGBTQ. A similar measure was proposed in 2014 and tabled amid community opposition.
Councilwoman Janine Bullock opposed the measure Tuesday and motioned for the council to consider allowing religious business owners and employers to be exempt from the policy. Churches already are exempt.
City attorney Bill File said Bullock’s motion needed to be seconded for the council to consider it. No one seconded the motion.
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W.Va. firefighter charged with DUI after responding to call

EAST BANK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter has been charged with drunken driving after responding to a call in his personal car and hitting a police cruiser.
WCHS-TV reports 28-year-old David McGuire of East Bank was charged Tuesday.
According to a criminal complaint, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stephanie Adams was responding to a call when a car backed down a street and struck her parked cruiser. Deputies say McGuire showed up to offer help. He lives on the street and is an East Bank volunteer firefighter.
Adams says she detected alcohol on McGuire’s breath. McGuire’s blood-alcohol level was 0.163 percent, which is double the legal limit for motorists.
Fire Chief Thomas Tucker says the fire department was never dispatched to the call and doesn’t condone what McGuire did.
McGuire was held in the South Central Regional Jail on $500 cash bond.
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Deputies making welfare check at W.Va. home find 2 bodies

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia are investigating the discovery of the bodies of two women near Charleston.
News outlets report the bodies were found Tuesday at a home in Sissonville.
Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies say they were asked to check on the home’s residents by a bank after deposits were made in a dormant account. Deputies say the bodies may have been there for weeks.
The victims’ names weren’t immediately released. The deaths are under investigation.

2 abandoned bobcat kittens get permanent home at W.Va. zoo

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Two bobcat kittens found abandoned in West Virginia have been given a permanent home at the Oglebay Good Zoo.
The zoo in Wheeling says in a news release the two female kittens named Bobbi and Gina were found in rural Marshall County. They now are in the nursery at the zoo’s veterinary and quarantine hospital.
The zoo says it’s offering guests the chance to visit the kittens. Guests must be at least 8 years old to participate. Visits can be reserved by calling 304-243-4100.

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle awkwardly. The owner of the best serve in the sport would lose every point she served the rest of the way.
And so it was that a startling reversal and result would follow Wednesday at Melbourne Park, with Williams dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to No. 7-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
“I can’t say that I choked on those match points,” Williams said. “She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.”
The 37-year-old American didn’t call for a trainer during the match and later wouldn’t blame the ankle for the way everything changed down the stretch, saying afterward that it “seems to be fine.”
But instead of Williams moving closer to an eighth championship at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall, it is Pliskova who will continue the pursuit of her first major trophy.
“I was almost in the locker room,” Pliskova told the Rod Laver Arena crowd, “but now I’m standing here as the winner.”
Normally, Williams is the one manufacturing a comeback. This time, it was surprising to see her let a sizable lead vanish. Only twice before in 380 Grand Slam matches had Williams lost after holding a match point, at the 2010 French Open and 1999 Australian Open.
In Thursday’s semifinals, Pliskova will face No. 4-seeded Naomi Osaka, who advanced by beating No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1. The other women’s semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against unseeded American Danielle Collins.
In men’s action Wednesday, No. 28 Lucas Pouille of France reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4. Pouille, who is coached by two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo, had been 0-5 for his career at the Australian Open until last week. His next opponent will be 14-time major champion Novak Djokovic, who moved on when 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori stopped playing while trailing 6-1, 4-1.
Nishikori was treated for leg problems by a trainer.
Williams’ surprising departure scuttled what would have been a much-anticipated rematch against Osaka, who beat her in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September.
This defeat is the earliest in Australia for Williams since 2014, when she exited with a fourth-round loss to Ana Ivanovic. Since then? She won the tournament in 2015, lost in the final in 2016, and won again in 2017 while pregnant, before missing last year’s edition a few months after the birth of her daughter.
As for chasing Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 Slam trophies in singles, Williams said: “It hasn’t happened yet, but I feel like it’s going to happen.”
The match against Pliskova was played under a stifling sun, with the temperature around 80 degrees (25 degrees Celsius). Williams — coming off an intense three-set victory over No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round — often stepped into the patches of shade behind each baseline.
She did not start well, not well at all. Her mistakes were mounting and deficit was growing.
In the first set alone, Williams made more than twice as many unforced errors as her opponent, 11-5, a pattern that would continue throughout. By the end, the margin was 37-15.
Looking increasingly frustrated, Williams would yell at herself after mistakes or gesture as if to say, “That’s NOT how I should be hitting the ball!” Add it all up, and Pliskova led by a set and a break at 3-2 in the second.
Only then did Williams get going. From there, she immediately earned her first break point of the match and converted it to get to 3-all, beginning a run in which she claimed nine of 11 games.
“You don’t really feel,” Pliskova said, “like you’re going to win this match.”
Serving for the victory at 5-1, 40-30, Williams was called for a foot fault — reminiscent of an infamous such ruling at the U.S. Open a decade ago. During the ensuing point Wednesday, Williams twisted her left ankle and dumped a forehand into the net.
She grabbed at her foot afterward, then double-faulted and would go on to cede that game.
Not a big deal, right? She still had a sizable lead.
Except that three more match points would follow while Pliskova served, and she saved each one.
“There’s nothing I did wrong on those match points. I didn’t do anything wrong. I stayed aggressive,” Williams said. “She just literally hit the lines on some of them.”
Williams would again serve for the match at 5-3 — and again get broken. The owner of the most feared and respected serve in women’s tennis was broken for a third time in a row at 5-all, and Pliskova was on her way.
“She got a little bit shaky in the end,” Pliskova said. “So I took my chances. And I won.”
Osaka will carry a 12-match Grand Slam winning streak into the semifinals.
The 21-year-old from Japan moved closer to a second consecutive major championship by parlaying her aggressive and powerful style into a 31-11 edge in winners against Svitolina.
“For me, right now, I just try to keep looking forward. So I’m not really satisfied. Like, I am happy that I’m here, but at the same time, I want to keep going,” said Osaka, who never had been past the fourth round at the Australian Open. “There is more matches to win.”
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Vonn’s skis are waiting for her if she decides to race again

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer
Lindsey Vonn’s skis are waiting for her — whether she decides to continue racing or not.
While Vonn ponders her future, her ski technician has set up shop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where World Cup downhill and super-G races are scheduled for this weekend.
Heinz Haemmerle tells The Associated Press he “just arrived in Garmisch and set up my ski room. Then we see what’s coming out.”
Rainer Salzgeber, the racing director for Head skis, adds that the company is preparing as if Vonn will race in Garmisch and then the world championships in Are, Sweden, next month.
Salzgeber says “for Heinz right now it looks like this. But how it will end up in the next couple of days or hours I do not know.”
Haemmerle says he expected Vonn to arrive in Garmisch later Wednesday, with the first of two downhill training sessions scheduled for Thursday.
Vonn has left everyone guessing over her next move after announcing on Sunday that she was considering immediate retirement due to severe pain in both of her knees.
Vonn finished no better than ninth in three races in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, last weekend.
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