West Virginia Sports

Doolittle has 19 points, Oklahoma beats No. 20 West Virginia

By MATT THORNSBURY Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kristian Doolittle and Oklahoma are giving the NCAA Tournament selection committee a good reason to pencil them into the bracket.
Doolittle scored 19 points two days after surgery to repair a broken nose and Oklahoma boosted its tournament hopes with a 73-62 victory over No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday.
The Sooners have won two straight heading into the final week of the regular season with games left against Texas and TCU before the league tournament.
“How you finish will determine who goes and who doesn’t,” Kruger said. “So that’s a good start on those four.”
Doolittle played in his third game wearing a mask since breaking his nose against Oklahoma State on Feb. 22.
He underwent surgery Thursday and didn’t slow down against the Mountaineers, going 7 of 13 from the floor and matching a team high with seven rebounds.
“We didn’t know how he was going to feel going in,” Kruger said. “He was great.”
Oklahoma (18-11, 8-8 Big 12) built a 21-point lead in the second half and cruised from there to complete a regular-season sweep of the reeling Mountaineers (19-10, 7-9).
Brady Manek added 15 points, Austin Reaves had 13 and Jamal Bieniemy 11 points for the Sooners. They broke a six-game road losing streak.
“I think right now our guys are feeling good about what they’re doing,” Kruger said.
Miles McBride came off the bench to score 13 points for West Virginia, and Oscar Tshiebwe had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Mountaineers have lost three straight and six of seven.
West Virginia went scoreless over the final 5:43 of the first half and trailed 25-21 at the break.
Doolittle scored 14 points in the second half, making a free throw to give the Sooners their largest lead, 59-38, with 7:08 remaining.
Reaves said based on Doolittle’s play, he might want to “keep wearing the mask his entire life.”
“You can’t guard him,” Reaves said. “He’s just got that versatility and he’s big. So yeah, he’s a problem.”
West Virginia came alive with a 13-2 run but got no closer than eight points the rest of the game.
West Virginia retired Rod Thorn’s No. 44 during a halftime ceremony. He’s the third player to have his number retired at West Virginia. Thorn was the last player to wear No. 44 during his career from 1961-63. Jerry West, who played at West Virginia before Thorn, had his No. 44 retired in 2005. Hot Rod Hundley’s No. 33 was retired in 2010.
Oklahoma: The Sooners shot 62% from the floor after halftime and now have two straight quality wins that could help get them into the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma also beat No. 22 Texas Tech 65-61 on Tuesday.
West Virginia: Once a projected high seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Mountaineers have faded fast and need every win they can get to make one last impression on the tournament selection committee. West Virginia had another poor shooting effort, going 34% from the floor, 16% from 3-point range and 53% at the free-throw line.
“You would hope that we have enough fight to us to bounce back,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “Most of the time guys, at least my guys when they go on a losing streak, they come out ready to fight.”
West Virginia will fall out of the AP Top 25 after an 0-2 week.
Oklahoma hosts Texas on Tuesday night. The Sooners beat the Longhorns 72-62 on Jan. 8 in Austin, Texas.
West Virginia plays at Iowa State on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers won the earlier meeting 76-61.
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Hawaii Headlines

Geothermal plant reopening delayed

HILO (AP) — The Puna Geothermal Venture power plant is expected to restart operations in the second half of 2020, later than a previous estimate, according to its owner.

Ormat Technologies Inc. said the restart of the Big Island plant was held up because of delayed building permitting, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday.

The company is attempting to resume normal operations at the state’s only geo-thermal power plant after wells were isolated or covered by lava in the Kilauea volcano eruption that began in May 2018 and destroyed more than 700 homes.

Lava destroyed the company’s substation and covered geothermal wells, while cutting off road access to the power plant. The company began drilling a new production well in October.

Permits required for the construction and operation of the substation were recently obtained and initial testing is expected during the second quarter of the year, Ormat’s website said.

PGV hopes the plant will operate full capacity by the third quarter, assuming all other permits are received, ongoing efforts to upgrade overhead transmission lines are completed and the field recovery is successful.

Property insurers have accepted Ormat’s claims and are paying the cost to rebuild items damaged in the eruption, including the substation, the company said.

Hawaii Sports

Hawaii All Stars win in Las Vegas

A Hawaii All Stars cheerleading team won the title of Division One Grand Champion at the JAMZ All Star Cheer Nationals at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 17.

The International Junior Level 3 Krush Team scored a 98.11 to top 143 teams in the competition. This is the first time a Hawaii team has won the JAMZ Division One Grand Champion.

Members of the Krush team are: Shaely Anderson, Sadie-Lyn Barbosa, Carly Culligan, Jordan Howell, Tiera Kapoi, Lacie Leon, Stevie Lin, Teegan Lin, Danica Madariaga, Gisele Madariaga, Mia Magsayo, MacKenna Miles, Brilyn Neizman, Anisa Nicolas-Kaiwi, Hailey Nocelo, Kailee Nocelo, Natashya Peterson, Jarish Sagario, Teija Sniffen, Alecxy Soberano, Hilalia Villanueva-Langi, Sophie Villarosa, and Tairjah Young.

Krush also won first place in their division, Overall Level 3 Champion, and a paid bid to the Pinnacle Cheerleading Championship. Senior Level 2 Karma and International Open Senior 4 Kweenz also won first place in their respective divisions. Their coach is Kealii Molina.

Michigan Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw strikes out 4 Milwaukee Brewers in 1st spring appearance, Detroit Tigers lose by a run

By The Associated Press
Clayton Kershaw struck out four without allowing a hit in his spring training debut Friday, the first step toward a possible opening-day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kershaw faced a Milwaukee Brewers lineup with five expected regulars, including Brock Holt and Keston Hiura at the top of the order. He struck out both on three pitches in the first. After two walks and a strikeout of his final batter, Kershaw left with a 1-0 lead after 1 2/3 innings.
“It was awesome. Maybe I didn’t hit one spot, but physically I felt like the ball was coming out, felt like it was breaking the right way,” Kershaw said. “Now just got to figure out how to throw strikes, but other than that, it was a good first step for sure.”
Kershaw, a left-hander who turns 32 on March 19, went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA last season. He pitched 178 1/3 innings, his highest total since 2015.
He missed the start of the season due to shoulder soreness that caused him to be shut down for most of spring training. His streak of eight straight opening day starts came to an end.


Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4
Teoscar Hernandez had a two-run double and an RBI triple for Toronto, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added a run-scoring single.
Left-handed pitching prospect Anthony Kaya allowed two hits in two scoreless innings while striking out three. Jonathan Schoop had a two-run double for Detroit. Kody Clemens, the son of former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, had an RBI single. Ivan Nova gave up three runs and four hits in two innings.

Michigan Sports

Detroit Pistons snap 7-game skid with 113-11 win at Phoenix

AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX — Derrick Rose scored 31 points, Christian Wood and Brandon Knight both added 19 and the Detroit Pistons snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Phoenix Suns 113-111 on Friday night.
The Pistons hadn’t won since Feb. 5, when they beat Phoenix 116-108 in Detroit. They got the best of the Suns once again and picked up a road victory for the first time since Jan. 18.
It was also the first time Detroit won since dealing star center Andre Drummond to Cleveland at the trade deadline. The rebuilding Pistons leaned on the veteran combination of Rose and Knight in the fourth quarter to stop their skid.
The Pistons led 109-98 with 2:37 remaining but the Suns responded with nine straight points to make things interesting.
Detroit had the ball with a 113-111 lead and just 1.9 seconds left, but the Pistons threw a bad inbounds pass and the Suns grabbed the ball before calling a quick timeout. Devin Booker had a chance to win it for the Suns, but couldn’t get a shot off before time expired.
Rose made two clutch baskets in the final minute to keep the Pistons ahead. Knight scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.
It was another frustrating loss for the Suns, who are running out of time to get back into contention for a Western Conference playoff spot. Booker led Phoenix with 26 points while Deandre Ayton added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Phoenix had a 53-52 lead at halftime. Ayton led the Suns with 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting before the break. Rose had 12 points and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 11 for the Pistons.
Pistons: G Bruce Brown didn’t play for a second straight game because of left knee soreness.
Suns: Kelly Oubre Jr. missed his second straight game with a right knee injury, and coach Monty Williams is unsure when Oubre will return. He is the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 18.7 points per game. … Rookie forward Cameron Johnson hit the floor hard in the first quarter and had to leave the game for X-rays, but returned in the second quarter.
The Pistons wrap up their four-game road trip at Sacramento on Sunday.
The Suns host the Warriors on Saturday.

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Minnesota Headlines

Body found after fire extinguished in Minneapolis building

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of a man whose body was found after firefighters extinguished a fire in a northeast Minneapolis building is suspicious, according to police.
Firefighters were called to the building about 2:30 a.m. Friday to put out a small fire and found the body nearby, said police spokesman John Elder.
Homicide investigators determined the man’s death is suspicious.
The Star Tribune said the police department’s crime lab remained at the scene for several hours collecting evidence.
There have been no arrests. Elder says the Hennepin County medical examiner will identify the victim and release the cause of death.

Minnesota Headlines

Janitors in Twin Cities strike for better wages, benefits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Janitors who work at Twin Cities commercial buildings are striking as part of a push for higher wages and better benefits in their contracts.
The Star Tribune reports more than 100 janitors walked off the job Thursday and rallied along Nicollet Mall, waving signs and beating drums outside the skyscrapers they clean each day. They were joined by a separate group of youth climate strikers who marched in solidarity.
The Service Employees International Union, which represents 4,000 janitors who clean Twin Cities commercial buildings, organized the daylong strike before a bargaining session on Friday. Members are also pushing for paid sick days and a program to expand the use of nontoxic cleaning chemicals, among other things.
Attorney John Nesse, who represents the Cleaners Association in contract negotiations, said the employers are disappointed the union called a strike. He said the association is ready to get back to the bargaining table, with three more sessions scheduled for next week.
Union President Iris Altamirano said the two sides have sat for 13 bargaining sessions so far and still are not close to an agreement.

Minnesota Headlines

Man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in Lakeville

A 36-year-old man was fatally shot Friday in Lakeville in a confrontation with Dakota County sheriff’s deputies.
The sheriff’s office said the deputies were serving an emergency order for protection that called for the man to be removed from the home when he opened fire. One deputy returned fire, killing the man, the office said in a statement.
The man was wanted on a warrant for assaulting a peace officer, the statement said.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading an investigation.

West Virginia Sports

Big 12 bubble teams have chance to help resume this weekend

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer
A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference:
There are two intriguing games in the Big 12 on Saturday that feature teams that are likely locks for the NCAA Tournament against teams that have some work to do. The first happens in Lubbock, where Texas (17-11, 7-8) takes on No. 22 Texas Tech (18-10, 9-6) in a game that could help to solidify the Longhorns’ at-large resume. Shaka Smart’s crew has rallied to three wins in a row after a four-game skid. The second happens in Morgantown, where Oklahoma (17-11, 7-8) plays No. 20 West Virginia (19-9, 7-8). The Sooners are coming off a win over the Red Raiders while the Mountaineers have lost two straight.
The other noteworthy game Saturday has nothing to do with its competitive nature. Top-ranked Kansas (25-3, 14-1) is a big favorite to beat rival Kansas State (9-19, 2-13) in Manhattan. But it’s the first time the schools have met since their game in Lawrence ended in a massive brawl that spilled into the stands. Jayhawks forward Silvio de Sousa is still serving his 12-game suspension for nearly throwing a stool, and three other players also were suspended amid the fallout.
Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike has been riding one of the best stretches of anyone in the country. The 7-foot senior had 23 points and 19 rebounds when the Jayhawks took down then-No. 1 Baylor in Waco to forge a tie atop the Big 12, then he piled up 19 points with 16 rebounds in a blowout of Oklahoma State. He remains the national leader in field-goal percentage while his defense has become crucial in helping Kansas put together a 13-game win streak.
This week was the third time the Big 12 has had different teams ranked No. 1 in back-to-back weeks after Kansas supplanted Baylor. The Jayhawks accomplished the feat with Oklahoma in 2016 and Texas in 2010. … Kansas and Baylor are a combined 14-0 on the road in league play. The rest of the Big 12 is 10-51. … Texas has won three straight Big 12 games for the first time since 2016. … TCU’s Desmond Bane had 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Iowa State for his fifth career double-double. … Kansas State has used eight different starting lineups this season, the most since 2014-15. At least one of the Wildcats’ three freshmen have started each of the last nine.
No. 2 Baylor (26-1, 15-0) tries to remain unbeaten in the Big 12 when Kansas State visits Saturday. The Lady Bears face Texas and visit Iowa State to conclude the regular season. … Baylor clinched the outright Big 12 title last week and has won 10 straight, the longest active streak in the nation. … Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson needs three 3-pointers to pass Kansas State’s Laurie Koehn (122) for the single-season Big 12 record. … Kansas held West Virginia to four points in the first quarter last Saturday. The Jayhawks won 60-53. … TCU is 11-3 in the Big 12 to set a single-season school record for wins in the Big 12. It’s the Horned Frogs’ most conference wins since going 13-3 in the Mountain West in 2010-11. … Texas Tech won at Iowa State for the first time in 18 years last Sunday.
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Michigan Headlines

Oversight panel OKs limits on ‘forever chemicals’

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A Michigan oversight panel Thursday endorsed drinking water standards designed to limit exposure to a group of household and industrial chemicals linked to a variety of health problems.
The proposed rules would apply to seven compounds in a category known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. They have been used for decades in products ranging from nonstick cookware to stain-resistant clothing and food containers, as well as foam used to extinguish jet-fuel fires.
They’re known as “forever chemicals” because they persist indefinitely in the environment without breaking down. Members of Congress announced Thursday the Air Force would spend $13.5 million cleaning up PFAS water pollution near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.
Thousands of PFAS compounds have been developed. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy crafted drinking water standards for just seven because they’re the only ones for which there is enough scientific data to justify regulation, spokesman Scott Dean said.
Their acceptance by the Environmental Rules Review Committee was a key step. The state legislature established the panel in 2018 at the urging of Republicans who described it as a check on excessively burdensome regulation.
Among its members are representatives of business and industry sectors including oil and gas, agriculture and manufacturing. At their urging, the panel delayed action on the PFAS rules last fall.
But it approved the proposals Thursday on a 8-0 vote, with two members abstaining.
The decision “shows there is broad support for rules that protect Michiganders from contaminants in their drinking water,” said Liesl Clark, director of the environment department.
The rules still need approval of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules before taking effect.
They would cover about 2,700 drinking water systems, requiring them to conduct periodic testing and inform the public of results.
The environment department forwarded its proposals to the oversight panel last October.
The panel considered them in two meetings and took public feedback.
While the overwhelming majority of written comments were supportive, some raised concern about the costs of meeting the standards or said the rules were put together too quickly.
Smaller drinking water suppliers “don’t have the ability to pass that cost along on any non-painful way to ratepayers,” Laura Campbell, agricultural ecology manager for the Michigan Farm Bureau, said during Thursday’s meeting in Lansing.
John Dulmes, executive director of the Michigan Chemistry Council, said the department hadn’t provided enough scientific justification for some of the provisions.