Thursday April 20th 2017

Local Headlines

From the Dakota Radio Group

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld concurrent 200-year sentences against a Pierre man who was 14 when he killed a cab driver more than two decades ago.

A jury convicted Paul Dean Jensen Jr. of murder, kidnapping and other offenses in 1996 for the slaying that year of Michael Hare, and Jensen received life without parole.

Last year, a judge re-sentenced Jensen to a term of 200 years after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles.

The South Dakota Supreme Court decided Wednesday that Jensen didn’t establish that his sentence is cruel and unusual. The 35-year-old argued that the 200-year term was unconstitutional because it’s functionally equivalent to life without parole.

Jensen would be eligible for parole at age 39.

PIERRE SD – (SD Lottery) – Chris Classen of Pierre on April 19, 2017 claimed his $50,000 Powerball prize from the April 12, 2017 drawing at the Pierre Lottery office. Classen matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to pick up the game’s third prize; the odds of winning $50,000 in Powerball are 1:913,129.

Classen purchased his winning ticket at Cowboy Country Store #6 on N. Euclid in Pierre. The store will receive a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. While Classen knew a $50,000 winning ticket had been sold there, he wasn’t aware that it was his ticket until he arrived at the Lottery office. A quick check of his ticket at a convenience store had resulted in a “Must claim at Lottery office” message, meaning the prize was over $100. Classen was excited to learn from the validation clerk that it was substantially higher than he’d first thought.

The Powerball jackpot sits at $90 million for the next drawing on Sat., April 22, 2017; that date also marks the 25th anniversary of the first Powerball drawing and will be the game’s 2,610th draw. (Photo: SD Lottery)

PIERRE, S.D. – (Avera) The entrance to the hospital parking lot off Sioux Avenue will be closed temporarily due to construction starting Tuesday evening, April 25. Construction is scheduled to last one week. The High Street closure will allow crews to update and lay new water pipes that will service the future Helmsley Center.

Patients and visitors may still access the main parking lot in front of the Hospital by using the Washington Avenue entrance near Anderson’s Clothing store. The street closure will not affect the Mac Lane entrance to Avera Medical Group clinic.

We understand this is an inconvenience. Thank you for your patience as we begin the construction of the new Helmsley Center, home of the Avera Cancer Institute.

FORT PIERRE SD – (City of Fort Pierre) The City of Fort Pierre has contracted with Brosz Engineering to conduct a new Flood Plain Study as a result of FEMA requirements. For this survey Brosz Engineering will be surveying property in Fort Pierre starting at Islay Ave going north to Rousseau Ave and will need to access private property. This project will begin in the near future and will take approximately 2 months. We appreciated your patience during this time. Please contact Rick Hahn at the City office if you have any questions, 605-223-7690.


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KMLO 100.7 FM - Lowry/Mobridge 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.

KOLY 1300 AM - Mobridge, SD 6:10 a.m.; 7:10 a.m.; 8:10 a.m.; 12:10 p.m. and 5:06 p.m.

Star 99 99.5 FM - Mobridge, SD 6:00 a.m.; 7:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; Noon and 5:00 p.m.

100.1 FM The Eagle - Pierre, SD 6:18 a.m.; 6:54 a.m.; 7:18 a.m.; 7:54 a.m.; 8:18 a.m.; 8:54 a.m.; 5:18 p.m.

South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A routine traffic stop in Sioux Falls escalated with the arrest of two juveniles who will likely face numerous felony charges. Police say they pulled over an adult motorist Wednesday afternoon, and after he stepped out of the vehicle, a boy in the front passenger seat slid over and drove away.

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A man convicted of driving drunk and causing a fatal crash in rural Davison County has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Tate Thompson drank vodka at a party before crashing his vehicle and killing 18-year-old Dylan Mentele, of Alexandria, a passenger.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls is preparing for a possible $1.2 million budget shortfall this year as city officials cut their budgets in response to sluggish sales tax revenues. The Argus Leader reports that March sales tax revenue growth for the city came in at 2.5 percent, less than the 4 percent increase that was projected when the 2017 budget was adopted.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four Nebraska stores known for selling millions of cans of beer each year near a South Dakota Indian reservation have lost their liquor licenses. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission ruling on Wednesday could force an end to beer sales in Whiteclay, a town with just nine residents on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The stores are expected to appeal the ruling.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The debate over outdoor smoking restrictions has resurfaced in Sioux Falls. The City Council passed an outdoor smoking ordinance several months ago, but it applies only to playgrounds and parks where youth activity is taking place. A new proposal would make it illegal to smoke within 20 feet of an entrance to city-owned buildings.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police say a man asked to leave an anti-Muslim event in South Dakota who later appeared in a video on Facebook brandishing weapons will not face charges. Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Police Department spokesman says that security officers believed the man had a weapon and asked him to leave. The man later appeared in a video showing the weapons and saying: "Be scared." Clemens says he broke now laws.

Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

 BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is racing to finish its work five days before the constitutional 80-day limit. Thursday is Day 72, and lawmakers may meet Saturday as they work to resolve remaining bills and agree on a budget. The session opened in January with more than 800 measures. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says there were 33 bills awaiting action on Thursday morning.

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted on felony charges in Montana has been arrested following a long search in North Dakota. KFGO reports the man stole a car in Fargo and eluded Cass County authorities after they responded to a report of a suspicious person in the Argusville area Wednesday afternoon.

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Police have identified the man fatally shot by a police officer in Mandan. Authorities say 24-year-old Ivan Wilson, of Mandan, was killed Friday by an officer responding to a domestic dispute. Police say the man was shot after he refused to drop a knife and made an aggressive move toward one of the officers. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Bismarck man accused of felony child neglect after a toddler in his care nearly drowned in an apartment complex swimming pool. The acquittal Tuesday for Rolland Noheart came from a jury in Burleigh County. Prosecutors alleged Noheart did not immediately come to the rescue of the 18-month-old after the child fell in the water.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is opening the door to a transportation plan without the gas tax increase he's pushed for years. Dayton said Wednesday he'd accept an "inadequate" plan without a gas tax, which he said he still prefers. It gives top Republican leaders hope that the Legislature can finally approve a funding package after years of failed efforts.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a sound engineer from releasing unpublished music by Prince after the late superstar's estate objected. George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006, and made at least one recording _ called "Deliverance" _ available Wednesday for online sales. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright granted a temporary restraining order to stop the release and ordered Boxill to deliver the recordings to the estate.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's 1980s band The Revolution is back together and kicking off a three-month tour by performing at Paisley Park. Guitarist Wendy Melvoin says the group is "taking it to the people who are grieving like we are, and letting them have a little bit of relief."

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers working to finalize a spending plan for state public colleges and universities are discussing whether student fees that are paid in addition to tuition should be optional. The Star Tribune reports the measure to make the fees optional is included in a broader, $3.2 billion higher education budget bill the House passed earlier this month. The charges vary from campus to campus.


National News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — He has called the Iran nuclear deal the "worst" ever, and claimed that climate change was a hoax _ but President Donald Trump hasn't moved to scrap the Iran treaty, or pull out of the Paris climate accord. With one exception _ the Pacific trade deal _ Trump has laid groundwork to mostly honor the agreements he inherited. And so far, there's been no major revolt from Trump supporters, despite their expectation that he would be an agent of disruption.

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. It may not seem the most likely role for the slightly stooped, white-haired, 75-year-old Vermont senator. But Sanders was rallying support on Thursday for Omaha's Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who's half his age.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill O'Reilly may be gone from Fox News, but his impact on political discourse is expected to endure. Amid sexual harassment allegations, O'Reilly was fired Wednesday, and his show, "The O'Reilly Factor," was quickly renamed "The Factor." O'Reilly delighted viewers with attacks on liberal politicians and media members, and media professor Tom Hollihan says it's the kind of commentary that "has come to define politics" in America.

BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's lawyer is accusing Massachusetts' chief medical examiner of "illegally" holding the brain of the ex-NFL star who was found hanged in his prison cell. Jose Baez told reporters Thursday that Hernandez's family had arranged for Boston University to study the former New England Patriots tight end's brain as part of its concussion research.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump campaigned in part on the notion that the United States was a party to _ and bound by _ too many global agreements that hemmed in U.S. leaders' policy options. But now the "America First" candidate who's been president for nearly 100 days seems to be showing a different stance. Whether it's the much-maligned NAFTA trade pact or the Paris climate accord, or even the Iran nuclear agreement, Trump seems to be in no rush to withdraw the United States from these compacts.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it has halted operations in Venezuela after authorities seized a factory. The plant was confiscated on Wednesday in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. GM says its due process rights were violated and it will take legal steps to fight the seizure.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies.

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. It may not seem the most likely role for the slightly stooped, white-haired, 75-year-old Vermont senator. But Sanders was rallying support on Thursday for Omaha's Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who's half his age.

International News

From the Associated Press

 JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence praised Indonesia's democracy and moderate form of Islam after meeting Thursday with the president of the world's most populous Muslim nation. The comments, though routine, had significance for Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who the day before suffered a serious political setback when a political ally was defeated by Islamic conservatives in the election for Jakarta governor.

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister recently likened the U.S. and North Korea to two speeding trains hurtling toward each other, an analogy that would seem to place China in the role of helpless bystander. And indeed, while tensions have risen, Beijing has been frustrated by its declining influence over Pyongyang. China is the North's most important trading partner and ally, but Pyongyang has ignored its calls to suspend its nuclear and missile programs and its requests for high-level bilateral talks.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — Fighting for his home: A young Syrian man says he joined the Islamic State group to defend his city against Assad's military, taking on the trappings of the extremists until he eventually defected. His story is one from a generation of Syrians who came of age in the midst of civil war and, even as teenagers, had to decide who and what to fight for, bringing a complexity of motives and alliances in the conflict.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Authorities say a third person has died overnight in the ongoing protests in Venezuela. The chief prosecutor's office reported Wednesday that a National Guard sergeant was killed and a colonel injured when their squad was attacked with gunfire while trying to control disturbances in a city near Caracas.


Business News

From the Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rallying in afternoon trading on Wall Street. Transportation companies are climbing following solid earnings from railroad operator CSX. Companies that make and sell basic materials are rising after Sherwin-Williams raised its profit guidance for the year. Banks are also gaining ground as bond yields rise, which allows banks to charge higher interest rates on loans.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is directing the administration to investigate whether steel imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Trump signed a memo today ordering the investigation while surrounded by executives from U.S. steelmakers. A 1960s trade law gives the president authority to restrict imports if they are determined to be harmful to U.S. security interests. The law requires that the investigation be concluded within 270 days.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance leaders are defending globalization against an assault from President Donald Trump and European populists. They argue that blocking free trade would hobble economic growth instead of saving jobs. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told journalists in Washington that freer trade and more openness are "critical for the future of the world." IMF chief Christine Lagarde says the answer to the wave of populism gaining support in many countries is to work for "more growth and better growth" in the world economy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. mortgage rate has fallen below a key threshold of 4 percent, its lowest level in five months. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 3.97 percent this week from 4.08 percent last week. The rate on 15-year mortgages declined to 3.23 percent this week from 3.34 percent.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker. An update coming out today enables Home's built-in assistant to learn the voices of up to six people, making possible personal responses tailored to each user. Rival's Echo doesn't recognize different voices. Despite the technological advance, Google's voice-distinction feature won't prevent unauthorized users from activating the assistant.


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Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher

Dakota Radio Group Sports Play by Play this week


Thursday Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins 12:05 pm

Friday Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins 6:35 pm

Saaturday Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins 12:35 pm

Sunday Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins 12:05 pm

Monday Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers 6:35 pm

Tuesday Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers 6:35 pm

Wednesday Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers 6:35 pm


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins postponed their game against the Cleveland Indians because of rain on Wednesday.. Team President Dave St. Peter said Wednesday's game will be rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 17, when the Indians return to Minnesota. Rain was falling by mid-afternoon, and the evening forecast for Minneapolis showed no sign of a letup that could create a dry window in which to play. The Indians beat the Twins 3-1 and 11-4 in the first two games of the series. They'll play again this (Thursday afternoon, and the Twins announced Ervin Santana would pitch that game opposite Trevor Bauer for the Indians. Bauer was pushed back, and Santana skipped rookie Aldalberto Mejia in the rotation. Today's Game can be heard on the Dakota Radio Group's KGFX with coverage beginning at 12:05 pm.

PIERRE, S.D. - Pierre Post 8 baseball will be honoring Paul Marso as it's Hometown Hero during the annual Roast Beef Fundraising Feed on Thursday April 27th at the Pierre Post 8 American Legion Cabin from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Marso is a former player and coach for the Pierre Post 8 baseball program and his son Nick played for Post 8 during his baseball career and is a former Pierre Post 8 Baseball Board member for 7 years. He still volunteers during Post 8 Baseball pancake feeds.

PIERRE, S.D. - The final fundraising All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage fee for the Pierre Post 8 American Legion and Teener Baseball program will be held this Saturday at the Pierre Post 8 American Legion Cabins. Serving from 7 am to 11 am for just $3 per person, the fundraising feeds are one of the way's the Pierre Post 8 Baseball Board raises money for the program throughout the year. Person who come in from 7 am to 8:30 am will also receive a Day Pass for a Legion or Teener baseball tournament this summer in Pierre. This month's feed is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Little Flower Council, St John’s Catholic Church of Fort Pierre.

INDIANAPOLIS - The first of three NCAA Division II Softball Regional Rankings were released and the NSIC had four of the top ten teams in the central region. Minnesota State was ranked second while Winona State was fourth, Augustana was seventh and Minnesota Duluth was ninth. Harding is number 1 in the region rankings while Central Oklahoma is third and Southern Arkansas 5th. Pittsburgh State of Kansas is 6th ahead of Augustana. Missouri Western State is 8th in the rankings. Automatic bids are awarded to the tournament champions from each conference with the final five spots awarded on an at-large basis. In all, eight teams will advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 11-13, with the top two seeds in the region hosting.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series on Wednesday night. Dubnyk's second playoff shutout came almost two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015. Martin Hanzal also scored for Minnesota in the second. Blues goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves. He entered having stopping 114 of the Wild's first 117 shots in the series. St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Minnesota on Saturday.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Governor tennis team returns to the courts today when they travel to Aberdeen for a pair of duals against Aberdeen Central and Aberdeen Roncalli. Today's matches will be the first between the Governors and Roncalli on the season and the second in as many weeks against Aberdeen Central. The Governors edged Aberdeen Central 5-4 last Thursday in Pierre but number 1 singles player Kaden Hight suffered his first conference loss of the season to the Aberdeen Player. Todays matches are scheduled for noon and 3 pm. Pierre is 4 and 8 in duals coming off a double dual loss to Sioux Falls Washington and Brandon Valley on Monday.

OMAHA, Neb. — South Dakota tennis clinched a spot in the Summit League Championships as the Coyotes beat the Omaha Mavericks 5-2 Wednesday afternoon at the Miracle Hill Tennis Center in Omaha. USD improved to 4-2 in the Summit (8-14 overall) and took control of the No. 2 spot. The Coyotes won the final three games of the season to clinch a spot in the championships. South Dakota will be the No. 2 seed at the championships if Western Illinois loses one of its two final games or the No. 3 seed if WIU wins both. The Leathernecks travel to South Dakota State Saturday and host undefeated Denver Sunday. The Summit League Championships are in Indianapolis, Ind., April 28-29

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Lady Governor golf team plays the first of two back to back tournaments today when they head west to compete in the Rapid City Invitational on the Meadowbrook Golf Course in Rapid City. It will be the second tournament of the season for the Lady Govs after last Thursday's Harrisburg Invitational. The Lady Govs are coming off a 360 team score in that tournament but Lady Governor head coach John Knox says that he feels Pierre is in the middle of the pack of Class AA golf. Todays tournament that features both of the Rapid City schools along with Spearfish and Sturgis among other West River teams, is at 10 am mountain time.

Tomorrow, the Lady Gov golfers will travel to Mitchell to compete in the Parkston Invitational at the Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. The Lady Governor Junior Varsity golfers will also play in a triangular at Hillsview Golf Course in Pierre. Aberdeen Central and Mobridge-Pollock will be the other two teams in that triangular that is scheduled to tee off at 10 am.

ELMHURST, Ill.–South Dakota freshman Chris Nilsen has been named the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the period ended April 16. This marks his seventh weekly Summit honor and second of the outdoor season. Nilsen tied for the NCAA lead in the pole vault after clearing 18 feet, 8 ¼ inches, twice over the weekend at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and the Beach Invitational. Nilsen broke his own South Dakota outdoor pole vault record and then matched it two days later. Nilsen tops the Summit League by more than two feet and is ranked third in the world (IAAF). The height is also the qualifying standard for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London this summer.

PIERRE, S.D. — Randy Soma, activities administrator at Brookings, and Steve Moore, athletic director at Watertown, were nominated to serve on the board at the South Dakota High School Activities Association's annual meeting on Tuesday. Both are running for one open five-year term on the board. Jason Uttermark, principal at Aberdeen Central, is leaving the board in June when his term expires. Member schools have until May 30 to return their ballots.

Member schools will also vote on a constitutional amendment closing a loophole regarding the athletic eligibility of open enrollment students. In order to pass, an amendment to the organization's constitution needs to receive 60 percent of the vote.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University football team will host a two evening youth football camp this May for kids entering grades 3-7 in the fall of 2017. The camp is scheduled for May 17 and 18 from 6-8 p.m. each day at Swisher Field in Aberdeen. Cost of the camp is $40 with pre-registration and $50 for walk-up registration, which includes full instruction and a camp T-shirt. Campers are reminded to bring football cleats or tennis and dress appropriately according to the weather. Check-in and day of registration begins at 5 p.m. from Swisher Field. For questions or more information contact coach Mark Martin at 605-626-3336 or email him at .

PIERRE, S.D. - With School ending in just a month, summer sports camps will be on the agenda. Pierre Governor head boys basketball coach Terry Becker has released information about the upcoming Governor Basketball Elementary, Middle and High School Camps. The Elementary camp for boys who will be in the third through fifth grades next year in Pierre will be held May 30th through June 1st from 9 am to 11:30 am at Riggs High Gym. The Boys Middle School camp for boys who will be in the 6th through 8th grades next year will be those same 3 days from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. The High School camp will be June 5th through the 7th from 4 pm to 7 pm all 3 days. The Skills Academy for all 4th and 5th graders will be held on Tuesday's in June and the Skills School will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in June for all 6th,7th and 8th graders next school year. For more information on the Governor basketball camps contact Coach Becker at Riggs High School or check out the Pierre Parks and Recreation website.

PIERRE, S.D. - 515 students from 21 South Dakota high school teams are participating in the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League's (SDSHSCTL) 2017 spring trap shooting season, which began April 2nd. Last year there were 211 students on 7 teams. Upon completion of the Spring League, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2017 State Tournament. The event is scheduled for June 10th at the Aberdeen Gun Club. The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League costs the individual schools nothing as practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school¹s location. The team score and overall standings are calculated and posted on the League's website. Athletes and their families may track their individual and team performance on their computer via the League's website, and by the new Shooter Performance Tracker® mobile app. For more information on the State High School Clay Target League visit the leagues website .

National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors were without forward Kevin Durant because of a calf injury, but Stephen Curry carried the offense with 19 points as they ripped Portland, 110-81. The Oklahoma City Thunder wasted Russell Westbrook's triple-double of 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds by allowing James Harden to score 35 points in the Rockets' 115-111 victory at Houston. John Wall scored 32 points and Bradley Beal had 31 as Washington beat Atlanta, 109-101 to join the Rockets and Warriors with two-games-to-none leads in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Game 3 against Indiana Thursday because of a left hamstring injury. Smith didn't play in the second half of Game 2 because Cleveland's medical staff decided it was better for him to rest than risk making his injury worse. Smith says he hasn't asked yet if he'll play in Indianapolis as the Cavaliers try to take a 3-0 series lead.

UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have swept their way into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as Patrick Eaves and Nate Thompson scored 68 seconds apart in the first period of a 3-1 win at Calgary. Devan Dubnyk handled 28 shots as Minnesota beat St. Louis 2-0 to avoid a four-game sweep. T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson each scored twice as Washington beat Toronto, 5-4 to tie that series at two games apiece, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots to help Ottawa earn a 1-0 win and a three-games-to-one series lead over Boston.

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have offered few answers after former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and was found dead just five days after a jury acquitted him in a 2012 double-murder. A correction department spokesman said he was not aware of any suicide note, and officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal.

UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump has congratulated the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House. More than two dozen players did not attend the ceremony. Several had said beforehand that would not show for political reasons. Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady was one of the players not attending saying he was attending a "personal family matter".

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals put together the most lopsided victory of Wednesday's major league schedule. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each hit grand slams as the Nats crushed the Braves, 14-4 in Atlanta. Harper homered twice and had five RBIs to help the Nationals improve to 9-5 with their third consecutive win.

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says former Yankees star Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have joined forces in their attempt to buy the Miami Marlins after having competing interests in pursuit of the team. Jeter ended his 20-year playing career in 2014 and has long talked about owning a team. Bush is the brother of former President George W. Bush, who was an owner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.




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