The Latest: Canada leads 2-1 after 2 periods for hockey gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Canada is 20 minutes away from winning their fifth consecutive gold medal in Olympic women's hockey. The Canadians have a 2-1 lead over the United States through two periods of the gold medal match Thursday. Hilary Knight scored late in the first to give the Americans the lead. But Haley Irwin deflected a shot past U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney two minutes into the second. And then Marie-Philip Poulin gave the four-time defending gold medalists the lead on a pass from Meghan Agosta about five minutes later. Poulin scored the only two goals in the gold medal game against the U.S. in 2010. In Sochi, she tied the game in the last minute of regulation and then added the game-winner in overtime against the U.S. ——— 2:35 p.m. Andre Myhrer of Sweden has won the Olympic men's slalom, taking advantage of big favorites Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen failing to finish the race. Myhrer watched as first-run leader Kristoffersen skied out early in the second run Thursday. The 35-year-old Myhrer finished 0.34 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Ramon Zenhaeusern, who took an unexpected silver medal. Bronze medalist Michael Matt of Austria was 0.67 behind Myhrer's two-run time of 1 minute, 38.99 seconds. Matt's brother Mario won gold four years ago. Myhrer added gold to his bronze medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic slalom. He is the second 35-year-old man to take Alpine gold here after Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the downhill. Hirscher went out midway through the first run seeking a third gold medal at these Olympics. ——— 2:25 p.m. A giant mock medal was ceremoniously thrown into a crowd celebrating a Dutch bronze medal at the Holland Heineken House at the Pyeongchang Olympics, injuring two people. The medal was thrown Wednesday night after speedskaters Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest and Koen Verweij celebrated their Continue Reading

Before NFL success with Vikings, Stefon Diggs was impossible to stop in high school

Moments from Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Digg's football days at Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. (The Washington Post) A group of kids lined the fence at Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., just beyond the end zone and close to the exits. They all clamored for a glove, maybe a shoe, a quick signature — anything from Stefon Diggs. At the time, Diggs was a senior at Good Counsel, soon to be University of Maryland-bound, a five-star recruit who played on offense, defense and special teams for one of the best high school teams in the nation. When National Signing Day rolled around in February 2012, he was ranked the No. 2 wide receiver in the country, according to Now, the 24-year-old is the Minnesota Vikings’ second-leading receiver as the team hosts the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. With 64 catches for 849 yards this season, the 6-foot, 191-pounder has emerged alongside breakout receiver Adam Thielen in one of the NFL’s better passing offenses. But before Diggs became a household name in Minnesota, before he was chosen in the fifth round of the 2015 draft and even before his breakout freshman year with Maryland, when he ranked eighth nationally in all-purpose yards, Diggs was a four-year starter in high school, becoming the player every kid wanted to mimic.  [‘She does everything’: Freshman is already one of nation’s top high school recruits] They wanted to juke defenders like Diggs. They wanted to defend receivers like Diggs. They wanted to be Diggs.  “I remember having a specific conversation with him, letting him know that everything you do now, there are going to be little boys in Pop Warner running their routes, saying they want to run them like Stefon Diggs,” Good Counsel assistant coach Kevin McFadden said. “They are going to want the gloves whether they are sweaty, regardless if they are wet. They are going to want Continue Reading

Adversity leads to successful ‘experiment’ for UK basketball in LSU win

BATON ROUGE, La. — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, fresh off another strong outing, hacked and coughed and scoffed as he stood up following postgame interviews at LSU late Wednesday night. And the freshman guard wasn't even among the trio of Kentucky players coach John Calipari said battled the flu during the Wildcats' gritty 74-71 victory at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The sickness that limited starters Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards and key reserve Sacha Killeya-Jones was an inconvenience, for sure. But the adversity created another avenue defined by resiliency for Kentucky (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) to traverse for a unique way to secure a win in its first true road game of the season. "Everything is an experiment," Calipari said. "It seems to be game to game that we try to figure out what’s going to work for us, both on offense and defense and then run." What is Kentucky's identity? So far, it's that of a chameleon that seemingly derives pleasure from turning pain into profit. The Wildcats were equally horrible — for vastly different reasons — in the first half here at LSU as they were Sunday at Rupp Arena versus Georgia. They find new ways to dig themselves into holes and employ creative methods for climbing out and away from defeat.  More basketball: Replay: Double Coverage reviews bowl games, and U of L and UK basketball More: UK basketball top recruiting target Zion Williamson announces decision date Against the Bulldogs, Kentucky shot a miserable 20.7 percent (6-for-29) as three starters each picked up two fouls in the opening 20 minutes. And at LSU, the Wildcats committed 11 first-half turnovers and didn't attempt a single free throw, indicative of not enough drives to the basket. Yet, in each instance, the Bulldogs and Tigers didn't take enough advantage, didn't build up a great enough lead. LSU carried a five-point lead into Continue Reading

To Be Successful, Stop Making Excuses and Face Your Fears

If you want to be successful, you have to get out of denial and come to terms with the things holding you back. Jack Canfield Published 12:30 pm, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Photo: Entrepreneur Media Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Entrepreneur Media To Be Successful, Stop Making Excuses and Face Your Fears 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Do you constantly find yourself making excuses? Do you try to ignore the toxic work environment you’re in? Are you in denial about your exercise and health regimen? Whatever it might be, if you want to be successful, you have to identify these things and face challenges head-on. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield wants to help you answer one simple question: “Are you lying to yourself?” While answering this question might be difficult, Canfield helps guide you through the process, and the first step is identifying the exact thing that you’re in denial about. The sooner you’re able to identify this issue, the less painful it will be to resolve. According to Canfield, “Successful people are more committed to why things are going wrong and fixing them than they are at defending their position or maintaining their ignorance.” After you’ve identified your issue, do something about it. While the truth can often be scary, it’s important in order to progress. And that doesn’t mean making drastic changes either. For example, if you identify an issue at work, that doesn’t mean you have to quit. Instead, have a conversation about it with your boss or co-worker to come to a resolution. Facing your fears and taking action is never easy, but in order to be successful, you’ve got to make it a habit. Click play to learn more. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Continue Reading

Thomas Parker: Allentown schools to create culture of success for students

The 2018 school year will be a landmark year for the Allentown School District. The school board began a new focus nearly 18 months ago that would mark a significant shift in the trajectory of the district. In response to requests made by school community stakeholders, the board identified a clear need for the district to take steps to become more attuned to the needs of our community, and required that leadership meet those expectations. This mandate has led to the development of the district's strategic framework that will be unveiled in January. This framework represents six months of listening to our most-valued customers — the community. The purpose of this framework is to gain a greater understanding of how we have historically been critical to the fiber of this community, and how we can be innovative in our approach to meet the needs of our students and their families. School district growth that mirrors the rebirth and transformation of the city of Allentown is the goal. During this process, we strategically engaged existing partners, revitalized our relationship with old partners, and forged new critical partnerships reaffirming our critical role in this city. Our message was consistent: We are here to serve. The strategic planning process included over 40 individual and group sessions with all stakeholders. Since its completion, our draft plan has been available on our website for community feedback prior to finalizing. We are fully committed to collaborative leadership and ensuring we serve the needs of our students and their families. This year will represent the true beginning of this work. As we began this process, our goal was to develop a plan to move the district forward. As we listened to our parents, students, staff, and community, we learned that a "plan" would not accurately represent the intricacies of the challenges that lay ahead. The district needed vision. It needed a philosophy that includes the perspectives of all stakeholders and Continue Reading

NAU men’s basketball preview: Lumberjacks hope health, transfers leads to success

After winning a combined 14 games over the last two years, head coach Jack Murphy is hoping the return of redshirt junior Torry Johnson and the arrival of two Div. I transfers can make the Lumberjacks competitive once again. An ACL tear was the first injury of Johnson’s career. He struggled with the healing process at times because he couldn’t see results day-by-day. “Each day didn't really seem like I was getting anywhere, but I just had to keep the main goal and stay optimistic,” he said. That slow growth may correlate with NAU’s goals for improvement. “I foresee us being a team that not many people want to play once conference rolls around and all these different pieces gel together and we bring our talent, athleticism and our hard work together,” Murphy said. After getting to the 2015 CIT championship, the Lumberjacks won only five games in 2016 and nine in 2017. Last year, they lost eight games by two possessions or fewer. This losing got to the team and harmed morale, Johnson said. “It’s easy to lose faith in the system or one another,” he said. “If you go through a lot of losing, eventually they’re going to be labeled as a loser … (it) puts a chip on our shoulder that we want to show people we are winners.” Stanford transfer Malcolm Allen said he’s noticed a difference already. The graduate student landed in Flagstaff this offseason after a Stanford coaching change led to a decrease in his minutes there. In 2016, he played in 28 games. Last year, he appeared in only 11 and averaged 3.6 minutes per contest. NAU is closer to his home city, Las Vegas. He also has a good relationship with Murphy, who recruited him out of high school. “Somehow, some way he chose Stanford over NAU,” Murphy joked. So far, Allen’s leadership has already been noted. He was voted to be one of the two team captains despite it being his first season on the team. His Continue Reading

Lionel Messi scores two late goals to give Barcelona 3-2 win over Spartak Moscow in Champions League debut

BARCELONA, Spain — There were no tears from Lionel Messi as he left the Camp Nou pitch after this Champions League game - just that familiar smile after another two-goal performance that secured a come-from-behind victory. Messi scored a late double Wednesday to bring Barcelona back to win 3-2 over Spartak Moscow and successfully launch its campaign for a fourth European title in eight seasons. It was his fourth double in seven games this season for a total of 10 goals. The Argentina forward walked off that same pitch in tears after his last Champions League game, when Barcelona was eliminated by Chelsea in the semifinals last season. For a while, it looked like Spartak would spring another upset at Camp Nou, as Spartak fought back after Cristian Tello’s 14th-minute opener to lead 2-1 in the second half. The Russian club leveled through Dani Alves’ own goal in the 29th and Romulo then struck in the 59th to give the visitors an unexpected advantage. But Messi, who equaled a European Cup record with 14 goals in the last campaign, tapped in Tello’s pass to make it 2-2 in the 71st and headed in Alexis Sanchez’s cross in the 80th to keep Barcelona undefeated in 17 straight home games in Europe. “It’s to our credit that we were able to fight back and win such a complicated game,” said Messi. “It wasn’t easy. We couldn’t find spaces, and their forwards were very fast and strong and they played well on the counterattack.” Last April, Messi’s failure to finish had left him distraught and cost Barcelona a place in the final. But after being held in check by Spartak for the most of the game, the Argentina forward’s late strikes ensured Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova enjoyed his European debut. “I think this game will do us good. It is easy to think that since we are Barcelona we will win with ease,” said Vilanova, who helped Barcelona lift the Champions League Continue Reading

Yonkers officials pushing for $2 billion schools reconstruction plan

The boilers at Gorton High School are nearly 60 years old, and the school’s windows, which were last replaced in the 1970s, are made of flammable plexiglass.Five years ago, 500-pound slabs of the building’s limestone gutters began falling to the ground. Special report : Who's failing Yonkers?  Conversation:  Discuss Yonkers schools on Facebook  Translation:  Lee este reporte en Español City officials estimated at the time it would cost $18 million to bring the school, at Shonnard Place and Palisade Avenue, up to date. Today, the price tag is $30 million. Two separate architectural assessments determined it would not be cost effective to make repairs. Gorton is essentially totaled.Built in 1923, the northwest Yonkers school is a symbol of the district’s crumbling infrastructure. Thirty-seven of the city’s 39 schools were found to be in unsatisfactory condition during a 2010 state inspection. Two of the buildings were constructed in the 19th century.Programs: Arts, sports, guidance suffer cuts ELL:  Better funding would help English language learners Charter schools:  Drain or alternative?  Interactive map:  See how each school in Yonkers ranks “The average age of the Yonkers schools is about 75 years,” schools Superintendent Michael Yazurlo said. “They’re old. They don’t have elevators, they don’t have ramps to get into the buildings. Plumbing and electricity is questionable. The roofs have issues.”Yonkers officials are now pushing for a solution. The city is on the verge of selecting a project manager for an ambitious, roughly $2 billion, schools reconstruction plan modeled after similar projects in big-city districts in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.“Once we pick that company, then we go to the state and we push for that special legislation,” Mayor Mike Spano said. “We’ll be asking for a 10-year plan to Continue Reading

As NY Rangers skate into Stanley Cup playoffs vs. Senators, Blueshirts hope return to ’94 blueprint leads to same reward

A prickly, veteran coach takes over from a low-keyed predecessor, builds an aggressive team in his image and creates a Stanley Cup contender. As the Rangers open the playoffs Thursday night against Ottawa at the Garden, their fans could only hope the parallel plot lines of 1994 and 2012 both would lead to the same reward. When Glen Sather replaced Tom Renney with John Tortorella in 2009, he returned to the blueprint once employed by former GM Neil Smith, who hired Mike Keenan and brought the Blueshirts their Stanley Cup in 1994. Back then, Keenan replaced interim coach Ron Smith, but really took over for likable, laid-back Roger Neilson after the team had fallen apart and finished out of the playoffs in 1993. RANGERS VS. SENATORS: BREAKING DOWN THE MATCHUPS Tortorella did not enjoy the instant turnaround experienced by Keenan, and he was not quite the same go-for-goal-at-all-costs proponent. The Rangers missed the playoffs in Tortorella's first season, then barely qualified last year. By this past winter, though, Tortorella's style and personnel decisions seemed to be paying major dividends. MEET THE BLUESHIRTS: PHOTO GALLERY The Rangers earned the best record in their conference and were listed this week by bookies as the second favorites, behind Pittsburgh, to win the Cup. But when it came to questions from the media about the possibility of greatness for his team, Tortorella was every bit as impatient as Keenan. "If you're in the playoffs, you've already had a successful season," Tortorella said. That may be true in Tampa Bay, yet another early playoff exit in New York would negate a promising regular season and beg the question as to whether the Rangers require a more fiery, outspoken star to go along with their fiery, outspoken coach. As Round 1 begins, the Rangers aren't exactly a seasoned playoff team and they certainly are lacking the leadership once provided by Mark Messier and Brian Leetch. Tortorella thought that was fine. He'd Continue Reading

Learning with the Stars Trailblazer points middle school kids to college success

As executive director of After School All Stars New York, Alan Fields is charged with creating programs that ensure hundreds of middle school children will have the kind of academic achievement that leads to successful college careers. Which is a little ironic, because Fields, 64, never finished college - a fact that didn't stand in the way of his enjoying a professional career that would be the envy of any college graduate. How else to describe parlaying a $72-a-week job as an NBC page into gigs that saw him help cable television become the juggernaut it is today. Or his sitting around a conference table explaining geosynchronous orbiting satellites to his bosses, who included industry giants such as Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Alvin Cooperman. Not to mention that Fields recalls working with Madison Square Garden executives to expand their programming to include scheduling basketball games at then-unusual times - such as the day after Thanksgiving. After School All Stars is a national program created in the early 1990s by then action movie star and now California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. First called the Inner City Games Foundation, the program offers academic and athletic programs for middle school children to help them prepare for academic and career success. Middle school students are targeted because "this is a critical time when those basic lessons are taught and retained, hopefully, to foster their development in high school and university," Fields said. "We want to help them have successful lives and relationships in school, in the community, in the world." After School All Stars runs programs in 13 cities, including New York. There are 175 students in the program at Intermediate School 192, the Linden School, in St. Albans, Queens, and 125 enrolled at Middle School 217, the Robert Van Wyck School, in Jamaica, Queens. Under the program, several dozen children at each school attend three-hour sessions. Half of the time is dedicated Continue Reading