PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — After agreeing to an offer to work for NBC, Adam Rippon decided overnight that he would rather remain as an Olympian and has declined. When Rippon and his team realized he would have to relinquish his official Olympic standing, give up his Olympic credential, move out of Team USA Housing and not be allowed to march in the closing ceremony, he changed his mind and turned down NBC. “I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village," Rippon said on NBCSN. "It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events." Rippon was offered a position by NBC after becoming one of the breakout stars of these Games, helping the Americans win a bronze in the team event. NOT IMPRESSED: Adam Rippon blasts selection of Mike Pence to lead U.S. delegation SETTING EXAMPLE: Adam Rippon as Olympic run ends: 'I want to show everyone you can be yourself' STANDING UP: Figure skater Adam Rippon gives LGBTQ community athlete they can relate to
1 Michigan State over Northwestern that became the biggest comeback in Big Ten history. An ESPN reporter asked Izzo three questions about the player, who was identified in the network’s report. ESPN said in a brief statement on Tuesday, before the latest report came out, "We stand by our reporting." Izzo deferred to Engler’s statement when asked when he knew about the ongoing criminal investigation. MSU last won the Big Ten title in 2012, sharing it with Michigan and Ohio State, and last won it outright in 2009. The Spartans are 1 1/2 games in front of No. On Sunday, Ohio State (22-6, 13-2) plays at Michigan, and the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3) host Penn State. Cat-a-tonic MSU’s 27-point comeback is the largest in Big Ten basketball history, another dubious and historic loss for Northwestern against the Spartans. That’s because MSU’s football team on Oct. 21, 2006 rallied from a 35-point deficit to beat the Wildcats, 41-38, in John L. Smith’s final season. “Our thoughts and support are with the survivors at Michigan State during this difficult time.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is angling for a chance to learn from the Black Mamba this summer. According to ESPN Milwaukee's Eric Nehm, Antetokounmpo said he hopes to speak to Bryant about participating in joint workouts when the two attend a Nike event Friday evening in Los Angeles at All-Star weekend. "When I go to that event, I'm going to try to sneak an opportunity to talk to him," Antetokounmpo told Nehm. "I want to ask him if I can come to L.A. to work with him.” Antetokounmpo added he wants to pick Bryant's brain to fully understand the mentality he needs to embrace to achieve greatness: "Not to just go out there and work out for two or three weeks, but to grab a dinner and see the way his mind thinks. To see if I'm on the right path. I want to see how he thinks about the game, how he sees the game, how he would play today, would he change something about the way he plays. Bryant has long been a fan of the Greek Freak's, and he recently heaped praise on the 23-year-old during an interview with Slam's Peter Walsh: "Giannis is really, really fun to watch. The way he plays the game and the passion with which he plays, I love watching Giannis play. He’s aggressive, he’s always attacking at both ends of the floor." Bryant also challenged Giannis to become the league MVP back in August.
The Wolves commit just 11.8 turnovers per game at home, the best mark in the league. Meanwhile, Milwaukee is adept at forcing turnovers away from home. The Bucks force an average of 16.4 turnovers per road game, second in the league. The two teams are near the top of the league in turnover differential per game. Both teams have excelled at turning those turnovers into points. Minnesota ranks third in the league in points off turnovers at home, while the Bucks rank third in points off turnovers per game on the road. If those figures cancel out, the Wolves will need the help of their new superstar to make up the difference. The Wolves are 20-6 at the Target Center this season, tied for the third-best home record in the NBA. However, the last time he didn’t have a double-double vs. an East team was against Milwaukee on Dec. 28. Statistics courtesy of STATS
The last time Virginia won at Cameron Indoor Stadium, precisely zero of the current Cavs had been born, and Coach Tony Bennett was finishing out the last of his three on-again, off-again seasons as an NBA guard. What I’ll tell you: If your team can win at this place against this team, it can win on any court against anybody — in any month, be it March or (yikes) April. Duke’s average output before facing Virginia: 91.7 points per game, best in the country. Allen is a senior, but other than that, only three Duke minutes Saturday went to non-freshmen. But stop telling them they win because of how they’re coached, not who they are. “It was a good move on their part,” Bennett said of the zone. But it’s worth pointing out that at no point did Virginia have to morph its defense. “I was a freshman once,” Guy said, “and you’re not really prepared for this pressure that we put on the ball.” So halfway through the ACC season, Virginia is 9-0 in conference with a three-game lead. And there’s talent, and I don’t think our players sometimes get enough credit for their talent. And then a funny thing happened: The Cavaliers, they didn’t stream onto the floor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) The Latest on Tiger Woods’ opening round Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open (all times local): 3 p.m. Tiger Woods came within six inches of a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole at Torrey Pines South in his PGA Tour season debut in the Farmers Insurance Open. His 189-yard iron shot on the 16th bounced on the green and then rolled just right of the cup. The birdie got Woods back to even par. — 2:20 p.m. After reaching even par for the first time in the round, Tiger Woods had another adventuresome hole and was back to 1-over in the Farmers Insurance Open in his season debut on the PGA Tour. He hit his tee shot into the gallery, lowering his head and clinching up in frustration. After getting onto the green, his three-foot par putt lipped out. — 1:10 p.m. Tiger Woods is plodding through a frustrating PGA Tour season debut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. It took Tiger Woods six holes to make his first birdie in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He tapped in for birdie to get back to plus-1, six shots off the lead. On the par-3 third hole, his birdie putt rolled to the right of the hole and he squatted down in frustration.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t shock anyone next season. A day after a disappointing loss to New England in the AFC championship game, players packed up their belongings and headed into the offseason. The Jaguars were one of the NFL’s biggest surprises in 2017. They hosted a playoff game for the first time in 18 years, stunned Pittsburgh in the divisional round and had a 10-point lead on Tom Brady and the Patriots in the fourth quarter. ”You don’t get nowhere off of what you did last year,” he said. I’ve been a part of a team that went to the NFC championship and the next year we missed the playoffs. -With 55 seconds to play remaining in the first half and two timeouts, Jacksonville took a knee on consecutive plays instead of trying to make something happen. By Monday, players and coaches had started to recover. We proved a lot to ourselves, and I think we’re going to continue to build from there.” Here are some other things to know about Jacksonville heading into the offseason: QB DECISION: The biggest question centers on Bortles and his future . Jacksonville picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract, meaning he has one year remaining at $19.053 million.