Friday, January 19, 2018

No injuries at barbecue fire

LONDON — A gas barbecue caught fire and exploded Wednesday night at New Zealand's hospitality center, forcing the evacuation of approximately 300 people.

No one was injured, firefighters said. Witnesses described two cylinders attached to the barbecue catching fire and exploding, London Fire Station Manager Richard Welch said.

The center is one of many special venues that provide national focal points for fans to watch the Games and sample the food and culture.

jeter defends: Carmelita Jeter defended her relationship with an agent who was suspended as part of the BALCO drug investigation after getting bronze in the 200 meters. Jeter, who got silver in the 100, said at a news conference she considers Mark Block "a close friend." In March 2011, Block was suspended for 10 years by an anti-doping arbitration panel after it found he trafficked in drugs supplied by Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative and gave them to his wife, sprinter Zhanna Block.

injury report: German superheavyweight weightlifter Matthias Steiner, the 2008 gold medalist, was sore and bruised but not seriously injured after dropping a 432-pound barbell on himself in Tuesday's competition, team doctors said. Steiner had to withdraw. … Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will have surgery on his right Achilles tendon. The 2004 110 hurdles champion was injured Tuesday in his heat. … Former 100 world-record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica is out for the rest of the track season after pulling his left groin in Sunday's 100 final, in which he finished last.

ratings: NBC averaged 30.1 million viewers for Tuesday night's broadcast, the 11th time in 12 nights viewership surpassed 2008 totals.


Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

SUNRISE — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Friday, spoiling Vegas coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. By gaining a point, Vegas moved within one point of the Lightning...
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Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making...
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National Hoopfest: Berkeley Prep proves to be no pushover

TAMPA —  Berkeley Prep's four-game win streak came to end Friday.That was expected.The Buccaneers faced West Oaks Academy, an independent powerhouse from Orlando that plays a national schedule, during Friday's National Hoopfest tournament....
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Sports in Brief

BaseballTebow gets another crack at making mets Tim Tebow has been invited by the Mets to spring training for a second straight season.The 30-year-old will begin his second year of attempting to reach the big leagues when spring training opens in Por...
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High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
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Lowry, DeRozan help Raptors end Spurs jinx

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat the Spurs 86-83 Friday to snap a four-game losing streak against San Antonio. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto imp...
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Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

ST. PETERSBURG — Reps have been priceless for Quinton Flowers this week, each to be maximized and handled with care.Yet he couldn't avoid handling some clumsily.On the opening day of practice at Shorecrest Prep for today's East-West Shrine Game...
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Time for Lightning leaders to snap team out of funk

Time for Lightning leaders to snap team out of funk

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Steven Stamkos sat at his stall in a near-empty Lightning dressing room Thursday and did what captains often do:He shouldered some blame for the Lightning's listless 4-1 loss to Vegas."As a leader, I've got to be a lot better,...
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Record 119 early draft entries

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold of USC, Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Josh Rosen of UCLA are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early....
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Pieters leads Abu Dhabi, but DJ, Rory nearby

Pieters leads Abu Dhabi, but DJ, Rory nearby

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Thomas Pieters holed a bunker shot for a closing birdie and shot a second-round 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship as top-ranked Dustin Johnson moved into contention, while Rory McIlro...
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