No. 1 Villanova cruises to 89-69 win against Providence

Villanova forward Eric Paschall (4) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 89-69. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Paschall scored 17 points to lead No. 1 Villanova to an 89-69 victory against Providence on Tuesday night.

Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect

In this May 27, 2003, file photo, Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martinez hits a three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero appear likely to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, and Martinez and Trevor Hoffman figure to be close to the necessary 75 percent. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning.

Manfred, Clark meet over pitch clocks, mound visit limits

In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Lobstein, left, delivers his first pitch of the second inning to Baltimore Orioles' Matt Tulasosopo as the clock, background, counts down during a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. Major League Baseball has proposed the use of 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark met Tuesday, five days after the union rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute pitch clocks and limits on mound visits.

Quadruple-chasing Man City through to League Cup final

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the English League Cup semi final, second leg match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

BRISTOL, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola reached his first final in English soccer as Manchester City ended second-tier Bristol City’s memorable run in the League Cup on Tuesday to stay in contention for silverware on four fronts.

NAmerica touts ‘risk averse’ World Cup bid amid Trump issues

The FIFA World Cup trophy stands on a pedestal on board an aircraft on the first leg of the soccer FIFA Wold Cup 2018 trophy tour at Stansted Airport, England, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The trophy will visit some 50 countries as it make its journey round the world to Moscow for the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — With barely four months until FIFA votes on the 2026 World Cup host, Morocco got around to launching its bid on Tuesday.

Column: Today’s best wonder what it was like to face Tiger

In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods lines up a putt on second hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour this week at the Farmers Insurance Open. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — The question was as much rhetorical as it was cynical.

Zach Johnson optimistic about game after 2 years without win

In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, Zach Johnson waves to the gallery off the eight green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament in Honolulu. Johnson is optimistic about ending his two-year drought without a victory. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — For more than a decade, Zach Johnson has held what amounts to an annual two-day summit to inspect every part of his game, figure out what needs to get better and make a plan going forward. He referred to the most recent meeting as the best one yet.

Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals

Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, walks from Croatia's Marin Cilic after he withdrew injured from their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One point after his medical timeout in the fourth set, Rafael Nadal went to the rear of the court to squat and do a knee-raise, trying to stretch out his injured right leg.

2016 champion Kerber advances to Australian Open semifinals

Germany's Angelique Kerber serves to United States' Madison Keys during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For anyone who doubted, this was Angelique Kerber in 2016 vintage form.

F1’s Fernando Alonso bumps into Johnson in NASCAR country

Fernando Alonso talks about his career and future plans during the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson strolled into the Charlotte Convention Center and did a double-take when he saw Fernando Alonso hanging out in a hallway.

2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

Kentuckty State Police Lt. Michael Webb speaks during a media briefing at the Marshall County Board of Education following a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. A couple of students were killed and others injured Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School when a 15-year-old classmate opened fire. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school.

Classmate: Girl tortured with siblings was bullied, frail

These undated photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department show David Allen Turpin, left, and Louise Anna Turpin. More than $120,000 has been donated to help 13 siblings in California who authorities say were kept chained to beds for months by their parents, the Turpins, and starved so much that their growth was stunted. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department via AP, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The oldest of the 13 California siblings who authorities said were imprisoned by their parents was frail, smelly and picked on as a grade school student in Texas, one of her classmates said in a heart-wrenching Facebook post.

Girl shot at Texas school ‘in good spirits’; boy charged

Law enforcement personnel from the Ellis County Sheriff's Office park outside a high school in Italy, Texas, following an active shooter incident at the school Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. Sheriff's officials said a boy who is a student at the school was taken into custody. (Jennifer Lindgren/KTVT Dallas Fort Worth via AP)

ITALY, Texas (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who was wounded in a Texas high school shooting is “in good spirits,” and the 16-year-old boy suspected of opening fire in the cafeteria has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, officials said Tuesday.

Sisters call for ‘justice’ amid appeal for teen who killed 5

Nehemiah Griego, 15, is seen in an undated photo provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deptartment. Two older sisters of Griego, who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and three younger siblings when he was a teenager, said Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, they forgive their brother but still want justice for their family. (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two older sisters of a New Mexico man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and three younger siblings when he was a teenager said Tuesday they forgive their brother but still want justice for their family.

Fledgling effort to regulate dark money starts in New Mexico

The New Mexico Capitol is shown as the New Mexico Legislative session began Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M. Criminal justice initiatives and state spending increases for public education, law enforcement, Medicaid and economic development are at the top of the agenda as the New Mexico Legislature convened for a 30-day session. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico may take part in a fledgling effort to regulate and possibly limit the role of money in politics through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as legislators in a handful of states consider a pledge to help Congress with ratification.

New Mexico utility outlines rate increase for customers


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residential customers of New Mexico’s largest electric provider can expect to see an average increase of about 46 cents on their monthly bill beginning next month.

New Mexico’s jobless rate fell to 6 percent last month


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in December, down from two consecutive months of 6.1 percent.

New Mexico sheriff feared loader’s driver might hit others


PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an eastern New Mexico sheriff shot a Portales man driving a front-end loader because the man was driving erratically and the sheriff feared he would strike other drivers or bystanders.

Turkey urged to show restraint in assault on Syrian Kurds

A convoy of Turkish Army armoured personnel carriers led by a tank are driven toward the border with Syria, in the outskirts of Hassa, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced that a second Turkish soldier has been killed in action in Turkey's military offensive on a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria. (Ibrahim Mase/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — France and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its offensive against a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria, where the U.N. says an estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company

In this Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, a brigade from the Electric Power Authority repairs distribution lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in the Cantera community of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The announcement that Puerto Rico’s governor is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company has many on the island of 3.3 million people asking whether this will finally bring them more affordable electric bills and more reliable service. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the largest public utilities in the U.S. might soon be up for sale, but many wonder who would want to buy a power company that is worth roughly half of the $9 billion debt it holds and has an infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.


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