Alex Galchenyuk comes through twice to lift Wild over Canucks 4-3 in shootout
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Maybe it was the two practices and a rest day in between that helped the Minnesota Wild, a slowdown in the schedule that served as an opportunity to get better acquainted with new interim coach Dean Evason.Or perhaps it was the watchful eyes of their fathers that sparked the players, with the dads and other guests accompanying the team on this road trip cheering from a corner suite in Rogers Arena.Whatever the motivation, the Wild shrugged out of its mini funk to rally in extra time for a 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday that secured Evason...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
New York man arrested for threatening to kill Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer over impeachment
A Greece, N.Y., man was charged on Wednesday after he left threatening voicemails for two congressional Democrats, telling Rep. Adam Schiff that he was going to “put a bullet in your f------ forehead” and informing Sen. Chuck Schumer that someone would “shoot you from 200 yards away.”Salvatore Lippa II, 57, was charged with threatening to assault and murder a federal official on account of the performance of their official duties and interstate communication of a threat, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WGRZ.Lippa called California Rep. Schiff’s Washington, D.C., office on Jan. 23...
New York Daily News
Robin Lehner gives up five goals in the Blackhawks' disastrous third period in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers
CHICAGO — Dominik Kubalik scored twice, and Drake Caggiula added a goal to give the Blackhawks hope with their season teetering on the brink, but the Rangers made life miserable Wednesday for goaltender Robin Lehner – whose rough night wasn’t helped by defensive breakdowns.The Hawks allowed five goals in a disastrous third period in a 6-3 loss at the United Center.Pavel Buchnevich led off the barrage 2 minutes, 33 seconds into the period, and by the time Mika Zibanejad poked in his 26th goal of the season, the Rangers had scored five goals in the span of 11 minutes. Chris Kreider’s and and ex-...
Sid Hartman: Mitch Garver ready to be Twins' full-time catcher
MINNEAPOLIS — Last season, the Twins used a catcher-by-committee system. Mitch Garver started 73 games at catcher, Jason Castro started 72 and Willians Astudillo 17.There was no question that at the start of last season the Twins viewed Castro as their best defensive catcher, but they let him leave in the offseason for a one-year, $7 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels because they think Garver is ready to play more games behind the plate than he did in 2019 and become a true No. 1 catcher.The Twins signed Alex Avila to a one-year deal after the 33-year old hit .207 in 63 games with the A...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Texas man charged with scamming senior citizens out of millions
AUSTIN, Texas — An Austin man previously accused of being “a top revenue producer” in a nationwide Ponzi scheme that fleeced investors out of more than $1 billion has been indicted on felony counts of fraud, theft and money laundering by a Travis County grand jury.Brett Pittsenbargar, 47, was arrested Wednesday morning and booked into the Travis County jail. He faces five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted on the charges.“His victims are almost exclusively senior citizens, and they suffered devastating losses,” said Joe Rotunda, director of enforcement at the Texas State Securities Boa...
Washington State moves ahead on bill to regulate governments' use of facial-recognition technology
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state senators Wednesday approved a bill that would begin regulating the use of facial-recognition programs by local and state governments.Sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Joe Nguyen, Senate Bill 6280 is one of a series of legislative proposals this year to counter technology that is evolving fast, regulated little and all but opaque to most residents.Facial recognition has been a particular concern, with worries that its use by law enforcement comes before the programs even can accurately identify people.A landmark federal study released in December found that fa...
The Seattle Times
After fatal plunge from Florida ferry, women found embracing in back of sunken car
MIAMI — Emma Afra had taken the short ferry ride from her home on the wealthy Fisher Island enclave countless times.But sources familiar with the investigation told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that they believe Afra forgot to put her Mercedes in park and hit the gas pedal by mistake when the vehicle started rolling.That working theory is based on what witnesses told Miami-Dade police: that the car accelerated suddenly through a lightweight barrier aboard the Pelican ferryboat and into Government Cut, just after the ferry departed from the island on Tuesday evening.The apparent freak accident...
Zavier Simpson leads Michigan to 60-52 win at Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Michigan entered the Rutgers Athletic Center on Wednesday night with a perfect record against the Scarlet Knights.And the Wolverines emerged with that record unblemished.Michigan beat Rutgers, 60-52, to earn its most impressive road victory of the season — despite missing forward Isaiah Livers, who sat out with a right leg injury.It was the first time the Scarlet Knights lost at home this season.Point guard Zavier Simpson played one of his best games of the season. He scored a team-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals...
Detroit Free Press
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined by wrist injury
MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was taking shots before practice Wednesday — but he wasn’t using his left hand.Towns was unable to practice because of a left wrist injury that kept him out of the Wolves’ final game before the All-Star break, and he is expected to miss multiple games as the Wolves continue their season beginning with Friday’s matchup against Boston.Coach Ryan Saunders did not provide a timetable for Towns’ injury or describe its severity. When asked if Towns would miss more than one game because of the injury, Saunders said, “Yes,” but provided nothing more...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Kyle Seager knows he could be traded at any time: 'They have to do what's best for the Mariners'
PEORIA, Ariz. — In terms of clubhouse real estate, Kyle Seager inhabits an exclusive location.The far end of the feather-shaped room comes to a point where an odd chair shaped like an egg cut in half sits against the back wall and a small couch sits facing the lockers reserved for Mariners players with the most major league tenure. It’s away from the congested couches in the middle of the clubhouse, the path being worn to the showers and the entrance where media and non-baseball staff gather in the mornings.It’s a semiprivate oasis in the clubhouse chaos.Robinson Cano assumed control of the ar...
The Seattle Times