CSi Weather…

.REST OF TODAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows 15 to 20. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds around 10 mph.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds

10 to 15 mph.

.SUNDAY…Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds

10 to 15 mph.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Increasing clouds. Lows around 15.

.MONDAY…Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow in the

afternoon. Highs around 30.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow.

Lows 15 to 20.

.TUESDAY…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs

in the mid 20s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow in

the evening. Lows zero to 5 above.

.WEDNESDAY…Partly sunny. Highs around 10.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below.

.THURSDAY…Mostly sunny. Highs 15 to 20.

With today’s warmer temperatures, snowmelt will occur in south central into portions of the James River Valley.

Westerly winds continue Saturday which will be the mildest day in

the extended. It will be mostly sunny with highs 40F to 45F along

and west of the Missouri River, and in the 30s east of the

Missouri River. Changes towards a cooling trend begin Saturday


Tuesday through Thursday with mostly dry but cold conditions Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect highs in the 20s Tuesday, then teens to lower 20s Wednesday. A gradual moderating trend returns Thursday and Friday with highs in the 20s and 30s.



WDAY’s Matt Henson reports, the victim is listed in an obit, as 25 year old Bobby Schmit, of Oakes.


(KFGO) – A man has died in a farm accident northwest of Oakes, North Dakota.

Dickey County Sheriff Chris Estes says the 25-year-old man was run over by the rear wheels of a semi while unloading grain at a farm where he worked. His name has not been released.

The Dickey County Sheriff’s Office, Oakes Police Department, and Oakes Ambulance responded to the call.

Jamestown  (CSi)  The Jamestown Tourism Grant Board Meeting was held Thursday at the CSi Technology Center at Historic Franklin School.

Those in attendance were board members:  President, Matthew Woods, Tena Lawrence, and Frank Balak.

Tourism Director, Searle Swedlund

Ex-Officio Members, Jamestown City Council Member, Pam Phillips, and Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive, Emily Bivens.

Grant requests were made on behalf of:

Frontier Village Horse Rides  for  Advertising

Women’s Business Conference for  Advertising

The Jamestown Arts Center for Capital Improvements

With the Frontier Village $6,350 was requested for stagecoach rides using billboard advertising

near Valley City including  $2,000 for digital advertising from May to August this year.

The Board approved granting the full request with one billboard for three months, and the $2,000 request for digital advertising.


With the Women’s Business Conference, Katherine Roth said $900 was requested for advertising, and marketing in Stutsman County, as the Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center, will host the conference, at the UJ Reiland Fine Arts Center, for the business community, on Thursday March 12, 2020, with attendees from the nine county South Central Region.  Others invited are from Bismarck Minot, and Grand Forks.  High School students are also invited with their fees waived.

Other funding sources include:  $500 from JRMC, $325 from the Valley City Eagles Club, $1,000 from First Community Credit Union, and $1,000 from Sanford.

The economic impact is estimated at $7,500, with 75 visitors anticipated.

A motion to approve the funding, died for a lack of a second.


With Arts Center, the request was for $7,000.  Arts Center Director, Mindi Schmitz said the requested dollars would be used for, painting and repairing the gallery walls, and replacing the flooring at the Hansen Studio.  $500 will come from the Arts Center’s General Operating Fund.

The project is slated for April, 2020, with the total cost estimates at $6,963.

The Board recommends, reassessing the request, after receiving from the Arts Center, two bids for each project and be brought back to the board, for consideration.




Declaration of Conflict of Interest:   Tena Lawrence from the University of Jamestown stated a possible conflict with Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center located on campus and the request for funding for the Women’s Business Conference.  The board allowed her to participate in the discussion and vote.


The Financial Report was given by Searle Swedlund, who reviewed the P&L statement, and the receipt of JSDC Matching Grants.


With the Tourism Report – Searle Swedlund said, The National Buffalo Museum,  along with Fort Seward received Grant dollars from the State Historical Society for projects.    Jamestown Tourism received a grant to catalog Frontier Village artifacts. He added that tourism is looking to partner with The Arts Center, and The Downtown Association for funds, and is seeking matching funds for a mural proposed to painted on a wall at The Full Monte on First Avenue, at the alley.  Matching funds will be applied for through the North Council on the Arts.


Ex-Officio Reports:  Pam Phillips said she is running for re-election this year to her City Council seat.

She said a prototype of a fire department ladder truck the city is interested in buying will be on display at the City Fire Hall on Wednesday February 26, from about 9-a.m. to 11:30-a.m., for public viewing.

She encouraged participation in the 2020 census count.

Emily Bivens noted that the recent Chamber Banquet was sold out for the first time, and pointed out the upcoming YPJ indoor Volleyball Tournament will be held, March  7, and 8, with about half the allotted number of teams already signing up.  She added that the first Cash Mob event was held to promote shopping locally, at Plantation Coffee.  The next Cash Mob will be held at The Dakota Store on February 26.

Discussed under OLD BUSINESS was:

The JRFD Fishing Tourney grant that was previously approved.  The Board voted to approve the $4,000 for allocation.  Searle Swedlund said that in conversations with the fire department that the dollars have been spent on advertising.    The Fishing Tournament was cancelled, due to unsafe ice conditions, but the raffle and other events are going on as planned, to raise funds.


The City Promotion Capital Construction grant process, with applications due March 1, was reviewed.


Searle led the board in a review of Grant Guidelines.  Discussed was possible grant request decision  making process changes that would affect the application process requirements regarding categories to fund.


Jamestown  (CSi)  The Jamestown City Council’s  Public Works Committee met Thursday evening at City Hall. All members were present.


The committee recommends  approving the 2020 Jamestown Standard Specifications as prepared by the City Engineer. Revisions were note in the paving district, and water pressure testing, due to the addition of fire service lines.


  • The committee recommends approval of the following for 2020 Sidewalk, Curb & Gutter District #20-11:
  1. a) To set up and establish the district;
  2. b) To direct the City Engineer to prepare plans & specifications for the construction of the district;
  3. c) To accept and approve the plans and specifications, as prepared by the City Engineer, for the construction of the district; and
  4. d) To direct the City Administrator to advertise for bids for the construction of the district.


The committee recommends approval of plans and specifications and authorize the advertisement for bids for the 2020 City of Jamestown Watermain Improvement Project 20-61. Interstate Engineering’s Darrell Hournbuckle said the area is scattered around town, with areas most in need to be improved first.  Half of the projects are upland, those within the flood zone may be in question if flooding occurs this spring.


The committee recommends approval of plans and specifications and authorize the advertisement for bids for the North Dakota State Hospital (NDSH) Watermain Improvement Project 20-22. The costs will be Special Assessed to the state.


Considered approval of plans and specifications and authorize the advertisement for bids for the Generator Project for the Master Lift Station.   The committee recommends approval.


The committee recommends approval of plans and specifications and authorize the advertisement for bids for Lift Station No. 20 Replacement Project.


Considered was a public policy for temporary levees. City Administrator Sarah Hellekson said city and emergency management officials have met and made recommendations, regarding the purpose of permanent, and temporary levees.

The first priority in the placement of the flood mitigation is to protect lives, followed by protecting public infrastructure and buildings.  The policy approved would become part of a city Ordinance.

Mayor Heinrich said any plans to protect private property must be studied so as not to establish a precedence.

It was noted the areas of private property previously at risk, were sandbagged and levied by the city in 2011.

The committee recommends drafting an emergency operations policy regarding flooding and mitigation efforts in the city.



INFORMATIONAL: Citywide Residential Curbside Clean Up, will not be held, this year.  If the city has flooding issues, the items will not be picked up, and residents will have to bring those items to the city landfill.  Sanitation workers and equipment will be needed in any flood fight.


INFORMATIONAL: A public hearing is scheduled at the March 2, 2020, City Council meeting concerning Seal Coat, Patching, Construction & Reconstruction District 20-41.

INFORMATIONAL: City Engineer project updates were given.

INFORMATIONAL: Recycling collection update. Items are being picked up at curbside until further notice, along with garbage collections due to alley conditions.


Considered was the request from Rodney Pettys for an extension on the February 29, 2020, removal date for a floodway encroaching structure, and to remove the encroaching structure (deck)  by October 31, 2019. Property owner Rodney Pettys at 916 2nd Avenue Northwest, asked for an extension to be able to take down the deck and transport it over the ice covered river.

The City Council previously voted to approve an extension to February 29, 2020.

At Thursday’s committee meeting, the committee moved to extend the removal date to February 28, 2021.  Council Member Phillips voted in opposition.


The meeting was shown live on CSi Cable 67 followed by replays.


Jamestown  (CSi)  Plans are well underway for this summer’s Downtown Arts Market activities.

On Thursday’s Wayne Byers Show on CSI Cable 2, Arts Center Director, Mindi Schmitz said,

At the staff planning meeting, she said they discussed more events and activities that are being lined up, for the Downtown Arts Market, that will be held from June through August at the Arts Park in Downtown Jamestown,  from 5:30-p.m to 8:30-p.m, with the exception of July 4th.  She added that more sponsors are needed, and more artists are welcome.  Vendors may contact the Arts Center, both food and artists.

Also on our show Mindi reported a very successful Wine and Cheese Tasting fundraising event that was postponed a week, due to the blizzard.

The Gala was also successful with donations raised going to  the Arts After School Program, including funds for student scholarships.

During Giving Hearts Day, donations to the Arts Center totaled over $12,000.

She pointed out the Lunch with the Artist  event, has been moved to March 4, at noon at the Arts Center with a presentation by Roxy Mathis, who has the current exhibit Gas Bubble In Eye, showing through March 7.


BISMARCK, N.D. (KFGO-AM) — Police say a suspect is in custody following an assault in Bismarck that left two people with serious injuries. Sgt. Cody Berger tells KFGO officers responded to a home about 1 a.m. Friday where two people had been stabbed. They were taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Police set up a perimeter in the neighborhood to search for the man suspected of causing the injuries. Berger says he was arrested about 5 a.m. after a person called police to report someone was pounding on their door and trying to get inside. Authorities say the suspect knew the victims. The man is being held in the Burleigh County Jail.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man has been sentenced to spend six months behind bars for embezzling nearly $100,000 from his employer, a commercial truck dealer. Ryan Koble pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. The 40-year-old Koble was a branch manager at Wallwork Truck Center. The Minot Daily News reports Koble told investigators he found a loophole in inventory system and fabricated invoices and refunds from September 2018 to September 2019. An internal investigation uncovered the scheme. Koble used the embezzled money to buy a boat, golf clubs and put a down payment on a new truck. Court records show he has paid full restitution.


In sports…


Class A Wrestling State Dual Tournament



(5) Jamestown 47, (8) Valley City 27

The Blue Jays are currently fifth, trailing Valley City by one point in fourth.

The Jays take on Minot in the semi finals Fridays at 12:30 p.m.



High School Basketball


Beach 63, Bowman County 61

Cavalier 65, Larimore 49

Dickinson Trinity 70, Hazen 63

Drake-Anamoose 58, Max 31

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 64, Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 38

Ellendale 62, Strasburg-Zeeland 56

Garrison 51, Des Lacs-Burlington 46

Grafton 74, Midway-Minto 44

Hettinger/Scranton 69, Mott-Regent 61

Hillsboro/Central Valley 85, North Border 52

Killdeer 64, Parshall 41

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 70, South Border 53

May Port CG 53, Griggs County Central 50

Minot 88, Watford City 49

Nedrose 54, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 49

New England 58, Flasher 52

New Rockford-Sheyenne 63, Midkota 39

New Salem-Almont 72, Richardton-Taylor 37

North Shore Plaza 80, Tioga 44

Oakes 76, Linton-HMB 58

Powers Lake 53, Divide County 36

Rolla 92, Warwick 90, 3OT

Surrey 52, Kenmare 50

Thompson 61, Park River/Fordville Lankin 33

Underwood 62, Grant County 25

Velva 62, Our Redeemer’s 60

Washburn 76, Harvey-Wells County 69

Westhope-Newburg 58, Rolette-Wolford 38


Bismarck Century 82, Mandan 42

Class B Region 1=

First Round=

Hankinson 43, Maple Valley 35

Lisbon 55, Enderlin 46

Milnor-North Sargent 70, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 66

Richland 53, Oak Grove Lutheran 37

Tri-State 64, Sargent Central 57



High School Hockey


Bismarck High 4, Jamestown 2


Bismarck Century 10, Williston 2

Minot 4, Bottineau/Rugby (HKB) 0



Devils Lake 3, Jamestown 0


Women’s Basketball…

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Ciara Duffy scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and No. 20 South Dakota beat North Dakota State 96-57 to clinch at least a share of the Summit League regular-season title. Chloe Lamb added 15 points, Taylor Frederick 12 and Hannah Sjerven 11 with 10 rebounds for the Coyotes, who won their 14 consecutive game and have a two-game lead over second-place South Dakota State with two games to go. The rivals play at South Dakota State on Saturday. Michelle Gaislerova scored 15 points and Ryan Cobbins 10 for NDSU.


UNDATED (AP) —  The 76ers are an NBA-best 26-2 at home after Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) provided 39 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-104 overtime win against the Nets. Alec Burks added 19 points, including a pair of layups in overtime that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.

— James Harden’s 29 points and 10 assists were among the Rockets’ highlights in a 135-105 dismantling of the Warriors. P.J. Tucker was 5-for-5 from 3-point range as Houston set a team-record with 25 buckets from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 10 assists before being ejected.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks mauled the Detroit Pistons, 126-106. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 18 from the field and played just under 32 minutes with the game well in hand by intermission.

The Bucks led 70-41 at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half of their 15th win in 17 games. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-8.

Checking out Thursday’s other completed NBA action:


— Trae Young poured in a career-high 50 points and the Hawks closed on a 10-0 run to beat the Heat, 129-124. Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers to help Atlanta overcome Bam Adebayo’s (ad-ah-BAY’-ohz) 28 points and season-high 19 rebounds for Miami.


— The Kings were 129-125 winners over the Grizzlies as Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 32 points and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers. De’Aaron Fox added 26 and Buddy Hield (heeld) chipped in 20, including four free throws in the final seconds.

— Malik Monk dropped in 25 points and Miles Bridges contributed 22 in the Hornets’ third straight win, 103-93 at Chicago. Charlotte let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two before hanging on.


Irving done for season

UNDATED (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season. The Nets made the announcement Thursday before playing the Philadelphia 76ers in their first game after the All-Star break. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said this week that Irving was still having trouble with the shoulder that sidelined him for 26 games earlier this season. Irving said pain in the shoulder initially worsened after a game on Nov. 4. He was limited to just 20 games after signing with the Nets in July.

— Timberwolves forward Jake Layman has been cleared to return to practice, but star center Karl-Anthony Towns remains sidelined. Towns is awaiting clearance for a sprained left wrist. Layman already has missed 39 games and will miss at least four more with a sprained left toe suffered Nov. 18 at Utah. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games in his first season with the Wolves.

Also, in the NBA:

— Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not play this season, though it has not been ruled out that he could still compete in the Olympics this summer. It was expected that Thompson would miss the entire season as he recovers from a torn knee ligament.

— Dwyane Wade is about to get the highest honor the Miami Heat can bestow on a former player. Wade will become the fifth Heat player to get his number retired by the team, joining Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Bosh. A three-day celebration of Wade’s time in Miami starts on Friday, a weekend highlighted by his No. 3 formally going to the rafters on Saturday night when the Heat play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.


(AP)  — Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings.


NFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, putting the onus on players who plan to hold a conference call Friday.

Team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the proposal with the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks. The current deal runs out in March 2021.

Among the items in that proposal are a 17-game schedule, a reduction of the preseason and an increase to the current 27% share of revenues for the players.

A second bye week to go with a 17th game is also being considered, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.

In other NFL news:

— Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has undergone hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns.

— The Bears have signed tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7 Harris has 72 receptions for 754 and nine touchdowns over six seasons with the Chiefs and Browns. He was released by Cleveland this week.


— An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Thursday’s hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse, an allegation the team denies.

— Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died. Radakovich was 84.


UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga earned its 19th straight victory and clinched at least a share of an eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title.

Killian Tillie scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bulldogs whipped San Francisco, 71-54. Filip Petrusev delivered 16 points and Ryan Woolridge 12 for the Zags, who squeezed out a four-point win over the Dons on Feb. 1.

Gonzaga trailed by nine at halftime before outscoring San Francisco, 49-23 the rest of the way.

In other top-25 finals:

— Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 26 points and Rob Edwards added 24 in Arizona State’s sixth straight win, 77-72 versus No. 14 Oregon. The Ducks blew an 11-point, second-half lead before Edwards drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State ahead for good.

— McKinley Wright IV had 15 points and Tyler Bey added 14 with 11 boards as No. 18 Colorado eked out a 70-66 win against Southern California. Shane Gatling chipped in 13 points as one of five Buffaloes to score in double-figures.

— Luka Garza scored 24 points and 20th-rated Iowa opened on a 27-8 run in an 85-76 win over No. 25 Ohio State. It was his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last 20 years.

— TJ Haws had 28 points as 23rd-ranked Brigham Young won its seventh straight game, defeating Santa Clara 85-75.

— No. 24 Arizona rolled to an 89-63 rout of Oregon State behind Josh Green’s 18 points. Nico Mannion added 16 points and six assists for the Wildcats.


Caps fall despite Ovie’s 699th

UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) finally moved closer to the 700-goal plateau, but the Washington Capitals failed to regain first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

Ovechkin ended a five-game point drought by netting his 699th career goal in the Caps’ 4-3 loss to Montreal. The left wing fired up the crowd by scoring in seven minutes in and came close to reaching 700 goals on a bang-bang play in the third period. Instead, Ovechkin continues his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to get to 700.

Ben Chiarot (sheh-RAHT’) scored his second of the game 58 seconds into OT to send the Capitals to their fifth loss in six games.

The Caps grabbed a share of the division lead with the Penguins’ 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) had a goal and two assists to back Frederik Andersen, who made 24 saves in his second shutout of the season and 18th of his career.

William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur), Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) and Zach Hyman also tallied as Toronto regained third place in the Atlantic Division.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Tampa Bay’s team-record, 11-game winning streak is over after Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his Vegas debut to guide a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Paul Stastny (STAS’-nee), Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) also scored as Vegas won its fourth in a row and improved to 8-3-2 under coach Pete DeBoer (deh-BOHR’).

— St. Louis posted a 1-0 win over the Coyotes as Jordan Binnington needed to stop just 14 shots for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his career. Antti Raanta stopped 45 of the Blues’ season-high 46 shots, surrendering only Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with eight minutes remaining.

— The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit before Kevin Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime to send Philadelphia past Columbus, 4-3. The Blue Jackets led 3-1 until Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) tallied 1:26 apart to tie it.

— Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) snapped a 12-game scoring drought with three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-1 thumping of the Senators. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored for the Jets, who improved to 7-2-1 over their last 10 to move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

— Gabriel Vilardi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to carry the Kings past the Panthers, 5-4. The 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft scored the fastest rookie debut goal in Kings history when he fired a wrist shot past Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) 86 seconds into the game and 10 seconds after hitting the ice.

— Mackenzie Blackwood won his fifth straight start by making 36 saves in the Devils’ 2-1 verdict over the Sharks. Defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored the winner on a power play early in the third period.


Phils beat Realmuto in arbitration

UNDATED (AP) — The Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh), putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record.

Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.

Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins just before spring training last year and earned its second straight All-Star selection. He finished the season batting .275 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs.

In other MLB news:

— Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year.

— Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday.


McIlroy sizzles in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the leader through one round of the Mexico Championship, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas.

McIlroy ripped a 4-iron from 275 yards into the thin air at Chapultepec to 15 feet for eagle on his second hole Thursday, made five more birdies and opened the Mexico Championship with a 6-under 65. This is the only World Golf Championship that McIlroy hasn’t won as he tries to join Dustin Johnson as the only players to win all four of them.

Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are tied with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Corey Connors at minus-3, while Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood are among six players at 2 under.


Roger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French Open

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted on Facebook Thursday that his knee had been bothering him for a while. It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer. Wimbledon starts June 29.


Pitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA.

The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.

Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order, meaning he must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Former director of basketball operations Dan Cage also faces a three-year show-cause order.


University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An Olympic wrestler is accusing a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school. Andy Hrovat says the physician’s reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates in the 1990s. Hrovat competed for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He tells The Associated Press that the encounters with the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson happened during his freshman year in 1998. He is the first athlete to make public accusations against Anderson following complaints this week from other former students that the doctor sexually abused them decades ago.


American women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccer

UNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were revealed in a slew of court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a scheduled May trial. The women’s national team sued the federation last year alleging unequal pay and treatment than players on the men’s national team. Among the dozens of documents were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams. The collective bargaining agreements showed a disparity in bonuses but also highlighted the different pay structures between the two teams.


Yeshaneh sets world record in half marathon in Nike shoes

RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ababel Yeshaneh set a world record in the women’s half marathon in the latest breakthrough by athletes wearing high-tech Nike shoes. The Ethiopian runner won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds. Her time knocked 20 seconds off the previous record set by another runner in 2017. The men’s and women’s records in both the marathon and half marathon since 2018 have all been broken by athletes in Nike shoes. World Athletics cleared athletes to keep using Nike Vaporfly-style shoes last month. But it warned that new shoe technology could threaten the sport’s integrity.

In world and national news…

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s health minister said the last cruise ship passengers who tested negative for a new virus will leave the Diamond Princess on Friday after a much-criticized quarantine of the vessel ended. The ship has the most COVID-19 cases outside of China, with 634 confirmed cases and two deaths among former passengers. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the mass disembarkation is set to end Friday, while dozens of foreign passengers return home, many to face second quarantines. Israel returned 14 people early Friday, and Australia said two of its returnees tested positive.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A church whose leader claims he is an angel of Jesus has become the biggest cluster of viral infections in South Korea. A total of 152 cases of COVID-19 infections have been found in the southeast city of Daegu and nearby areas since Wednesday. Most have been linked to a Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, where two recent services were attended by a previously confirmed patient. Little is known about the “patient zero” except that the woman in her early 60s had no recent record of overseas travel and was diagnosed with pneumonia last weekend. Some 1,000 Shincheonji church followers who attended Sunday services with her have been quarantined at their homes while authorities screen them for the virus.


BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets are down after a rise in virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about the disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down on Friday. Markets in Europe, including London and Frankfurt, were trading lower and Wall Street was expected to dip on the open. Markets had been gaining on hopes the viral outbreak that began in China might be under control. Stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data and interest rate cuts by Asian central banks have helped to buoy sentiment. But investors were jarred by South Korea’s report of 52 new cases of the coronavirus.


LONDON (AP) — A survey shows that business activity in the 19-country eurozone has picked up in February from a deep slump, particularly in Germany’s big industrial sector. The improvement comes despite disruption from the new coronavirus. The survey of business managers by financial firm IHS Markit showed that the economy grew in February at its fastest rate in six months as services grew and trouble in manufacturing eased. New business orders remained constrained amid global uncertainties that have weighed on growth in recent months, particularly trade uncertainties. The survey showed that the virus outbreak, which originated and largely affected China, hurt travel, tourism and delayed supplies to businesses in Europe.


WASHINGTON (AP) — A new warning about Russian interference in the 2020 election is raising questions about whether the U.S. is doing enough to prevent the kind of meddling the country saw in the 2016 election. Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in this year’s election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected. Three officials who requested anonymity said House lawmakers were briefed last week about Russia. The warning was first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post. A senior administration official said news of the briefing to lawmakers infuriated Trump, who complained that Democrats would use the information against him.


ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — An Olympic wrestler is accusing a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school. Andy Hrovat says the physician’s reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates in the 1990s. Hrovat competed for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He tells The Associated Press that the encounters with the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson happened during his freshman year in 1998. He is the first athlete to make public accusations against Anderson following complaints this week from other former students that the doctor sexually abused them decades ago.


BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top security official says authorities will step up the police presence throughout the country and keep a closer watch on mosques and other sites after the racially motivated shootings that killed nine people. A 43-year-old German man shot dead nine people of immigrant backgrounds in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau on Wednesday night before killing his mother and himself. The man left a number of rambling texts and videos espousing racist views and claiming to have been under surveillance since birth. Thousands of people gathered in cities across Germany on Thursday evening to hold vigils for the nine victims as calls grew for authorities to crack down on far-right extremism.


BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that clearing of trees from the site of Tesla Inc.’s first electric car factory in Europe can go ahead, days after it issued an injunction temporarily halting the preparatory work. The top administrative court in the Berlin-Brandenburg region ruled late Thursday that authorities had been within their rights to clear the way for work to start. The court had issued an injunction last weekend to give it time to consider the case after an environmental group challenged a lower court’s ruling that Tesla could go ahead with felling the trees. Final planning approval for the factory has yet to be granted.


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