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Police suspect suicide in death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski

Police suspect suicide in death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski

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Tyler Hilinski was expected to be Washington State’s starting quarterback next season. (Denis Poroy/AP)Police in Pullman, Wash., announced Tuesday night that they found Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his off-campus apartment. He had failed to show up to a workout earlier in the day so police went to his apartment to do a welfare check, finding a rifle next to his body and a suicide note.He was 21 years old.“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Washington State Coach Mike Leach said in a statement.Condolences poured in from t
Samsung designed a 2018 Winter Olympics edition Galaxy Note 8

Samsung designed a 2018 Winter Olympics edition Galaxy Note 8

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SamsungSamsung has unveiled a sweet-looking Galaxy Note 8 you might never get your hands on. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. It's fitted with a shiny white back glass to represent snow and wintertime, and it's adorned with a gold Olympics logo and similarly gold accents as inspired by the Olympics torch. Inside, it's still the same Galaxy Note 8 everyone else has, minus the pre-loaded PyeongChang 2018 themed wallpapers.Samsung will distribute 4,000 devices to competing athletes and staff members before the games begin in early February. All Paralympic Winter Games participants will also get cases that feature the Paralympic Games logo to go with their new phones.Since t...
Eden Prairie gymnasts beaming over big scores

Eden Prairie gymnasts beaming over big scores

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The Eden Prairie High School gymnastics team posted its highest score of its season last Thursday in a 143.075-137.075 win over Edina.The highlight — er, actually, highlights — of the meet was that Eden Prairie counted scores of 36 or higher in three of its four rotations.Eden Prairie would also place 12 scores in the top 15 (three places in each of the four events, plus three for the all-around).Kenzi Kluge won the all-around competition with a score of 37.42.“A career high high-school score,” added Eden Prairie coach Kirsten Lindsay.The victory ran Eden Prairie’s dual-meet record to a perfect 4-0.On Saturday, Eden Prairie would follow Thursday’s good fortune with a slice of humble pie.Without mincing words, Eden Prairie counted its worst bar score of the season.That’s the bad news. Th
Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

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Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 42 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he's got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch — his first brunch ever — with his wife and friends, then was convinced to get his first pedicure . The best is yet to come. NBC Sports announced Tuesday it will use Earnhardt in its pregame show before the Super Bowl, then send him to South Korea for the network's coverage of next month's Olympics. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst for NBC Sports, a gig that begins in July. "It's not going to be putting me anywhere outside of my comfort zone, obviously I
Tennis Star Victoria Azarenka Scores Huge Win In Nasty Custody War

Tennis Star Victoria Azarenka Scores Huge Win In Nasty Custody War

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Tennis Star Victoria Azarenka Scores Huge Win In Nasty Custody War 1/15/2018 4:41 PM PST EXCLUSIVETennis superstar Victoria Azarenka is one step closer to resuming her pro career -- after getting a huge win in her custody case that should clear the path for her to travel with her baby again. As we previously reported, Azarenka -- who's a citizen of Belarus -- went to war with her baby daddy Billy McKeague in 2017 after he filed paternity papers in L.A., where Azarenka trains.The filing resulted in the judge forbidding either parent to take the child out of California until an agreement was reached. The problem ... Azarenka (the former #1 ranked player) competes all over the world -- but she refused to leave her 1-year-old child behind. As a result, she pulle...
Simone Biles, four-time Olympic gold medalist, alleges Larry Nassar sexually abused her

Simone Biles, four-time Olympic gold medalist, alleges Larry Nassar sexually abused her

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CLOSE Over 140 women have accused Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. USA TODAY SportsSimone Biles revealed in a post Monday she was a victim of sexual abuse.(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports) Corrections and clarifications: In a previous version of this story, the court in which former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar will appear this week was misidentified. Nassar will appear in state court and could receive a life sentence.Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Simone Biles stepped forward Monday to allege she also was abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles wrote in posts on Twitter and Instagram. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first s
Saints at Vikings score, takeaways: Keenum, Diggs save Vikings with miracle 61-yard TD

Saints at Vikings score, takeaways: Keenum, Diggs save Vikings with miracle 61-yard TD

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For a minute there, it sure looked like the Minnesota Vikings were going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory -- just as they had done so many times before. After one of the NFL's best defenses gave up 24 points (more than it had given up in an entire home game all year long) in less than 17 minutes, blowing a 17-0 halftime lead along the way, Case Keenum got the ball back with 25 seconds left and his team trailing 24-23. The Vikings' hopes, it appeared, were dead in the water. And then the journeyman who began the season as a backup quarterback pulled off what can only be described as a football miracle. For years, NFL fans will remember where they were when Keenum found Stefon Diggs down the right sideline at U.S. Bank Stadium, and Diggs rumbled his way to the end zone ...
The Debrief: First thoughts on conference title games

The Debrief: First thoughts on conference title games

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Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on everything you need to know as we turn from the Divisional Round to Conference Championship Weekend.Well, that was fun. If anyone needed a refresher on why football is our greatest, most heart-stopping, maddening, unpredictable, electric and beautiful sport, this Divisional Round Weekend did the trick. (Unless you're a Saints fan. Or a Steelers, Falcons or Titans fan. Apologies.)Stefon Diggs' Minnesota Miracle capped one of the great playoff games in NFL history, which included a 17-point comeback by a Hall of Fame quarterback against the league's best defense, four lead changes in the final 3:01 and perhaps the weight of a long-suffering fanbase lifted.It takes a truly special game to render a 45-point performance by a Blake Bortles-led Jaguars team at...