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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017





In this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, UNC Wilmington coach Kevin Keatts reacts to a play during the team's NCAA college basketball game against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. Keatts is focused on helping UNC Wilmington earn another shot in the NCAA Tournament – not on any other jobs. The Seahawks third-year coach says it is flattering to hear his name mentioned for higher-profile openings but says hes mentally locked in to leading UNCW to another Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, getting back into the field of 68 and pulling some upsets. (Nikki Fox / Daily News-Record via AP)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 7:16 P.M.

UNCW coach Kevin Keatts says focus on NCAA tourney, not another job

Kevin Keatts is focused on helping UNC Wilmington earn another NCAA Tournament bid– not on any other jobs. The Seahawks’ third-year coach says it is “flattering” to hear his name mentioned for higher-profile openings. But he says he’s mentally “locked in” to leading UNCW to another Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, getting back into the field of 68 and pulling off some upsets.

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In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Florida State's Dwayne Bacon (4), Braian Angola-Rodas (11) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (22) follow head coach Leonard Hamilton from the floor after losing to Pittsburgh in an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. If No. 19 Florida State hopes to get one of the double byes for the ACC Tournament, it will need to solve its road woes quickly. (Keith Srakocic / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 7:13 P.M.

No. 19 Florida State looks to fix struggles in road games

Florida State is in a four-way tie for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference but its next two games are on the road. The Seminoles have an inside track for a double bye in next month’s ACC Tournament, but they are just 2-5 on the road. Florida State plays at Clemson on Saturday. FSU beat the Tigers by 48 points (109-61) in the first meeting on Feb 5.

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In this Saturday, May 7, 2016 file photo Leicester City team manager Claudio Ranieri has the crown of the trophy placed on his head by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as they celebrate becoming the English Premier League soccer champions at King Power stadium in Leicester, England. Leicester City announced Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 that they have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri less than a year after their incredible run to the Premier League title. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 7:03 P.M.

Claudio Ranieri says his ‘dream died’ after being fired by Leicester

Claudio Ranieri says his “dream died” when he was fired as Leicester manager, nine months after guiding the unfashionable team to an improbable Premier League title. Ranieri released a statement on Friday saying “all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be.” Leicester won the Premier League at preseason odds of 5,000-1, a year after narrowly escaping relegation. He was fired on Thursday with the team close to the relegation zone.

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In this July 16, 2016, file photo, Deontay Wilder, left, throws a left at Chris Arreola during the WBC heavyweight title boxing bout in Birmingham, Ala. (Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:45 P.M.

WBC champ Deontay Wilder returns against unbeaten Washington

Deontay Wilder is trying to emulate Larry Holmes, both in becoming the world’s dominant heavyweight champion and in cultivating a pinpoint left jab while sidelined by a right hand injury. Returning from a pair of injuries to his right arm and flush from a court victory, the WBC heavyweight champion returns to the ring Saturday night against unbeaten and mostly unknown Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 knockouts) at Legacy Arena.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:36 P.M.

Round 2 at LPGA Thailand washed out

Unseasonal heavy rain forced LPGA Thailand organizers to suspend second-round play on Friday. Play was halted for hours, and 13 players didn’t start, including co-leaders Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Amy Yang of South Korea.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:35 P.M.

Paul Waring ahead at Joburg Open as play suspended by bad light

Paul Waring led by one shot after 12 holes of his second round when play was suspended for bad light at the Joburg Open on Friday. The Englishman made five birdies in those 12 holes on the West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to move 12 under par, ahead of Darren Fichardt and Dean Burmester.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:31 P.M.

Russia says no more athletes approved for European indoors

Russian track and field officials say they don’t expect any more of their athletes to be allowed to compete at the European indoor championships next week. The IAAF allowed three Russians – pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova, sprinter Kristina Sivakova and hammer thrower Alexei Sokirsky – on Thursday to start competing as neutral athletes exempt from the country’s doping ban.

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In this Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the extraordinary FIFA congress in Zurich, Switzerland. Olympic leader Thomas Bach’s grand plan was to streamline the Olympics, cut costs and encourage more cities to step up to try to host the games. Judged by the first round of bidding since the revamp, the plan, titled “Agenda 2020,“ has failed. (Michael Probst / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:30 P.M.

IOC suggests more changes needed in Olympic host bidding

The International Olympic Committee wants to proceed with changes that could result in both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games awarded in September. An internal letter written by IOC President Thomas Bach’s spokesman suggests further adjustments are needed to the way Olympic hosts are chosen. It references Bach’s statement from last year, saying the “process produces too many losers.”

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Cars line up in front of a poster with an advertising campaign for the 2024 Olympic bid with Hungarian Olympic fencer Aron Szilagyi in Budapest, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The Budapest city assembly is expected to vote Wednesday, March 1, to withdraw the bid. (Pablo Gorondi / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:26 P.M.

Budapest assembly to vote Wednesday on revoking Olympic bid

The Budapest city assembly will vote Wednesday on a motion to withdraw the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Mayor Istvan Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Zsolt Borkai, the head of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, agreed late Wednesday on the withdrawal after it became clear the project would have to face a city-wide referendum initiated by the Momentum Movement, a new political group.

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