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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017




THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 9:34 P.M.

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Friday’s TV highlightsBasketball, college men 3:30 p.m.: Western Michigan at Central Michigan ... CBS Sports 4 p.m.: Rhode Island at Davidson ... ESPN2 4 p.m.: Iona at Rider ... ESPNU 6 p.m.: Buffalo at Ball St. ... ESPNU Basketball, college ...

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In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, New York Islanders left wing Cory Conacher (89) moves the puck away from San Jose Sharks defensemen Justin Braun (61) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Uniondale, N.Y. Conacher, only four years removed from being a Calder Trophy candidate as NHL rookie of the year, has been in four different organizations and spent time in Europe since then. He sees the sport getting younger and faster and more players his age getting squeezed out. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 8:01 P.M.

NHL expansion to Vegas has trickle-down effect on AHL’s best

That trend isn’t likely to change, but Cory Conacher and other top AHL players are in luck. Aside from new owner Bill Foley, fans in Las Vegas and the 30 other NHL owners cashing in on expansion fees, no one will benefit more from the addition of the Golden Knights than the best of the best in the minors.

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This Aug. 4, 2013, file photo shows Jose Aldo, from Brazil, right, and Chan Sung Jung, from South Korea, battle during their UFC 163 mixed martial arts Featherweight Championship bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Felipe Dana / Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 8 P.M.

Chang Sung Jung ready for UFC return after long absence

Chan Sung Jung knows he won’t have an easy return to the octagon after a 3 1/2-year absence. Jung, back after a mandatory two-year military stint in his native South Korea, will take on Dennis Bermudez in a featherweight bout that headlines UFC Fight Night 104 on Saturday night.

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In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo,Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State in Durham, N.C. Krzyzewski says he is returning this weekend to coach his Duke Blue Devils. The Hall of Fame coach made the announcement Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, on his weekly radio show that he will make his return Saturday against Pittsburgh after back surgery kept him out for four weeks. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 7:07 P.M.

Coach K says he is returning to coach Duke Saturday vs. Pitt

Mike Krzyzewski says he is returning this weekend to coach his Duke Blue Devils. The Hall of Fame coach made the announcement Thursday night on his weekly radio show that he will make his return Saturday against Pittsburgh after back surgery kept him out for four weeks. His return falls in line with the four-week timeline the school projected when his leave of absence was announced on Jan. 2.

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Matt Kuchar, left, smiles as he tries a fist bump with Bubba Watson, right, after Kuchar nearly holed out for an eagle, settling for a birdie, at the 17th hole during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:55 P.M.

Matt Kuchar shoots 7-under 64 to take Phoenix Open lead

Matt Kuchar eagled the par-5 13th and added two late birdies and a big par save on the rowdy par-3 16th hole Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Kuchar shot a 7-under 64 in perfect afternoon conditions at TPC Scottsdale for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Brendan Steele.

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Tiger Woods tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:57 P.M.

Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai, shoots 77 in 1st round

Missing fairways, missing greens and piling up the putts, Tiger Woods got off to a rough start at the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday. The 14-time major winner finished the first round at 5-over-par 77, failing to record even one birdie at Emirates Golf Club.

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In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr, left, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, center, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, answer questions during a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Two people familiar with the gathering say the three key decision-makers are meeting Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, regarding the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. The person, who spoke Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement was not made about the development, says the IOC and IIHF requested the meeting. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:36 P.M.

AP Sources: Gary Bettman, Don Fehr, Thomas Bach to meet on NHL and Olympics

Two people familiar with gathering tell The Associated Press that key decision-makers are meeting Friday regarding the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, international hockey federation President Rene Fasel, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr are set to meet in New York.

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In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 file photo Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov opens the meeting of Russia’s Olympic Committee in Moscow, Russia. Russian officials say none of their athletes have returned Olympic medals after retests of their samples revealed they had doped. Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says his organization, which would usually handle medal transfers, hasn’t received any, calling it “not an easy process.” (Alexander Zemlianichenko / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:25 P.M.

Russia slow to return Olympic medals in doping cases

Russian officials say none of their athletes have returned Olympic medals after retests of their samples were positive for doping. Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says his organization, which would usually handle medal transfers, hasn’t received any of them, calling it “not an easy process.”

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UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017, 6:39 P.M.

Area Sports Menu for Friday, February 3

BaseballCollege: Nonconference: Whitworth vs. Lewis-Clark State in McMinnville, Oregon, 1 p.m.BasketballCollege men: NWC: Whitworth at Linfield, 8 p.m. College women: Pac-12: Washington State at Colorado, 5 p.m.; Washington at Utah, 7. NWC: Whitworth at Linfield, 6 p.m. High school boys: ...

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