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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. The Thunder won 148-124. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)

Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump

As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair. While he was cool, Lue’s seat has warmed up.

Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins, shown driving into the key against Saint Mary’s on Thursday, scored 17 points in a win over Santa Clara on Saturday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins tries to keep rolling forward

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

Spend any time around Josh Perkins and you’ve probably heard him say, “I’ll roll with my guys,” or words to that effect. The junior point guard is learning how to roll with the ups and downs of college basketball.
Houston guard Corey Davis Jr., left, reacts after making a basket during Saturday’s game against Wichita State. Houston won 73-59. (Eric Christian Smith / Associated Press)

No. 7 Shockers stumble for 1st time in AAC

Wichita State has hit its first bump in its new American Athletic Conference home. Coach Gregg Marshall now gets a chance to see how his seventh-ranked Shockers handle it.
Former Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys is the Cougars’ new defensive coordinator. (Andy Manis / Associated Press)

Tracy Claeys vowing to keep things simple as new Washington State defensive coordinator

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Two weeks ago, Claeys officially returned to the only profession he’s ever truly known when he was hired as Washington State’s new defensive coordinator. Claeys replaces Alex Grinch, who steadily improved the Cougars’ defensive numbers for three seasons and peaked in 2017 before accepting a job at Ohio State, where he’s expected to become the Buckeyes’ co-defensive coordinator.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission considers grant projects

PARKS – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider projects for potential grant funding for 2019-21, Thursday. Acquisition candidates include properties in and near existing state parks. Development candidates include: beach restorations, ADA accessibility, pedestrian bridges and decking and railing of trestles for long-distance rail trails, according to a news release. Unfunded 2017-19 projects could be considered for the upcoming 2019-21 grant cycle.
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, left, celebrates his touchdown catch with Chris Hogan, right, during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Tom Brady-to-Danny Amendola connection sends Patriots back to Super Bowl

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Tom Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.
Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic mens hockey team, died just a couple weeks before the start of the Pyeongchang Games, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. He was 53. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

U.S. hockey GM dies unexpectedly at Colorado Springs home

Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team, has died just a couple weeks before the start of the Pyeongchang Games. He was 53. Johannson passed away in his sleep, according to USA Hockey. Executive director Pat Kelleher says the organization is “beyond shocked and profoundly saddened” by the loss of the Rochester, Minnesota native.
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in their fourth round match at the Australian Open on Sunday. (Dita Alangkara / Associated Press)

Caroline Wozniacki advances to Aussie Open quarterfinals

Caroline Wozniacki is continuing to cash in on her second chance at the Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday.
The Press Box, with Larry Weir