No. 11 Ohio St. upsets Wigginton, No. 6 Iowa State

TULSA, Okla. — Ohio State went from barely making the NCAA Tournament to a spot in the second round with a 62-59 upset of sixth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Friday night.

Kaleb Wesson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 11th-seeded Buckeyes (20-14).

Keyshawn Woods added 19 points for Ohio State, which will play No. 3 seed Houston on Sunday for a spot in the round of 16. Musa Jallow added 11 points for Ohio State.

Iowa State (23-12) led just once in the second half but had a chance to send the game into overtime when Nick Weiler-Babb had an open attempt at a game-tying 3. His shot missed and ended the season for the Cyclones, who won the Big 12 Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAAs.

Marial Shayok scored 23 points and Lindell Wigginton added 14 for Iowa State.

Ohio State led 26-24 at halftime and started to gain momentum in the early minutes of the second half. Woods threw up a lob to Jallow for a dunk that put the Buckeyes up 38-32 with 14 minutes to play.

Iowa State caught a much-needed break when Wigginton was fouled on a 3-pointer. He made the free throw to cut Ohio State’s lead to 44-42. Shayok’s mid-range jumper finally put Iowa State up 54-53, but Ohio State answered quickly. Woods’ corner three put the Buckeyes up 58-54.

Wesson missed a free throw with Ohio State up three and 10 seconds remaining to set up the final sequence.


Ohio State: The Buckeyes slowed the game down and turned it into a Big Ten-style bruise …read more



Charlottesville police arrest suspect in racist school threat

By Debbie Truong and Joe Heim | The Washington Post

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A 17-year-old was arrested and charged Friday in connection with a racist online threat that prompted Charlottesville city schools to close Thursday and Friday, police said.

Police Chief RaShall Brackney said the suspect, who is being charged as a juvenile, was arrested in adjacent Albemarle County and is believed to have acted alone. Brackney declined to provide additional information about the teen other than to say he is not a student in the Charlottesville school system.

The anonymous threat that was posted online Wednesday warned of an “ethnic cleansing” at Charlottesville High School the following day. It used racist language to describe black and Latino students and told white students to stay home.

The suspect has been charged with threats to commit serious bodily harm on school property, a felony, and harassment by computer, a misdemeanor, Brackney said at a news conference attended by law enforcement and city leaders, including Mayor Nikuyah Walker.

Brackney said Charlottesville detectives worked closely with Albemarle County law enforcement officers, the Virginia State Police and the FBI to identify and apprehend the suspect.

The announcement of the arrest helped quell some of the anxiety that had engulfed Charlottesville since news of the threat was made public Wednesday.

Brackney addressed the city’s apprehension with a firm statement of resolve. “Any threats made against our community and its residents will be thoroughly and vigorously investigated,” she said. “We want the community and the world to know that hate is not welcomed in Charlottesville. Violence is not welcomed in Charlottesville. Intolerance is not welcomed in Charlottesville.”

Then, in an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s remark that “very fine people on both sides” took part in the deadly white supremacy rally that rocked the city in August 2017, Brackney said, “In Charlottesville and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


Michigan settlement in favor of LGBTQ couples leaves faith-based adoption agencies wondering what’s next

SALT LAKE CITY — Michigan’s attorney general and the ACLU announced a settlement Friday in a high-profile clash over religious freedom and LGBTQ rights, explaining that the state will no longer contract with and send taxpayer money to faith-based adoption or foster care agencies that won’t work with same-sex couples for religious reasons.

“Discrimination in the provision of foster care case management and adoption services is illegal, no matter the rationale,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel in a statement.

The settlement ends an 18-month-long dispute, but does little to resolve the underlying debate, according to legal experts. States across the country will continue to struggle with balancing the needs of LGBTQ couples, religious objectors to same-sex marriage and kids awaiting a new home.

“Of all the religious freedom issues that I’ve seen in my 15 years of doing this work, (adoption) is the most nuanced of them,” said Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the family law and policy program at the University of Illinois College of Law, to the Deseret News last year.

In 2018, four state legislatures weighed new protections for faith-based adoption or foster care agencies, according to a Deseret News analysis. These efforts succeeded in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Faith-based organizations and other religious freedom advocates argue that foster children are worse off when fewer agencies are available to help them find homes. Outcomes like the Michigan settlement harm religious people who are trying to do good in the world, they say.

“Religious faith has motivated and guided charitable work from the founding era until today.”

Stephanie Barclay, who worked on the case for Becket

“The Michigan attorney general and the ACLU are trying to stop the state from working with faith-based adoption agencies. The result of that will be tragic. Thousands of children will be kept from finding the loving homes they …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


Getzlaf cross-checks Hertl, Perry checked into stanchion

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