Japanese snowboarder has tricks, height for Olympic gold

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Japan's Ayumu Hirano competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Hirano will be taking part in competition at the Winter X Games this weekend in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, file)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — His first name, loosely translated into English, means “Walk the Dream .” No wonder, then, that back home in Japan, expectations soar nearly as high as snowboarder Ayumu Hirano’s jumps above the halfpipe.

Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners former designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he speaks at a news conference announcing the retirement by the team of his jersey number 11, in Seattle. Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning.

Northwestern rallies past Minnesota 77-69 for season sweep

Minnesota's Nate Mason, right, drives around Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. Northwestern won 77-69. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The storm in Minnesota that dropped more than a foot of snow on campus kept Northwestern from traveling the night before the game.

No. 16 Michigan women beat short-handed Michigan State 74-48

Michigan guard Nicole Munger, left, and Michigan State center Jenna Allen (33) chase the loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23,2018, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty had 26 points with four 3-pointers and six assists and No. 16 Michigan beat short-handed Michigan State 74-48 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game skid in the series.

Reath, Waters lead LSU past Texas A&M, 77-65

Texas A&M center Tyler Davis (34) gets caught between LSU forward Duop Reath, left, and guard Randy Onwuasor (14) during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Duop Reath turned in a second straight dominant performance around the basket and his LSU teammates didn’t let this one go to waste.

Depleted Maryland women’s team remains a force in Big Ten

FILE - In this March 25, 2017, file photo, Maryland head coach Brenda Frese shouts instructions during the second half of a regional semifinal game against Oregon in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, in Bridgeport, Conn. Seems as if the three-time Big Ten women's basketball champions aren't ready to hand over the crown. With a team that has very little depth or experience, Maryland again stands along atop the conference.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Brandishing a seven-player rotation and an I-can-handle-this approach in the wake of adversity, Brenda Frese has taken Maryland to its accustomed position atop the Big Ten standings.

Bees girls shoot past Rigby 71-48

Bonneville’s Kalli Harris pushes the ball down the court as Bonneville takes on Rigby on Tuesday at Bonneville High School. Bonneville has completed an undefeated regular season versus conference opponents. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

The Bonneville High School girls basketball team got double-figure scoring from four players to conclude its first undefeated regular season versus conference opponents in eight years.

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