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Tuning in to Chicago Cubs baseball will be simplified by this time next year. The team announced at the outset of spring training the launch of a regional sports TV channel, Marquee Sports Network, beginning in 2020. According to the team, the channel is set to become the exclusive home of Cubs games, which are currently broadcast on WGN-TV and NBC Sports Chicago.
The Baltimore Ravens agreed in principle to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday. Flacco, 34, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and was the Ravens' starter since 2008 until a hip injury in 2018 sent Flacco to the sidelines after Week 9. Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson took over for Flacco and didn't relinquish the starting role.
ST. PAUL -- James van Riemsdyk scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a power play with 4:29 left in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, Feb. 12. Van Riemsdyk, who had a hat trick during a 7-4 win over Minnesota last month, helped the Flyers bounce back after their 9-0-1 run ended with a 4-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended a four-game losing streak with a 130-120 win against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, Feb. 11, in Minneapolis. Minnesota's second-leading scorer Derrick Rose returned after missing the past three games with an ankle injury and scored 22 points off the bench. Third-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins sat out with an illness.
Tennessee lost several first-place votes but maintained the top spot ahead of Duke in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. The Volunteers received 40 of 64 first-place votes, eight fewer than last week. Duke jumped from 12 first-place votes to 24, picking up the eight that had gone to Tennessee and four that had been cast for Virginia last week. The Blue Devils defeated the Cavaliers 81-71 on Saturday to sweep the regular-season series.
NEW YORK -- Devon Toews scored the decisive goal early in the second period Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, and the New York Islanders continued their remarkable performance in the second game of back-to-back sets by edging the visiting Minnesota Wild, 2-1. Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period for the Islanders, who have won three straight and are now 9-0-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets this year. New York, which has outscored the opposition 33-9 in those second games, beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday.
ARE, Sweden -- American Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn claimed the bronze medal in the final race of her storied career. Vonn, who announced her intention to retire ahead of this month's FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, finished third in the world championship downhill on Sunday, Feb. 10. "I laid it all on the line. That's all I wanted to do today," Vonn said after the race. "I have to admit I was a little bit nervous, probably the most nervous I've ever been in my life. I wanted to finish strong so badly."
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Nick Ward returned to the starting lineup Saturday, Feb. 9, and scored 22 points as No. 9 Michigan State used its defense, rebounding and transition game to end a three-game losing streak with a 79-55 Big Ten Conference victory over visiting Minnesota. Ward, who was pulled from the lineup in Tuesday's loss to Illinois, added nine rebounds. Matt McQuaid scored 18 points and Cassius Winston had 11 points and nine assists for the Spartans (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten), who remained a game out of first place in the conference.
NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis returned from a three-week absence to score 32 points before his New Orleans Pelicans teammates took over in the fourth quarter of a 122-117 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Feb. 8. Davis, who was booed during his pregame introduction and whenever he touched the ball during his first appearance since asking for a trade and recovering from a finger injury, made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts and 10 of 11 free-throw attempts. He also grabbed nine rebounds.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson was part of a five-way tie for first place when second-round play was suspended due to heavy rainfall Friday, Feb. 8, at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California. Mickelson posted a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill before the heavy rains began, accompanied by increased winds. Jordan Spieth and Scott Langley were also at Spyglass Hill on Friday, with Langley in the clubhouse at 10-under while Spieth was through 16 holes when play was suspended.