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“Shib Sibs” Win Ice Dancing Bronze Medal For U.S.

The American brother-sister combination of Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze in ice dance on Tuesday. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold for the second time. The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who endured a wardrobe malfunction in Monday’s short program, rebounded with a world-record score of 123.35 to win silver. The Shibutanis of Ann Arbor, Michigan, edged fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who started the day in third but slipped to fourth after Donohue stumbled during the performance. Known on social media as the Shib Sibs, the duo were thrilled with their performance and the judges saw the same thing, pushing them into a long-awaited bronze medal spot. ...Read more

Free Agent J.D. Martinez Agrees To Deal With Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox agreed to a five-year deal with slugger J.D. Martinez. Reports state the deal is worth $110 million, with opt-out clauses after the second and third years, according to multiple reports. Martinez will be paid $25 million in 2018 and ’19 before the first opt out, $22 million in 2020 before the second opt out, and $19 million in the last two years if he remains with the club. The Red Sox emerged as a potential suitor for Martinez earlier this offseason and reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million last month.  Martinez played outfield in Detroit and Arizona, but is expected to serve primarily as the DH for Boston. ...Read more

Teenagers Stage ‘Lie-In’ Outside White House In Support Of Gun Control

A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control. “Teens for Gun Reform” took turns lying down for three minutes to symbolize “how quickly” the organization says suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz could have legally purchased the gun he allegedly used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. In a statement posted on its Facebook page the group said “we call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!” Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. The demonstration was just one of several student-led protests planned in response to the Florida school shooting. ...Read more

Family That Took In Nikolas Cruz Said He Showed No Warning Signs

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with the premeditated murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, later confessing to police that he was the gunman in the shooting, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit.  But when the Snead family took Nikolas Cruz into their home last November after his mother passed away, they thought of him as one of their own. Now they’re trying to recall any warning signs they might have missed. “The Nik we knew was not the monster he turned out to be,” James Snead, whose son befriended Cruz, told NBC News.  They said he was depressed after losing his mother, but no red flags ever went off about his behavior. Snead and wife, Kimberly, described Cruz as polite and “normal,” saying they set rules for the teen, which he followed.  They said reports from the Florida Department of Children and Families about Cruz were never brought to their attention, and that they knew Cruz had guns and were OK with it. There was a gun safe and James Snead believed he possessed the sole key. ...Read more

Duchess Kate Criticized For Wearing Green To BAFTAs Amid Time’s Up Dress Code

Duchess Kate and husband Prince William found themselves in a bit of controversy after turning heads at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards Sunday, February 18.  Many female stars like Emma Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Margot Robbie wore black to the BAFTAs to follow the dress code that began at the Golden Globes, making a statement in the Time’s Up movement. However, Kate, pregnant with her third child, opted to wear a deep green Jenny Packham dress with emerald shaped earrings.  The royal family has always been expected to avoid revealing their political positions in public; however Kate still received backlash on social media for her outfit choice.   ...Read more

Minnesota Wild Beat New York Islanders In A 5-3 Win

Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis scored in Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild beat the New York Islanders 5-3 Monday. New York began the day tied with Carolina, but held the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference due to more regulation/overtime wins. However, the Hurricanes now hold the tiebreaker due to a game in hand on the Islanders.   The Wild will next meet New Jersey on Thursday night, in the middle game of a three-game trip to New York that concludes against the Rangers on Friday The Islanders are next up in Toronto on Thursday night to open a stretch of three straight road games. ...Read more

Canadian Women’s Hockey Team Beat Russia; Advance To Finals Against U.S.

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots on Monday night to lead the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to a 5-0 victory over Russia.  The win earned the four-time defending Olympic champions a spot in another gold medal game vs. the United States. It will be the fifth time in six Winter Games that the North American neighbors have met in the final. No one else has ever skated away with an Olympic gold medal.  The United States advanced to the gold medal game with a 5-0 victory over Finland earlier on Monday.   ...Read more

Padres Sign First Baseman Eric Hosmer To Largest Deal In Franchise History

First baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to sign with the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, landing their biggest free agent prize in franchise history. The 28-year-old Hosmer parlayed a career-best season at the plate into a lucrative deal that will last eight years (with an opt out after five) for $144 million. It’s the first nine-figure deal ever given out by the Padres. Although he only has limited experience at Petco Park in his career, in 12 games between the regular season, World Baseball Classic and the 2016 All-Star Game, Hosmer has hit .458/.481/.813 with five homers and 19 RBIs. ...Read more

NBC Hires US Figure Skater Adam Rippon As Correspondent

NBC has hired figure skater Adam Rippon as a commentator for the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Rippon, 28, will stay in PyeongChang, South Korea to work on TV and social media platforms. Rippon’s social media accounts have become fan favorites. The athlete won a bronze medal in the team skating event. He made history as the first openly gay US athlete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  ...Read more