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NEW ORLEANS — It appears that running back Mark Ingram’s career with the New Orleans Saints is over.,Kamara was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year two years ago and was even more productive last season as Ingram missed the first four games of the season while suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.,Ingram, who had the only 1,000-yard rushing seasons of his eight-year career in 2016 and 2017, had just 645 rushing yards while Kamara had 883 rushing yards in addition to catching 81 passes for 709 yards.,In 2017, Ingram and Kamara were the first teammates to each have 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.,Murray rushed for 788 yards in his last season in Oakland, 842 in his first season in Minnesota and 578 last season. read more

With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

YOUNGSTOWN — Senior guard Melinda Trimmer scored in double figures for a seventh straight game in leading Youngstown State past Milwaukee, 64-58, in a Horizon League quarterfinal Wednesday night in front of 1,382 fans at the Beeghly Center.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list Wednesday night.,James, who entered the NBA at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points per game in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.,Just eight days ago, James moved into 10th place on the assists list, becoming the first player in league history to make the top 10 in points and assists.,James began the night averaging 27.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists while hitting 51 percent of his shots and playing 35.7 minutes per game for the Lakers.

Private prisons would be banned from doing business in Minnesota as part of a renewed push at the Capitol to stop the for-profit prison industry from gaining a foothold in the state.,Minnesota’s only private prison, Prairie Correctional Facility, a 1,600-bed prison in Appleton, opened in the 1990s but has been dormant since losing contracts in 2010.,Winkler’s proposal has drawn the support of Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell and several state prison employees.,Winkler, meanwhile, cited the recent federal sentencing overhaul, which will shorten many prison sentences and reduce prison crowding, as a signal that the state measure could attract wider support in Minnesota.,Amanda Gilchrist, a CoreCivic spokeswoman, said Tuesday that the corporation has offered to help the state address “the challenge of significant prison overcrowding” by leasing or selling the Prairie Correctional Facility, which she said would be operated by state employees.

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ team won the All-Star Game, but that’s not the only reason why he had a ton of fun over the past few days.,READ MORE: NBA commentary from columnist Martin Rogers CLICK ROLL: Get exclusive content with our NBA newsletter He just spent a nice little break with a group of elite players, especially those he selected for his own team to take on Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo), that he’d love to be playing with every night.,And there's plenty to suggest that the closest James will get to his preferred Dream Team just passed by over the weekend, or will once again come and go at next year’s All-Star break.,Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions read more

Storley enters Friday’s fight with a 9-0 record, four of those wins coming as a part of Bellator.,Q: You’ve won all four fights you’ve had in Bellator.,I’d say a lot of my success is due to the work ethic that I got while involved in wrestling in high school and college.,Q: How much, if at all, different is it training for a wrestling match than an MMA fight?,Q: What advice would you give to wrestlers who are possibly thinking of a career in MMA?

ESPN, along with other media outlets, reported Thursday afternoon that the Pelicans sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round draft picks.,Mirotic, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, both of which are career highs.,The Pelicans also officially announced Thursday that the team had acquired forward Markieff Morris, as well as a 2023 second round draft pick, from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Wesley Johnson.,Morris is a former lottery pick was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, one spot before his twin brother and Kansas University teammate Marcus.,In 26 games (13 starts), the former lottery pick out of Syracuse averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.,And, finally, they came up with a huge interception in overtime to set up Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal — the longest kick ever to win a playoff game.,It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who had been 6-0 at the Superdome since their pairing began in 2006.,If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could've run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range.,It was another bitter end for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the "Minnesota Miracle" — the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.

(TNS) The Family Partnership has strengthened Twin Cities families for 140 years through therapeutic preschools, mental health counseling and anti human-trafficking programs.,Instead of meticulously case-managing clients’ stubborn issues, mentors step back and guide parents as they assess their own stability, set their own goals and, remarkably, often double their household income in the process.,A: Mobility Mentoring was pioneered by Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a Boston-based research and service institution serving low-income individuals and families.,EMPath’s model helps participants set goals in five areas: family stability, well-being, financial management, career and education.,EMPath reports that families who have access to this coaching for multiple years go on to double their incomes, save thousands of dollars and even purchase homes.