Sarah El Deeb Associated Press Published 3:01 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 Al-Omar Oil Field Base, Syria – From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny territory on the banks of the Euphrates river, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow of a small hill — encircled from all sides by forces waiting to declare the territorial defeat of the extremist group. A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting the militants said Sunday that the group is preventing civilians from leaving the area, closing a corridor from which nearly 40,000 residents have managed to escape since December. “They are taking their last breath,” said Dino, an SDF fighter deployed at a base near the front line in the village of Baghouz, about two kilometers from the militants’ last … [Read more...] about Islamic State militants hide among civilians in last Syria holdout
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 4:02 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 Finally, it’s here. Well, almost. And if you're worried about the cliches of looking ahead, don't. Just admit it, you've had this game on your mind for months. I don't blame you. So have the rest of us. After this weekend's games, we've got just one more game now before we'll get to see Michigan State basketball and Michigan basketball inhabit the same physical space. It’s about time. The Wolverines shook off a poor performance and Penn State last week and suffocated Maryland at home Saturday. On Sunday, the Spartans shook off a poor first-half performance and suffocated Ohio State in the second half. Each team has a game this week before we can officially look to the rivalry game this Sunday. MSU hosts Rutgers on Wednesday; U-M is at Minnesota on Thursday. Yeah, the coaches aren’t going to look past these games. But we can. And you can. … [Read more...] about Michigan State vs. Michigan: A week away; both gain momentum
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 4:03 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 EAST LANSING — Nick Ward came out of halftime with a wrist wrap on his left hand. Cassius Winston couldn’t hit his shot and picked up his third foul. Xavier Tillman sat on the bench in foul trouble, joining Aaron Henry who did not start the second half and played sparingly. No. 11 Michigan State basketball needed a spark against Ohio State with its two stars struggling and its regular rotation out of whack. It found it from unexpected sources. Starting on defense. The patchwork group of role players and reserves – Matt McQuaid, Kenny Goins, Kyle Ahrens, Thomas Kithier and Foster Loyer – helped the Spartans run off a 13-4 burst to pull away to a 62-44 victory on Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center. McQuaid scored 14 points, Goins had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Ahrens had six points. That trio combined for eight 3-pointers with the stars having an off day. Winston finished with 13 points … [Read more...] about MSU clamps down on Ohio State; how bad is Nick Ward’s hand?
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 3:46 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 East Lansing – Michigan State was in trouble Sunday afternoon. It was the second half against Ohio State as Nick Ward sat on the bench with an injured left hand. Xavier Tillman was next to him with four fouls, and there was Cassius Winston with three fouls and running out of gas. It left No. 11 Michigan State with a lineup it hasn’t seen much this season. But the Spartans somehow managed to wrestle control of the game from Ohio State on their way to a 62-44 victory at the Breslin Center to remain in a tie for first place in the Big Ten. After the game, coach Tom Izzo said he thought Ward suffered a dislocated finger late in the first half, but was waiting for word from MSU's doctors. With the game tied at 42, the Spartans featured a lineup of Kenny Goins, Thomas Kithier, Kyle Ahrens, Matt McQuaid and Foster Loyer. And instead of faltering, the group helped spark a 10-0 run to take control of the … [Read more...] about Without injured Nick Ward, Michigan State surges past Ohio State
Associated Press Published 3:31 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 Ayer, Mass. – Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its Residential Re-entry Management office in Brooklyn, New York. It’s not immediately clear when Weiner was transferred and where he’s staying now, but Weiner will have to register as a sex-offender and spend three years on supervised release under the terms of his sentence. The prison bureau, federal prosecutors in New York and Weiner’s lawyer didn’t respond to emails seeking comment Sunday. Weiner began serving a 21-month prison sentence at the Federal Medical Center Devens, located about 40 miles west of Boston in Ayer, Massachusetts, in November 2017. The bureau website shows Weiner is slated to … [Read more...] about Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison