Washington State Patrol said one of three charter buses carrying members of the University of Washington marching band to a football showdown at Washington State University in Pullman had an accident in icy conditions Thursday, rolling onto its side on Interstate 90, the Seattle Times reported. Trooper John Bryant said as many as 25 students were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for injuries that were not serious or life-threatening. Bryant said 56 people were on board the bus and that the accident took place on eastbound I-90 about 3 miles west of George.
UConn women run streak to 118
Katie Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 22 points and UConn (3-0) beat Mississippi, 90-50, in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The Huskies, the AP’s No. 2-ranked women’s basketball team, extended their regular-season winning streak to 118 games. Napheesa Collier added a season-best 18 points and had 10 rebounds in the Huskies’ biggest blowout of the season . . . Arike Ogunbowale scored 21 points and Notre Dame, the No. 1-ranked women’s basketball team, beat Gonzaga, 81-65, in the first game of the inaugural Vancouver Showcase. Brianna Turner added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (4-0). The Fighting Irish dominated in the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs, 56-32, and finishing with 29 defensive rebounds. Zykera Rice had 16 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (4-1) . . . In men’s basketball, Luwane Pipkins scored 15 points and the Minutemen made 15 3-pointers as UMass (4-2) raced to a 16-2 lead in an 84-62 victory over Southern Illinois (2-3) to reach the Las Vegas Invitational title game. UMass will play No. 6 Nevada (5-0) on Friday night . . . Kerwin Roach II had a career-high 32 points on 12-for-15 shooting, with seven assists and six steals, to lead Texas (5-0) over No. 7 North Carolina (5-1), 92-89, in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational . . . Nick Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) over Mississippi (5-7, 1-7), 35-3, in Oxford in an Egg Bowl marred by a fight in the second half that led to four ejections.
Ailing Jets QB iffy for Patriots
Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold sat out team drills for a second straight day of practice Thursday, increasing the likelihood he'll sit out against New England on Sunday. Darnold strained his right foot against Miami on Nov. 4 and didn’t play the following week against Buffalo. Josh McCown will start in Darnold’s place again if the youngster is unable to play. Darnold showed some progress Wednesday when he was in uniform for the first time since the injury, but didn’t throw passes in individual or team drills. It was the same situation Thursday when the Jets practiced indoors because of temperatures in New Jersey dropping into the low-20s. Safety Marcus Maye (shoulder/thumb), left guard James Carpenter (shoulder), linebacker Brandon Copeland (elbow), and wide receiver Robby Anderson (ankle) also sat out a second straight day. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was limited again.
Rules panel eyes PK changes
World soccer’s rule-making panel wants to give goalkeepers more freedom to move when facing a penalty. Currently, the laws of the game state goalkeepers ‘‘must remain on the goal line . . . until the ball has been kicked.’’ The panel, known as IFAB, proposed Thursday in Glasgow that goalkeepers should need ‘‘only one foot on the goal line when a penalty is taken.’’ This would allow keepers to begin moving forward earlier without risking referees ordering the kick to be retaken if they make a save. Penalty kicks were the main focus of the International Football Association Board’s business meeting to prepare for a March 1 session when law changes can be approved. New laws will take effect June 1 — the date of the Champions League final. The panel includes delegates from soccer’s ruling body FIFA, which has four votes, plus the four British soccer federations. Other proposals included aiming to write a more precise wording for accidental handball offenses. IFAB also ended trials with the so-called ABBA order of teams taking penalties in a shootout. To relieve the pressure of one team potentially always taking spot kicks while trailing, the order could be reversed in each successive round. In other proposals, IFAB wants to cut timewasting by forcing substituted players to leave the field at the nearest touchline, make team officials in the dugouts eligible to receive yellow and red cards, and allow goal kicks to be touched again without leaving the penalty area. IFAB said it is also looking at ways to curb attacking players disrupting defensive walls, and ordering a dropped ball if an attacking team gains too much advantage from the ball hitting a referee.
Oilers acquire Wideman
The Edmonton Oilers picked up 28-year-old defenseman Chris Wideman from the Ottawa Senators for a 2020 sixth-round pick. Wideman has two goals, three assists, and 12 penalty minutes in 19 games this season. The St. Louis native and former Miami University star had 16 goals, 27 assists, and 98 penalty minutes over 175 games in four seasons with Ottawa . . . The 2019 European Tour got underway with Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener, and Yusaku Miyazato shooting 5-under-par 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open. They were already 10 strokes ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed, who made four bogeys and a double bogey in a 75 — a week after contending at the World Tour Championship in Dubai . . . France captain Yannick Noah chose Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for Friday’s opening match of the Davis Cup final against visiting Croatia in Lille. The 40th-ranked Chardy, in the team only after Richard Gasquet withdrew with an injury, will lead the defending champions against Borna Coric on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy Stadium. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who’s missed most of the year through injury and dropped to 259th in the rankings, will play Marin Cilic, Croatia’s top player, in the second singles . . . Nine biathletes from Kazakhstan were suspended on suspicion of doping, including the country’s entire women’s Olympic team. None are Olympic medalists. The International Biathlon Union said the cases ‘‘are based on criminal investigations in Austria and Italy.’’ Austrian police raided the Kazakhstan team’s hotel at the 2017 world championships after medical equipment and team credentials were found in the garbage, but they were allowed to compete then after passing doping tests. A team doctor was suspended in March after Italian police found stocks of prednisolone, a substance banned in competition, in his room.