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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 20, 2019 1:00 am


Suspended skating champion kills self

Staff, news services

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33.

U.S. Figure Skating released a statement Saturday and cited his sister, Angela Laune. The sister said in a Facebook post that her “wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life. ... I have no words.” There were no further details from her.

The Kansas City Police Department said in an email Saturday that officers responded to a call of a suicide at a house in the Country Lanes Estates neighborhood in Kansas City just before 5 p.m. Friday and found Coughlin's body. Sgt. Jacob Becchina declined to give specifics on the death.

Coughlin received an interim suspension from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and USFS on Thursday for unspecified conduct.


Russia fights ban

The Russian anti-doping agency says reforms in Russian sport are at risk if it is suspended again by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA reinstated the Russian agency, known as RUSADA, in September on condition that Russian authorities turned over key doping data from the Moscow doping laboratory by Dec. 31. That deadline was missed.


UConn tops Owls

Napheesa Collier had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds and Crystal Dangerfield tied her career-high with 24 points to lead No. 2 UConn to an 88-67 victory over Temple


Northrop grad sets IU-East mark

Indiana University East senior and Northrop graduate Aaron Thomas became the first Red Wolf men's basketball player with 1,000 career rebounds during the most recent IU East game.


Harbaugh near new Ravens deal

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is nearing a contract extension that secures his future beyond next season, multiple media outlets reported


Salamonie event gets rescheduled

Salamonie's Silence of a Winter's Night event at Salamonie Lake's Interpretive Center has been rescheduled to Friday. The event will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.


US women's win streak ended

Kadidiatou Diani scored twice and France ended the U.S. national team's 28-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory.


Tech places 7th

Indiana Tech wrestling placed seventh with 95.5 points in the Missouri Valley Invitational. Sawyer Miller was the lone Warrior with a first place finish. He won the 125-pound class by major decision over Riley Siason (Menlo, California), 11-3.


Little League registration set

Foster Park Little League is holding baseball and T-ball registration. Parents may register their children online or by dropping off the appropriate paper work. Officials will also be at the VFW on W. Main St. on Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Ryan Keirns at 745-5199 or Information and registration is available on our website at

Early deadlines

Because of early deadlines caused by the winter storm, some scores and results did not appear in today's edition. Go to for scores or see Monday's paper.