NEWS & SPORTS

April 23, 2018
AP Scorecard
    Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: ————————————————————————————————————————- AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas 8:05 p.m. L-A Angels at Houston 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————– NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta at Cincinnati 6:40 p.m. San Diego at Colorado 8:40 p.m. Miami at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m. Washington at San Francisco 10:15 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————– NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Houston at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah 10:30 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————– NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Boston at Toronto 7:00 p.m. Washington at Columbus 7:30 p.m.   AP-WF-04-23-18 1915GMT
April 23, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT   MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A new memorial to lynching victims portrays the horror of thousands of African-Americans who were lynched in the South and other states. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice includes 800 rectangular slab inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 killed in lynchings that terrorized generations of blacks. The memorial is opening this week in Montgomery, Alabama.   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A top North Carolina Republican Party official says he’s testified in pending litigation by state Democrats challenging the elimination of judicial primary elections for this year by the General Assembly. GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said he completed the testimony Monday. Woodhouse had objected to his deposition by Democratic Party lawyers, but a motion to block the subpoena wasn’t immediately acted upon by the judge hearing the case.   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An annual public school teacher pay and spending review shows North Carolina improving while still behind national averages for both. The National Education Association released figures Monday with North Carolina ranked 39th among the states and District of Columbia in average teacher pay during the 2016-17 school year, compared to 41st the year before. Per-pupil spending rank also improved year over year.   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the […]
April 23, 2018
Financial News
    Stocks gain…Hasbro looks for new outlets…Protesters can use ‘necessity defense’   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are higher as gains in technology stocks and retailers outweigh losses in energy companies. Microsoft rose 1 percent and Starbucks climbed 1.1 percent. Sears rose 2.7 percent after the company’s largest shareholder urged the struggling retailer to sell its Kenmore brand.   NEW YORK (AP) – With its sales falling due to the liquidation of Toys R Us, Hasbro is looking for new places to sell Monopoly, My Little Pony and its other toys. Hasbro says it will rely more on online sales, although it has also been working on getting its toys into more stores. CEO Brian Goldner says major retailers plan to increase their toy sections to lure former Toys R Us shoppers, which could benefit the toy maker. Hasbro says its revenue in the first three months of the year fell 16 percent to $716.3 million from a year ago.   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals says four protesters can use an unusual “necessity defense” against criminal charges related to efforts to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines. The protesters admit that they turned the emergency shut-off valves on two pipelines in 2016 in Clearwater County of northwestern Minnesota as part of a multi-state protest. They want to tell jurors that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that […]
April 23, 2018
AP Scorecard
    Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: ————————————————————————————————————————– AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas 8:05 p.m. L-A Angels at Houston 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta at Cincinnati 6:40 p.m. San Diego at Colorado 8:40 p.m. Miami at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m. Washington at San Francisco 10:15 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Houston at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah 10:30 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Boston at Toronto 7:00 p.m. Washington at Columbus 7:30 p.m.   AP-WF-04-23-18 1655GMT    
April 23, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT   PRISON ASSAULTS Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead. Prison officials say that in the six months since four workers at an Elizabeth City prison were killed, about three dozen workers have been assaulted so badly they lost work time. Leading the troubling list is Pasquotank Correctional Institution, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the Oct. 12 breakout attempt. The state Department of Public Safety was still unable Monday to provide information requested six weeks ago on the details of each assault, or how many inmates have been attacked. The official data also did not include at least one assault at a Morganton prison that hospitalized a worker with stab or slash wounds.     ————————————————————————————————————————— TEENS ARRESTED 2 teens charged in shooting death in North Carolina death CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Two teens have been arrested and charged with murder in a deadly shooting in North Carolina’s largest city. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokeswoman Cindy Wallace said in a news release that 26-year-old Eskinder Dawit Asefaw was shot late Friday afternoon and died Saturday morning at a hospital. Wallace said a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old have been arrested in the case. The 15-year-old […]
April 23, 2018
Financial News
        US stocks mixed … Existing home sales up in March … Free Harley for interns   NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks are mixed today as health care and industrial companies make gains and energy companies slip with oil prices. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is getting close to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn’t reached since January 2014. At 10:18 a.m. Eastern Time, the Dow was down 3 points to 24,460. The S&P 500 was up 3 points, to 2,673. And the Nasdaq was up 8 points, to 7,154.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March. This suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market. The National Association of Realtors says that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.60 million, up from 5.54 million in February. This sales rate is higher than the 2017 total, but March sales were down slightly over the past 12 months.   NEW YORK (AP) -Sears’ biggest shareholder, Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund, is asking the struggling retailer to sell the Kenmore brand and the chain’s home improvement business. The private equity firm ESL Investments says that it might buy the assets if the company is willing to sell. That news sent shares of Sears Holding Corp. jumping 8 percent […]
April 23, 2018
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: ————————————————————————————————————————– INTERLEAGUE Final San Francisco 4 L-A Angels 2   ————————————————————————————————————————— AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Cleveland 7 Baltimore 3 Final N-Y Yankees 5 Toronto 1 Final Kansas City 8 Detroit 5 Final Tampa Bay 8 Minnesota 6 Final Houston 7 Chi White Sox 1 Final Texas 7 Seattle 4 Final Oakland 4 Boston 1   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 2, 11 Innings Final Milwaukee 4 Miami 2 Final St. Louis 9 Cincinnati 2 Final Chi Cubs 9 Colorado 7 Final Arizona 4 San Diego 2 Final L-A Dodgers 4 Washington 3 N-Y Mets at Atlanta 1:35 p.m., postponed   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Milwaukee 104 Boston 102 Final San Antonio 103 Golden State 90 Final Washington 106 Toronto 98 Final Cleveland 104 Indiana 100   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Final Pittsburgh 8 Philadelphia 5 Final Nashville 5 Colorado 0 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   ————————————————————————————————————————— AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas 8:05 p.m. L-A Angels at Houston 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m.   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta at Cincinnati 6:40 p.m. San Diego at Colorado 8:40 p.m. Miami at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m. Washington at San Francisco 10:15 p.m.   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Houston at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah 10:30 p.m.   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS […]
April 23, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT   COOPER-MOUNTAINS Cooper, Cabinet head to North Carolina mountains for events ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper and his administration’s top lieutenants are taking a road trip out west – western North Carolina to be specific. Cooper and most of his Cabinet members are holding a string of events Monday in the mountains to highlight issues ranging from opioid abuse and domestic violence to economic development and the environment. Those events will be anchored by an afternoon gathering on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville featuring Cooper, agency representatives and senior staff. Cooper’s schedule also takes him to Monday to an Asheville high school and to Waynesville. The Democratic governor plans to stick around the region Tuesday for school visits in Madison County and Morganton.     ELVIS PRESLEY POSTER Poster for Elvis North Carolina show sells for over $42,000 (Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000. The poster advertises a concert […]
April 23, 2018
Financial News
        Markets mostly down … Oil sags … Bright picture   UNDATED (AP) – Global shares were mostly lower today following Friday’s steep slide in technology shares on Wall Street. The future for the S&P 500 lost 0.1 percent and the future for the Dow lost 0.2 percent.   NEW YORK (AP) – Benchmark U.S. crude lost 44 cents to $67.96 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday it gained 7 cents. Brent crude sagged 39 cents. The dollar rose to 108.19 yen from 107.64 yen on Friday.   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – General Motors says it’s reached a tentative agreement with its South Korean labor union on measures to cut costs and allocate new car models to GM Korea factories. The union will vote on the deal later this week.   SHANGHAI (AP) – Companies are complaining that Alibaba punished them after they refused to enter exclusive partnerships with the e-commerce giant. Five major consumer brands tell the AP that after they rebuffed Alibaba, traffic to their products fell.   WASHINGTON (AP) – America’s business economists are sketching a bright picture for the coming months. A survey finds that more of their companies foresee rising sales and expect to continue hiring and raising pay.     AP-WF-04-23-18 1030GMT
April 20, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: ————————————————————————————————————————— INTERLEAGUE San Francisco at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   ————————————————————————————————————————— AMERICAN LEAGUE Kansas City at Detroit 1:10 p.m. Toronto at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas 8:05 p.m. Houston at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. Boston at Oakland 10:05 p.m.   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Atlanta 7:35 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. Chi Cubs at Colorado 8:40 p.m. San Diego at Arizona 9:40 p.m. Washington at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m.     ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Cleveland at Indiana 7:00 p.m. Toronto at Washington 8:00 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee 9:30 p.m.   ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Nashville 9:30 p.m.
April 20, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT   NORTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT N. Carolina 4.5 percent jobless rate unchanged 6 for months RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – It’s more of the same for North Carolina’s unemployment rate. The state Commerce Department reported Friday the state’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent in March, above the nationwide rate of 4.1 percent. That’s the sixth straight month both the state and national unemployment rate have been stuck in the same place. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that North Carolina payrolls added more than 73,000 jobs in the year ending in March. That 1.7 percent addition to 4.47 million non-farm workers is among the best in the country, though still well off the red-hot rate of much smaller states of Idaho, Utah and Nevada. North Carolina’s job growth in the past year was led by business services, education and health care jobs, and the trade, transportation and utilities sector.     BERNIE SANDERS-ECONOMY Bernie Sanders in North Carolina calls for “moral economy” DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has told a North Carolina audience that the nation needs a “moral economy.” Sanders’ visit Thursday night to Duke University in Durham included his usual push for free college, universal health care and a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Sanders had pushed those same ideas in his unsuccessful Democratic president campaign in 2016. He said people should be […]
April 20, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks slip…SunTrust warns of potential data theft…Wells Fargo fined   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are slipping in early trading on Wall Street, as losses for technology and energy companies offset gains for industrial companies and banks. Mattel plunged after the struggling toy maker replaced its CEO. General Electric jumped after reporting results that were better than analysts were expecting. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.93 percent.   NEW YORK (AP) – SunTrust says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential case of data theft. The Atlanta bank says it became aware of the potential theft by a former employee and that an investigation is ongoing. Compromised information could include names, addresses, phone numbers and account balances. SunTrust says it will offer identity protection for all consumer clients at no cost. The company says it has not identified any fraudulent activity.   NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo is being fined a combined $1 billion by two federal regulators for abuses tied to its mortgage and auto lending businesses. The bank will pay $500 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, its main bank regulator, as well as $500 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bank has been under investigation since it was fined $100 million in 2016 after its employees opened bank and credit card accounts without getting customers’ authorization. […]
April 20, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   ————————————————————————————————————————— AMERICAN LEAGUE: Final Detroit 13 Baltimore 8 Final Houston 9 Seattle 2 Final N-Y Yankees 4 Toronto 3 Final Boston 8 L-A Angels 2 ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL LEAGUE: Final Chi Cubs 8 St. Louis 5 Final Philadelphia 7 Pittsburgh 0 Final Atlanta 12 N-Y Mets 4 Final Milwaukee 12 Miami 3 Final Arizona 3 San Francisco 1 ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS: Final Philadelphia 128 Miami 108 Final New Orleans 119 Portland 102 Final Golden State 110 San Antonio 97 ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: Final Boston 3 Toronto 1 Final Washington 4 Columbus 1 ————————————————————————————————————————— TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE INTERLEAGUE: San Francisco at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— AMERICAN LEAGUE: Kansas City at Detroit 1:10 p.m. Toronto at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas 8:05 p.m. Houston at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. Boston at Oakland 10:05 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL LEAGUE: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Atlanta 7:35 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. Chi Cubs at Colorado 8:40 p.m. San Diego at Arizona 9:40 p.m. Washington at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS: Cleveland at Indiana 7:00 p.m. Toronto at Washington 8:00 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee 9:30 p.m. ————————————————————————————————————————— NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh […]
April 20, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT       HOME SHOOTING DEATHS: 4 dead, 2 children hurt in western North Carolina shooting ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials now say four people have died and three people were hurt in a shooting in western North Carolina. Asheville police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said in a news release Thursday that the suspected gunman is among the dead. Hallingse says it appears Maurice Laron Garner shot and killed himself. The spokeswoman said 32-year-old Erica Nichelle Smith was found dead at the home around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Asheville City Schools spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin told local media that four students were injured. Two of them have died. Their names have not been released. The names and conditions of those being treated at Mission Hospital in Asheville have not been released. Police have not said what sparked the shooting. Police Chief Tammy Hooper planned to release more information later Thursday.       PRIMARY-EARLY VOTING: Gates for North Carolina primary voting open wider Thursday RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The gates are opening wider for North Carolina voters to cast ballots for next month’s primary elections. Early one-stop voting begins Thursday with at least one site open in each of the state’s 100 counties. Nearly 300 sites will operate during the 17-day period that ends May 5. People at early-voting sites can also register to vote and cast ballots […]
April 20, 2018
Financial News
      World markets decline … Wells Fargo faces fine … Kushner Cos. subpoenaed   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Global shares fell back Friday on worries over trade tensions and tech outlook after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices. Futures indicated a weak start on Wall Street. S&P futures lost 0.2 percent and Dow futures fell 0.3 percent.   NEW YORK (AP) – Benchmark U.S. crude added 1 cent to $68.34 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 14 cents to finish at $68.33 per barrel on Thursday. Brent crude rose 6 cents to $73.84 per barrel in London. On Thursday, it rose 30 cents to close at $73.78 per barrel in London. The dollar rose to 107.68 yen from 107.38 yen.   NEW YORK (AP) – Published reports say federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion for abuses tied to its auto-lending and mortgage businesses. The potential $1 billion fine would be largest ever imposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   NEW YORK (AP) – The Kushner Cos. confirms it’s been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors. U.S. attorneys are looking for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City. The firm issued a statement saying it has “nothing to […]
April 23, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB   There are 9 games scheduled in Major League Baseball today:   Atlanta at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.   Cleveland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.   Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.   Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m.   L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m.   Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.   San Diego at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.   Miami at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.   Washington at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.   WHITE SOX-FARQUHAR   Farquhar still being monitored   CHICAGO (AP) – White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar continues to be closely monitored at a Chicago hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.   Farquhar passed out in the dugout in the sixth inning Friday night after getting two outs against Houston.   He was last listed in stable but critical condition.   NBA PLAYOFFS   First Round   UNDATED (AP) – The first round of the NBA Playoffs has Houston at Minnesota, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern Time tonight. And Oklahoma City is at Utah. That game begins at 10:30 p.m.   NHL PLAYOFFS   First Round   UNDATED (AP) – In the first round of the NHL Playoffs this evening, it’s Boston at Toronto, beginning at 7 p.m. And Washington is at Columbus, with that action starting at 7:30 p.m.   TRUMP-JACK JOHNSON   Trump consider Jack Johnson pardon   WEST PALM […]
April 23, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE   Wizards, Bucks get even, Spurs avoid sweep   UNDATED (AP) – The top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finds itself tied at two games apiece in the first round of the playoffs.   John Wall delivered 27 points and 14 assists while sparking the Washington Wizards’ late charge in a 106-98 win over the Toronto Raptors.   Wall took over after backcourtmate Bradley Beal fouled out with the game tied at 92. Wall had a hand in 10 of Washington’s final 14 points, including an assist on a go-ahead layup by Markieff Morris.   Beal finished with a team-high 31 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 12 and were down 11 at halftime.   Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan missed his first six shots before finishing with 35 points, six assists and six rebounds. Kyle Lowry had 19 points for Toronto, which hosts Game 5 on Wednesday.   The Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks have squared their respective first-round series at two games apiece, while the San Antonio Spurs staved off elimination.   LeBron James provided 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as the Cavs downed the Pacers, 104-100 at Indiana. The Pacers led 93-91 with about 4 1/2 minutes left before James and Kyle Korver combined for 11 of the Cavaliers’ final 13 points. Korver hit four 3-pointers and had 18 […]
April 20, 2018
Husky Sports Schedule
  MONDAY 4/23   TUESDAY 4/24 BASEBALL @ ALLEGHANY SOFTBALL @ ALLEGHANY SOCCER @ ALLEGHANY TRACK HOME GOLF MVAC TOURNAMENT @ ROARING RIVER COUNTRY CLUB TENNIS MVAC TOURNAMENT @ ELKIN   WEDNESDAY 4/25 SOCCER VS MT AIRY (HOME) 5:15   THURSDAY 4/26 BASEBALL @ AVERY SOFTBALL @ AVERY 4:00 TRACK @ EAST WILKES   FRIDAY 4/27 BASEBALL VS ELKIN (HOME) SOFTBALL VS ELKIN (HOME) SOCCER VS ELKIN (HOME)      
April 20, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE   3 Game 3s in NBA   UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to win a playoff series for the first time since reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2001. To do it, they’ll have to come back from a 2-0 series hole to the Boston Celtics. The Bucks host the Celtics tonight.   Washington is also trying for its first win of the playoffs as the Wizards host Toronto.   In tonight’s other Game 3, Cleveland visits Indiana with the series tied 1-1.   NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE   3 teams in position to advance   UNDATED (AP) – Three NHL teams have a chance to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight by winning on home ice.   Pittsburgh hosts Philadelphia, Nashville hosts Colorado and Winnipeg hosts Minnesota. The home teams all head into Game 5 with 3-1 leads over their visitors.   MLB-SCHEDULE   A pair of 3-time Cy Young winners face off in LA   UNDATED (AP) – The marquee pitching matchup of the young season takes place tonight in Los Angeles, where Nationals ace Max Scherzer faces Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.   It will be the 13th time in history that two three-time Cy Young Award winners are on the mound, and the first since 2006. Kershaw is 1-2 this season with a 1.73 ERA in […]
April 20, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE   Embiid returns to lead Sixers to 2-1 series lead   UNDATED (AP) – Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) made a successful return to the Philadelphia 76ers after missing 10 games following surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone.   Embiid wore a face mask to protect his face as he scored 23 points in the Sixers’ 128-108 thumping of the Heat in Miami. Embiid was listed as doubtful in the morning and was upgraded to probably hours later before taking the opening tip.   Marco Bellinelli and Dario Saric each added 21 points as the 76ers took a 2-1 lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Ben Simmons had another strong game with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Philadelphia’s 18th victory in 19 games.   Goran Dragic had 23 points and Justise Winslow had 19 for the Heat, who host Game 4 on Saturday.   The Warriors have a 3-0 lead in their first-round series with the Spurs after Kevin Durant delivered 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a 110-97 win at San Antonio. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points for Golden State, which closed the first half on a 20-9 run to eliminate a five-point deficit and take a 52-46 lead. Durant had 17 points in the first half to counter 10 points each from Rudy Gay and Tony Parker.   LaMarcus […]
April 19, 2018
LMC Skiing and Snowboarding competes at USCSA Nationals
    BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College Skiing & Snowboarding team traveled to Lake Placid, New York to compete at the USCSA Nationals last month.  The week-long event was held at Whiteface Mountain (site of 1980 Winter Olympics) and included more than 500 student-athletes.  The team has worked hard throughout the season to qualify for Regionals and then performed well enough to get an invite to Nationals.  One of those top performers was Alex Broussard who won the RailJam competition at Regionals and helped the team advance. At Nationals Lees-McRae student-athletes competed in Snowboarder Cross, Railjam, Slopestyle, Slalom and Giant Slalom.  As a team LMC placed 16th in Cross, tie for 15th in Railjam, 13th in Slopestyle, 9th in Slalom and 7th in Giant Slalom. “Although it was wonderful to have snow every day, it makes it tough to compete with limited visibility and slower courses.  I’m super proud of everybody who competed,” said LMC Head Coach Aaron Maas.  “I certainly didn’t hear any of the athletes complain about conditions when they were hitting fresh powder lines all the way down the mountain.”  Whiteface Mountain received over 20 inches of snow during the week with over a foot falling in 24 hours. A special thanks to the following seniors who competed in their final season with the team: Dylan Adams, Carson Bazemore, Josh Cady, Jenny Lewis and Bear Stevenson.  Thanks for everything you’ve done and good luck in […]
April 19, 2018
WREST: Przybysz Three-Peats As National All-Academic Honoree
  BOONE, N.C. — For the third straight year, Appalachian State wrestler Forrest Przybysz has been named to the NWCA Division I All-Academic team. A two-time NCAA qualifier and the 2018 Southern Conference champion at 174 pounds, Przybysz is on schedule to complete his MBA as a fifth-year senior after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Walker College of Business. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and currently has a GPA of 3.78. He’s made the Chancellor’s list (GPA of 3.85 or higher) after three semesters. Przybysz won two matches last month at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland to close a stellar wrestling career in which he posted 78 overall victories, including a 22-4 record in Southern Conference dual meets, and helped App State claim three straight SoCon regular season titles. He also received NWCA Division I All-Academic recognition as a sophomore and junior member of the Mountaineers’ team. “Forrest has been an integral piece of our program’s success the last several years,” App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “He is the model student-athlete.” Of the 155 student-athletes on the NWCA All-Academic team this year, 123 qualified for the NCAA Championships. As a senior wrestler, Przybysz had a 26-9 record and went unbeaten in SoCon competition, as he followed a 5-0 regular season with three victories at the conference championships. App State swept the SoCon regular season and tournament titles. Przybysz arrived in Cleveland as the No. 12 seed […]
April 19, 2018
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports:   MLB-REDS-PRICE FIRED   Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start   CINCINNATI (AP) – The Reds have fired Bryan Price after a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season.   Price was in his fifth season leading the rebuilding team. The Reds have lost at least 94 games in each of the last three seasons while finishing last in the NL Central.   Bench coach Jim Riggleman will manage the team on an interim basis.   Price was given the job of leading the Reds during a massive overhaul. They were 279-387 under Price, who got the job when Dusty Baker was fired after the 2013 season.   The Reds got off to their worst start since the Great Depression. Price was fired after back-to-back shutouts in Milwaukee.   MLB-SCHEDULE     Mets try to stay unbeaten on the road   UNDATED (AP) – The Mets are the only big league club still unbeaten on the road this season, and they’ll try to stay that way as they begin a 10-game road trip in Atlanta. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) powered New York past Washington on Wednesday night, hitting a grand slam during a nine-run eighth inning rally that helped the Mets improve to an NL East-leading 13-4.   Matt Harvey will start the opener against the Braves, still seeking his first win of the season.   […]
April 19, 2018
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports     NBA-SCHEDULE:   Cavs square series   UNDATED (AP) – LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to even their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece.   James poured in 46 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers upended the Pacers, 100-97. James scored the Cavs’ first 16 points and had 29 at halftime to help his team bounce back from an 18-point loss in the opener.   Cleveland’s Kevin Love added 15 points but had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter after injuring the same hand he broke earlier this season.   Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) had a team-high 22 points for Indiana, but he missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.   The series shifts to Indiana for Game 3 on Friday.   The Jazz and Thunder are knotted at a game apiece after rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the final period to help Utah fend off Oklahoma City, 102-95. Derrick Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 boards for the Jazz, while Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career.   Paul George scored 18 points on 6 of 21 shooting after torching Utah for 36 points in the opener. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and […]
April 19, 2018
BSB: Homers By Welch, Myers Produce Comeback Win
  BOONE, N.C. — Bailey Welch delivered the breakthrough hit. Beau Myers had the tiebreaking one.   Myers’ home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning gave Appalachian State the lead in a 4-2 home victory against Western Carolina on Wednesday. His first career homer occurred two innings after Welch’s first career homer, a two-run shot, erased a 2-0 deficit and put the first blemish on a no-hit outing from Western starting pitcher Caleb Bishop.   Four batters after Myers’ homer, Conner Leonard hit a two-out double down the right-field line to bring home Drew Beck with an insurance run. App State closer Luke Watts replaced Kaleb Bowman, who earned the win by striking out two in a scoreless eighth, and capped his fourth save by inducing a 4-6-3 double play.   Overall, the mound crew of Watts, Bowman, Andrew Papp, Tristan Helms and starter Cameron Kepley combined for 13 strikeouts and seven hits allowed.   Despite opening the game with a four-pitch walk and allowing a fourth-inning run that followed a hard-luck triple, Kepley struck out eight batters in 4.1 crisp innings. After the left-handed Helms entered in the fifth to face back-to-back lefties, Papp escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam by inducing a flyout to Joel McDaniel in shallow right field and striking out the next batter on three pitches.   The Catamounts moved ahead 2-0 with an RBI groundout in the sixth, but Alex Leshock’s […]
April 18, 2018
A Mountaineer Impact Reaches $30 Million Mark
    BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State Athletics is proud to announce that A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence is halfway to its goal of raising $60 million to support the growth of the athletics department.   The initiative, which was publicly announced in February 2017, was designed to impact every App State student-athlete and sports program. The objectives of A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence are to construct and enhance athletic facilities, provide critical scholarship support, impact the overall athletic experience for student-athletes and fans, and strengthen campus and community engagement.   As of April 17, 2018, cash and commitments exceeding $30 million have been given toward the initiative, including 55 gift commitments of $10,000 or more.   Since Director of Athletics Doug Gillin arrived in early 2015, the value of App State scholarship endowments has grown by $1.4 million and is well on its way to the departmental goal of $10 million.   “For Appalachian to continue to develop a comprehensively excellent athletics program that is representative of our great university, continued support is critical,” Gillin said. “The faithful generosity of our long-time donors and the new interest we’re receiving throughout our fan base and alumni base makes me excited for the future of App State Athletics. It’s the support of those giving to A Mountaineer Impact that is enabling us to move forward with design of the new end zone facility and upgrades in facilities across […]
April 18, 2018
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS   Game 2s in Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Houston   UNDATED (AP) – The first round of the NBA playoffs continues with Game 2s in Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Houston.   The Cavaliers find themselves in an unfamiliar position, having lost Game 1 to the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland won its first 10 playoff games in each of the past two seasons, and it’s the first time LeBron James has ever been down 0-1 in an opening round.   Thunder forward Paul George and Utah guard Donovan Mitchell are both uncertain for Game 2. George scored 36 points in the opener and set a team playoff record with eight 3-pointers in Oklahoma City’s 116-108 win, but he missed the last minute to get treatment for a bruised right hip. Mitchell suffered a left foot bruise in Game 1.   The Rockets won their opener against Minnesota despite making just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Houston center Clint Capela played a major role, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds before halftime. Houston’s Ryan Anderson, who missed the last four regular-season games and the playoff opener with a sprained left ankle, returned to practice on Tuesday and could play on Wednesday.   NHL-PLAYOFFS   Philadelphia, New Jersey, Colorado and San Jose host Game 4s   UNDATED (AP) – Four Game 4s are on tap in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. […]
April 18, 2018
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   NBA-SCHEDULE   Raptors outscore Wizards   UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have a two-games-to-none lead in an NBA playoff series for the first time in team history.   DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff high with 37 points and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) added 19 with 14 rebounds as the Raptors outscored the Wizards, 130-119 in Toronto. C.J. Miles finished with 18 points, including a big 3-pointer right after the Wizards trimmed a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to five with 7:52 remaining.   Miles’ long bucket ignited a 17-4 run that put the Raptors in control.   Toronto set team playoff records with 44 points in the first quarter and 76 points by halftime.   John Wall had 29 points for the Wizards, who face the Raptors again in Game 3 Friday at Washington.   The Celtics also enjoy a 2-0 advantage following Jaylen Brown’s playoff career-high 30-point performance in a 120-106 downing of the Bucks. Brown nailed a 3-pointer to cap an 11-2 run that put Boston ahead 118-99. Terry Rozier added 23 points for the second straight game, while Marcus Morris added 18 points off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOOM’-poh) finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, which hosts Game 3 on Friday.   And the Pelicans are coming home with a two-games-to-none lead in their first-round series after Jrue Holiday torched the Trail […]
April 17, 2018
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-OHTANI Ohtani makes his third start ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani makes his third major league start when the Los Angeles Angels host David Price and the Red Sox in a marquee matchup between the top two teams in the majors. Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings on the mound. The two-way rookie sensation from Japan, also batting .367 with three homers and 11 RBIs, had his outing pushed back from Sunday because of a cold-weather postponement in Kansas City.   Price pitches the opener of Boston’s nine-game road trip. He left his last start Wednesday after feeling a “sensation” in his throwing hand.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – The Twins and Indians begin a two-game series in Puerto Rico, a day after several players spent the off day with kids on the storm-ravaged island. Cleveland star Francisco Lindor went back to his first school in his hometown, and Minnesota pitcher Jose Berrios visited a children’s hospital in San Juan with many of his teammates. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will face Jake Odorizzi in the opener at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.   – The Toronto Blue Jays will be taking the field for the first time since Friday, following a pair of postponements at Cleveland over the weekend and last night’s postponement of their home game against Kansas City. […]
April 17, 2018
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   NBA-SCHEDULE   Heat end Sixers’ win streak…Warriors top Spurs to go up 2-0   UNDATED (AP) – Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and the Miami Heat have evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series by handing the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss since March 13.   The Sixers had won 17 straight until Wade poured in 28 points in the Heat’s 113-103 victory at Philadelphia. The 76ers trimmed a 16-point, second-half deficit to 98-96 before Wade buried two big baskets down the stretch to help Miami steal home-court advantage in the NBA series.   Goran Dragic finished with 20 points and James Johnson added 18 for the Heat.   Ben Simmons had a team-high 24 points for the Sixers, one more than Dario Saric.   Game 3 is Thursday at Miami.   Last night’s other NBA playoff game had the Warriors beating the Spurs, 116-101 to take a 2-0 lead. Kevin Durant led the way with 32 points and Klay Thompson added 31 with five assists for Golden State.   The Spurs carried a six-point lead into the second half before the Warriors outscored them 69-48 the rest of the way.   LaMarcus Aldridge had game highs of 34 points and 12 boards for the Spurs, who head home for Game 3 on Thursday.   NHL-SCHEDULE   Sharks take 3-0 lead…Leafs, Devils, Avs bounce back   UNDATED (AP) – The San Jose Sharks are […]

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