Update on the latest sports
Panthers visit Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Carolina Panthers visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Thursday night NFL game.
The 6-2 Panthers have run for at least 121 yards in seven of eight games, and quarterback Cam Newton is on pace for a career high in rushing attempts. Pittsburgh is 5-2-1, fourth in the league in sacks, and allowing just 275.5 yards per game over the last month.
T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WAKE FOREST-NC STATE
NC State hosts Wake Forest
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – No. 22 North Carolina State hosts Wake Forest Thursday night.
The 6-2 Wolfpack won’t be able to catch No. 2 Clemson atop the ACC Atlantic Division, but the second 10-win season in school history remains a real possibility. NC State is trying to string together enough victories to climb up the CFP rankings and into a New Year’s Six bowl.
The 4-5 Demon Deacons have virtually no margin for error if they’re to reach their third consecutive bowl.
N.C. State has won 15 of the last 16 meetings in Raleigh, with Wake Forest’s only victory coming in 2006 during the Demon Deacons’ run to the ACC title and the Orange Bowl.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MARYLAND-PLAYER DEATH
New U. of Maryland board chair apologizes over player death
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has a new chair, and her first public act was to apologize for how university officials responded to a player’s death.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Gooden apologized Wednesday to the family of 19-year-old Terrapins football player Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on the field in May and later died. The 17-member board has spent weeks overseeing two investigations into his death.
University President Wallace Loh said he would resign, but the board chair, James Brady, announced that head football coach DJ Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans would keep their positions. Backlash quickly prompted Loh to fire Durkin, and Brady resigned the next day.
Gooden says the board now understands its personnel recommendations were wrong.
MLB All-Stars beat Japan’s Giants ahead of exhibition tour
TOKYO (AP) – J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and Amed Rosario drove in two runs each to lead the MLB All-Stars over the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 on Thursday in a warm-up game ahead of their six-game exhibition series against Japan’s national team.
Juan Soto hit a double off the roof of Tokyo Dome in the third inning that scored Yadier Molina from second to give the MLB team a 4-0 lead. Realmuto then doubled in a run and Rosario added two more on a single as the MLB squad scored five runs in the inning to take a 7-0 lead.
Realmuto also hit an opposite-field solo homer in the fifth to make it 8-3.
The series begins Friday with three games on consecutive nights in Tokyo followed by one game in Hiroshima on Tuesday and two games in Nagoya on Wednesday and Thursday.
During the series, pitchers will not be allowed to throw more than 80 pitches per game. If a pitcher throws more than 50 pitches, he must have four days of rest before being able to throw in another game.
LPGA-BLUE BAY LPGA
Jutanugarn fires a 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots
HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) – Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE’-uh juh-TAN’-uh-garn) shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament. She had birdies on the final two holes – and four of the closing seven – on Thursday to take command over the rest of the field at 7-under 137.
Jennifer Song, Moriya Jutanugarn, and Gaby Lopez shot 71s and were in a tie for second at 3-under.
The Blue Bay tournament is the last of five on the LPGA Tour’s Asian swing.
Milan-Cortina 2026 bid moves forward without gov’t funding
ROME (AP) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given his blessing for two Italian cities to move forward with their bid for the 2026 Winter Games without funding from the Italian government.
The bid by Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo (kohr-TEE’-nuh dahm-PET’-soh) is being supported exclusively – financially at least – by the regional governments of Lombardy and Veneto (VEN’-eh-toh).
Italy’s deputy premier, Luigi Di Maio (dee MY’-oh), said last month the government will send a letter of support for the bid to the International Olympic Committee “but as government we won’t provide one euro – neither for direct or indirect costs.”
Calgary and Stockholm are also bidding for the 2026 Games.