NEWS & SPORTS

May 16, 2022
Primary Election
LOCAL NEWS 5-17-22 VOTERS THAT FAILED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY VOTING HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW (TUES) TO CAST BALLOTS IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION. LOCALLY, SEVEN REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE VYING FOR THREE SEATS FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER…INCUMBENTS TODD A. MCNEILL AND CHUCK OLIVE, MIKE ELDRETH, WES GREENE, MARK ANTHONY MASSEY, TERRY D. WAGONER AND FORMER COMMISSIONER PAULA ROARK PERRY. THE WINNER OF THE RACE FOR SHERIFF ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET WILL SECURE A FOUR YEAR TERM. INCUMBENT B. PHIL HOWELL FACES LUKE STALEY. NO DEMOCRAT FILED FOR THE OFFICE. 14 REPUBLICANS AND 11 DEMOCRATS ARE SEEKING NOMINATION FOR U.S. SENATE. IN THE RACE FOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 5, REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT VIRGINIA FOXX IS OPPOSED BY MICHAEL ACKERMAN FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION. REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT, DEANNA BALLARD IS OPPOSED BY RALPH HISE FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 47. OTHER STATEWIDE OFFICES INCLUDE SUPREME COURT AND COURT OF APPEALS. COUNTY COMMISSIONER JONATHAN JORDAN FACES LAURA BYRD LUFFMAN FOR NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 23 SEAT 3 IN TOMORROW’S PRIMARY. THE POLLS OPEN TUESDAY AT 6:30 AM AND CLOSE AT 7:30 PM. WKSK WILL SHARE UNOFFICAL ELECTION RETURNS TOMORROW EVENING. TWO PRECINCT POLLING LOCATION CHANGES ARE…NORTH FORK @ VOTING HOUSE ON SUTHERLAND ROAD AND LAUREL @ THE RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY CENTER.
May 13, 2022
AP Scorecard
  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: —   INTERLEAGUE Houston at Washington 7:05 p.m. Seattle at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Colorado 8:40 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore at Detroit 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. Boston at Texas 8:05 p.m. Cleveland at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Oakland 9:40 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 6:35 p.m. Milwaukee at Miami 6:40 p.m. San Diego at Atlanta 7:20 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. Chi Cubs at Arizona 9:40 p.m. Philadelphia at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Boston at Milwaukee 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Golden State 10 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS N-Y Rangers at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. Florida at Washington 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Dallas 9:30 p.m.   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Dallas at Washington 7 p.m. Indiana at New York 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
May 13, 2022
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   AP-US-ELECTION-2022-NORTH-CAROLINA-CAWTHORN Madison Cawthorn tries to survive primary as slip-ups mount RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A series of unforced political and personal errors by GOP congressman Madison Cawthorn has brought the forces of big-name Republicans and traditional enemies to bear on his reelection bid in North Carolina. Some of the transgressions have been headline-grabbing, like one that rankled GOP colleagues who believe he insinuated they were holding orgies and snorting cocaine. Some have been salacious, like recently released videos showing him in sexually suggestive poses. But at home, the most consequential may have been when he decided to run for a different U.S. House seat before changing his mind. Some constituents believe he’s more interested in inflaming the culture wars than helping the district.     ELECTION 2022-NORTH CAROLINA-LEGISLATURE GOP incumbent bouts mark NC legislative primaries RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Four pairs of Republican incumbents in the North Carolina General Assembly are facing off against each other in next week’s primaries, but the most interesting legislative race may be among Democrats. Gov. Roy Cooper took the unusual step of endorsing a primary challenger to Democratic Sen. Kirk deViere of Fayetteville. DeViere has been accused of getting too comfortable with the GOP during 2021 budget negotiations and siding with Republicans on other issues. Cooper is backing former Fayetteville city council member Val Applewhite. The most high-profile primary between sitting Republicans may be between Sens. Deanna Ballard […]
May 13, 2022
Financial News
  Financial News:   Stocks rally, but still heading for another losing week NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are rallying on Wall Street, but not enough to claw back all the losses the market has taken in this volatile week. The S&P 500 was up 2.2% in afternoon trading, but is still on track for its 6th straight losing week, something that hasn’t happened since 2011. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.2% and the Nasdaq rose 3.6%. Technology stocks led the gains. Bond yields rose significantly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.93%. Twitter sank after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he was putting his deal to acquire the social media company on hold. Tesla’s stock rose.   CHICAGO (AP) – United Airlines and its pilots’ union say they have a tentative agreement on a new contract. Neither side released details of the deal, but the heads of United and the Air Line Pilots Association are both calling it an industry-leading contract. The deal is notable because it happens while tension between labor and management is rising in the airline industry. Pilots at American, Southwest and Alaska have been especially critical of their companies as they negotiate new contracts. Pilots have leverage because they are in short supply across the industry, especially at smaller, regional airlines.   ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports with legal gambling outlets in the […]
May 12, 2022
AP Scorecard
  Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: —   — INTERLEAGUE Final Philadelphia 4 Seattle 2 Final Atlanta 5 Boston 3 Final St. Louis 10 Baltimore 1   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final N.Y. Yankees 5 Toronto 3 Final Oakland 9 Detroit 0 Final Tampa Bay 4 L.A. Angels 2 Final Kansas City 8 Texas 2 Cleveland at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m. (Postponed) Houston at Minnesota 1:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Pittsburgh 5 L.A. Dodgers 3 Final Cincinnati 14 Milwaukee 11 Final Miami 11 Arizona 3 Final San Francisco 7 Colorado 1 Final Chicago Cubs 7 San Diego 5 Final Washington 8 N.Y. Mets 3   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Milwaukee 110 Boston 107 Final Memphis 134 Golden State 95   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Final N-Y Rangers 5 Pittsburgh 3 Final Florida 5 Washington 3 Final Calgary 3 Dallas 1   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Atlanta 77 Los Angeles 75 Final Chicago 83 New York 50 Final Phoenix 97 Seattle 77 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Baltimore at St. Louis 1:15 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Houston at Minnesota 1:10 p.m. Oakland at Detroit 1:10 p.m. Houston at Minnesota 4:40 p.m. Kansas City at Texas 8:05 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N-Y Mets at Washington 1:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 6:35 p.m. Philadelphia at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL […]
May 12, 2022
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   STATE BUDGET-COOPER NC governor reveals what he wants to do with $6.2B surplus RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proposed how he’d like lawmakers to adjust the second year of a two-year state government budget that got signed into law just six months ago. The Democratic governor unveiled his ideas Wednesday at a news conference. He would spend or earmark much of a projected $6.2 billion surplus to address further a host of needs like building construction, education inequities, affordable housing and worker retention. There would also be higher pay for state employees and teachers beyond what the enacted budget already directs. The spending is likely to breed skepticism among legislative Republicans. The General Assembly reconvenes next week.     CHILDREN DEATHS-NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina sees increase in child homicides, suicides RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A task force is reporting that the number of North Carolina children who died by either homicide or suicide has more than doubled over the past decade. The state Child Fatality Task Force’s report said that in 2020, 92 children died as a result of homicide, making it the leading cause of death for that age group. News outlets report homicide was the second-leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 4. Also in 2020, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death for children with 56 deaths.     COMMERCIAL FLIGHT-SEXUAL ASSAULT North […]
May 12, 2022
Financial News
  Financial News:   Stocks slide, Nassan profitable, SoftBank Group losses UNDATED (AP) – World shares have fallen following the release of U.S. inflation data that was higher than expected. A pledge by Chinese leaders of more support for the slowing economy appeared to have little impact. U.S. futures and oil prices also fell. A report from the U.S. Labor Department showed inflation slowed a touch in April, down to 8.3% from 8.5% in March. The decline was smaller than hoped for and it reinforced expectations that the Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates to counter rising prices. Producer prices for April are due later Thursday.   TOKYO (AP) – Japanese automaker Nissan has returned to profitability for the first time in three fiscal years, despite challenges such as supply shortages caused by the pandemic and soaring costs. Nissan reported a profit of $1.7 billion for the fiscal year through March, a reversal from the loss recorded the previous fiscal year. Annual sales rose 7%. The company’s Chief Executive Makoto Uchida said semiconductor supply shortages will remain a challenge in coming months. Higher raw materials prices, lockdowns in China and the war in Ukraine were also reasons for concern.   TOKYO (AP) – Japanese technology company SoftBank Group has dropped into losses as the value of its investments declines. It reported red ink totaling $13 billion for the fiscal year through March, a reversal from a 4.9 trillion […]
May 11, 2022
AP Scorecard
  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: —   INTERLEAGUE Philadelphia at Seattle 3:40 p.m. Boston at Atlanta 7:20 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis 7:45 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto at N-Y Yankees 12:35 p.m. Cleveland at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at L-A Angels 7:07 p.m. Oakland at Detroit 7:10 p.m. Houston at Minnesota 7:40 p.m. Kansas City at Texas 8:05 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE L-A Dodgers at Pittsburgh 12:35 p.m. Milwaukee at Cincinnati 12:35 p.m. Miami at Arizona 3:40 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco 3:45 p.m. Chi Cubs at San Diego 4:10 p.m. N-Y Mets at Washington 7:05 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Milwaukee at Boston 7 p.m. Golden State at Memphis 9:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Pittsburgh at N-Y Rangers 7 p.m. Washington at Florida 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Calgary 9:30 p.m.   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Los Angeles at Atlanta 7 p.m. New York at Chicago 8 p.m. Seattle at Phoenix 10 p.m.
May 11, 2022
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   STATE BUDGET-COOPER NC Gov. Cooper unveiling second-year budget recommendations RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina government budget process is starting up again as Gov. Roy Cooper unveils his recommendations for the next fiscal year. The Democratic governor scheduled a Wednesday news conference to discuss adjustments he’d like the General Assembly to make to the second year of a two-year budget that was just approved in November. The legislative session begins next week. áCooper agreed to sign the two-year plan although it contained many Republican priorities on tax cuts and policy changes that he opposed. The legislative and executive branches agree the state should have $6 billion more revenue than anticipated thanks to a strong economy.     FATAL STORE SHOOTING Man shot, killed while entering North Carolina store HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police say a man was shot and killed as he entered a store in North Carolina and a suspect has been charged. The High Point Enterprise says High Point police officers responded to the shooting at a Walmart at around 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday and found a man with several gunshot wounds. The man was taken to a local hospital where he died. Capt. D.E. Griffiths said the man was going into the store through a main entrance when he was shot. Around 6 p.m., police said in a news release that 20-year-old Zyicoren A. Little was arrested and charged […]
May 11, 2022
Financial News
  Financial News:   Stocks stumble higher…Inflation slows slightly NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are staggering higher in jumbled trading on Wall Street after a report showed inflation slowed last month, though it was still worse than feared. The S&P 500 was 1% higher after waffling between modest gains and losses in the first few minutes of trading. Treasury yields initially jumped but pared their gains. Wall Street has been focused on the nation’s high inflation, and where it’s heading, because it’s causing the Federal Reserve to yank the supports it propped under markets for most of the pandemic. The Fed has flipped aggressively toward raising interest rates after seeing high inflation last longer than it expected.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says inflation slowed in April after months of relentless gains, a tentative sign that price increases may be peaking while still imposing a financial strain on American households. Consumer prices jumped 8.3% from 12 months earlier. That was below the 8.5% year-over-year surge in March, which was the highest rate since 1981. On a month-to-month basis, prices rose 0.3% from March to April, the smallest increase in eight months. Still, today’s report from the Labor Department contained some signs that inflation may be becoming more entrenched. Excluding volatile food and energy costs, “core” prices jumped 0.6% from March to April – twice the rise from February to March. Those increases were fueled by spiking prices for airline […]
May 9, 2022
AP Scorecard
  AP-US-ELECTION-2022-TRUMP Trump, emboldened after Ohio victory, faces challenges ahead NEW YORK (AP) – Former President Donald Trump enters the next stretch of the midterm campaign emboldened by primary victories but facing new risks. Trump’s late-stage endorsement of JD Vance in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary catapulted the “Hillbilly Elegy” author to the nomination in last week’s election. Vance’s win also reinforced the deep ties the former president holds among the most loyal Republican voters. But there’s also caution that the coming phase of the campaign could be more complicated for the former president. The midterm primary elections continue on Tuesday with a tight GOP race for governor in Nebraska.     POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA NC officers kill man setting cars ablaze near police station RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The police chief in Raleigh, North Carolina, says officers have shot and killed a man who was throwing Molotov cocktails and setting cars on fire near a police station. Police Chief Estella Patterson said the fatally shooting took place Saturday afternoon after an officer observed a man setting cars on fire in a parking lot near the Southeast district station. She says the officer called for assistance, and three other officers came to help. She says officers ordered the man to stop, but the person continued to throw Molotov cocktails. Patterson says the officers then fired their weapons, and the man was struck multiple times. He was not immediately identified.     […]
May 9, 2022
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   AP-US-ELECTION-2022-TRUMP Trump, emboldened after Ohio victory, faces challenges ahead NEW YORK (AP) – Former President Donald Trump enters the next stretch of the midterm campaign emboldened by primary victories but facing new risks. Trump’s late-stage endorsement of JD Vance in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary catapulted the “Hillbilly Elegy” author to the nomination in last week’s election. Vance’s win also reinforced the deep ties the former president holds among the most loyal Republican voters. But there’s also caution that the coming phase of the campaign could be more complicated for the former president. The midterm primary elections continue on Tuesday with a tight GOP race for governor in Nebraska.     POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA NC officers kill man setting cars ablaze near police station RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The police chief in Raleigh, North Carolina, says officers have shot and killed a man who was throwing Molotov cocktails and setting cars on fire near a police station. Police Chief Estella Patterson said the fatally shooting took place Saturday afternoon after an officer observed a man setting cars on fire in a parking lot near the Southeast district station. She says the officer called for assistance, and three other officers came to help. She says officers ordered the man to stop, but the person continued to throw Molotov cocktails. Patterson says the officers then fired their weapons, and the man was struck multiple times. He was […]
May 9, 2022
Financial News
  Financial News:   World stocks fall…Biden pushes free internet for poor TOKYO (AP) – Global shares have fallen as interest rate hikes and a slowing Chinese economy weigh on investor sentiment. European shares declined in early trading and Asian benchmark closed lower. Hong Kong’s markets were closed. A turbulent week on Wall Street ended Friday with more losses and the market’s fifth straight weekly decline.   BEIJING (AP) – China’s export growth tumbled in April after Shanghai and other major industrial cities were shut down to fight virus outbreaks. Customs data shows exports rose 3.7% over a year earlier to $273.6 billion, down sharply from March’s 15.7% growth. Reflecting weak Chinese demand, imports crept up 0.7% to $222.5 billion, in line with the previous month’s growth below 1%. The data confirmed fears that anti-virus controls shutting down most businesses in Shanghai and other industrial centers may depress trade and activity in autos, electronics and other industries. China’s global trade surplus widened by 19.4% to $51.1 billion while the politically volatile surplus with the United States contracted by 65% to $9.8 billion.   COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka authorities have deployed armed troops in the capital Colombo, hours after government supporters attacked protesters who’ve been camped outside the office of Sri Lanka’s prime minster. Supporters of the prime minister rallied inside his office earlier today, urging him to ignore protesters’ demand to step down. After the meeting, they […]
May 6, 2022
AP Entertainment
  Entertainment:   DAVE CHAPPELLE ASSAILANT WON’T FACE FELONY CHARGE LOS ANGELES (AP) – No felony. Los Angeles prosecutors say the guy who rushed Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl this week will face no more than a misdemeanor. That decision was made by the district attorney’s office, which says it looked at the case and decided while there was criminal conduct, they couldn’t make a more serious charge stick. Isaiah Lee was arrested Tuesday night for assault with a deadly weapon after charging Chappelle toward the end of a comedy set at the Hollywood Bowl with a replica gun with a knife blade that could stick out of it. Chappelle wasn’t hurt. The man was interrupted, chased backstage and was taken away in an ambulance. Images as he was being removed indicated he had a badly injured arm and swelling around the nose and eyes.   AMBER HEARD CONTINUES ON STAND IN JOHNNY DEPP LIBEL TRIAL FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – One can only imagine what jurors in the Johnny Depp trial were thinking after hearing the graphic testimony that came out of the mouth of Amber Heard yesterday. She spoke about an incident in March, 2015 in Australia, where she said she was sexually violated by Depp, who used a liquor bottle to penetrate her. Depp has denied hitting or otherwise assaulting Heard, instead telling the jury it was Heard who abused him. Depp is suing […]
May 6, 2022
AP Scorecard
  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: —   INTERLEAGUE Washington at L-A Angels 9:38 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Kansas City at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Boston 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Houston 8:10 p.m. Oakland at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle 9:40 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland 5:45 p.m. (Postponed) Texas at N-Y Yankees 5:15 p.m. (Postponed)   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 6:40 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta 7:20 p.m. Colorado at Arizona 9:40 p.m. Miami at San Diego 9:40 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco 10:15 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Chi Cubs 7:40 p.m. (Postponed) N-Y Mets at Philadelphia 1:05 p.m. (Postponed)   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Miami at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas 9:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Carolina at Boston 7 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis 9:30 p.m. Edmonton at Los Angeles 10 p.m.   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Indiana at Washington 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Chicago 8 p.m. Las Vegas at Phoenix 10 p.m. Minnesota at Seattle 10 p.m.
May 16, 2022
Ruland Arrested During Sex Offender Compliance Checks
  JEFFERSON, N.C. – On May 3, 2022, U.S. Marshals Service and the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office combined a task force of local, state, and federal law enforcement who fanned out across the county to check in on all local registered sex offenders. This operation resulted in the arrest of Charles Ruland, who was residing too close to an elementary school. Our teams consisted of the U.S. Marshals Service, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. State Probation Officers, West Jefferson P.D. and Jefferson P.D. In Ashe County, we have a total of 43 registered sex offenders who get regularly checked by Sheriff’s Office staff. Every year the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office partners up with local and federal law enforcement agencies to conduct compliance checks with the sex offenders registered in Ashe county. We make sure they comply with court orders and live where they are registered. Out of 43 registered offenders in Ashe County, Charles Ruland of West Jefferson was arrested with violations. Ongoing investigations are currently underway for three additional registrants. Detective Mike Reynolds, our staff, and local agencies do a great job ensuring the offenders are in compliance, and our county is safe. Charles Leonard Ruland, 65 years-old, of West Jefferson, NC was charged with: • Sex Offender Residence Registration Ruland is being held at the Ashe County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
May 13, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Mavs stay alive after Heat close out Sixers UNDATED (AP) – The Dallas Mavericks will head back to Phoenix for a seventh game in their Western Conference semifinal series. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) delivered 33 points as the Mavs clobbered the Suns, 113-86. Doncic played through an apparent left leg injury that sent him to the locker room in the second quarter. When he returned to the court, Dallas went on a decisive 19-5 run to finish the first half, turning a two-point lead into a 60-45 halftime edge. Reggie Bullock scored 19 points and Jalen Brunson added 18 for Dallas. Spencer Dinwiddie had a series-high 15, all on 3s. Devin Booker scored 19 points for the Suns but was shut out from 3-point range while going 6 of 17 overall from the field. Game 7 is Saturday. Meanwhile, The Miami Heat have won another NBA playoff round by stifling the Philadelphia 76ers’ top two stars. The Heat are in the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in three years following a 99-90 comeback win over the 76ers. Jimmy Butler pumped in 32 points for Miami, which will take on the Bucks or Celtics in the next round. Butler scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting in the third quarter, when the Heat went on a 16-2 run to take control. Max Strus (stroos) had 20 points and 11 rebounds […]
May 12, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Bucks rally past Celtics, Grizzlies hammer Warriors UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks won an NBA thriller in comeback fashion, while the Memphis Grizzlies stayed alive with an old-fashioned blowout. The Bucks have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals by erasing a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Bobby Portis made a putback off a missed free throw with 15 seconds left, putting the Bucks ahead in a 110-107 victory over the Celtics in Boston. Jrue (jroo) Holiday knotted the score in the final minute and snuffed Marcus Smart’s attempt to tie it. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) poured in 40 points and had 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who had dropped three of four before grabbing control of the series. Holiday chipped in 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Jayson Tatum had 34 points and Jaylen Brown had 26 for the Celtics. The Bucks can wrap up the series at home on Friday. The Grizzlies have forced a Game 6 in San Francisco by crushing the Warriors, 134-95. Memphis already had a 27-point halftime lead before outscoring Golden State, 42-17 in the third quarter. Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones each scored 21 points as the Grizzlies won with ease while playing without All-Star Ja (jah) Morant because of a knee injury. Memphis scored 77 points in the first half, the […]
May 11, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Top-seeded Suns, Heat take 3-2 leads after easy Game 5 wins UNDATED (AP) – Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Max Strus added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 120-85. Victor Oladipo scored 13 for Miami, which got 12 from Bam Adebayo and 10 apiece from Tyler Herro and P.J. Tucker. The top-seeded Heat now lead the East semifinal series 3-2, and improved to an NBA-best 6-0 at home in these playoffs. Joel Embiid scored 17 points for fourth-seeded Philadelphia, which got 14 from James Harden and 12 from Tobias Harris. The 76ers were down by 15 going into the fourth, then gave up 12 consecutive points to open the final quarter. Game 6 is in Philadelphia on Thursday. Devin Booker scored 28 points, Deandre Ayton added 20 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-80 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. The Suns used a huge third quarter to turn a tight game into a comfortable win. Phoenix opened up the second half on an 11-4 run, highlighted by Booker’s two 3-pointers, for a 61-50 lead. The top-seeded Suns bounced back after dropping the previous two games and can win the series in Game 6 on Thursday in Dallas.   NBA-NEWS Morant doubtful […]
May 6, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Embiid still out as Sixers, Mavs seek rebound vs Heat, Suns UNDATED (AP) – Philadelphia and Dallas are back at home, trying to stay in their conference semifinal series against the top seeds. The 76ers will be forced again to play without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) against Miami, and the Mavericks waiting for someone to help Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) against Phoenix. The Sixers ruled out Embiid on Thursday for Game 3 on Friday night with the orbital fracture sustained in the first-round clincher against Toronto. The Heat won the first two games with the MVP finalist sidelined. Miami has taken a 2-0 lead in 18 previous series, including the first round this season against Atlanta, and won the matchup every time. The 76ers have dropped the first two games 19 previous times, never recovering to win the series. The Mavericks are hoping to break out of a losing streak against the team with the NBA’s best record. Dallas has lost 11 straight games to the Suns, including the regular season.   NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Four Game 3s Friday UNDATED (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes head into Friday night’s game at Boston with a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. The other three games on the schedule are tied 1-1. Toronto visits Tampa Bay, Minnesota is at St. Louis and Los Angeles hosts Edmonton. Those series are all even at 1-1. Boston […]
May 5, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Heat, Suns go 2-up UNDATED (AP) – The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns hit the road after taking the first two games of their respective second-round series in the NBA playoffs. Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler carried the Heat to a 119-103 win over the 76ers. Adebayo had a team-high 23 points for Miami, which went on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to take an 18-point lead. Butler chipped in 22 points and 12 assists as the Heat took a 2-0 series lead for the 18th time in team history. They’ve never lost those series. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 10 of his 19 points in the final period. Tyrese Maxey had a game-high 34 points for the Sixers, who host Game 3 on Friday. In Phoenix, Chris Paul scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to allow the Suns to pull away in a 129-109 win over the Mavericks. The Mavs led 60-58 at halftime but the Suns quickly recaptured the lead after Devin Booker hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third. Booker led the Suns with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 64.5% overall and made 13 of their 25 3-point attempts. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) led all scorers with 35 points and Reggie Bullock had 16, but no other Mavericks had more than 11 points. Game […]
May 4, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Suns and Heat try for 2-0 leads UNDATED (AP) – The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are the top seeds in the playoffs and at the moment, they look like it coming off impressive performances. Both have a chance to take 2-0 leads in their respective playoff series tonight and are strong favorites to get it done, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. In the Western Conference, the Suns have a 10-game winning streak against the Dallas Mavericks, counting regular season games, going into Game 2. In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers continue to search for the right mix without injured NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid. Miami won Game 1 against Philadelphia 106-92.   NHL PLAYOFFS 4 Game 2s on tap UNDATED (AP) – The NHL playoffs continue tonight with four Game 2s: Boston at Carolina, Tampa Bay at Toronto, St. Louis at Minnesota and Los Angeles at Edmonton. The Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Blues and Kings all opened their best-of-seven series with wins.   NHL-MAPLE LEAFS-CLIFFORD SUPENDED NHL suspends Leafs forward Clifford 1-game for boarding TORONTO (AP) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford has been given a one-game suspension for a boarding incident in Toronto’s playoff-opening win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The NHL’s department of player safety issued the suspension on Tuesday following a hearing with Clifford. It described the incident as a forceful hit to a defenseless player who is […]
May 3, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Bucks and Warriors try to go up 2-0 BOSTON (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks will try to go up two-games-to-none in their NBA conference semifinal series against the Celtics tonight in Boston. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had his second career postseason triple-double to lead the Bucks to a 101-89 victory in Game 1. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies play Game 2 of their semifinal series tonight in Memphis. The Warriors are up 1-0 after edging the Grizzlies 117-116 on Sunday.   NHL PLAYOFFS Rangers and Penguins open series NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Rangers host Pittsburgh tonight in the opening game of their best-of-seven NHL playoff series. Pittsburgh is in the postseason for the 16th straight year and has a roster stacked with veteran experience. But the Penguins have not won a playoff series the last three years. Another NHL playoff matchup has the Florida Panthers hosting the Washington Capitals. The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series in 26 years, going back to the 1996 Eastern Conference finals. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is expected to play after a late-season injury. The Nashville Predators and the Avalanche play the first game of their series in Colorado. The Predators will be without goaltender Juuse Saros for the opening two games due to a leg injury. It’s a big blow after he won 38 games this season. The […]
May 2, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Warriors rally after Green ejected, beat Grizzlies; Bucks beat Celtics 101-89; Giannis triple-double UNDATED (AP) – Klay Thompson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors overcame Draymond Green’s first-half ejection to edge the Memphis Grizzlies 117-116 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Jordan Poole led the Warriors with 31 points off the bench. Stephen Curry added 24 points. Memphis had a chance at the game-winner. This time Ja Morant’s last-second layup went over the rim. Morant finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Green was called for a Flagrant 2, sending him to the locker room just before halftime. After reviewing the play, the official explanation was that Green hit Brandon Clarke in the face and threw him to the court on a follow-through. In the other NBA series getting started Sunday, Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had his second career postseason triple-double to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 101-89 victory over the Boston Celtics. The Greek Freek scored 24 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Bobby Portis had 15 and 11 for the defending NBA champions. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 21 points. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston.   MLB-SCHEDULE Mets beat Phils; Mariners end Marlins’ streak UNDATED (AP) – Dominic Smith went 4 for 4 with three RBIs to […]
May 2, 2022

Jackson Picked Before More Mountaineers Sign After NFL Draft

  BOONE, N.C. — The New Orleans Saints picked App State linebacker D’Marco Jackson in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, and several Mountaineers have signed post-draft deals with teams. As of Saturday night, the list of free agent signings included, in alphabetical order: WR/PR Thomas Hennigan (Minnesota Vikings), CB Shaun Jolly (Cleveland Browns), WR Corey Sutton (Detroit Lions), DE Demetrius Taylor (Detroit Lions), WR/KR Jalen Virgil (Denver Broncos) and WR/PR Malik Williams (Buffalo Bills). THOMAS HENNIGAN, WR/PR, MINNESOTA VIKINGS Hennigan departed Boone at No. 1 in App State history in career catches (242) while ranking No. 2 in career receiving yards (3,124) and No. 4 in career receiving touchdowns (23). He ended his career with an FBS-record 65 starts, was an Academic All-American (second team) following the 2020 season and received All-Sun Belt recognition in four of his five seasons. He closed his career with 4,082 all-purpose yards thanks to work as a receiver and returner. Hennigan recorded three 100-yard receiving games in his final college season and finished his career with five total. He increased his yards-per-catch average over each of his last four seasons and had a career-best 823 receiving yards in 2021. SHAUN JOLLY, CB, CLEVELAND BROWNS Jolly earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors in each of the last three seasons to go along with All-America recognition in 2019 (second-team from PFF College) and 2020 (honorable mention from Phil Steele). He was selected to participate […]
May 2, 2022

D’Marco Jackson Drafted by New Orleans Saints in Fifth Round

  BOONE, N.C. — An App State Football alum has been selected in the NFL Draft for the fourth time in the last three years.   The New Orleans Saints picked D’Marco Jackson in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, using the 161st overall selection on the 6-foot-1, 235-pound inside linebacker.   The Mountaineers are one of only two Sun Belt programs with a draft pick in each of the last three years, as Jackson follows Shemar Jean-Charles (2021), Akeem Davis-Gaither (2020) and Darrynton Evans (2020) as App State selections since head coach Shawn Clark took over the program during the 2019 postseason.   A leading tackler at the Reese’s Senior Bowl and impressive performer at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jackson received All-America recognition from PFN (second team), Phil Steele and PFF College following a 2021 season in which he was also named the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.   In his final year with an App State team that won 10 regular season games and captured a Sun Belt East Division title, the versatile Jackson became the only FBS player in the 2000s with a season including at least 120 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, six sacks and six passes defended. He emerged as one of the nation’s most productive defenders as an App State graduate who was also pursuing a master’s degree in business administration while enrolled in the Walker College of […]
April 29, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE Suns, Mavs, 76ers advance to second round with Game 6 victories UNDATED (AP) – Chris Paul went 14 for 14 in the best shooting night in NBA playoff history, Devin Booker returned from a hamstring injury to hit a late 3-pointer and the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-109 to finish off the first-round series in six games. Paul had the most field goals without a miss in a playoff game, hit all four of his free throws and had eight assists as the top-seeded Suns overcame a 10-point halftime deficit. Phoenix will face the Dallas Mavericks in the second round. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and Jalen Brunson each scored 24 points as the Mavericks advanced by beating the Utah Jazz 98-96 in Game 6 of their series. After Brunson hit a 3-pointer from the corner, Mike Conley was called for traveling with five seconds remaining, and Brunson made one of two free throws with 4.3 seconds to play. The Jazz got an open look for Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic on the wing, but he came up short. In the Eastern Conference, Joel Embiid had 33 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 22 points and 15 assists to lead the 76ers to a 132-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors, ending their first-round series. Philadelphia will face Miami in the second round.   NFL DRAFT Defense 1st, then offense, with receivers a […]
April 27, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Bucks, Warriors return home looking to close out series UNDATED (AP) – The Warriors and Bucks each need one more win to wrap up their respective first-round playoff series. Golden State’s Game 4 loss at Denver on Sunday denied it a sweep over a Nuggets team that dropped each of the first three games. Milwaukee has posted back-to-back dominant wins over Chicago and holds a 3-1 lead despite continuing to play without Khris Middleton. He suffered a knee injury in Game 2. Both front-running teams remain confident as they prepare to play in their home arenas. The Bulls won’t have guards Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso available when they try to keep their season alive in Game 5. LaVine is in the NBA’s health and safety protocols while Caruso is in concussion protocols. Both had started each of the first four games in this series.   MLB-SCHEDULE Dominant Lopez starts at Washington UNDATED (AP) – Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez will carry a majors-leading 0.52 ERA into his start at Washington Wednesday night. Nationals righty Erick Fedde, meanwhile, enters with a 6.75 ERA. Lopez been in 2022? He has given up just one earned run and a total of 10 hits across 17 1/3 innings through three appearances. His record is 2-0. In his last outing, he struck out nine batters over seven sharp innings in a 5-0 victory against the […]
April 26, 2022
App State Ticket Updates, Single-Game Pricing
  BOONE, N.C. — As excitement continues to build for the 2022 App State football season, Mountaineer fans are encouraged to renew or buy their season tickets now while they are still available.   Six of this fall’s seven home games are scheduled for Saturdays, and Yosef Club members in good standing can renew their season tickets online. The 2022 season ticket renewal and parking request deadline is Friday, April 29. New 2022 football season tickets may be purchased online at this time, and assignment of those seats will be mid-summer.   Any single-game tickets remaining will be made available for purchase in early August. Based on season ticket sales, there is a possibility that some or all games will not have single-game tickets left – including the Sept. 3 opener vs. North Carolina – so the best way to ensure you get tickets is to purchase the season ticket package. Of note: A $250 season ticket represents a 45% savings compared to purchasing all seven single-game tickets individually.   Yosef Club members and current season ticket holders will be able to purchase any available single-game tickets before the general public. More information on pre-sales will be forthcoming. Season Ticket Prices Season tickets for the seven-game 2022 slate at Kidd Brewer Stadium cost $250 for anyone 3 years and older and $225 for current App State faculty/staff (limit of 2). Season tickets are $400 in the Gold section and the East VIP section. Three-year commitments are required to […]
April 26, 2022
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Heat can advance with win MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat can wrap up their first-round NBA playoff series with a win tonight over the Atlanta Hawks. Miami has a 3-games-to-1 lead heading into Game 5 at home. Overall, the Heat are 5-and-2 at home against the Hawks this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies are even at two games apiece as their first-round series moves back to Memphis tonight. After starting their season winning just three of their first 19 games, the New Orleans Pelicans are proving to be a handful for the Phoenix Suns in their first-round series. That series is knotted at two apiece as the series heads back to Phoenix tonight for Game 5.   MLB-SCHEDULE Braves, off to slow start, open series against Cubs ATLANTA (AP) – As they wait for star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to return from knee surgery, the World Series champion Atlanta Braves are off to a slow start at 7-and-10. Following a day off, they send left-hander Max Fried to the mound at home in a series opener against the Chicago Cubs. Fried lost his first two outings this season – at home to punchless opponents Cincinnati and Washington, no less – before rebounding last Tuesday in a homecoming at Dodger Stadium. Fried retired his first 15 batters and threw seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball with eight strikeouts […]

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