NEWS & SPORTS

July 26, 2021
AP Scorecard
  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   INTERLEAGUE Colorado at L-A Angels 9:38 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto at Boston 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Kansas City 8:10 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Houston at Seattle 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta at N-Y Mets 5:10 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Chi Cubs 8:05 p.m. Atlanta at N-Y Mets 8:10 p.m.
July 26, 2021
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   CHILD KILLED 4 arrested in drive-by shooting that killed 13-year-old girl MONROE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say four people have been arrested and charged in the drive-by shooting of a 13-year-old girl. Monroe police said in a Facebook post all four have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held at the Union County Jail without bond. News outlets report that the men charged range in age from 18 to 22. Police say the girl was sitting with friends at a picnic table in Monroe, about 30 miles from Charlotte, on Saturday evening when someone in an SUV opened fire in their direction and then sped away. The child, who was not immediately identified, was treated at the scene and then transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.     LEGISLATIVE SESSION North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly is slowing down this week as lawmakers prepare for budget negotiations and action on other measures during August. The state Senate plans no recorded floor votes until next week, while House leaders say they’ll take up legislation in floor sessions only on Monday evening and Tuesday. This week’s break is happening largely because some Republicans are traveling to a conference. Senate leader Phil Berger says his chamber is also awaiting the House to approve its version of the state […]
July 26, 2021
Financial News
  Stocks waver…More than half say economy poor…Masks back   NEW YORK (AP) – Gains from consumer-oriented companies are being kept in check today on Wall Street by a drop from big technology and health care stocks. Investors are still monitoring a steady flow of corporate earnings this week and listening for any updates from the Federal Reserve about potential policy changes on bond purchases and interest rates.   WASHINGTON (AP) – A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 54% of Americans judge the economy to be in poor shape. That’s compared with 45% who say conditions are good. The results point to the risks of inflation to President Joe Biden’s agenda. Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package and the strong gains in jobs have not swayed public opinion much.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators are running into new problems as they race to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal. One major roadblock is how much money should go for public transit. But spending on water projects, broadband and other areas remains unresolved, as is tapping COVID-19 funds to help pay. Democrats and the White House sent an offer to Republicans late Sunday to finish the remaining issues, but it was rebuffed by Republicans as “discouraging.”   ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis area has become the first in the US to reinstate a mask mandate spurred by increasing COVID-19 cases that health […]
July 26, 2021

WCC graduate credits HVAC program for his success

  WCC graduate credits HVAC program for his success   WILKESBORO, N.C. – Thanks to the experience gained through a work-based learning program, recent WCC graduate Hunter Knight secured full-time employment at Unlimited Heating and Air located in West Jefferson, North Carolina. Hunter Knight enrolled in the Workforce Development Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) course in August 2020. After completing the HVAC I & II courses, along with NATE Ready to Work, OSHA 10, and EPA Universal certifications, Knight enrolled in WCC’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program is a unique academic program in which students integrate classroom learning with real-world work experience. Students work in a business related to their program of study and gain practical experience with business, industry, and community agency worksites. Jonathan Waddell and Hunter Knight Knight credits the authentic learning experience in the HVAC class at Wilkes Community College for his success. Knight said, “The real-world experience the HVAC class provides prepared me to enter the HVAC industry and be successful the first day on the job.” Jonathan Waddell, owner, Unlimited Heating and Air, stated, “I wish I had six more employees like Hunter, because I would hire them today.” “We are exceptionally proud of Hunter and his accomplishments,” said Chris Robinson, VP of Workforce Development and Community Education. “He is emblematic of what our overall goal is in our division: helping people train or retrain for good-paying jobs. As Hunter […]
July 23, 2021

App State’s Pearson Selected to John Mackey Award Watch List

  BOONE, N.C. — App State’s Henry Pearson has been named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s best college tight end. The award is named after NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, who is considered to be the best tight end in football history. Pearson had four touchdown catches in his final five games of an injury-interrupted 2021 season. He finished the year with 16 catches for 180 yards in nine games, capping the season with touchdown catches of 22 and 11 yards in the Myrtle Beach Bowl win against North Texas. Pearson recorded six catches for 109 yards over the final two games and increased his career total to six touchdown receptions.  
July 23, 2021

App State’s Hunter Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

  BOONE, N.C. — App State’s Baer Hunter has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top center. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound super senior is a two-time All-Sun Belt selection who moved to center in the spring after starting the last 31 games at right guard. Change isn’t new to him, though, considering he began his App State career as a defensive lineman and spent time at tight end before becoming a standout offensive lineman who has 38 total starts entering the 2021 season. “The transition has been great,” Hunter said Thursday at Sun Belt Media Day in New Orleans. “You guys will be able to see all the hard work I’ve put in. The motivation behind it? I love my teammates, and I love Appalachian State.” A member of the Outland Trophy watch list last season, Hunter earned first-team All-Sun Belt recognition from the league and led the Mountaineers in knockdown blocks after posting 68 during the 11-game regular season. He helped App State rank seventh nationally by rushing for 264.9 yards per game, including 500 in the Myrtle Beach Bowl win against North Texas. He made his offensive line debut in 2018 after finishing the 2017 season at tight end. “He played defensive line, we moved him to tight end, and I wanted him to be a starter because I saw a lot of potential in his ability,” said head coach Shawn Clark, who was […]
July 23, 2021

Wilkes Community College Respiratory Care program receives President’s Award for Excellence

Wilkes Community College Respiratory Care program receives President’s Award for Excellence   Wilkesboro, N.C. – Wilkes Community College’s Respiratory Care program recently received the President’s Award for Excellence in Credentialing Success from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). This award is presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement.   From a program effectiveness perspective, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of the program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. To receive this coveted award, programs are required to have three or more years of outcomes data; hold accreditation without a progress report; document RRT credentialing success of 100%; and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for TMC high cut score and retention. The WCC Respiratory Therapy program is one of only 26 select colleges and universities across the United States who earned this award.   “Anytime one of Wilkes Community College’s programs is recognized as one of the 26 best in the country, that is a proud moment for everyone in our community,” said Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC President. “We couldn’t be any prouder of our Respiratory Program faculty and staff or our outstanding students!”   “This award demonstrates the dedication of our students, instructors, and clinical affiliates in our Respiratory Program,” said Billy Woods, RT Program Director. “Wilkes Community College is proud of all who […]
July 23, 2021
AP Entertainment
  Entertainment: SCREEN COLLAPSES AT VENUE FOR ROLLING LOUD MIAMI (AP) – A giant video screen collapsed yesterday at a South Florida stadium, a day before the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival was set to begin. There were no injuries. Organizers took to Twitter to announce that the screen toppled onto one of the festival’s stages at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. But the tweet also says “nobody was hurt…the show goes on!” Helicopter news footage shows a pile of downed scaffolding and other equipment near one of the stages. The show’s lineup this weekend includes A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Post Malone.   BILLIE EILISH CONCERT FILM DUE OUT IN THE FALL UNDATED (AP) – Those waiting to check out the new Billie Eilish concert film won’t have much longer. “Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” will make its debut on Apple TV+ on Sept. 3. The film will highlight the July 30 release of “Happier Than Ever.” The album is Eilish’s follow-up to “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”   ROLLING STONES TO RELAUNCH TOUR NEW YORK (AP) – The Rolling Stones are ready to rock again. The band says it is re-launching the U.S. portion of its “No Filter” tour, which was derailed by the pandemic. The first show of the reboot will be in St. Louis on Sept. 26. In a statement, lead singer Mick Jagger said he’s “excited […]
July 23, 2021
AP Scorecard
  Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Detroit 7 Texas 5 Final L.A. Angels 3 Minnesota 2 Final Tampa Bay 5 Cleveland 4 Final Boston 5 N.Y. Yankees 4 Final Oakland 4 Seattle 1   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2 Final Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 2 Final San Diego 3 Miami 2 Final San Francisco 5 L.A. Dodgers 3   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Final Orlando City 2 Philadelphia 1 Final Seattle 1 Austin FC 0 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Washington at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Toronto at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE N-Y Yankees at Boston 7:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Kansas City 8:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Texas at Houston 8:10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Arizona at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Miami 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at San Francisco 9:45 p.m. Colorado at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m.
July 23, 2021
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   NORTH CAROLINA Major North Carolina hospitals to order staff to get vaccine RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Major hospital systems across North Carolina will soon require workers to get a COVID-19 shot if they want to keep working at the facilities. The decision comes as state health officials warn of a rise in cases fueled by the delta variant. Communities with large unvaccinated populations have been particularly hard hit. The state Healthcare Association said on Thursday that Duke Health, Atrium Health and many UNC Health hospitals will soon compel workers to get vaccinated. Dr. Mandy Cohen, the state’s top public health official, praised the group’s decision and encouraged all residents to come in for a vaccine.     NORTH CAROLINA McCrory pushes for 3 GOP primary debates in Senate race RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants to have three debates with U.S. Rep. Tedd Budd and former Rep. Mark Walker. The three Republican candidates are competing for the party’s nomination for an open 2022 U.S. Senate seat. McCrory raised the most money in the latest reporting period but Budd has seen an uptick in momentum after getting the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. McCrory announced on Thursday that he would like one of the primary debates in the late fall and the other two in early 2022. Walker agreed to the debates. Budd’s campaign says it will have […]
July 23, 2021
Financial News
  Stocks mixed…Japan’s PM meets with Pfizer CEO   BANGKOK (AP) – European markets opened higher today after a mixed day of trading in Asia, amid persisting worries that the more contagious delta variant of COVID-19 will dent recoveries from the pandemic. In early trading in Europe, Germany’s DAX added 0.6%. In Paris, the CAC 40 also rose 0.6%, Britain’s FTSE 100 surged 0.7%. In Seoul, the Kospi closed 0.1% higher. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 1.5% and the Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.7%. On Wall Street, Dow futures are 0.3% higher and S&P 500 futures are 0.4% higher.   TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s prime minister has met with Pfizer’s CEO in an unusually high-profile setting to make sure the drugmaker would deliver COVID-19 vaccine it has promised to the nation. CEO Albert Bourla is in Tokyo to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics later today. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met him over breakfast at a palace usually used to welcome heads of state.   SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California has changed how it will pay unemployment benefits. The Employment Development Department says it will continue to pay some people even while it investigates their eligibility. Previously, the state would suspend payments until these investigations were complete. But the state has been overwhelmed by millions of claims during the pandemic, causing lengthy delays. The announcement is part of a lawsuit settlement between the state and the […]
July 22, 2021
AP Entertainment
  Entertainment:   MOTOWN FOUNDER BERRY GORDY TO GET KENNEDY CENTER HONOR WASHINGTON (AP) – Berry Gordy is among those named to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. The Motown founder is being added to the list of arts figures getting national recognition for his career. Others involved in music picked for this year’s awards are Bette Midler and folk music legend Joni Mitchell. The Kennedy Center Honors are set for Dec 5. Organizers say they will stage a traditional program – unlike the one for last year’s recipients, which were scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic.   BRANDY CARLILE CHANNELS DAVID BOWIE NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brandi Carlile used some of her time being under pandemic quarantine to channel her inner David Bowie. She rocks a Bowie-like style in the first music video from her new album, “In These Silent Days.” It’s due out Oct. 1 – and features help from Carlile’s two close musical buds, Elton John and Joni Mitchell.   EX-SEX PISTOLS SINGER OPPOSES USING GROUP’S MUSIC IN TV DRAMA LONDON (AP) – The former Sex Pistols singer known as Johnny Rotten isn’t happy with an upcoming TV drama about the punk rock band. And he says he is “heart and soul” against letting the band’s music being used in the project. Rotten, who now goes by the name John Lyndon, is at odds with other members of the band over the use of the Sex Pistols’ […]
July 22, 2021
AP Scorecard
  Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Kansas City 6 Milwaukee 3 Final Colorado 6 Seattle 3 Final N.Y. Yankees 6 Philadelphia 5   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 4 Final Detroit 4 Texas 2 Final Boston 7 Toronto 4 Final Cleveland 5 Houston 4 Final Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 2   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final San Diego 3 Atlanta 2 Final N.Y. Mets 7 Cincinnati 0 Final Arizona 6 Pittsburgh 4 Final Miami 3 Washington 1 Final St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2 Final San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 2 San Diego at Atlanta 5:20 p.m. (Suspended)   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Final tie Nashville 0 Columbus 0 Final tie New York 1 Toronto FC 1 Final New York City FC 1 CF Montréal 0 Final New England 5 Miami 0 Final tie Atlanta 1 Cincinnati 1 Final tie D.C. United 2 Chicago 2 Final tie San Jose 1 Sporting Kansas City 1 Final Colorado 2 FC Dallas 0 Final tie LA Galaxy 2 Real Salt Lake 2 Final Portland 2 Los Angeles FC 1 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Texas at Detroit 1:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Boston 7:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Miami 7:10 p.m. Chi Cubs at St. […]
July 22, 2021
AP-NC Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina News:   MISSING HELICOPTER-NORTH CAROLINA Coast Guard: Search for missing helicopter suspended ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search along the North Carolina coast for a helicopter with two men aboard that disappeared near Albemarle Sound during a flight from Virginia. The search was suspended Wednesday after Coast Guard personnel and partner agencies searched a combined area of 3,303 miles over 38 hours. A concerned friend notified the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center that they lost communication with the helicopter Monday evening. The Coast Guard says the two unidentified men left Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional Airport and were heading for the Dare County Regional Airport. Sector North Carolina Chief of Response Cmdr. Corrie Sergent says suspending a search is one of the hardest decisions they make.     JAIL GUARD ASSAULTED North Carolina man sent to prison for stabbing jail guard RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for assaulting a jail guard with a 6-inch metal shank in 2019. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina says 32-year-old Troy Lamont Powell was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Wednesday. A news release says Powell was in custody at the Franklin County Detention Center on pending drug and gun charges when the incident occurred on Dec. 30, 2019. Powell pleaded guilty to the […]
July 22, 2021
Financial News
  Stocks slightly lower…Jobless claims rise…Home sales up   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are slightly lower in morning trading on Wall Street after a surprise increase in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits gave investors pause. Investors have been nervous about how well the economy is recovering from the pandemic, with lingering concerns that the rapidly spreading delta variant of COVID-19 may cause businesses and cities to put restrictions into place yet again. But all three major U.S. indexes are still on pace to end the week higher after strong gains the past two days. Companies that will report their results after the market close include Intel and Twitter.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy. The Labor Department says jobless claims increased to 419,000 from 368,000 the previous week. The weekly number of first-time applications for benefits, which generally tracks layoffs, has fallen steadily since topping 900,000 in early January. Americans are shopping, traveling and eating out more as the pandemic has waned, forcing businesses to scramble for more workers. Complaints by companies that they can’t find enough workers have led 22 states to prematurely end a $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit.   UNDATED (AP) – Sales of previously occupied homes rose in June, snapping a four-month […]
July 26, 2021
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   OLYMPICS NEWS Osaka and Djokovic raise profile of tennis at Tokyo Games TOKYO (AP) – Naomi Osaka has the hopes of the entire host nation resting on her. Novak Djokovic is attempting to accomplish something that no man has done before in tennis. Both players are after something special at the Tokyo Olympics and both produced convincing victories to reach the last 16 at Ariake Tennis Park. Osaka crushed winners off both wings seemingly at will in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 49th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland. Then Djokovic dispatched 48th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to win a Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same calendar year.   In other action at the Tokyo games: – It took Canadian swimmer Maggie MacNeil a few seconds to realize she had finished first in the 100-meter butterfly because she doesn’t wear contacts or prescription goggles when she’s in the pool. MacNeil touched the wall and tried to focus in on the results board. Today’s medal was her second in two days in Tokyo and another sign of a revival for Canadian swimming.   – Kelsey Stewart homered leading off the seventh inning to cap a late rally that gave the United States a 2-1 victory over Japan to win the group stage at the Olympics and the […]
July 23, 2021
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NFL-NEWS NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks UNDATED (AP) – The NFL had to reschedule several games last season due to COVID-19 outbreaks within teams. The league won’t be as willing to do that this year. The NFL has informed teams they could potentially forfeit a game due to an outbreak among non-vaccinated players and that players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week. In a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league doesn’t anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within the 18-week regular season. However, forfeits are among the consequences. For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win. The league says more than half its teams have COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80% of their players, and more than 75% of players are in the process of being vaccinated.   In other NFL news: – All-Pro middle linebacker Fred Warner has signed a five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers taking him through the 2026 season. The 24-year-old Warner has started all 48 games in his three seasons with San Francisco, making 79 tackles last season with a sack, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.   – Running back Saquon (SAY’-kwahn) Barkley is starting training camp for […]
July 22, 2021
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   MILWAUKEE BUCKS PARADE Milwaukee celebrates NBA championship with parade MILWAUKEE (AP) – Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the head of a procession that included a hook-and-ladder fire truck, occasionally blaring its horn. Open-air buses and flatbed trucks carried Bucks stars including Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and Jrue (jroo) Holiday, as well as the trophy they captured Tuesday night with a Game 6 victory over Phoenix. Fans could be heard chanting, “Bucks in 6!,” an odd but beloved rallying cry with roots in a former Bucks player’s fruitless prediction in 2013 that the team would take down the playoffs’ top seed at the time.   OLYMPICS-NEWS Osaka makes her return against Zheng at Tokyo Olympics TOKYO (AP) – Naomi Osaka’s first match in nearly two months will come against 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament. The second-seeded Osaka, who represents host Japan and is one of the top names at the Games, is returning to competition after she withdrew from the French Open following the first round to take a mental health break. Osaka holds a 2-1 career edge over Zheng. Their match will be the very first […]
July 21, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA FINALS Bucks win NBA title, their first in half-century MILWAUKEE (AP) – It had been been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks last won an NBA championship. Fittingly, their two-time NBA most valuable player scored 50 in last night’s clincher. Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks beat the Suns, 105-98 to win the series 4-2. He shot 16 for 25 from the field and made an unbelievable 17-of-19 free throws after entering the game shooting under 56% from the line in the postseason. The Greek Freak was named the NBA Finals MVP following his remarkable performance. Khris Middleton delivered 17 points and Bobby Portis had 16 off the bench for Milwaukee, which hadn’t won the title since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson carried the 1971 squad. The Bucks started strong and enjoyed a 29-16 lead heading into the second quarter. But the Suns dominated the reset of the half, outscoring Milwaukee, 31-13 to carry a five-point advantage into the locker room. The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006. Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but shot just 8 for 22 and missed all […]
July 20, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA FINALS Bucks could wrap up championship at home MILWAUKEE (AP) – After rallying from a two-games-to-none deficit, the Milwaukee Bucks return home with a three-to-two lead, and a chance to wrap up the NBA title tonight at home against the Phoenix Suns. A win tonight will give the Bucks their first championship in a half century. The Bucks took the finals lead with a 123-119 Game 5 victory in Phoenix that showcased their impressive balance. Milwaukee averaged 120.1 points per game in the regular season to become the NBA’s highest-scoring team in nearly 40 years. But they’ve pulled ahead in this series by delivering memorable defensive plays.   MLB-SCHEDULE Giants and Dodgers continue key series LOS ANGELES (AP) – Buster Posey and the surprising San Francisco Giants continue their pivotal four-game series against the rival Dodgers. The star catcher hit a two-run homer his first time up Monday night after missing two weeks with a bruised left thumb, and San Francisco won the opener 7-2 in Los Angeles. The Giants, in first place since May 31, lead the NL West by two games over the defending World Series champion Dodgers.   Among the other games on the schedule: – Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola returns to the mound in New York against the Yankees after missing his last scheduled start because of COVID-19 contact tracing. Nola never tested positive for the […]
July 19, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   GOLF-BRITISH OPEN Morikawa wins his 2nd major with flawless finish SANDWICH, England (AP) – Whether it’s beginner’s luck or just solid play, Collin Morikawa has set himself apart in golf history. The 24-year-old Morikawa is the first golfer to win two different majors in his first attempt after rallying to capture the British Open at Royal St. George’s. He began the day one stroke behind leader Louis Oosthuizen (LOO’-ee OOST’-hay-zehn) before closing with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth (speeth). Morikawa made three straight birdies from the seventh hole to overtake Oosthuizen (OOST’-hay-zehn), who was seeking a wire-to-wire win. Morikawa played the final 31 holes without a bogey and finished at 15-under 265. That’s the lowest score in the 15 times the British Open has been played at Royal St. George’s. Sunday’s win follows his victory last year in his first PGA Championship. Oosthuizen shot a 1-over 71 on Sunday to finish in a third-place tie with Jon Rahm, another near miss for the 2010 Open champ. Oosthuizen was the runner-up at the last two majors.   MLB-SCHEDULE Nats win one, lose one UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Nationals were able to wrap up a disturbing weekend by splitting two with the Padres on Sunday. Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar homered in the eighth inning and hit a game-ending single in the ninth to give the Nats an 8-7 […]
July 16, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE Red Sox at Yankees postponed due to COVID cases NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were scheduled to be the first two teams playing after the All-Star break. Instead, they could be the last. The clubs were supposed to open a four-game series Thursday in the Bronx, the only game on the Major League Baseball schedule. But the game was postponed following positive COVID-19 tests among three Yankees pitchers. Jonathan Loaisiga (loh-AY’-sih-gah), Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were the players who tested positive. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said all three pitchers are fully vaccinated. Cashman expects three other players to test positive. Friday’s game is also in jeopardy. This was the eighth COVID-related postponement this season but the first in nearly three months.   MLB-NEWS Santiago 10-game suspension for foreign substance upheld UNDATED (AP) – Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago’s 10-game suspension has been upheld by MLB special adviser John McHale Jr. Santiago will start serving the suspension Friday, when the Mariners open their post-All-Star break schedule at the Los Angeles Angels. Santiago became the first player suspended under MLB’s crackdown on unauthorized sticky substances. Santiago also was fined.   In other MLB news: – The Braves have bolstered their outfield by acquiring Joc Pederson from the Cubs for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball. Pederson is batting .230 with 11 homers and […]
July 15, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA FINALS Middleton, Bucks knot Finals at 2 a piece MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have tied the NBA Finals at two games apiece through a lot of help from Khris Middleton. The Bucks trailed by nine in the fourth quarter before Middleton carried them to a 109-103 win over the Phoenix Suns. He drained the go-ahead basket while scoring 10 straight Milwaukee points before finishing with 40. Phoenix led by two with 2 1/2 minutes left before Middleton made the next two baskets to give Milwaukee a 101-99 edge with 1:28 to play. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) followed a pair of 40-point performances with 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and one huge block on Deandre Ayton with just over a minute remaining. The only thing stopping Suns guard Devin Booker was foul trouble. He poured in 20 of his game-high 42 points in the third period but had to sit out 3 1/2 straight minutes after picking up his fifth foul early in the fourth. Chris Paul shot just 5-for-13 and finished with 10 points and five turnovers, including one big miscue in the final minute. Jae Crowder was the only other Suns player with more than 10 points, finishing with 15 and eight boards. Game 5 is Saturday in Phoenix, where the Suns took the first two games of the series.   NBA-PELICANS-COACH Pelicans seek to hire Suns […]
July 14, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-ALL-STAR GAME AL makes it 8 straight wins DENVER (AP) – The American League has earned its eighth consecutive All-Star Game victory. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mike Zunino (zoo-NEE’-noh) hit solo homers and Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) had two of the AL’s nine hits in a 5-2 victory over the National League. Marcus Semien put the junior circuit ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second, one inning before Guerrero went deep. Guerrero also poked an RBI grounder and Bogaerts added a run-scoring single. Guerrero is the first Toronto Blue Jay to be named the MVP of the All-Star Game. J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) put the NL on the board with a solo shot in the fifth. Jared Walsh made a sliding catch in left field on Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, keeping the AL ahead. Angels star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) made history as the first All-Star to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He was the AL starting pitcher and worked a perfect first inning to get the win but finished 0-for-2 at the plate. Corbin Burnes took the loss, yielding two runs and four hits over two frames. The AL owns a 46-43-2 lead in the all-time series.   MLB-MANFRED Manfred sees changes coming to MLB DENVER (AP) – Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says banning or limiting defensive […]
July 13, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-ALL-STAR GAME Stars in leadoff spots DENVER (AP) – Two of baseball’s biggest stars will be in the leadoff spots as the All-Star Game gets under way tonight in Denver. Shohei Ohtani of the Angels will not only be the American League’s starting pitcher; he’ll be the first batter to face the National League’s Max Scherzer. Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres will lead off for the National League. He’ll be followed by the Dodgers’ Max Muncy at designated hitter, and St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado. Traded by Colorado during the offseason, Arenado is likely to remain a fan favorite at Coors Field. Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will bat second and play first base for the AL. Ohtani will be the first two-way starter in the history of the All-Star Game, which began in 1933. Not even Babe Ruth did it, having last pitched regularly in 1919.   OLYMPICS-JILL BIDEN First lady to attend Olympics opening WASHINGTON (AP) – Jill Biden will attend the opening ceremony of the summer Olympic games in Tokyo. The White House announced the trip Tuesday, even as the city has entered a new state of emergency over a rise in coronavirus cases. Biden will attend the opening ceremony on July 23, but President Joe Biden isn’t going. That’s a shift from the last time she attended, in 2010, when she and her husband led the […]
July 12, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB- ACUNA SURGERY Braves star faces ACL surgery MIAMI (AP) – Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery after sustaining a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee during Atlanta’s 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. An MRI shows the severity of the injury and the Braves made the announcement shortly shortly midnight. Acuna had been slated to start in the outfield for the NL All-Star team in Tuesday’s game, his third appearance.   In other MLB news: – The Shohei Ohtani Show at Coors Field starts with the All-Star Home Run Derby, with fans wondering how far the Angels’ two-way sensation and other sluggers can hit the ball in Denver’s thin air. Ohtani leads the majors with 33 home runs, his most recent blast being a titanic, upper-deck drive in Seattle over the weekend. He’s the top-seeded contestant in an eight-player field that also includes 2019 champ Pete Alonso, Juan Soto, Matt Olson, Trey Mancini, Joey Gallo, Salvador Perez and local favorite Trevor Story of the Rockies. The last time the All-Star Game was at Coors, Ken Griffey Jr. won the 1998 Derby by topping Jim Thome in a matchup for future Hall of Famers.   – The starting lineups for the All-Star Game will be announced, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will be on the mound. Zack Wheeler could end up pitching […]
July 9, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON Djokovic aims for 7th Wimbledon final WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) will try to reach his seventh Wimbledon final when he plays No. 10 Denis Shapovalov (shah-PAH’-vah-lahv) Friday. That would tie Djokovic tied for second on the all-time list, equaling Boris Becker, Arthur Gore and Pete Sampras. Roger Federer has played in 12 Wimbledon finals, winning eight. Djokovic has five Wimbledon titles. No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy takes on No. 14 Hubert Hurkacz (HUR’-kahts) of Poland in Friday’s other semifinal. Both are trying to become the first man from their country to reach the Wimbledon final. Ash Barty will play Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) in the women’s final on Saturday. Barty will be trying to win a second trophy in her past seven Grand Slam tournaments, while Pliskova seeks her first major championship.   MLB-NEWS Astros’ giveaways sure to grab Yanks’ attention UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have planned a weekend of giveaway items at Minute Maid Park that’s sure to pique the interest of the visiting New York Yankees. Star second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and his Houston teammates were loudly heckled in May when they played at Yankee Stadium for the first time since their sign-stealing was revealed. The Astros beat New York in the 2017 AL Championship Series on their way to the World Series championship and topped them again in the 2019 […]
July 8, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL Lightning repeat behind Vasilevskiy TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The downside of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s high-powered offense is that it overshadows their excellent defense. It was the defense that allowed them to clinch their second consecutive Stanley Cup in a Game 5 win over the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0. Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) needed to make just 22 saves in his fifth shutout of the postseason, giving him a 1.90 goals-against average. He’s the first netminder in NHL history to record shutouts in five consecutive series clinchers. Vasilevskiy remains undefeated in games after a loss over the past two playoffs. The lone goal was provided by Ross Colton in the second period off a feed from defenseman David Savard. Neither player was with the Bolts for last year’s Cup run. Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had 32 points to join Mario Lemieux as the only players to lead the postseason in scoring two years in a row. Carey Price stopped 29 shots for the Canadiens, whose team-record Cup drought will enter its 29th consecutive year.   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON Federer loses in quarterfinals…Djokovic wins WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – A potential Wimbledon men’s final between 19-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and 20-time Major champion Roger Federer has gone off the rails. The seventh-seeded Federer was bounced from the tournament in straight sets, losing to 24-year-old Hubert Hurkacz (HUR’-kahts), […]
July 7, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-FINALS Paul carries Suns past Giannis, Bucks in NBA Finals opener PHOENIX (AP) – Chris Paul had 32 points and nine assists, Devin Booker scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the returning Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and his Milwaukee Bucks 118-105 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Paul scored 16 points during a sensational third quarter that had Phoenix fans who waited 28 years to see the NBA Finals again screaming in delight. Finally playing for the title in his 16th season, the star point guard has the Suns in the NBA Finals for only the third time, and it sure looked as if they could make this one different than the other two. Antetokounmpo finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds and four assists.   NBA-NEWS Silver says NBA may have weathered pandemic well financially UNDATED (AP) – The NBA may emerge from the pandemic on better financial footing than it first anticipated, though Commissioner Adam Silver is warning that it’s too early to declare things fully back to normal. Silver, at his annual pre-NBA Finals news conference, says he believes the league weathered the pandemic and all that came with it – including much less revenue from the lack of fans in arenas for much of the last 15 months. Silver says he was surprised to see many teams were able to have full buildings during the playoffs. […]
July 6, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-CANADIENS/LIGHTNING Canadiens force Game 5 MONTREAL (AP) – The Montreal Canadiens have avoided a four-game sweep while preventing the Tampa Bay Lightning from celebrating their second straight Stanley Cup. Josh Anderson’s second goal of the night came 3:57 into overtime and gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory versus the Lightning. The Habs wasted a pair of one-goal leads before Anderson got his second career playoff overtime goal after he forced a turnover at the blue line. Carey Price stopped 32 shots for Montreal, and rookie defenseman Alexander Romanov also scored. The Canadiens were in line for a 2-1 win until Pat Maroon beat Price with 6:12 left in regulation. Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Lightning, who will try again to wrap up their third Stanley Cup title at home on Wednesday.   NHL-NEWS Jackets netminding prospect dies UNDATED (AP) – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (MAH’-tihs kihv-LEH’-nihks) has died following a nearby errant fireworks blast. A medical examiner in Michigan says an autopsy determined the cause was chest trauma. Police in Novi, Michigan, said a mortar-style firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby Sunday night. A police spokesman says the 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people. Prior to the autopsy, police said Kivlenieks was believed to have slipped and hit his head on concrete while […]

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