NEWS & SPORTS

September 19, 2018
Blood Drives
        American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood & Platelet Donors Especially in need of Blood Type “O” To schedule an appointment, use the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App, Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767…….donation appointments & completion of a “RapidPass” online health questionaire can reduce the time it takes to donate.   For more information call the Red Cross @…………………………………………1-800-733-2767   IN DESPARATE NEED OF ALL TYPES OF BLOOD DUE TO CANCELLATION OF BLOOD DRIVES, DUE TO THE HURRICANE    WALK-INS ARE WELCOME & ENCOURAGED BRING A FRIEND   Blood Drives:   Sept 20th @ Jefferson UMC from 11 – 3:30 pm. Walk-Ins are Welcome! Those planning on giving blood, are encouraged to please bring a friend!………………………336-384-4108 Sept 24th @ Sparta Lions Club located at 190 N Main Street. Walk-Ins welcome! Contact Gayle Cobb for more information @………………………………………………….336-372-2577 Sept 24th @ Blue Ridge EMC in Boone. Contact Susan Jones @……………….828-265-8302 Sept 29th @ Bethel Baptist Church located at 3656 Mtn View Rd in Wilkes. For info call Melissa shepherd @………………………………………………………………………336-957-0022      
September 19, 2018
AP Entertainment
      BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND WILL DO ONE LAST TOUR DETROIT (AP) – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band say their upcoming tour will be their last. Seger has added more dates to his previously announced “Travelin’ Man” tour that begins Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The final show has not been determined because more tour dates will be announced.   THE CRANBERRIES WILL CEASE AFTER NEXT ALBUM LONDON (AP) – The Cranberries will call it quits after they release their final album with Dolores O’Riordan on vocals. Guitarist Noel Hogan tells The Guardian newspaper, “We will do this album and then that will be it. There is no need to continue.” The album “In the End” was nearly finished when O’Riordan died in January. The rest of the band completed it and it will come out next year. A 25th anniversary edition of their debut album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” comes out Oct. 19.   PRINCE’S HOME JAM SESSION WILL BE RELEASED FRIDAY MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The new Prince album, based off his work tape, is presented just as he recorded it, complete with coughs and his request to someone to flip over the cassette. “Piano and a Microphone 1983” is a 35-minute recording Prince made at his home studio 35 years ago. It includes a quick version of “Purple Rain,” as well as a version of […]
September 19, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Pittsburgh 2 Kansas City 1, 11 Innings   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final N-Y Yankees 3 Boston 2 Final Toronto 6 Baltimore 4 Final Minnesota 5 Detroit 3 Final Cleveland 5 Chi White Sox 3 Final Tampa Bay 4 Texas 0 Final Houston 7 Seattle 0 Final L-A Angels 9 Oakland 7   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 5 N-Y Mets 2 Final Washington 4 Miami 2 Final St. Louis 8 Atlanta 1 Final Cincinnati 3 Milwaukee 1 Final Chi Cubs 9 Arizona 1 Final L-A Dodgers 3 Colorado 2, 10 Innings Final San Francisco 5 San Diego 4   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASON Final Boston 5 Washington 2 Final Buffalo 3 Pittsburgh 2 Final Columbus 4 Chicago 1 Final Philadelphia 5 N-Y Islanders 1 Final Toronto 4 Ottawa 1 Final Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 1 Final Dallas 5 St. Louis 3 Final Vegas 5 Colorado 1 Final Arizona 4 L.A. Kings 2 Final Edmonton 4 Vancouver 2 Final Arizona 4 L.A. Kings 3 Final San Jose 4 Anaheim 1 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Kansas City at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Minnesota at Detroit 1:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Texas 2:05 p.m. Boston at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Houston 8:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Oakland […]
September 19, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT   FLORENCE-LOUISIANA DONATIONS Louisiana university collects Florence disaster supplies NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) – Students at a university in Louisiana are helping residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup after Hurricane Florence. Northwestern State University biology professor Dr. Curt Phifer is spearheading an effort to collect supplies for cleanup buckets. The buckets will then be taken to affected disaster areas through the United Methodist Center on Relief in Baldwin. Phifer says he’s asking every campus group to put together at least one bucket to donate to the relief effort. Empty buckets are available to each organization in the Student Government Association office on the first floor of the Student Union. Each bucket has a list of specific items totaling about $75 that says how to assemble the bucket. Assembled buckets can be returned to the SGA office by Sept. 24.     FEMA-THE STORMS Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues WASHINGTON (AP) – Problems are mounting for the head of the federal disaster relief agency. The House Oversight Committee is asking for documents related to allegations that Federal Emergency Management Administrator Brock Long misused government vehicles. He says he has done nothing wrong. Long has also been under investigation by Homeland Security’s watchdog agency. And he’s been noticeably absent from the public response to Hurricane Florence. But he appeared on […]
September 19, 2018
Financial News
        Global shares mostly higher…China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle…UK lawmakers call cryptocurrencies the “Wild West”   TOKYO (AP) – Global shares were mostly higher today despite jitters over the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 edged up 0.3 percent, while Germany’s DAX gained 0.2 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat. Japan’s Nikkei finished 1.1 percent higher. South Korea’s Kospi was virtually unchanged, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.2 percent and the Shanghai Composite gained 1.1 percent. U.S. shares are set to rise with Dow futures up 0.1 percent and S&P 500 futures flat.   BEIJING (AP) – China’s No. 2 leader is appealing for global support for free trade following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing’s technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang said today in a speech to a business conference that disputes must be worked out through consultation. China announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of American imports Tuesday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s increase on $200 billion of Chinese goods.   BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The Trump administration has rolled back a rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution caused by huge volumes of natural gas that escapes after being drilled from U.S. lands. The move by the U.S. Interior Department replaces a 2016 rule adopted under President Barack Obama that forced energy companies to capture […]
September 18, 2018
Ashe Memorial Hospital Hurricane Florence Relief Effort
  September 18, 2018   Dear Ashe County Residents:   I have been in communication with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.   My heart is filled emotion as I have heard stories of tragic loss as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence.    Not only are the hospital patients in need of continued care but those who have dedicated their lives to provide care to the sick and afflicted have also been affected as well.  Pender Memorial Hospital is an 86 bed, not-for-profit critical access community hospital, owned by Pender County and managed by New Hanover Regional Medical Center are now faced with their own sense of urgency to receive basic necessities.    Humbled by the Ashe County community for their heartfelt generosity, they have shared that healthcare workers have lost and had great damage to their homes as well.   Pender Memorial Hospital has expressed items needed to include:   New bedding New towels Cleaning products (dish soap, brooms, dish towels, bleach, buckets, rubber gloves, trash bags, toiletries, masks, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) Diapers/ wipes (all sizes) Non-perishable food Water Pet food (dog/cat) Monetary donations – made out to Ashe Memorial Hospital sent to 200 Hospital Avenue. (one check will be sent to Pender Memorial Hospital) Please drop off donated items to the State Employees Credit Union Parking lot in West Jefferson to begin Friday, September 21, 2018 from […]
September 18, 2018
Hurricane Florence Relief
  FORMER ASHE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AND COACH, RONNIE PRUITT IS COLLECTING ITEMS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY HURRICANE FLORENCE. THESE DONATIONS CAN BE DELIVERED TO THE FIELD-HOUSE AT ASHE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BY MID-MORNING THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH.   ITEMS NEEDED INCLUDE…BOTTLED WATER, ALL TOILETRIES INCLUDING TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHPASTE, DEODORANT, ALL CLEANING SUPPLIES, FLASHLIGHTS, BATTERIES, DIAPERS AND UNDERWEAR FOR ALL SIZES. NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS, CAN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, PEANUT BUTTER, BUG SPRAY AND ANY MONETARY DONATIONS WILL BE APPRECIATED.   DONATIONS CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THE FIELDHOUSE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL STARTING (TOMORROW), WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH FROM 8am-6:30pm AND THURSDAY MORNING UNTIL 10am. DONATIONS WILL ALSO BE COLLECTED AT THE HOME SOCCER GAME WEDNESDAY NIGHT vs. WILKES CENTRAL.    
September 18, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Kansas City at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Texas 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Houston 8:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Oakland 10:05 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N-Y Mets at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. Washington at Miami 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Atlanta 7:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee 7:40 p.m. Chi Cubs at Arizona 9:40 p.m. Colorado at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASON Boston at Washington 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh at Buffalo 7:00 p.m. Chicago at Columbus 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Toronto 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Vegas at Colorado 9:00 p.m. L.A. Kings at Arizona 10:00 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver 10:30 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
September 18, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT   TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST The Latest: Wastewater flows into river tributary in NC WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Florence sent tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater into a tributary of North Carolina’s Cape Fear River basin over the weekend. The City of Greensboro said in a statement Tuesday that about 63,000 gallons (about 240,000 liters) of untreated wastewater flowed from a sanitary sewer main for about four hours on Sunday. Officials blame infiltration from heavy rainfall accumulated from Florence. The untreated wastewater entered North Buffalo, a tributary of the Cape Fear River basin. Officials say the area was cleaned and flushed.     TROPICAL WEATHER-HOMES VERSUS HIGHWAY S. Carolina town worries plan to save road will flood homes CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Some residents and officials in Conway, South Carolina, worry homes will flood because the state wants to save the main highway into Myrtle Beach instead. On Monday, the Waccamaw River was already flooded and hadn’t yet crested. State officials say they must keep the road open, or hundreds of thousands of people would be isolated. Tourist-destination Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas are more densely populated. So the state is building a higher wall in its last stand on U.S. Highway 501. Officials say the nearly 1,000 homes that will likely flood would be in […]
September 18, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks gain…Tech share rebound…Facebook faces discrimination complaint   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are higher in early trading as investors weigh the White House’s decision to impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods beginning next week. Gains in technology, energy and consumer-focused companies outweighed losses in utilities and elsewhere in the market. Oil prices rose.   NEW YORK (AP) – Technology stocks are rebounding after leading a market sell-off a day earlier. Micron Technology rose 2.3 percent. Apple, which received an exemption to the new tariffs on goods imported from China, gained 1.4 percent.   NEW YORK (AP) – Visa and Mastercard say they and several banks will pay $6.2 billion to settle part of a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over fees on credit card transactions. Visa says it’s paying $4.1 billion and Mastercard is paying about $900 million. The two companies say they’ve already set aside money to cover the payment.   NEW YORK (AP) – The ACLU is accusing Facebook of discrimination, saying the company violated federal and state laws prohibiting businesses from excluding women from job ads. In a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ACLU also lists 10 employers that it claims have placed discriminatory ads. The group says changes that Facebook made to its ads systems this year to prevent discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion and other characteristics didn’t extend to gender. Facebook says […]
September 18, 2018
WTEN: Women’s Tennis Announces 2018-19 Schedule
  2018-19 SCHEDULE   BOONE, N.C. – App State women’s tennis announced a challenging 2018-19 schedule featuring two ACC opponents, eight home matches and the newly-added Sun Belt schedule. The Mountaineers are coming off their best season in recent memory with an 11-11 mark for their first record of .500 or better since 2012-13. In addition, the Apps won their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament with a win over Texas State, a six-win improvement, which tied for the highest improvement in the conference and landed four student-athletes to postseason all-Sun Belt selections. Coach Mosley loaded his schedule with 12 of 20 teams from last season boasting a winning mark, while three of schools went to the postseason and two programs winning their respective conference tournaments. Appalachian will play in 10 Sun Belt contests as well with the new Sun Belt slate being added in the first time this season. “We are working hard and look to continue our improvement from last Spring,” head coach Blake Mosley stated. “The fall will start off with the team competing against what we call the “Next Level”, which are two ITP Pro Circuit events. We’ve put together a tough spring schedule because not only do we want to challenge our players, but we also have the belief that we can compete with anyone.” Appalachian opens the year with its fall schedule, beginning in Hilton Head, S.C. this weekend before heading to Charleston, S.C. the following […]
September 18, 2018
Information Regarding App State-Southern Miss Game Ticket
  BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University would like to thank all of the purchasers of season tickets and single-game tickets for the Southern Miss football game, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 but was canceled due to increasing concerns associated with Hurricane Florence. After exploring options to reschedule, it has been determined that the game will not be played in 2018. App State Athletics has amended its policy of no refunds or exchanges for the Southern Miss game due to the circumstances surrounding this cancellation. Season ticket holders and single-game buyers can call the athletics ticket office at 828-262-2079 to exchange their Southern Miss ticket(s) for the same number of reserved or general admission ticket(s) to a future home game (not including the Oct. 20 game vs. Louisiana). These tickets will be allocated based on availability. Those season ticket holders and single-game buyers who are not able to exchange their tickets for another game during the 2018 regular season can request a $35 discount (per ticket) off the following ticket opportunities:   –       2018-19 Men’s Basketball Season Tickets  –       2018-19 Women’s Basketball Season Tickets –       2018-19 Wrestling Season Tickets –       2019 Baseball Season Tickets –       2018 Bowl Game Tickets –       2019 Football Season Tickets   Requests for 2018 bowl game and 2019 football season ticket discounts must be made in writing to the Appalachian State Athletics ticket office (athletictickets@appstate.edu) no later than Friday, Oct 5. These offers are not available should tickets be exchanged […]
September 18, 2018
FH: 50 Years in Women’s Sports: Birth of App State Field Hockey
  As part of our celebration for 50 years in women’s sports at Appalachian State, appstatesports.com will publish a monthly feature throughout 2018-19 on some of the top women’s sports moments in school history.    August Feature: 1986-87 Women’s Basketball   The birthplace of women’s sports at Appalachian State University began on an old grass field in Durham Park.   In 1968, field hockey became the first women’s sport at Appalachian. Fifty years later, the university now supports 10 different women’s varsity sports.   With Appalachian celebrating 50 years of women’s sports in 2018-19, Mountaineers of past and present can thank Jan Watson for getting it all started. Watson, a 2008 Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, became the school’s first field hockey coach in the spring of 1968.   Watson said her interest in Appalachian began as a child.   “Anytime we went anywhere, there was a college or university my parents always drove me through and instilled in me that I was going to college,” she said. “So we came to Appalachian State Teachers College, and my dad and mom told me that I said ‘This is where I want to teach.'”   Two years after graduating from Winthrop University, she began working toward a master’s degree at Appalachian in 1966.   As a graduate student, Watson taught field hockey skills classes out of the physical education department. One day, after teaching one of those classes, administrators […]
September 18, 2018
AP Entertainment
      EMMYS WINNERS AND LOSERS LOS ANGELES (AP) – The list of nominees may have been diverse. But the list of winners at this year’s Emmys – not so much. The biggest wins of the night were for a newcomer comedy – and a drama series that returned to Emmy glory after a season away. The top comedy is “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The Amazon series becomes the first streaming show to win an Emmy for top comedy. The award for best actress goes to its star, Rachel Brosnahan. Castmate Alex Borestein won the supporting actress trophy – and series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino won Emmys for writing and directing.   EMMYS – GAME OF THRONES LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Game of Thrones” sat out last year’s Emmys because of a scheduling issue. But it’s back with a vengeance, capturing the Emmy for best drama again. In doing so, it trumped the defending champ, “The Handmaid’s Tale” – which won in Thrones’ absence last year. Accepting the award, series producer D.B. Weiss thanked George R.R. Martin – whose novels fuel the show. Weiss told Martin, “thank you for letting us take care of your people.”   EMMYS – DIVERSITY LOS ANGELES (AP) – Last night’s ceremony began with the TV academy congratulating itself for having the most ethnically diverse list of nominees ever. But as the show unfolded, all the early awards went to white people. About halfway through […]
September 18, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Pittsburgh 7 Kansas City 6   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Toronto 5 Baltimore 0 Final Minnesota 6 Detroit 1 Final Tampa Bay 3 Texas 0 Final Seattle 4 Houston 1   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final N-Y Mets 9 Philadelphia 4 Final Miami 8 Washington 5 Final St. Louis 11 Atlanta 6 Final Milwaukee 8 Cincinnati 0 Final Chi Cubs 5 Arizona 1 Final L-A Dodgers 8 Colorado 2 Final San Francisco 4 San Diego 2   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASON Final Nashville 5 Florida 0 Final Philadelphia 3 N-Y Islanders 1 Final Buffalo 4 Columbus 1 Final Nashville 5 Florida 3 Final OT N-Y Rangers 4 New Jersey 3 Final Montreal 3 New Jersey 1 Final Winnipeg 2 Minnesota 1 Final Edmonton 7 Calgary 4   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Chicago 24 Seattle 17 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Kansas City at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston at N-Y Yankees 1:05 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Texas 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Houston 8:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Oakland 10:05 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N-Y Mets at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. Washington at Miami 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Atlanta 7:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee 7:40 p.m. Chi Cubs at Arizona 9:40 p.m. Colorado […]
September 19, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Yanks delay Red Sox’s celebration   UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees prevented the Boston Red Sox from wrapping up a third straight division title.   Neil Walker belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-2. Walker’s 10th round-tripper of the season erased a 1-0 deficit and prevented Boston from clinching the AL East.   Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) left the game with a 1-0 lead after limiting the Bombers to two hits over six shutout innings. Brandon Workman replaced Eovaldi and walked Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez before Walker went deep off Ryan Brazier.   The Bosox scored once in the ninth on an error and had the tying run at second before Ian Kinsler grounded into a game-ending double play.   J.D. Martinez lifted a sacrifice fly in the third inning for the Red Sox, giving him a major league-leading 123 RBIs.   Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his first game since breaking his right wrist against Kansas City on July 26.   Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was given the night off to rest his sore left side.   Checking out Tuesday’s major league action:   – Josh James picked up his first big league win by holding the Mariners to four hits while fanning seven in the Astros’ 7-0 […]
September 18, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Red Sox can clinch   UNDATED (AP) – The Red Sox can clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium with a single win during their three-game series that begins tonight. In 2016, Boston locked up the division while playing on the home field of its archrival. Ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi pitches against J.A. Happ in a matchup of veterans traded this summer.   The game was initially scheduled for this afternoon, but the start time has been pushed back to 7:05 p.m. because rain was in the forecast throughout the afternoon.   The Bosox will see how star outfielder Mookie Betts is feeling. He exited their last game after hurting his side making a throw home. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge moved closer to returning from a broken wrist when had 11 at-bats in a simulated game Monday.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – The showdown for first place in the NL West continues when Kyle Freeland starts for Colorado against Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw beat the Rockies at Coors Field on Sept. 7; the next day, Freeland downed the Dodgers. It’s unclear whether Trevor Story will be available for Colorado after the All-Star shortstop injured his right elbow in an 8-2 loss Monday night that knocked his team out of playoff position. Story tweaked his elbow on a throw in the first inning […]
September 18, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Brewers batter Reds, Cubs top DBacks   UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers stayed 2 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs by getting a one-of-a-kind performance from their All-Star outfielder.   Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) hit for the cycle for the second time this season and Wade Miley worked five innings of the Brewers’ 8-0 rout of the Reds. Yelich belted a two-run homer and added a two-run triple that completed his cycle in the fifth inning.   The Milwaukee outfielder is the fifth player in major league history to do it twice in one season, and the first to accomplish it against the same team. Yelich also hit for the cycle while going 6-for-6 versus Cincinnati less than three weeks ago.   Domingo Santana also homered for Milwaukee, which ended a two-game skid and improved to 13-5 since Aug. 29.   The Cubs also won as Kyle Hendricks came within one out of a complete game in a 5-1 win at Arizona. Hendricks struck out eight and blanked the Diamondbacks until A.J. Pollock led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run.   Javier Baez and Kris Bryant hit two-run homers in the Cubs’ fifth win in seven games.   Checking out the rest of Monday’s major league schedule:   – Joc Pederson homered twice and had three RBIs as the Dodgers thumped the Rockies, […]
September 17, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB   Rockies, Dodgers begin final series of regular season   UNDATED (AP) – With the Rockies a half-game ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead, the teams begin their final series of the regular season.   Jon Gray (11-7) pitches the opener of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-3). Gray is 4-0 in 11 starts since returning from the minors.   After getting shut out on consecutive days, the Rockies ended their longest scoring drought of the year during a 3-2 win Sunday in San Francisco.   Colorado is 41-34 on the road this season, and one more victory will break the franchise record for wins away from Coors Field.   Here’s what else is happing around the majors today:   – It’s a potential playoff preview and a matchup of All-Star pitchers when Miles Mikolas (15-4) and the Cardinals visit first-place Atlanta. Mike Foltynewicz (11-9) starts for the Braves, who lead second-place Philadelphia by 6 1/2 games in the NL East. Atlanta’s magic number is eight to win its first NL East title in five years. But the Braves have been struggling at home, where they have lost eight of 11 and are 38-36 overall. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said third baseman Johan Camargo should be back in the lineup after missing four games with left groin tightness.   – Leading the […]
September 17, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports     NFL-SCHEDULE   Eagles, Patriots fall   UNDATED (AP) – It was a tough afternoon for the defending Super Bowl champs and the reigning AFC Champions.   Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for four touchdowns while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were building a 27-7 lead in a 27-21 win over the Eagles. The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 32 passes for 402 yards and has the suddenly explosive Bucs off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2010.   DeSean Jackson scored on a 75-yard reception on the first play of the game, and O.J. Howard also had a 75-yard TD grab before halftime.   Nick Foles threw for 338 yards for the Eagles, who pulled within six points on Nelson Agholor’s two-yard reception with 2:46 remaining.   The Jaguars won a rematch of last January’s AFC title game as Blake Bortles tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the first half of a 31-20 victory over the Patriots. Bortles connected with Donte Moncrief, Keelan Cole and Austin Seferian-Jenkins for scores in the first 30 minutes. The Jacksonville quarterback was 29 of 45 for 377 yards in the best game of his career.   Elsewhere in Week 2 of the NFL schedule:   – Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) was outstanding in his third NFL start as he tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ 42-37 victory over […]
September 14, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Indians can clinch   UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Indians can clinch their third consecutive AL Central crown Friday with a victory at home over Detroit and a Minnesota loss at last-place Kansas City.   Josh Tomlin pitches for the Indians against Matthew Boyd. All-Star right-hander Jose Berrios and the Twins face Royals rookie Jorge Lopez, who took a perfect game into the ninth inning last Saturday at Minnesota.   In other games on the Friday night schedule:   – Bryce Harper and the Nationals get what could be their final chance to make a charge in the NL East when they begin a three-game series at first-place Atlanta. Washington sits third in the division, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves with 15 to play. Max Scherzer starts the opener against Kevin Gausman. Scherzer leads the NL in wins and is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 27 innings this season against Atlanta.   – The NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs probably won’t have their closer when they open a three-game series at home against Cincinnati. Pedro Strop injured a hamstring while running to first on a double-play grounder yesterday at Washington, in just his second at-bat of the season. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Strop would have an MRI on Friday. Strop has served as Chicago’s closer since Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list […]
September 14, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Cubs outlast Nats   UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs needed 10 innings to add a half-game to their lead in the National League Central.   Kris Bryant doubled and scored on a bunt single by Javier Baez with one out in the 10th to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Nationals in Washington. Baez also belted a solo shot in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, but the Nats forced extra innings on Trea Turner’s seventh-inning double.   Pedro Strop (strohp) improved to 6-1 and was the eighth of nine pitchers used by manager Joe Maddon. However, Strop also pulled a hamstring while running the bases.   The outcome gives the Cubs a 1 1/2-game edge over the idle Milwaukee Brewers.   Checking out the rest of Thursday’s matinee action around the ballparks:   – Boston’s magic number to win the AL East is down to six following the Red Sox’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. The Red Sox blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth before an error by second baseman Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR’-vihs soh-LAHR’-tay) allowed Xander Bogaerts to score the go-ahead run in the bottom half. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) hit solo homers to back Eduardo Rodriguez, who was in line to get the win after allowing one run over six frames.   – Oakland’s 5-3 loss at Baltimore gives […]
September 13, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Rain gives Marlins-Mets a doubleheader   NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets and Miami Marlins have a single-admission doubleheader Thursday after rain canceled a planned doubleheader Wednesday.   The teams were set to play a single-admission doubleheader Wednesday to make up Monday’s rainout. But the nightcap was pushed to Thursday after Wednesday’s first game was delayed by rain for 5 hours, 35 minutes. It ended early Thursday morning with a 13-0 win by the Mets.   Neither team announced pitching plans for Thursday. Marlins right-hander Jeff Brigham and Mets left-hander Jason Vargas were supposed to pitch Wednesday’s nightcap. Miami rookie righty Sandy Alcantara had been set to face Mets lefty Steven Matz on Thursday before the doubleheader shift.   Elsewhere on the Thursday schedule:   – The Diamondbacks and Rockies wrap up a pivotal four-game series Thursday afternoon in Colorado. Both teams are chasing the NL West title. Colorado leads the division by 1 1/2 games over the Dodgers, while Arizona is 3 1/2 back. Clay Buchholz makes his first career start at Coors Field against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland, who is 8-2 at home this season.   – The NL Central-leading Cubs have a one-day pit stop in Washington to make up Sunday’s rainout. They’re not happy about breaking up their homestand and losing a scheduled day off, because it means going 30 straight days without […]
September 13, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Bosox hit century mark   UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have their first 100-win season since their 1946 American League pennant run.   David Price combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Red Sox picked up their third straight win, 1-0 over the Blue Jays. Price is 15-6 with a 3.42 after limiting Toronto to three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings.   Aaron Sanchez was almost as effective, but he also uncorked a wild pitch that scored Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurs) in the fifth inning.   Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 39th save, helping Boston improve to a major league-best 100-46.   The Red Sox need to win just six of their final 16 games to break a club record for victories set in 1912, the year Fenway Park opened.   Boston’s magic number to clinch the AL East dropped to seven with the Yankees’ 3-1 loss at Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi no-hit New York until Greg Bird’s RBI double ended his night.   Luis Severino was the victim of non-support, allowing just one run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings but falling to 17-8.   New York is just one game ahead of Oakland for the first AL wild card.   Checking out Wednesday’s other major league action:   – Cleveland’s magic number to clinch the AL Central […]
September 12, 2018
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      Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Reds try to sweep Dodgers   UNDATED (AP) – Cincinnati will try to complete its first season sweep of the Dodgers when Anthony DeSclafani starts an afternoon game at Great American Ball Park. Ross Stripling starts for Los Angeles.   The Reds are 6-0 vs the defending NL champions this year and have slowed their chased for a playoff spot this season. The franchises have been playing each other since the 1880s, dating to the Dodgers’ days in Brooklyn. This is the first year they haven’t won at least twice against Cincinnati.   In other games on the Wednesday schedule:   – Rays left-hander Blake Snell goes for his major league-leading 19th win when he starts at home against Cleveland. Snell is 18-5, a year after he went 5-7. Carlos Carrasco pitches for the Indians, who have a magic number of three for clinching their third straight AL Central title.   – The Marlins and the Mets play a single-admission doubleheader in New York to make up Monday’s rainout. Right-handers Trevor Richards and Jeff Brigham are the scheduled Miami starters. Right-hander Zack Wheeler and lefty Jason Vargas are set to go for the Mets.   – The Astros and the Tigers wrap up a three-game series in Detroit. Daniel Norris starts for Detroit against Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Houston goes into the afternoon game with a three-game lead over the […]
September 12, 2018
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      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   DBacks top Rox, Dodgers fall   UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks picked up a much-needed win to avoid dropping another game in the NL West standings.   Ketel (KEH’-tul) Marte collected four RBIs, including a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the sixth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 6-3 victory over the division-leading Rockies in Denver. Marte’s major league-leading 11th triple was followed by a two-run single that capped the scoring in the eighth.   The Rockies put two runners on with nobody out in the ninth before Yoshihisa Hirano (yoh-shih-HEE’-sah hih-RAH’-noh) entered the game and retired the next three hitters. Hirano saved it for Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee), who allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings for his 14th win.   The Diamondbacks are within 2 1/2 games of Colorado. The Rockies still lead the division by 1 1/2 games over Los Angeles.   The Dodgers fell to 0-6 versus the Reds this season as former Los Angeles prospects Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler homered in a 3-1 win at Cincinnati. Jose Peraza had two hits against his old team and Luis Castillo struck out nine while limiting the Dodgers to four hits over 6 1/3 innings.   Checking out Tuesday’s other major league action:   – The Cubs’ lead in the NL Central is back to two games over Milwaukee after Jose Quintana pitched three-hit ball into the seventh […]
September 11, 2018
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      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB SCHEDULE   More rainouts possible as strong hurricane approaches   UNDATED (AP) – As Hurricane Florence menaces the East Coast, more games could be in jeopardy. There were rainouts Monday night in Philadelphia, where Nationals star Bryce Harper joined a grounds crew that used blow torches trying to get the field dry, and in New York – there have been 51 weather-related postponements this season after a total of 39 last year. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled for a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins visit the Mets and Baltimore hosts Oakland.   Among the games on the schedule tonight:     Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and Cubs lefty Jose Quintana square off again. Quintana beat Chacin in their previous matchup, pitching two-run ball into the seventh inning of Chicago’s 6-4 victory last Wednesday. Quintana is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA in nine career starts against Milwaukee. The Brewers have won four straight, and the Cubs have lost three in a row — and that’s brought the Brewers to within a game of the National League Central leaders. They are tied in the win column, with 83 wins apiece.   – Red Sox ace Chris Sale is ready to come off the disabled list and start against Toronto at Fenway Park. Boston manager Alex Cora says the left-hander will be eased back into action, going about two […]
September 11, 2018
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      Update on the latest in sports:   NFL-SCHEDULE   Jets crush Lions as Darnold throws 2 TD passes   UNDATED (AP) – Sam Darnold threw a pick-6 on his first career NFL pass to join the likes of Brett Favre (fahrv) and Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston. But the third player taken in this year’s draft was pretty sharp the rest of the way as the New York Jets coasted to a 48-17 win over the Lions in Detroit.   Darnold finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His first scoring pass went to Robby Anderson for 41 yards, and he added a 21-yard TD toss to Quincy Enunwa (eh-NOON’-wah) in the third quarter to put New York ahead to stay.   Isaiah Crowell led the Jets’ ground attack with 102 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Bilal (bih-LAL’) Powell added 60 yards rushing and Darron Lee grabbed two of New York’s five interceptions.   The game was tied at 17 until the Jets scored 31 straight points in the third quarter. Lee returned an interception 36 yards for a TD, Andre Roberts brought back a punt 70 yards for a score and Isaiah Crowell took a 62-yard run to the house. Lee’s TD was the first by the Jets’ defense in 74 games.   Matthew Stafford had a rough night, completing 27 of 46 for 286 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.   […]
September 10, 2018
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      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB   Welcome back   UNDATED (AP) – Justin Verlander will make his first start in Detroit since the Tigers traded him to the Astros last August.   The 2011 AL MVP went on to win the World Series with Houston last fall, while Detroit is powering through what figures to be a lengthy rebuild. Verlander has faced his former team once, allowing four homers in a puzzling 6-3 loss at Houston on July 15.   The right-hander also struck out 12 in that game but was charged with six runs in six innings while allowing four homers for the first time since 2016.   Also in Major League Baseball:   – The weary, NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs open a series at Wrigley Field against second-place Milwaukee. The Brewers are two-games behind the Cubs, who capped a soggy, delay-filled series in Washington with a three-hour wait Sunday before that game was postponed. Chicago and the Nationals will make up that rainout Thursday, erasing the Cubs’ final scheduled day off for the rest of the season. Jon Lester (15-5, 3.53) will pitch the opener of the three-game series against Milwaukee, which will counter with Wade Miley (3-2, 2.12).   – Star reliever Andrew Miller will return to Cleveland’s bullpen as the Indians open a series at Tampa Bay. The left-hander has been out since late August with a left shoulder injury, […]
September 10, 2018
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      Update on the latest sports   NFL SCHEDULE   Browns rally to almost win   UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns managed to end their 17-game losing streak by rallying against the Steelers, but their winless skid continues.   The Browns erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter but had to settle for a 21-21 tie with Pittsburgh when T.J. Watt blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Zane Gonzalez with nine seconds left in overtime.   Carlos Hyde began the Browns’ rally with a one-yard touchdown run midway through the final period. Tyrod Taylor later threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Josh Gordon with 1:58 left in regulation, but Cleveland’s last drive of the quarter ended when Taylor misfired to Gordon and was intercepted by Cameron Sutton with 16 seconds remaining.   Steelers running back James Connor ran for 135 yards and scored two touchdowns in place of Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell, who continues his holdout.   Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Antonio Brown.   It was the NFL’s first season-opening tie with 1971.   Elsewhere in the NFL:   – Aaron Rodgers returned from a knee injury and hit Randall Cobb for a 75-yard, catch-and-run touchdown with 2:13 left in the Packers’ 24-23 win over the Bears. Rodgers finished with 286 passing […]

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