NEWS & SPORTS

January 16, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Orlando at Detroit 7:00 p.m. Milwaukee at Memphis 8:00 p.m. Toronto at Boston 8:00 p.m. Brooklyn at Houston 8:00 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Portland 10:00 p.m. New Orleans at Golden State 10:30 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Colorado at Ottawa 7:00 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary 9:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver 10:00 p.m. San Jose at Arizona 10:00 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Iowa St. at (8) Texas Tech 9:00 p.m. (14) Auburn at Texas A&M 7:00 p.m. Kansas St. at (20) Oklahoma 7:00 p.m. (21) Houston at SMU 9:00 p.m. (23) Iowa at Penn St. 7:00 p.m.     AP-WF-01-16-19 1805GMT
January 16, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST     CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST The Latest: Activists celebrate Confederate marker’s removal CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Activists held a “victory party” on the campus of North Carolina’s flagship public university to celebrate the removal of the last remnants of a Confederate statue. News outlets report that organizers gathered Tuesday night at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where they ate pizza, gave celebratory speeches and chanted, “I believe that we will win!” Chancellor Carol Folt announced Monday that she had authorized that the pedestal that once held the statue known as “Silent Sam” be removed from a main campus quad and put into storage. Workers hauled the marble pedestal off the quad hours later. The “Silent Sam” statue itself has been in storage since it was pulled down last August by protesters who consider it a racist symbol.     BANKS-LOW-INCOME HOUSING 3 financial institutions pledge $70M for low-income housing (Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Three financial institutions have pledged more than $70 million to fund low-income housing developments in a fast-growing North Carolina city. The Charlotte Observer reports that Bank of America, Ally Financial and Barings announced Tuesday that they would invest a combined $70.75 million to address Charlotte’s rising housing costs. $50 million will be in the form of low-interest loans to private developers building […]
January 16, 2019
Financial News
        Stocks rise…A reprieve for Sears…YouTube bans dangerous prank videos     NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are rising in early trading on Wall Street following strong results from major banks including Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. Technology and consumer-focused companies are also trading higher. The British pound rose and Britain’s FTSE 100 stock index slipped after Parliament rejected the Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May and European leaders.   NEW YORK (AP) – Sears will live on- at least for now. A person familiar with the negotiations says the company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, has won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting the chain’s liquidation. The 56-year-old billionaire had sweetened his bid to more than $5 billion over the last few days through an affiliate of his hedge fund ESL. He may be able to keep the roughly 400 remaining Sears stores open, saving tens of thousands of jobs. The plan still must be approved by the bankruptcy judge presiding over the court case.   DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China. Last week Ford announced it was cutting jobs in Europe as it reshapes its business to focus on more profitable commercial trucks and SUVs while shifting production to electric cars over […]
January 16, 2019
US News and World Report recognizes Appalachian for ‘Best Online Programs’
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s online bachelor’s and graduate education programs are ranked among the best in the nation — within the top 26 percent of colleges and universities — for 2019, according to U.S. News and World Report. In the publication’s newly released “2019 Best Online Programs” rankings, Appalachian was named to both the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” and “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” lists. This year, Appalachian moved up 72 spots from its 2018 ranking for bachelor’s programs, placing at No. 93 out of 348 higher education institutions. Schools were assessed based on four categories: student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. For graduate education programs, Appalachian ranked 77th out of 299 schools based on student excellence, student services and technology, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. “These rankings reflect the commitment our faculty and staff have in providing our students the best college experience,” said Dr. D. Terry Rawls, executive director of App State Online. “App State Online remains committed to supporting the expansion of higher education to meet the diverse needs of students, wherever they are, without sacrificing the Mountaineer experience.” In U.S. News and World Report’s news release about the rankings, Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said, “Online programs can offer a flexible learning environment for students who have to balance classes with working a full-time job, caring for their family […]
January 16, 2019
NC Rural Center’s local graduates
  I heard ‘rural’ and I knew I had to attend because that’s what I’m all about. -Jesus Padilla Jesus Padilla remembers what it was like to grow up in Monterrey, Mexico. “On many occasions, we slept on the floor. A dirt floor, basically, is all it was,” Padilla recalls. He and his siblings would eat a soup made from chicken bones boiled to make stock. “Sometimes that soup would last four, five days,” he says. “It was all we had.” His father, a diesel mechanic by trade, came to the U.S. when Padilla was a teenager in search of work. As a graduate of a theological seminary, his father was also presented with the opportunity to start a church for the nascent Latino community in Ashe County. He also worked harvesting Christmas trees, sending every paycheck back to Mexico to support his family. But the money his father made was still not enough to support the family, so Padilla would go to school all day back home and in the evenings bag groceries. Because of his age, however, he could not be hired as a full-time employee, so his paycheck, if any, was the tips he received from customers. In the winter of 1998, Padilla and his family immigrated to the U.S., presenting their documents at the border in Texas, where they waited for months for snow and ice to melt in western North Carolina. After settling in Ashe County, […]
January 16, 2019
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…….   American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood & Platelet Donors of ALL Types To Schedule Appointments: Contact the Red Cross Website @ www.redcrossblood.org   IN DESPARATE NEED OF ALL TYPES OF BLOOD DUE TO CANCELLATION OF BLOOD DRIVES, DUE TO THE HURRICANE   Blood Drives: Ashe County: Jan 17th: At Jefferson UMC @ 115 E Main Street, Jefferson, from 11 am – 3:30 pm. Alleghany County: Jan 16th: At New Home Freewill Baptist Church, 655 Kings Creek Rd from 3-7:30 Contact Barbara Atwood for more info @…………………………………………..336-359-8293 Jan 28th: At Sparta UMC, 190 N Main Street from 9:30 am – 2 pm. For info call Gayle Cobb @………………………………………………………………………………………..336-372-2577 Jan 29th: At Alleghany Memorial Hospital from 11 am – 3:30 pm. Call Seth Joines for more info @………………………………………………………………………………….336-372-3286    
January 16, 2019
AP Entertainment
        CAROL CHANNING DIES NEW YORK (AP) – Carol Channing once told an interview she decided to become a performer when she was just 7. And she said when she told her dad that, he told her a person can dedicate their life to something when they are 7 or 97. Ironically, when Channing passed away after a life of entertaining people, she was 97 years old. And her dedication to her craft was admired by current performers, based on tributes that have poured in. Kristin Chenoweth wrote on Twitter that Channing “was one of the few who paved the path for so many women in theater and beyond.” And Bette Midler called Channing “a legend” who was also “a complete original.” Channing made only a few movies, but cemented her place in entertainment history for doing more than 5,000 shows as the title character in “Hello “Dolly!” Her publicist says Channing died early yesterday morning in Rancho Mirage, California.   JIMMY FALLON – PUERTO RICO UNDATED (AP) – Jimmy Fallon’s show based in Puerto Rico not only drew viewers – but also attracted donations to help the hurricane-ravaged U.S. island territory. During the show last night, Fallon mentioned some of the donations that have rolled in. He said American Express has donated $250,000 to the Hispanic Federation. Fallon says donations have also been flowing in to the World Central Kitchen. Fallon urged people to donate – […]
January 16, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Indiana 131 Phoenix 97 Final Philadelphia 149 Minnesota 107 Final Atlanta 142 Oklahoma City 126 Final Milwaukee 124 Miami 86 Final Golden State 142 Denver 111 Final L.A. Lakers 107 Chicago 100   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Columbus 4 New Jersey 1 Final OT N-Y Islanders 2 St. Louis 1 Final N-Y Rangers 6 Carolina 2 Final Montreal 5 Florida 1 Final Detroit 3 Anaheim 1 Final Nashville 7 Washington 2 Final SO Minnesota 3 L.A. Kings 2 Final Winnipeg 4 Vegas 1 Final Tampa Bay 2 Dallas 0 Final San Jose 5 Pittsburgh 2   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (3) Tennessee 106 Arkansas 87 Final (4) Virginia 81 (9) Virginia Tech 59 Final (10) Nevada 72 Boise St. 71 Final (12) Kentucky 69 Georgia 49 Final (13) North Carolina 75 Notre Dame 69 Final (15) Marquette 74 Georgetown 71 Final (16) Buffalo 88 W. Michigan 79 Final Wake Forest 71 (17) NC State 67 Final LSU 83 (18) Mississippi 69 Final (24) Mississippi St. 71 Florida 68 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Orlando at Detroit 7:00 p.m. Milwaukee at Memphis 8:00 p.m. Toronto at Boston 8:00 p.m. Brooklyn at Houston 8:00 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Portland 10:00 p.m. New Orleans at Golden State 10:30 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m. […]
January 16, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST     CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST The Latest: Activists celebrate Confederate marker’s removal CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Activists held a “victory party” on the campus of North Carolina’s flagship public university to celebrate the removal of the last remnants of a Confederate statue. News outlets report that organizers gathered Tuesday night at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where they ate pizza, gave celebratory speeches and chanted, “I believe that we will win!” Chancellor Carol Folt announced Monday that she had authorized that the pedestal that once held the statue known as “Silent Sam” be removed from a main campus quad and put into storage. Workers hauled the marble pedestal off the quad hours later. The “Silent Sam” statue itself has been in storage since it was pulled down last August by protesters who consider it a racist symbol.     APPLE-JOBS North Carolina officials say job talks with Apple continue RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Business recruiters say they’re still in talks with Apple over bringing more jobs to North Carolina. The state’s main recruiting arms say they’re withholding details of North Carolina’s failed effort to land more than 5,000 Apple jobs going instead to Austin, Texas. A spokeswoman for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina said Tuesday the public records will stay secret because “Apple is currently an active recruitment project.” […]
January 16, 2019
Financial News
        World shares mostly higher … More Brexit fears … Debt restructuring case brings out protesters in Puerto Rico     SINGAPORE (AP) – World shares were mostly higher today as investors shrugged off the parliamentary defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for leaving the European Union. In Europe, Germany’s DAX rose 0.1 percent and France’s CAC 40 added 0.3 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 sank 0.4 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.6 percent, South Korea’s Kospi added 0.4 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3 percent. Wall Street is positioned for gains, with Dow and S&P futures up.   LONDON (AP) – French wine and spirits makers are warning that Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal could hurt trade. A day after British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an overwhelming defeat over her Brexit deal, the federation of French wine and spirits exporters said Tuesday that “the specter of a ‘no deal’ could have serious consequences for the economy and the citizens of both parties.”   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Dozens of protesters are crowding outside a federal courthouse in Puerto Rico as a judge prepares to hear a major debt restructuring case that critics say will only further indebt the U.S. territory if approved. Today’s hearing involves more than $17 billion worth of debt backed by sales-tax bonds that the government issued. It represents nearly a third of […]
January 15, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Phoenix at Indiana 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee 8:00 p.m. Golden State at Denver 9:00 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE New Jersey at Columbus 7:00 p.m. St. Louis at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m. Carolina at N-Y Rangers 7:00 p.m. Florida at Montreal 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit 7:30 p.m. Washington at Nashville 8:00 p.m. L.A. Kings at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Vegas at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at San Jose 10:00 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Arkansas at (3) Tennessee 7:00 p.m. (9) Virginia Tech at (4) Virginia 8:00 p.m. (10) Nevada at Boise St. 9:00 p.m. (12) Kentucky at Georgia 7:00 p.m. Notre Dame at (13) North Carolina 9:00 p.m. (15) Marquette at Georgetown 8:30 p.m. (16) Buffalo at W. Michigan 7:00 p.m. (17) NC State at Wake Forest 8:00 p.m. LSU at (18) Mississippi 9:00 p.m. Florida at (24) Mississippi St. 7:00 p.m.     AP-WF-01-15-19 1725GMT
January 15, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST     CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA UNC removes Confederate pedestal from campus overnight CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Crews removed remnants of a Confederate statue from the University of North Carolina hours after the school’s outgoing president ordered they be put into storage. The university sent a statement early Tuesday confirming the work to remove the massive pedestal was happening at its Chapel Hill campus, hours after the announcement by Chancellor Carol Folt. Folt also said she was stepping down from her role at the end of the school year. Folt said the items will be stored while their fate is decided. The statue was toppled by protesters last August. WRAL-TV reports that crews with a large truck, a forklift and floodlights performed the removal and finished the work by 2:40 a.m., leading to cheers by a crowd that had gathered to watch.     TROOPER SHOT-NORTH CAROLINA 3 arrested in shooting of North Carolina trooper WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have made three arrests in connection with the shooting of a third-generation North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper. The highway patrol’s Sgt. Michael Baker identified the trooper as Daniel Harrell, who he said was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after Monday evening’s shooting. Harrell was shot while conducting a traffic stop. Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. says 36-year-old John David Jones was arrested […]
January 15, 2019
Financial News
        US stocks rising … US wholesale prices fall … Netflix raising prices     NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks in the U.S. are rising this morning as Netflix leads a rally in internet and technology companies after saying it will raise prices for its subscription plans. Major U.S. companies including JPMorgan Chase and UnitedHealth announced their fourth-quarter results. At 10:49 a.m. Eastern Time, the S&P 500 was up 15 points, to 2,597. The Dow was up 41 points, to 23,953. And the Nasdaq was up 75 points, to 6,981.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale prices fell last month, dragged down by a steep drop in gas costs, suggesting that inflation will remain tame in the coming months. The Labor Department says the producer price index – which tracks cost changes before they reach the consumer – fell 0.2 percent in December from the previous month. The drop follows a small 0.1 percent increase in November.   FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen and Ford say are forming a global alliance in which they’ll together develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups. They’ll also explore broader cooperation on battery-powered and autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett say the first jointly developed vehicles could hit the market as early as 2022 and that the linkup would offer efficiencies that would mean stronger profits starting 2023. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix is raising its U.S. […]
January 15, 2019
AP Entertainment
        R. KELLY – LETTER NEW YORK (AP) – A woman who says R. Kelly engaged in sexual misconduct with her says the singer wrote her a letter threatening to reveal embarrassing details of her sex life if she didn’t drop her lawsuit against him. The woman, Faith Rogers, says she received a letter from someone identifying himself as R. Kelly, warning her attorney that if she pressed forward with the lawsuit, she’d be “subjected to public opinion.” The letter also said R. Kelly would demand medical documentation of her claim that he gave her herpes – and that she’d be forced to turn over texts and social media post and have – quoting the letter her – “10 personal male witnesses testifying under oath about her sex life.” An attorney for R. Kelly in Chicago denied the authenticity, saying it “looks fake.” Rogers is one of the women who was in the recently aired Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which catalogued years of accusations against the singer. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.   ROSE McGOWAN ENTERS PLEA IN WASHINGTON D.C.-AREA DRUG CASE FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – Rose McGowan has now settled a drug case stemming from a visit to Washington D.C. two years ago. Court records say she has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drug charge – and agreed to pay a $2,500 fine and accept a suspended jail sentence. The case stems from […]
January 15, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Brooklyn 109 Boston 102 Final Houston 112 Memphis 94 Final Charlotte 108 San Antonio 93 Final Utah 100 Detroit 94 Final Sacramento 115 Portland 107 Final New Orleans 121 L.A. Clippers 117   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final New Jersey 8 Chicago 5 Final Colorado 6 Toronto 3 Final Philadelphia 7 Minnesota 4 Final St. Louis 4 Washington 1 Final OT Montreal 3 Boston 2 Final Edmonton 7 Buffalo 2   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final OT Syracuse 95 (1) Duke 91 Final (7) Kansas 80 Texas 78 Final Pittsburgh 75 (11) Florida St. 62 Final (19) Maryland 64 Wisconsin 60 Final Nebraska 66 (25) Indiana 51 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Phoenix at Indiana 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee 8:00 p.m. Golden State at Denver 9:00 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE New Jersey at Columbus 7:00 p.m. St. Louis at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m. Carolina at N-Y Rangers 7:00 p.m. Florida at Montreal 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit 7:30 p.m. Washington at Nashville 8:00 p.m. L.A. Kings at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Vegas at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at San Jose 10:00 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Arkansas at (3) Tennessee 7:00 p.m. (9) […]
January 16, 2019
AP Sports
          Update on the latest sports     TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN   2 young Americans pull off second-round upsets   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Two young American men have made it to the third round of the Australian Open with upset victories.   Twenty-year-old Frances Tiafoe, ranked 39th, stunned No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.   And 21-year-old Taylor Fritz outlasted 30th-seeded Gael Monfils (GAH’-ehl mohn-FEES’) in a 3-hour, 24-minute match, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. Next for Fritz is a matchup against Roger Federer, the two-time defending champion in Australia and owner of 20 Grand Slam titles.   Federer’s strong run against qualifiers at Grand Slam tournaments continued with a 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Daniel Evans. Federer also maintained his 100 percent record of reaching the third round at the Australian Open – 20 times in a row.   Among other action:   – Rafael Nadal beat Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to move to No. 3 on the list of match wins at the Australian Open in the professional era, and extended his record of never losing a second-round match at Melbourne Park. The win improved 2009 champion Nadal’s win-loss record to 57-12 at the Australian Open, surpassing Stefan Edberg’s mark of 56 wins.   – Buoyed by a partisan crowd, 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur set up a third-round meeting with Rafael Nadal by getting past 166th-ranked qualifier […]
January 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     NBA-SCHEDULE   Warriors slam Nuggets   UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors put together an NBA-record first quarter performance before winning a matchup of the top teams in the Western Conference.   The Warriors set a league mark by scoring 51 points in the first quarter of a 142-111 trouncing of the Nuggets in Denver. Golden State shot a blistering 60 percent from the field overall, had 38 assists and hit 21 3-pointers in leading wire-to-wire.   Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 31 points to help the Warriors take over the conference lead by a half-game over the Nuggets. Kevin Durant finished with 27 points in Golden State’s fifth consecutive victory.   Malik Beasley finished with 22 points for the Nuggets, whose 12-game home winning streak came to a crashing halt.   Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:   – The 76ers poured in 83 points by halftime of a 149-107 thrashing of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting in his first meeting with the Wolves since being traded to Philadelphia early this season. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) delivered 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Ben Simmons added 20 points and 11 boards.   – The Bucks crushed the Heat, 124-86 as Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) produced 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double […]
January 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     AUSTRALIAN OPEN-MEN   Thiem fends off Paire in 5 at Australian Open   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem held off Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 in a first-round Australian Open match that finished after 2 a.m. on Wednesday.   Thiem, a French Open finalist last year, got the decisive break in the eighth game of the fifth set and had two match points when he coasted to 40-15 in the next game.   But the No. 61-ranked Paire wasn’t finished yet. He saved one with a rifling forehand winner, another when his miscued forehand clipped the net and landed on Thiem’s side, and yet another with a deep forehand winner. Then he ran out of luck.   Thiem will next play Australian wild-card entry Alexei Popyrin, who beat Mischa Zverev 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-4 earlier on day two.   AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WOMEN   Serena Williams wins Australian Open return   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – It was quite a return for Serena Williams.   In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant – and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September, Williams overpowered Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in the first round today.   Other seeded winners today include No. 4 Naomi Osaka and No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.   Simona Halep […]
January 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   (Eds: Updates Australian Open)   T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE   Duke, FSU, Indiana fall   UNDATED (AP) – Monday’s top-25 basketball schedule featured a trio of upsets, none greater than what Syracuse did at Durham.   Syracuse held Duke to 2-of-8 shooting in overtime and to just 21 percent from 3-point range in a 95-91 victory over the top-ranked Blue Devils.   Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points for the Orange, who used a 2-3 zone to befuddle Duke on its home court. Paschal Chukwu added 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while Elijah Hughes added 20 points.   Zion Williamson had a career-high 35 points and 10 rebounds, and his free throw with 16.2 seconds left in regulation tied it at 85 for Duke.   The night took an ominous turn for the Blue Devils when starting point guard Tre Jones suffered a right shoulder injury before the first TV timeout.   Pittsburgh and Nebraska authored the other upsets.   Pittsburgh ended a 13-game losing streak against ranked teams by pulling away in a 75-62 victory against No. 11 Florida State. Trey McGowens had 30 points and seven rebounds, while Xavier Johnson scored 16 for the Panthers.   No. 25 Indiana suffered its third straight loss as Glynn Watson Jr. scored 15 points in Nebraska’s 66-51 upset at Bloomington. Romeo Langford had 18 points and Juwan Morgan finished […]
January 14, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     AUSTRALIAN OPEN   Federer off to a good start   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Defending champion Roger Federer began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin.   Playing before a capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena, Federer broke Istomin’s serve at 2-2 in the third set on the way to his seventh win in a row without a loss against the Uzbek player.   Federer’s seventh Australian Open title would be the most by any player. Novak Djokovic, who plays his first-round match on Tuesday, and Roy Emerson, also have six wins each at the Australian Open, although Emerson’s wins were before the start of the Open era in 1968.   A win in Melbourne would also be Federer’s 100th tour-level title, the second man after Jimmy Connors to win 100 titles. Connors had 109.   In other action in the Australia Open:   – Andy Murray pulled a full house for what is likely his last match at the Australian Open, and had the capacity crowd at Melbourne Arena in his corner as he lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2 to No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.   – Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was shunted from a show court to a side court at Melbourne Park […]
January 14, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports     NFL PLAYOFFS-DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS   Patriots, Saints advance to conference title games   UNDATED (AP) – The NFL conference championships are set following victories by the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. The Pats will be making their eighth consecutive appearance in the AFC title game when they visit the Chiefs in Kansas City next Sunday. The Saints are back in the NFC title game following a 10-year absence and will host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.   The Patriots shredded the Chargers’ defense while building a 35-7 lead by halftime of a 41-28 win at Foxborough. Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns for the Pats, who are in the AFC Championship Game for the 13th time during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a TD while improving to 8-0 as a starter against Philip Rivers.   James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards. Julian Edelman contributed nine receptions for 151 yards as the Pats prevented the Chargers from reaching the AFC title game for the first time since the 2007 season.   Rivers finished 25 of 51 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He is 0-5 in games played in Foxborough, including 0-3 in the postseason.   In New Orleans, the Saints spotted the Eagles a 14-0 […]
January 11, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports     NFL-NEWS   Long-time Dolphins aide Rizzi interviews for coaching job   UNDATED (AP) – Long-time Miami Dolphins assistant Darren Rizzi is the fifth candidate to interview for their head coaching job.   Rizzi joined the Miami staff in 2009 and has won the endorsement of such current and former Dolphins as Jason Taylor, Brian Hartline, Kiko Alonso and Kenyan Drake. He has been special teams coordinator since 2011 and associate head coach since 2017.   Rizzi met Friday with Miami owner Stephen Ross and general manager Chris Grier, who earlier interviewed New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.   The Dolphins seek a replacement for Adam Gase, fired last week and hired Wednesday as coach of the New York Jets.   In other NFL news:   – Former Minnesota Vikings assistant coach John Michels has died. He was 87. Michels was the longest-tenured assistant coach in franchise history. He spent 27 seasons on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967-93, a span that included all four of Minnesota’s Super Bowl appearances. Michels played guard on Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team and earned consensus All-America honors in 1952. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953 and 1956 […]
January 11, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports     NBA-SCHEDULE   Aldridge leads Spurs past Westbrook, Thunder   UNDATED (AP) – The Spurs have continued their midseason surge by winning a thrilling marathon against the Oklahoma City Thunder.   LaMarcus Aldridge delivered seven of his career-high 56 points in double-overtime as the Spurs earned a wild 154-147 victory against the Thunder. San Antonio hit its first 14 3-point attempts and won for the sixth time in seven games.     The Spurs have won 14 of 18 since opening the season 11-14.   Russell Westbrook also had an outstanding game, finishing with 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebounds.   Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:     – Josh Richardson hit four of the Heat’s season-high 18 3-pointers while scoring 18 points in a 115-99 victory against Boston. Dwyane Wade had a team-high 19 points for Miami, which had 33 assists on 45 field goals and became the first team to hold Boston under 100 points since Nov. 17.     – Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) posted his 21st career triple-double and the Nuggets ran their home winning streak to 11 games by slamming the Clippers, 121-100. Jokic had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Western Conference leaders, who also received 23 points from Jamal Murray.   – Buddy Hield (heeld) scored 18 points and Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 14 with 14 rebounds as the […]
January 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports     NFL-NEWS   Thomas Davis says he’s done with Panthers after 14 seasons   UNDATED (AP) – Thomas Davis says he’s been informed by the Panthers he won’t be back with them for a 15th NFL season.   The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker is the Panthers’ all-time leading tackler. He overcame a torn ACL in his same knee three times to record 1,094 tackles, 28 sacks and 13 interceptions. Davis was an All-Pro in 2015, the year he went to his only Super Bowl.   However, Davis posted on Twitter late Wednesday night that the Panthers informed him they were moving in a different direction at linebacker. The 35-year-old Davis thanked the organization for “14 special years,” but said that he’s not retiring. He becomes a free agent in March.   Davis says “I feel like I have way too much football left in me to walk away from the game right now.”   In other NFL news:   – New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in New Jersey. A municipal judge in Rockaway Township on Wednesday suspended the fourth-round draft pick’s driver’s license for 90 days and fined him $639. New Jersey State Police say the 22-year-old Herndon was driving his Nissan Armada in June when he crashed into a Toyota Land Cruiser that was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle. […]
January 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports     NBA-SCHEDULE   Another Freakish win for Bucks   UNDATED (AP) – The Bucks have regained the top spot in the NBA’s overall standings, moving percentage points ahead of Toronto following another outstanding performance from Milwaukee’s MVP candidate.   Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-to-KOON’-poh) poured in 27 points and grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds as the Bucks outscored the Rockets, 116-109 in Houston. The Rockets got within 109-106 with 2 1/2 minutes left before the Greek Freak contributed a free throw and a layup to make it a six-point game with 40 seconds to play.   Malcolm Brogdon added 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting in the Bucks’ seventh victory in eight games.   James Harden delivered 42 points for the Rockets but missed four straight 3-point attempts down the stretch.   Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:   – Bradley Beal scored 14 straight Washington points in the fourth quarter and finished with 34 in the Wizards’ 123-106 downing of the Sixers. The Wizards guard outscored the 76ers 14-5 during the stretch to give Washington a 116-95 lead with 4:22 remaining.   – Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown each scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 20 in the Celtics’ 135-108 rout of the Pacers. Boston owns a four-game winning streak following its highest scoring performance this season.   – CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Trail […]
January 9, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports       NBA-MCCAW   McCaw sign-and-waive investigated by league   UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA is looking into the circumstances surrounding Cleveland’s decision to sign Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet and then waive him after three games.   The person says the inquiry comes at the request of the Golden State Warriors, who declined to match the Cavaliers’ two-year, $6 million offer sheet. It’s unclear how long the NBA’s review will take, or what – if anything – the Warriors are seeking.   McCaw played 53 minutes for the Cavs and averaged 1.7 points after giving the Warriors four points a game his first two years in the league.   The 23-year-old McCaw is a free agent after being let go by Cleveland on Sunday.   NFL-NEWS   Cardinals, Bucs find coaches   UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have dipped into the college ranks to find a head coach who can mentor young quarterback Josh Rosen. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have handed over the reins to one of the Cardinals’ former coaches.   The Cardinals have hired Kliff Kingsbury, who went 35-40 in six seasons at Texas Tech before his dismissal last month. Kingsbury will be trusted to resuscitate the worst offense in the NFL, one month after accepting a job as Southern California’s offensive coordinator.   Kingsbury’s Texas […]
January 9, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     NBA-SCHEDULE   Raptors pass Bucks for NBA’s top mark   UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have reclaimed the NBA’s top winning percentage despite struggling against one of the league’s bottom-feeders on Tuesday.   Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) delivered the winning dunk with 17 seconds remaining and added a big rebound to help the Raptors secure a 104-101 victory over the Hawks. Atlanta had a chance to regain the lead, but Ibaka grabbed a missed shot by Trae Young and fed OG Anunoby (AN’-oo-noh-bee) for a slam with less than a second remaining.   Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 31 points for the Raptors, who earned their sixth straight home win and improved to 31-12. Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help Toronto withstand John Collins’ 21 points and 14 boards.   The Raptors are three percentage points ahead of idle Milwaukee, but the Bucks have four games in hand.   Checking out the rest of Tuesday’s NBA action:   – Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) registered his fourth triple-double of the season by delivering 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Nuggets’ 103-99 triumph over the Heat at Miami. Jamal Murray added 18 points for the Western Conference leaders.   – The Warriors cruised to a 122-95 win over the Knicks behind Klay Thompson, who nailed seven 3-pointers in a 43-point effort. Stephen Curry had […]
January 8, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON   Clemson finishes the season on top after knocking off Alabama   SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – After routing Alabama in the national championship game, Clemson has picked up all 61 first-place votes in The Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide, which was trying to become just the third team to go wire-to-wire as the number-one team in the country, finished second.   Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night.   Clemson will celebrate its latest national title with a parade and ceremony on Saturday. The school said the parade will start at 9 a.m. Eastern before ending at the Tigers stadium, where coach Dabo Swinney and several players are expected to speak. After Clemson won the championship two years ago, fans filled much of the upper deck of the stadium, which seats 81,500.   NHL-SCHEDULE   Penguins, Lightning look to resume winning ways   PITTSBURGH (AP) – After seeing an eight-game winning streak snapped by the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to get back on the winning track tonight when they host the Florida Panthers.   And the Tampa Bay Lightning try to resume the team’s winning ways tonight at home against Columbus. Tampa Bay had a seven-game win streak broken Saturday night in San Jose — the Lightning’s first regulation loss in more […]
January 8, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     COLLEGE FOOTBALL   Clemson rips Alabama to win CFP championship   SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Clemson is the national champion in college football for the second time in three years after handing Alabama its most lopsided loss under head coach Nick Saban.   Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers blasted the Crimson Tide, 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Santa Clara, California. Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season.   Etienne had three first-half TDs for Clemson, which actually trailed 16-14 in the second quarter before forging a 31-16 advantage by halftime. He finished with 86 yards on 14 carries.   A.J. Terrell brought back an interception 44 yards for a touchdown on Alabama’s opening drive. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-oh-vy-LOH’-ah) threw a second interception and was 22 of 34 for 295 yards with two first-quarter TDs, along with minus-9 yards rushing.   Clemson is the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.   Alabama was seeking its sixth national championship in the last 10 seasons.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS   Haskins is leaving school for NFL draft […]
January 7, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:     COLLEGE FOOTBALL   Alabama vies for another national championship   SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – It’s Clemson vs. Alabama tonight in the College Football Championship at Santa Clara, California.   Alabama already has five national championships in the past nine seasons, and winning another crown against Clemson would lift the Crimson Tide even further above other college football dynasties and into the conversation about the best runs in all of college sports.   Even though college football is no big deal in Silicon Valley, the high-tech home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers is a major reason the game was awarded to Levi’s Stadium.   HALL OF FAME   Vince Young, Rocket Ismail highlight Hall of Fame class   Texas quarterback Vince Young and Notre Dame speedster Raghib Ismail have been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with 11 other players and two coaches.   Young was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with a memorable performance in the Rose Bowl against Southern California. Ismail, better known as Rocket, was an electric receiver and kick returner for the Fighting Irish and the Heisman runner-up in 1990.   The rest of the players to be enshrined at the National Football Foundation’s award banquet in December include Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon, John […]

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