NEWS & SPORTS

November 13, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Charlotte at Cleveland 7:00 p.m. Houston at Denver 9:00 p.m. Atlanta at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Pittsburgh at New Jersey 7:00 p.m. Vancouver at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m. Florida at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo 7:30 p.m. Arizona at Detroit 7:30 p.m. Washington at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Montreal at Edmonton 9:00 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m. Nashville at San Jose 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Georgia Tech at (5) Tennessee 9:00 p.m. Memphis at (22) LSU 7:00 p.m.     AP-WF-11-13-18 2005GMT
November 13, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks gain…Crude falls…New York and Virginia celebrate   NEW YORK (AP) – Stock indexes have veered higher in afternoon trading, bouncing back from an uneven start. Gains in technology companies, banks and industrial stocks outweighed losses in household goods sellers, utilities and elsewhere in the market. Energy stocks slumped as the price of crude oil headed for its 12th straight decline. Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.   NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. crude oil is seeing its biggest drop since August 2011, on track for its 12th consecutive decline. Benchmark U.S. crude plummeted 6.6 percent to $55.97 a barrel in New York, the lowest level since December 2017. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 6.2 percent to $65.78 a barrel in London.   NEW YORK (AP) – New York officials are cheering Amazon’s decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he’d be willing to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.” Amazon is also locating a headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago that was primarily caused by quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department says […]
November 13, 2018
Volleyball Lands Four All-Sun Belt Honorees; Porter Named Newcomer of the Year
  NEW ORLEANS, La. — Highlighted by Becky Porter being named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year, four members of the Appalachian State volleyball team earned All-Sun Belt honors in voting conducted by the league’s head coaches. The four all-conference honorees are tied for the most for the program since joining the league in 2014 (also had four in 2015). App State also ranked second in the league with four All-Sun Belt honorees, trailing only Texas State, who had five. Porter was also tabbed as a First Team All-Sun Belt honoree to go along with her Newcomer of the Year award. Joining Porter on the First Team was outside hitter Emma Longley. Libero Emma Reilly and middle blocker Kara Spicer were named Second Team All-Sun Belt. Porter, a three-time Sun Belt Setter of the Week award winner, joined the Mountaineers this season from N.C. State. She has a team-high nine double-doubles and leads the Sun Belt in assists per set, averaging 10.71. She posted 40 or more assists in 11 contests this season, including a career-high 62 on Sept. 7 against Utah Valley. Longley has proven to be one of the top offensive players in the Sun Belt. She ranks third in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.76. Longley has five double-doubles on the season and recorded double digit kills in 22 of 28 contests. Reilly played the whole season as the Mountaineer libero. She recorded double digit digs in 26 matches, including the last 18 contests. […]
November 13, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Charlotte at Cleveland 7:00 p.m. Houston at Denver 9:00 p.m. Atlanta at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Pittsburgh at New Jersey 7:00 p.m. Vancouver at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m. Florida at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo 7:30 p.m. Arizona at Detroit 7:30 p.m. Washington at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Montreal at Edmonton 9:00 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m. Nashville at San Jose 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Georgia Tech at (5) Tennessee 9:00 p.m. Memphis at (22) LSU 7:00 p.m.     AP-WF-11-13-18 1715GMT
November 13, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST   FATAL NORTH CAROLINA SHOOTING 3 fatally shot at North Carolina home after argument SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an argument at a North Carolina home led to a shooting that left three people dead and a fourth wounded. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said three people were pronounced dead at the scene and one was hospitalized in serious condition. The suspect fled in a victim’s pickup truck before deputies arrived Monday night, but he was arrested early Tuesday. Forty-year-old Armando Martinez is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and stealing the truck. The sheriff’s office said in a news release that the shooting was sparked by a verbal altercation and the victims were Martinez’ relatives or close friends. Martinez was being held without bond. A sheriff’s staff member didn’t immediately respond to an email asking if he has an attorney.     GIRL KIDNAPPED North Carolina police urge missing teen’s neighbors to talk (Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com) LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are working to speak to the neighbors of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park. The News & Observer reports investigators want to speak Hania Noelia Aguilar’s neighbors and those near where the suspect vehicle was found in Lumberton. Relatives and police say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start […]
November 13, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks mostly higher…Amazon confirms new headquarters in New York, Virginia…CNN sues   NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stock indexes are mostly higher in early trading, erasing some of the losses from a steep, technology-driven sell-off a day earlier. Gains in banks and technology companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the market. Crude oil prices headed sharply lower, continuing a long downturn. Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.   NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs. In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.   NEW YORK (AP) – CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be returned. The administration revoked them last week following President Trump’s contentious news conference, where Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn’t want to hear anything more from him. CNN claims the revocation of Acosta’s press pass violates the constitutional rights to freedom of the press and due process.   PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A former president of Mexico is warning of the possible consequences of U.S. trade […]
November 13, 2018
Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Announced for MerleFest 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Announced for MerleFest 2019 Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 13th   WILKESBORO, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2018) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2019, which will be held April 25-28. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2019 will be announced over the next few months. Today’s lineup announcement includes Wynonna & The Big Noise, Keb’ Mo’, The Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Tyler Childers, Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force, and many more. The 2019 Late Night Jam on Saturday, April 27th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, hosted by Chatham County Line. This very popular after-hours hootenanny in the Walker Center gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history. Ticket sales for both the festival and Late Night Jam begin at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 13th.   Wynonna & The Big Noise: Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 35-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter […]
November 12, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Orlando at Washington 7:00 p.m. New Orleans at Toronto 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m. Utah at Memphis 8:00 p.m. Brooklyn at Minnesota 8:00 p.m. Dallas at Chicago 8:00 p.m. San Antonio at Sacramento 10:00 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Chicago at Carolina 7:00 p.m. Vancouver at N-Y Rangers 7:00 p.m. Columbus at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Nashville at Anaheim 10:00 p.m.   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE N-Y Giants at San Francisco 8:15 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Vermont at (2) Kansas 9:00 p.m. Stanford at (7) North Carolina 7:00 p.m. Denver at (12) Kansas St. 9:00 p.m. (25) Buffalo at S. Illinois 8:00 p.m.     AP-WF-11-12-18 1845GMT
November 12, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST   GIRL KIDNAPPED Reward in case of kidnapped N. Carolina teen rises to $20K LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A total reward of $20,000 is being offered in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park. News outlets report Lumberton police announced Friday that Gov. Roy Cooper’s office is offering $5,000 for information that leads to Hania Noelia Aguilar. The FBI is offering $15,000. Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative’s SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into an SUV and drove off. The FBI says the SUV was found in Lumberton Thursday, several miles from the mobile home park. Police Chief Michael McNeill asked nearby residents to check their property for anything unusual. Investigators are seeking help identifying a person seen on surveillance video near the scene.     POLICE-SUNROOF SHOOTING Suspect opens fire on officer through sunroof of car ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police chief says that a suspect stood up through a car’s sunroof and fired a rifle at one of his officers in a police cruiser. The Albemarle Police Department issued a statement saying that the officer was trying to stop a vehicle on Sunday that matched the description from an earlier shooting. The statement said that while […]
November 12, 2018
Financial News
        US stocks broadly lower … Athenahealth fetches $5.7 billion cash buyout offer … Coty CEO steps down   NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading today, weighed down by losses in technology companies and banks. Consumer-focused companies and media and communications stocks also took losses. Crude oil prices were headed higher, snapping a 10-day skid, after Saudi Arabia said it planned to cut its output. At 10:33 a.m. Eastern Time, the Dow was down 225 points, to 25,769. The S&P 500 was down 23 points, to 2,758. And the Nasdaq dropped 121 points, to 7,287. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.18 percent.   UNDATED (AP) – Athenahealth shares soared today after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer. Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital plan to give athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that will take the company private. That represents a roughly 12 percent premium over the closing price of athenahealth shares on Friday. But the latest deal is smaller than a $6.5 billion bid that prominent investor Elliott Management Corp. made in May.   NEW YORK (AP) – The top executive at the New York cosmetics maker Coty is leaving less than a week after revealing that significant supply chain problems sapped revenue during the first quarter, and its chairman has been replaced as […]
November 12, 2018
Volleyball Earns Second Seed for Sun Belt Tournament
  BOONE, N.C. — By winning the Sun Belt East Division title, Appalachian State volleyball has earned a double bye and will be seeded second at the Sun Belt Volleyball Tournament, which begins on Nov. 15 in Atlanta, Ga. App State will play at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinal round against either No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina, No. 6 seed Arkansas State or No. 7 seed South Alabama. The Mountaineers clinched the Sun Belt East Division title on Friday with a 3-1 win at Troy. It marked the first division title for App State since the Sun Belt moved to a division format in 2016. App State finished the 2018 regular season with a 21-7 record, including a 13-3 mark in Sun Belt play. Appalachian State swept the season season series against Coastal Carolina, winning 3-0 in Boone and 3-2 in Conway. The Mountaineers faced Arkansas State once during the regular season and posted a 3-2 win in Boone. The Black and Gold also swept the season series with South Alabama, winning 3-0 in Boone and 3-1 in Mobile. All contests of the Sun Belt Tournament will be broadcast on ESPN+. 2018 SUN BELT VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE All Times Eastern and Subject to Change   Thursday, November 15 – First Round Match 1: No. 7 South Alabama vs. No. 6 Arkansas State (ESPN+), 5:00 p.m. Match 2: No. 8 Troy vs. No. 5 UTA (ESPN+), 7:30 p.m.   Friday, November 16 […]
November 12, 2018
VB: Volleyball Tops South Alabama 3-1 in Regular Season Finale
  MOBILE, Ala. – Appalachian State volleyball won its eighth straight contest by a 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17 score over South Alabama in its regular season finale on Sunday.   The Mountaineers conclude the regular season with a 21-7 mark and a 13-3 record in the Sun Belt. The 13 conference victories are tied for the most wins for the program in Sun Belt play since joining the league in 2014.   In the opening frame, the two teams found themselves knotted at 15-15. From there App State won six straight points to open a 21-15 edge. The Mountaineers never looked back, winning the set 25-17.   In Set 2, App State raced out to a 5-0 advantage. South Alabama (13-16, 7-9 SBC) battled back and took its first lead of the set at 15-14. With the Mountaineers trailing 21-20, the Jaguars won four of the last five points to win the set and knot the contest at 1-1.   In the third set, the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 20-20. South Alabama jumped ahead 23-22, only to see App State respond with a kill from Amya Giger to tie the score at 23-23. The Black and Gold would then benefit from a pair of attack errors by the Jaguars to clinch the set 25-23.   In the fourth set, the Black and Gold jumped out to an 8-4 lead and pushed its advantage to 14-6 on a service ace from Jana Owens. […]
November 12, 2018
Shabazz Scores 1,500th Career Point; Men’s Basketball Falls at Alabama
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Appalachian State men’s basketball guard Ronshad Shabazz scored the 1,500th point of his career, but the Mountaineers came up on the short end of a 81-73 decision at Alabama on Sunday evening in a non-bracket game of the Charleston Classic. Shabazz scored his milestone point on a three-pointer at the 12:30 mark of the first half. In addition, his 21-point performance moved him into ninth place on the all-time scoring list, passing Charles Payton (1,494) for 10th and Stan Davis (1,509) for ninth. He now has 1,514 points in his career. Isaac Johnson tallied his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) shooting and 13 rebounds (five offensive). Justin Forrest added 14 points for App State (1-1). The Crimson Tide (2-0) opened an early 13-6 lead, only too see the Black and Gold counter with an 14-4 run to open a 20-17 advantage with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. Alabama used a 10-0 run later in the half to jump in front 29-22, only to see the Mountaineers respond with nine consecutive points and take a 31-29 lead. A late trey by John Petty of Alabama gave the Crimson Tide a 38-35 lead at the break. In the second half, the Black and Gold scored the first eight points to take a 43-38 lead and pushed its lead to 56-50 with just over 12 […]
November 12, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Charlotte 113 Detroit 103 Final Houston 115 Indiana 103 Final Orlando 115 N-Y Knicks 89 Final Milwaukee 121 Denver 114 Final Portland 100 Boston 94 Final L.A. Lakers 107 Atlanta 106   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Minnesota 3 St. Louis 2 Final Florida 5 Ottawa 1 Final Arizona 4 Washington 1 Final Winnipeg 5 New Jersey 2 Final Boston 4 Vegas 1 Final San Jose 3 Calgary 1 Final Colorado 4 Edmonton 1   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Buffalo 41 N-Y Jets 10 Final Tennessee 34 New England 10 Final New Orleans 51 Cincinnati 14 Final Kansas City 26 Arizona 14 Final Washington 16 Tampa Bay 3 Final Chicago 34 Detroit 22 Final Cleveland 28 Atlanta 16 Final Indianapolis 29 Jacksonville 26 Final L.A. Chargers 20 Oakland 6 Final Green Bay 31 Miami 12 Final L.A. Rams 36 Seattle 31 Final Dallas 27 Philadelphia 20 N-Y Giants at San Francisco 8:15 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (4) Duke 94 Army 72 Final (5) Virginia 76 George Washington 57 Final (10) Michigan St. 106 Florida Gulf Coast 82 Final (17) Florida St. 80 Tulane 69 Final (18) Mississippi St. 77 Hartford 59 Final (20) TCU 79 Oral Roberts 62   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Final Kansas City 4 Real Salt Lake 2 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL […]
November 12, 2018
Financial News
        World shares wobble … Oil production cuts may be necessary … EU pressures Britain amid signs of progress in Brexit talks   SINGAPORE (AP) – Global markets were mixed today ahead of the release of economic data by the U.S. and China which could show the effects of a trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies. In early trading, Germany’s DAX lost 0.6 percent while Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent. France’s CAC 40 lost 0.2 percent. Japan’s Nikkei closed up 0.1 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.1 percent. The Shanghai Composite index rebounded 1.2 percent. Wall Street is set for a flat opening with S&P futures less than 0.1 percent higher and Dow futures down almost 0.1 percent.   ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says OPEC and allied oil-producing countries will likely need to cut crude supplies, perhaps as much as 1 million barrels of oil a day, to rebalance the market after proposed U.S. sanctions on Iran failed to cut Tehran’s output. The comments from the minister show the balancing act the U.S. allies face in dealing with President Donald Trump’s actions related to the oil industry. Trump in recent weeks demanded the oil cartel increase production to drive down U.S. gasoline prices.   HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam’s National Assembly has ratified a Pacific Rim trade deal abandoned by U.S. President Donald Trump, but […]
November 13, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NFL-BENGALS-HUE’S RETURN   Hue Jackson back in Cincinnati   CINCINNATI (AP) – Hue Jackson has landed back in Cincinnati, where he’ll help head coach Marvin Lewis try to resurrect the Bengals’ historically bad defense.   The Bengals hired Jackson as a special assistant on Tuesday, a day after Cincinnati fired its defensive coordinator and put Lewis in charge of running the unit. Lewis says Jackson will help him prepare the defense each week and he’ll be on the field during games helping him with decisions.   It’s Jackson’s third stint with the Bengals. He was their offensive coordinator before the Browns hired him as head coach after the 2015 season. Jackson was fired last month after winning only three games in Cleveland.   The Bengals are on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history.   NHL-SCHEDULE   Nashville looks to resume road successes after first loss   UNDATED (AP) – Three of the NHL’s division leaders are in action tonight. Tampa Bay skates at Buffalo, Vancouver is in New York to take on the Islanders, and Nashville visits San Jose.   The Predators suffered their first road loss of the season last night, 2-1, to the Anaheim Ducks. Nashville had won its first eight road games, a franchise record.   In other NHL action (all times EST):   Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m.   Florida […]
November 12, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NFL   Monday night football   UNDATED (AP) – The New York Giants are at San Francisco in Monday night football tonight.   The Giants (1-7) and San Francisco (2-7) have the second-lowest combined winning percentage (.176) for a “Monday Night Football” game played Nov. 1 or later. The lowest is .167 for the 3-9 Jets vs. the 1-11 Chargers in 1975 that featured Hall of Fame QBs Joe Namath and Dan Fouts.   The Giants have started 1-7 for the second straight year.   New York only had two seasons that bad after eight games before last season: 0-8 in 1976, 1-7 in 1980.   QB Nick Mullens makes his second start for the 49ers.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL   Louisville fires Petrino   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville has fired coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points.   The school announced Petrino’s dismissal Sunday morning with statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who said he “did not have the confidence” the coach could turn things around next season. The change “needs to start happening now.” Tyra said a new head coach would be chosen soon to “restore our football program to national prominence.”   Louisville (2-8) lost 54-23 at No. 13 Syracuse on Friday night, dropping to 0-7 in Atlantic […]
November 12, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE   Saints, Rams, Chiefs win again   UNDATED (AP) – The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL’s only one-loss teams through the first 10 weeks of the NFL season.   Drew Brees (breez) passed Brett Favre (fahrv) for second place on the all-time lead for touchdown throws while he tossed three in the first half of the Saints’ eighth straight win, a 51-14 rout of the Bengals. His 17-yard TD to Michael Thomas with 2 seconds left in the half gave him 509 career touchdown passes, one more than Favre.   Brees was 22 of 25 for 265 yards and no interceptions for the 8-1 Saints, with Mark Ingram catching 13 passes for 104 yards.   The Rams bounced back from last week’s loss to New Orleans as Jared Goff passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-31 victory over the Seahawks. Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Russell Wilson.   Todd Gurley rushed for 120 yards and a score as the 9-1 Rams completed a season sweep of the 4-5 Seahawks.   Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Chiefs rolled past the Cardinals 26-14. Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving […]
November 9, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE   Syracuse hosts Louisville, Fresno State visits Boise   UNDATED (AP) – There are two college football games Friday night featuring Top 25 teams. No. 13 Syracuse hosts Louisville and No. 16 Fresno State visits Boise State.   Syracuse is unbeaten at home and a win would complete the Orange’s fourth undefeated season at home since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980 and keep them in the running for a first-tier bowl game.   The Cardinals rank 112th in the nation in total offense, averaging 344.7 yards per game. The Orange defense is allowing 28.1 points per game and ranks 12th in the ACC in total defense, allowing 432.2 yards per game. Louisville leads the series 10-6.   Boise State needs a win to keep alive its hopes of winning the Mountain Division. The Broncos are currently one game behind Utah State, but host the Aggies to close out the regular season on Nov. 24.   Friday night’s game is a rematch of last year’s Mountain West championship game, but this time the power has shifted to Fresno State. The Bulldogs have been thumping everyone outside of their Week 2 loss at Minnesota. Fresno State is averaging 40.4 points per game and its smallest margin of victory is 18 points. But the Bulldogs have never beaten Boise State on the blue turf. The Broncos lead the series […]
November 9, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-STEELERS/PANTHERS   Brown goes from cited to exciting as Steelers rip Panthers   PITTSBURGH (AP) – Antonio Brown raced past the Carolina Panthers’ secondary on Thursday night after racing through the streets of suburban Pittsburgh earlier in the day. Brown delivered a 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and finished with eight receptions for 96 yards as the Steelers won their fifth in a row, a 52-21 blowout over the Panthers.   Brown was on the field hours after being stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche. Ross Township police tell WPXI-TV that an officer was searching for a bank robbery suspect when a black Porsche sped by. The officer pulled the car over and the driver was identified as Brown, who was cited for reckless driving.   Brown was just one of Ben Roethlisberger’s targets as the Pittsburgh quarterback passed for 328 yards and five touchdowns.   The Steelers took control by scoring 21 points in the first 11 minutes before improving to 6-2-1, tops in the AFC North.   Cam Newton completed 23 of 29 for 193 yards and a pair of short TDs to Christian McCaffrey, but the Panthers ended a three-game winning streak and slipped to 6-3.   NFL-NEWS   McCown in for ailing Darnold   UNDATED (AP) – Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the New York Jets against the Buffalo […]
November 8, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE   Panthers visit Steelers   PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Carolina Panthers visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Thursday night NFL game.   The 6-2 Panthers have run for at least 121 yards in seven of eight games, and quarterback Cam Newton is on pace for a career high in rushing attempts. Pittsburgh is 5-2-1, fourth in the league in sacks, and allowing just 275.5 yards per game over the last month.   T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WAKE FOREST-NC STATE   NC State hosts Wake Forest   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – No. 22 North Carolina State hosts Wake Forest Thursday night.   The 6-2 Wolfpack won’t be able to catch No. 2 Clemson atop the ACC Atlantic Division, but the second 10-win season in school history remains a real possibility. NC State is trying to string together enough victories to climb up the CFP rankings and into a New Year’s Six bowl.   The 4-5 Demon Deacons have virtually no margin for error if they’re to reach their third consecutive bowl.   N.C. State has won 15 of the last 16 meetings in Raleigh, with Wake Forest’s only victory coming in 2006 during the Demon Deacons’ run to the ACC title and the Orange Bowl.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MARYLAND-PLAYER DEATH   New U. of Maryland board chair apologizes over player death   COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – The University System of Maryland Board […]
November 8, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE   Gasol, Grizzlies top Nuggets   UNDATED (AP) – Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) and the Memphis Grizzlies were able to cool off the Denver Nuggets.   Gasol capped his 20-point night by hitting the go-ahead free throws with 4.6 seconds to play in the Grizzlies’ 89-87 win over the Nuggets. Jaren Jackson Jr. also had 20 points and Gasol finished with 12 rebounds as Memphis improved to 4-0 at home.   The Nuggets saw their five-game winning streak end when Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) missed a 3-point attempt before Denver’s rebound tip was off the mark.   Gary Harris had a team-best 20 points for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time in 11 games this season.   Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:   – Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard came back from a two-game absence to score 25 points and grab 11 rebounds in the Raptors’ 114-105 victory at Sacramento. The two-time All-Star scored 10 points in both the second and third quarters while showing no effects from his ankle injury. Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 14 points with 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to a league-best 11-1.   – Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored a season-high 28 points in place of the injured Russell Westbrook as the Thunder handled the Cavaliers 95-86 in Cleveland. Schroder shot 11-for-19 in Oklahoma City’s first game since […]
November 7, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS   Michigan moves to No. 4 in playoff rankings   UNDATED (AP) – Michigan has moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia is next at five, followed by Oklahoma.   The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The top-four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals.   The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers 29-0. LSU, though, only dropped to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State – all with only one loss.   Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and Michigan jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State.   With four weeks left in the season, nine of the top 10 teams are serious contenders. LSU is basically out, because the Tigers have no chance to win a conference title.   NFL-FALCONS-IRVIN SIGNS   Falcons sign veteran defensive end Bruce Irvin   FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive end Bruce Irvin to a one-year deal, reuniting the veteran with coach Dan Quinn.   Irvin, who was cut by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, became a free agent after clearing waivers on Tuesday with $3.8 million remaining […]
November 7, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE   Jayhawks, Blue Devils win at Champions Classic   UNDATED (AP) – Top-ranked Kansas has opened its men’s basketball schedule by taking Game 1 of the Champions Classic at Indianapolis.   Quentin Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and the Jayhawks took a 44-27 halftime lead before holding off No. 10 Michigan State, 92-87. Dedric Lawson added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Kansas, which took control with a 13-3 run that put the Jayhawks ahead, 30-17.   The Spartans trailed by double-digits much of the game before a late charge got them within 90-87 with 34 seconds left. Michigan State promptly missed a free throw and a layup in the closing moments.   Joshua Langford’s 18 points paced the Spartans.   Game 2 of the Champions Classic was a blowout as fourth-ranked Duke clobbered No. 2 Kentucky, 118-84. Freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williams and Cam Reddish had a combined 89 points for the Blue Devils, who handed coach John Calipari his most lopsided defeat at Kentucky.   Barrett finished with 33 points and Williamson added 28 as both surpassed the Marvin Bagley III’s program record for points by a freshman in his debut.   Keldon Johnson scored a team-high 23 points and transfer Reid Travis had 22 for the Wildcats.   In other top-25 finals:   – Rui Hachimura (ROO’-ee ha-chee-MOOR’-ah) scored […]
November 6, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   CHICAGO (AP) –   NHL-BLACKHAWKS-QUENNEVILLE   Blackhawks fire coach   The Blackhawks have fired three-time Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville.   General manager Stan Bowman announced the startling dismissal of Quenneville and assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson on Tuesday and appointed Jeremy Colliton the new coach. Chicago was off to a 6-6-3 start and missed the playoffs last season.   Quenneville took over as Blackhawks coach early in the 2008-09 season and led them to Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He went 452-249-96 during the regular season, and Chicago made the playoffs in nine of 10 full seasons with Quenneville behind the bench.   Quenneville is the second NHL coach to be fired over the past three days. The Los Angeles Kings fired John Stevens on Sunday.   Colliton had been coach of the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Illinois. Barry Smith was named an assistant on Colliton’s staff.   NHL-SCHEDULE   Canadiens visit Rangers   NEW YORK (AP) – After a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders Monday night, the Montreal Canadiens stay in New York to face the Rangers.   Elsewhere in the NHL (all times Eastern):   Dallas at Columbus, 7 p.m.   Vegas at Toronto, 7 p.m.   New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.   Vancouver at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.   Edmonton at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.   […]
November 6, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NFL-TITANS/COWBOYS   Titans bolster postseason hopes by dumping Cowboys   ARLINGTON (AP) – The Tennessee Titans were able to end a three-game losing streak by handing Dallas its first home loss of the season.   Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Titans beat the Cowboys, 28-14 near Dallas. Mariota was 21 of 29 for 240 yards without an interception, although he fumbled on each of Tennessee’s first two possessions.   Kevin Byard sparked the 4-4 Titans with an end-zone interception of Dak Prescott and celebrated T.O.-style, sprinting to midfield and standing on the Cowboys’ star logo with arms spread. The pick came after Mariota’s second fumble and revitalized Tennessee.   Amari Cooper scored the Cowboys’ first TD and finished with five receptions for 58 yards in his first game since being acquired from the Raiders.   Ezekiel Elliott finished with 61 yards for the 3-5 Cowboys.   NFL-NEWS   Banged up Redskins   UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Redskins have a one-game lead in the NFC East, but they will finish the season without three major pieces to their offense.   Starting guards Brandon Scherff (shehrf) and Shawn Lauvao are done for the year, as is wide receiver Paul Richardson. Scherff tore a pectoral muscle, Lauvao tore a knee ligament and Richardson has a bad shoulder. All three are scheduled for […]
November 5, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NFL   Monday night football   UNDATED (AP) – Monday night football has Tennessee taking on Dallas. Both clubs have the same record at 3-4.   KIKUCHI-MLB   Japanese pitcher Kikuchi free to negotiate with MLB teams   TOKYO (AP) – The Seibu Lions have agreed to post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, clearing the way for the 27-year-old left-hander to negotiate with teams in Major League Baseball.   Since Kikuchi cannot file for international free agency until 2020, he needed Seibu’s approval in order to use the posting system to move to the majors.   Kikuchi has a 73-46 career record with a 2.77 ERA in Nippon Professional Baseball. He went 14-4 this year and struck out 153 batters in 163-2/3 innings.   All postings by NPB teams must occur between Nov. 1 and Dec. 5, with a 30-day negotiating window to follow.   Under the posting system, a Japanese team posting a player to the majors will receive a fee based on an agreed percentage of the value of the contract, bonuses and incentives.   The fee will be 20 percent of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5 percent of the next $25 million and 15 percent of any amount over $50 million.   MAYWEATHER MMA   Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa in December   […]
November 5, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE   Saints beat Rams   UNDATED (AP) – The New Orleans Saints are the first team to beat the Los Angeles Rams this season, but it wasn’t easy.   The Saints coughed up a 35-14 lead before scoring on two drives in the final 6 1/2 minutes to beat the Rams, 45-35. Wil Lutz put New Orleans ahead with a 54-yard field goal and Michael Thomas capped his record-setting performance by hauling in a 72-yard scoring pass from Drew Brees (breez) with 3:52 to play.   Thomas had 12 receptions for a team-record 211 yards, while Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns in the first half.   The Rams tied the game with 9:48 left on Jared Goff’s 41-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp. Goff was 28 of 40 for 391 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.   Brees also threw for three scores, all in the opening half.   The Saints improved to 7-1 and dropped the Rams to 8-1.   Elsewhere in the NFL:   – The Chiefs still lead the AFC at 8-1 after Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-21 victory at Cleveland. Mahomes has 29 TD passes and 3,185 yards, the most by any QB through 10 games since 1950. Kareem Hunt grabbed a scoring pass and had two touchdown runs as Kansas City handed the 2-6-1 Browns their […]
November 2, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PITTSBURGH-VIRGINIA   Pittsburgh, No. 23 Virginia set for ACC division matchup   CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The ACC’s Coastal Division race may begin to get some clarity when Pittsburgh visits No. 23 Virginia on Friday night.   Virginia sits atop the division’s standings, but is tied with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech in the loss column with games to play against both still to come. Virginia has won three games in a row and is ranked for the first time since 2011.   Pitt is coming off a 484-yard rushing performance in a wild 54-45 victory against Duke, while the 6-2 Cavaliers have held their last two opponents below 70 rushing yards.   Virginia has won three games in a row and is ranked for the first time since 2011. The Cavaliers are 6-2, 4-1 in the ACC.   The 4-4 Panthers have won their last three meetings with Virginia.   NFL-SALUTE TO SERVICE   NFL begins ‘Salute to Service’ with pledge up to $5 million   NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is kicking off its “Salute to Service ” campaign to honor the nation’s military, veterans and their families by pledging to donate up $5 to its nonprofit partners for every use of the hashtag Salute To Service through Nov. 19.   The league will quadruple its offering to $25 for every use of the designated hashtag […]
November 2, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-49ers/RAIDERS   Nick of time: Niners find a QB   SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Nick Mullens was named the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback a few hours before Thursday’s game against Oakland. The undrafted free agent delivered with the most productive debut for an NFL quarterback since the 1970 merger.   Mullens completed 16 of his 22 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and a 151.9 passer rating as the Niners blasted the Raiders, 34-3. He threw TD passes to Pierre Garcon and Kendrick Bourne on the opening two drives and coasted to the most lopsided win in this series since San Francisco won the first meeting, 38-7 in 1970.   Mullens got the nod after C.J. Beathard (BETH’-urd) injured his right wrist last weekend. He made the most of his opportunity against one of the league’s worst defenses.   The Niners are 2-7 after ending a six-game losing streak. The Raiders are 1-7 and tied with the Giants for the NFL’s worst record.   NBA-SCHEDULE   Nuggets coast   UNDATED (AP) – The Denver Nuggets continue to roll through the early portion of their schedule as they try to make the NBA playoffs for the first time in six years.   The Nuggets are 7-1 and owners of a three-game winning streak following a 110-91 rout of the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Juancho Hernangomez scored 23 points, one day […]

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