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December 4, 2020
WKSK Person of the Week
  WKSK /  Village Florist Person(s) of the Week of:  December 4th 2020   Dr “O” & Nurses at Ashe memorial Hospital is the WKSK Person(s) of the Week   Congratulations Dr “O” & Nurses @ Ashe Memorial Hospital!        
December 4, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   NEW QUEEN LATIFAH DRAMA GETS POST-SUPER BOWL DEBUT SHOWCASE LOS ANGELES (AP) – Queen Latifah’s upcoming drama series has scored a touchdown. CBS says “The Equalizer” will get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot next February to showcase its debut. “The Equalizer,” a reboot of the 1980s series about a retired intelligence agent turned private detective, stars Latifah as an ex-CIA agent and single mom who helps those with no one else to turn to. The series will immediately follow the conclusion of CBS Sports’ Sunday, Feb. 7, Super Bowl broadcast, with future episodes of “The Equalizer” airing at 8 p.m. EST Sundays. CBS also said that a special edition of Stephen Colbert’s daily “The Late Show” will follow late local news on Super Bowl night.   HOLIDAY MOVIES, MUSIC SPECIALS ARRIVE TO LIGHT A BLEAK YEAR LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. We’ll take any and all feel-good moments in a year of scarcity. The new holiday specials out this month from pop stars include “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” on HBO Max, “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” on Apple TV+ and “A Holly Dolly Christmas” on CBS. Among the holiday-themed movies are Netflix’s “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, with Forest Whitaker, “Godmothered” on Disney + with Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher, and Hallmark’s “Love, […]
December 4, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (3)Iowa 99 W. Illinois 58 Final (7)Kansas 89 Washburn 54 Final (16)Virginia Tech 64 VMI 57 Final (25)Arizona St. 70 California 62 Temple at (12)Villanova 7 p.m. (Canceled) St. John’s at (17)Texas Tech 9 p.m. (Canceled)   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Final Minnesota 3 Sporting Kansas City 0 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL (7)Cincinnati at (22)Tulsa 9 p.m. (Postponed) (20)Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian St. 8:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (4)Wisconsin at Marquette 7 p.m. Bellarmine at (6)Duke 7 p.m. Detroit at (8)Michigan St. 5 p.m. Kennesaw St. at (9)Creighton 5 p.m. (13)Tennessee at Notre Dame 8 p.m. (Canceled) Kent St. at (15)Virginia 6 p.m. Troy at (17)Texas Tech 9 p.m. Seton Hall at (21)Oregon 9 p.m.     AP-WF-12-04-20 1305GMT
December 4, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment     VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA As virus spread worsens, NC is reluctant to add restrictions RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in North Carolina have reached their worst levels since the pandemic began. But the state’s top health official said Thursday more restrictions may not be needed if people follow the existing rules. Dr. Mandy Cohen, health department secretary, says the state is open to further restrictions. But she also repeated her calls for more mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing. Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper has been reluctant to impose additional restrictions on businesses. Pfizer’s vaccine could arrive in North Carolina as early as Dec. 15. Health care workers will be first to receive the initial wave of 85,000 doses once the vaccine is approved.     ELECTION 2020-CHIEF JUSTICE Hand recount in NC chief justice race set to begin next week North Carolina’s election board says hand recounts of a small portion of ballots cast statewide in the extremely close race for North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice will begin next week. Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley asked for the partial hand-to-eye recount immediately after the machine recount of millions of ballots cast in her race with Republican Paul Newby was finally completed Wednesday. Newby remains 400 votes ahead of Beasley. The partial hand recount could be expanded statewide if there are great enough differences in […]
December 4, 2020
Financial News
    Global stocks mostly higher…Optimism for COVID relief bill   BEIJING (AP) – Global stock markets are mostly higher after U.S. jobs data and a pact by oil producers to raise output helped to allay concern following Pfizer’s reduction of the number of coronavirus vaccine doses it might ship this year. Benchmarks in London, Shanghai, Frankfurt and Hong Kong advanced, while Tokyo declined. Fewer Americans applied for jobless benefits last week than expected. OPEC and allies including Russia agreed to raise oil output in January that they had slashed to support prices after the pandemic depressed demand. U.S. stock futures have gained, rebounding from Thursday’s decline.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Today’s monthly U.S. jobs report will help answer a key question overhanging the economy: Just how much damage is being caused by the resurgent coronavirus, the resulting curbs on businesses and the reluctance of consumers to shop, travel and dine out? Economists surveyed by the data provider FactSet have forecast that employers added 450,000 jobs in November. In normal times, that would be a healthy increase. But a gain that size would amount to the weakest monthly hiring since April. The unemployment rate is projected to drop one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.8%.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate. Also, top congressional leaders […]
December 3, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Pittsburgh 19 Baltimore 14   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (1)Gonzaga 87 (11)West Virginia 82 Final (2)Baylor 82 (5)Illinois 69 Final (17)Texas 69 (14)North Carolina 67 Final Missouri 83 (21)Oregon 75 Final (22)Florida St. 86 North Florida 58 Final (23)Ohio St. 77 Morehead St. 44 (13)Tennessee at (1)Gonzaga 7 p.m. (Canceled) Youngstown St. at (11)West Virginia 1 p.m. (Canceled) Saint Joseph’s at (12)Villanova 2 p.m. (Postponed) (19)Richmond at Coll. of Charleston 7 p.m. (Canceled) TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Houston 41 Detroit 25 Final Washington 41 Dallas 16   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL W. Illinois at (3)Iowa 8 p.m. Washburn at (7)Kansas 8 p.m. Temple at (12)Villanova 7 p.m. (Canceled) VMI at (16)Virginia Tech 8 p.m. St. John’s at (17)Texas Tech 9 p.m. (Canceled) (25)Arizona St. at California 10 p.m.   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Minnesota at Sporting Kansas City 8:30 p.m.       AP-WF-12-03-20 1405GMT
December 3, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment     ELECTION 2020-CHIEF JUSTICE Newby still up after machine recount in N.C. justice race RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican Paul Newby’s narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley changed little overall as a statewide machine recount of North Carolina’s very close race for Supreme Court chief justice was finally completed. The machine recount that finished Wednesday night left Newby with a 401-vote lead over Beasley with nearly 5.4 million votes cast in the race. Beasley’s campaign says it immediately asked the State Board of Elections for a hand recount of a small portion of ballots statewide. Newby led by 406 votes before the machine recount. Beasley is the first Black female chief justice in the state. Newby is senior associate justice.     AP-US-NORTH-CAROLINA-VOTER-ID US appeals court rules judge wrongly halted NC voter ID RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court judge wrongly blocked the implementation of North Carolina’s latest photo voter identification law with her legal injunction last year. Wednesday’s unanimous opinion by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined District Judge Loretta Biggs erred by declaring the 2018 requirement was tainted by racial bias largely because a previous voter ID law had been struck down on similar grounds. Both were approved by the Republican-controlled legislature. The opinion doesn’t mean the voter ID requirement can be carried […]
December 3, 2020
Financial News
    European shares lower…Phishing ploy targets COVID vaccine   UNDATED (AP) – European shares opened lower today after a day of gains on most Asian markets. Germany’s DAX slipped 2% and the CAC 40 in France also gave up 0.2%. In Britain, the FTSE 100 was flat. In Asia, the Nikkei in Tokyo closed up less than 0.1%, its highest close in more than 29 years. Wall Street futures are little changed with the contracts for the S&P 500 and Dow industrials down less than 0.1%.   BOSTON (AP) – IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort that used targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information associated with a U.N. initiative for distributing coronavirus vaccine to developing countries. IBM says it can’t be sure who is behind the campaign. But it says that the precise and careful targeting – of companies in countries including Germany, Italy, South Korean and Taiwan – suggests a nation-state is behind the campaign. Targets that included solar panel and petrochemical companies got phishing emails from someone posing as an executive with a key Chinese supplier.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. will block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods for its suspected use of workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China’s northwest. The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps was already on a U.S. Treasury sanctions list that barred American companies from […]
December 2, 2020
Local News 12-2-2020
62 YEAR OLD JESSIE HUBBARD OF CRUMPLER, CHARGED IN THE AUGUST 19TH, 2018 MURDER OF DIANE GOSS, DIED SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH AT 2:15 AM. ASHE COUNTY SHERIFF B. PHIL HOWELL TOLD WKSK, HUBBARD WAS IN THE SAFE KEEPING SECTION AT THE STATE PRISON IN RALEIGH. HIS CAUSE OF DEATH IS LISTED AS LIVER CANCER AND GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING. HUBBARD WAS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN ASHE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT FEBRUARY 8TH FOR THE MURDER OF GOSS AND FOUR COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A FELON. THE ALLEGED 2018 MURDER OCCURRED AT HUBBARD’S APARTMENT ON THE NATHANS CREEK SCHOOL ROAD IN CRUMPLER.
December 2, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   ‘ALL MY LOVE, ELLIOT’: ACTOR PAGE COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER NEW YORK (AP) – The Oscar-nominated actor who as Ellen Page starred in “Juno,” “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy” has come out as transgender with the name of Elliot Page. He made the announcement Tuesday in a moment greeted as a watershed for the trans community in Hollywood. The 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia says his decision came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. Page says his pronouns are “he” and “they.” The announcement is being celebrated widely on social media by LGBTQ rights advocates and many in the film industry. Page has frequently worked to bring the lives of LGBTQ characters to screen.   ‘BIG SKY’ PRODUCERS RECOGNIZE NATIVE AMERICAN CRITICISM LOS ANGELES (AP) – Native American tribes and coalitions are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama. They say it ignores the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead makes whites the crime victims. But the groups also assailed the network and the show’s producers for failing to respond to their complaints, which they first made known in mid-November. The makers of “Big Sky” broke their silence Tuesday. The executive producers said in a statement that they are now aware of the “outsized number” of Native American and Indigenous women who go missing and are murdered each year. The “Big Sky” producers say they’re working with […]
December 2, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (4)Wisconsin 82 Green Bay 42 Final (8)Michigan St. 75 (6)Duke 69 Final (7)Kansas 65 (20)Kentucky 62 Final (9)Creighton 94 Nebraska-Omaha 67 Final (12)Villanova 87 Hartford 53 Final (14)North Carolina 67 Stanford 63 Final (15)Virginia 76 St. Francis (Pa.) 51 Final (17)Texas 66 Indiana 44   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Final Seattle 1 FC Dallas 0 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Baltimore at Pittsburgh 3:40 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (11)West Virginia at (1)Gonzaga 7 p.m. (13)Tennessee at (1)Gonzaga 7 p.m. (Canceled) (5)Illinois at (2)Baylor 10 p.m. Youngstown St. at (11)West Virginia 1 p.m. (Canceled) Saint Joseph’s at (12)Villanova 2 p.m. (Postponed) (17)Texas at (14)North Carolina 4 p.m. (19)Richmond at Coll. of Charleston 7 p.m. (Canceled) Missouri at (21)Oregon 9 p.m. North Florida at (22)Florida St. 8 p.m. Morehead St. at (23)Ohio St. 5 p.m.     AP-WF-12-02-20 1307GMT
December 2, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment     VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA N. Carolina to get 85,000 initial Pfizer COVID vaccine doses RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina will soon get about 85,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Gov. Roy Cooper and state Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen say healthcare workers will be the first to receive it. Nursing home staff and residents and people who self-report at least two serious underlying health issues will be next in line. Cooper said the state is working through logistical challenges in getting the vaccine to rural communities that lack sufficient storage capacity. The first disbursement of vaccines comes as North Carolina is seeing its highest count of COVID hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. More than 2,000 patients are currently hospitalized.     ELECTION 2022-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA Mark Walker takes early jump into N. Carolina Senate race RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Outgoing North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker has announced his bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2022. It’s a path the Republican indicated a year ago he’d pursue after he declined to seek reelection in his House district following an unscheduled redistricting. He said in a video message on Tuesday that he’s running in part because he’s got “the experience to fight and to win in Washington.” Walker is a Baptist minister and favorite of the state’s Republican base. His quick entry may signal […]
December 2, 2020
Financial News
    Global shares mostly lower…UK OKs Pfizer COVID vaccine   UNDATED (AP) – Global shares and Wall Street futures are mostly lower today after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite index both set fresh record highs. Benchmarks fell today in Paris, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai but climbed in Tokyo and Seoul. Investors are betting that coronavirus vaccines may bring on a fuller global economic recovery despite the challenges of immunizing billions of people.   UNDATED (AP) – Pfizer and BioNTech say they’ve won permission for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain. That is the world’s first coronavirus shot to be approved that’s backed by rigorous science — and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The move makes Britain one of the first countries to begin vaccinating its population as it tries to curb Europe’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak. Other countries aren’t far behind: The U.S. and the European Union also are vetting the Pfizer shot along with a similar vaccine made by competitor Moderna Inc.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says he’s sticking with his scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill with the goal of passing a significant down payment during the lame-duck session and then revisiting the topic next year. The Kentucky Republican made the announcement after President-elect Joe Biden called upon lawmakers to follow a similar path. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resumed talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about a year-end […]
December 1, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   BILL COSBY APPEAL HEARING TO BEGIN TODAY PHILADELPHIA (AP) – It will be months before we know how it will all turn out. But starting today, attorneys for Bill Cosby begin their effort to overturn his sexual assault conviction on appeal. The main issue involves a matter courts have had to grapple with in other high-profile cases: can a judge allow additional witnesses to testify about similar crimes against a defendant, even if the allegations didn’t produce in charges. Prosecutors have used such “prior bad act” testimony to help win convictions against Cosby and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Defense lawyers, however, denounce the practice, saying it tips the scales of justice too far toward the prosecution. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule on the Cosby appeal for several months.   “MULAN” GETS FREE SHOW ON DISNEY+ UNDATED (AP) – Ever pay full price for something you thought was worth the money – only to find out that some people end up getting the same thing for free? That’s the feeling some people have who shelled out $30 to see the new live-action version of Disney’s “Mulan” when it first showed up on Disney Plus. On Friday, the streaming service will be offering “Mulan” for free to its subscribers. Subscribers when the movie made its debut on Sept. 4 had to pay an additional fee for the Mulan rental.   “THE CROODS” SEQUEL: UNIVERSAL APPEAL […]
December 1, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Seattle 23 Philadelphia 17   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (14)North Carolina 78 UNLV 51 Final (17)Texas 78 Davidson 76 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Green Bay at (4)Wisconsin 5 p.m. (8)Michigan St. at (6)Duke 7:30 p.m. (20)Kentucky at (7)Kansas 9:30 p.m. Nebraska-Omaha at (9)Creighton 5 p.m. Hartford at (12)Villanova 5 p.m. (14)North Carolina at Stanford 4 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at (15)Virginia 4 p.m. (17)Texas at Indiana 1:30 p.m.   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER FC Dallas at Seattle 9:30 p.m.     AP-WF-12-01-20 1405GMT
December 4, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MEN’S Garza, Nunge lead No. 3 Iowa past Western Illinois, 99-58 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)- Luka Garza scored 35 points, 30 in the first half, and Jack Nunge added 18 as No. 3 Iowa stayed undefeated with a 99-58 home win over Western Illinois. It was the second consecutive game in which Garza scored 30 or more points in the first half. The preseason All-American also pulled down 10 rebounds. Nunge, who missed the Hawkeyes’ first two games this season because of his father’s death, matched his career scoring high.   In other college hoops action: – Remy Martin produced another impressive performance on California’s home floor, finishing with 22 points, five assists and four rebounds as No. 25 Arizona State beat the Golden Bears 70-62 in the Pac-12 opener for both schools. Prized freshman Josh Christopher added 14 points for the Sun Devils, and Holland Woods knocked down a key 3-pointer with 2:24 remaining. Cal star Matt Bradley had 20 points and eight rebounds but was just 1 for 9 on 3-pointers.   – Keve Aluma had 17 points and 12 rebounds and No. 16 Virginia Tech won its 34th consecutive nonconference game at home, beating VMI 64-57 on Thursday night. Tyrece Radford added 13 points and Justyn Mutts had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hokies. They led 30-23 at halftime and used a 9-0 run in the […]
December 3, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE Steelers overcome rust, short-handed Ravens to move to 11-0 PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger threw for 266 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Steelers improved to 11-0 with a disjointed 19-14 win over the undermanned Baltimore Ravens. The game was postponed three times while the Ravens dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak that forced Baltimore to take the field minus star quarterback Lamar Jackson among others. The extended layoff led to some ugly football in a game filled with turnovers and inconsistent play. Still, the Steelers survived behind just enough offense and a defense that forced a pair of turnovers and had three sacks.   NFL-NEWS Goodell: NFL committed to finishing regular season on time UNDATED (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league remains committed to finishing the regular season as scheduled. Goodell also said on a conference call that the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, although it wouldn’t necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used successfully in completing their seasons. The league’s chief football administrative officer, stressed that the NFL plans to finish the schedule within the original 17-week format.   In other NFL news: – Quarterbacks Drew Lock and Brett Rypien (RIH’-pihn) returned to the Denver Broncos’ practice Wednesday after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list while the Broncos isolated practice squad veteran Blake Bortles. All three quarterbacks were banned […]
December 2, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   T25 ACC-SCHEDULE No. 2 Irish earn spot in ACC title game after cancellation UNDATED (AP) – No. 2 Notre Dame wrapped up a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by virtue of the league shuffling its schedule Tuesday to create an open date for the Fighting Irish and No. 4 Clemson before their likely rematch on Dec. 19. The ACC announced Notre Dame’s game against Wake Forest, which was rescheduled for Dec. 12 after being postponed in late September, will not be played. The first-place Irish host Syracuse on Saturday to complete their regular season. Clemson’s postponed game at Florida State will also not be made up. The Tigers can clinch a spot in the championship game with a victory at Virginia Tech on Saturday.   T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE No. 17 Texas beats Indiana 66-44 to reach Maui final UNDATED (AP) – Matt Coleman III scored 16 points to help No. 17 Texas beat Indiana 66-44 in Tuesday’s semifinals of the relocated Maui Invitational in Asheville, North Carolina. That sent the Longhorns to the tournament’s championship game for the first time. Courtney Ramey added 13 points for Texas, which locked down to force a rough offensive performance for the Hoosiers. Indiana shot just 24%. The Hoosiers also finished with more turnovers than field goals. Trayce Jackson-Davis led Indiana with 17 points. But Race Thompson managed just four points a day after […]
December 1, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-SEAHAWKS-EAGLES Metcalf, Wilson lead Seahawks over Eagles 23-17 PHILADELPHIA (AP) – DK Metcalf again made the Philadelphia Eagles regret passing him up in the draft. Metcalf caught 10 passes for 177 yards, Russell Wilson threw for 230 yards and one touchdown and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-17 Monday night. The 8-3 Seahawks moved one game ahead of the Rams in the NFC West. The 3-7-1 Eagles fell a half-game behind the Giants and Washington in the woeful NFC East. Carson Wentz held off Jalen Hurts but had another rough game. He was 25 of 45 for 215 yards, two TDs and one interception. Seattle’s defense entered the game allowing the most yards in the NFL and most yards passing but held Philadelphia’s inept offense to 250 yards.   NFL-NEWS Ravens-Steelers rescheduled again by COVID-19 to Wednesday UNDATED (AP) – The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain an extended outbreak of the coronavirus forced their rescheduled game Tuesday night against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers to be moved back to Wednesday. It’s the third fix to a matchup originally slated to be played Thanksgiving night. The NFL announced the most recent switch Monday after the Ravens placed starters Matthew Judon, Willie Snead and Mark Andrews on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Although Baltimore also had four players return from that list the team will still be severely short-handed when this game is finally played. […]
November 30, 2020
Friday Kickoff vs. Louisiana Moved to 8:30 PM on ESPN
  BOONE, N.C. — Friday’s Sun Belt Conference showdown between App State (7-2, 5-1 SBC) and No. 20 Louisiana (8-1, 6-1) has been picked up by ESPN and will have a new kickoff time of 8:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.   The rematch of last year’s Sun Belt Championship opponents was originally scheduled for Oct. 7 before being moved to Dec. 4 (with a previously scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2).   This will be App State’s third game of the season on the primary ESPN channel, a school record, and it will be the school-record seventh regular-season national TV appearance. Last year, while going 13-1, App State set school records with five national TV appearances in the regular season and seven total.   The Mountaineers are 35-10 all-time in games on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, including a 4-1 mark this year.   Scheduled to be App State’s final home game of the season, this year’s senior class will be recognized prior to kickoff.   This week’s matchup is believed to be the latest kickoff time in Kidd Brewer Stadium history and only the second post-Thanksgiving home game in Boone with a kickoff time of 8 p.m. or later. On Dec. 7, 2007, with a Friday night kickoff time of 8 p.m., App State won 55-35 against Richmond in an FCS semifinal as Armanti Edwards rushed for 313 yards with a listed temperature of 42 degrees.   The current forecast […]
November 30, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE Mahomes leads Chiefs past Brady’s Bucs UNDATED (AP) – Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) had an outstanding performance while the Kansas City Chiefs beat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs downed the Bucs, 27-24 to improve to 10-1. Tyreek Hill scored on receptions of 75, 44 and 20 yards, backflipping into the end zone on his second TD. He finished with 13 catches for 269 yards, the last an 8-yard catch on third-and-7 to give Mahomes an opportunity to run out the clock. The Chiefs won their sixth straight and clinched their seventh 10-win season in eight years under coach Andy Reid. Brady was 27 of 41 for 345 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of second-half interceptions in falling to 2-2 in four career meetings against Mahomes. The Bucs are two games behind first-place New Orleans in the NFC South.   Elsewhere on the Week 12 schedule: – Derrick Henry has kept the Titans atop the AFC South by rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a 45-26 rout of the second-place Colts. He shredded the depleted Indianapolis defense while the Titans built a 35-14 halftime lead. Henry finished with 178 yards on the ground in leading Tennessee to its eighth win. The Colts were without Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, starting linebacker Bobby […]
November 29, 2020
Recap/Stats/Notes from App State’s 47-10 Win Vs. Troy
    BOONE, N.C. — When App State opened the second quarter with another touchdown, the point production outnumbered its opponent’s yardage total. The Mountaineers bounced back in emphatic fashion Saturday, bolstering their overall record and establishing several individual ones in a 47-10 home win against Troy in Kidd Brewer Stadium. Zac Thomas tied his career high of four touchdown passes while throwing for 279 yards, App State (7-2, 5-1) finished with 554 total yards thanks to 275 more on the ground and Steven Jones returned an interception 34 yards for an early touchdown to highlight a defensive effort that limited the Trojans (4-5, 2-3) to 231 total yards and 125 passing yards — 177 below their season average. Of their 106 rushing yards, 47 occurred on the game’s final drive. A week after suffering their first league loss, the Mountaineers possessed sizable advantages in total yards (225-25) and first downs (11-0) by the time they had built a 28-0 lead one play into the second period. “It was a great team win, and I’m very proud of our players,” App State head coach Shawn Clark said. “We talked all week about being resilient, and that’s what our kids were today. They do everything we asked them to do, and they came in and really performed well today. When people counted us out, we came right back for the fight.” Thomas completed 22 of his 29 pass attempts and posted four […]
November 27, 2020
App State-Troy Switches to 3:30 p.m. Kickoff on ESPN2
  BOONE, N.C. — App State’s home football game against Troy on Saturday will now have a kickoff time of 3:30 p.m. and be shown on ESPN2. Kickoff was previously scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPNU.   It’s the sixth nationally televised game of 2020 for the Mountaineers, who have a seventh scheduled next Friday for the Dec. 4 visit from Louisiana.   With the continued implementation of Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 169, Phase 3 of North Carolina’s coronavirus restrictions allows for outdoor venues with 10,000 or more seats to operate at seven percent of seating capacity. With the addition of the club and loge seats in the new north end zone facility that debuted earlier this month, this will allow for the welcoming of 2,170 fans to Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday. Priority for this limited number of spectators is being given to football student-athlete families, App State students and football season ticket holders. All 2,170 fans are being assigned a seat for the upcoming game, as the physical distance between seats will not allow for general admission seating. No tailgating will be permitted on the App State campus. Tickets are being distributed according to the following breakdown: App State football and visiting team families – 450 App State students (via ticket lottery) – 800 App State season ticket holders (allocated by Yosef Club rank) and others – 790 Additional tickets available for a random drawing for season ticket holders […]
November 27, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE Washington, Texans enjoy road routs UNDATED (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions encountered some rather rude guests on Thanksgiving Day. Antonio Gibson ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns as Washington demolished the Cowboys, 41-16. Dallas trailed just 20-16 until Gibson ripped off scoring runs of 23 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter. His final TD came just seven seconds before Montez Sweat picked off Andy Dalton and returned it 15 yards for a score with 3:24 to play. Alex Smith was 19 of 26 for 149 yards, one TD and an interception for Washington, which took over first place in the NFC East despite a 4-7 record. The Cowboys accumulated just 60 yards rushing, with Ezekiel Elliott gaining 32 yards on 10 carries. Dalton completed 25 of his 35 passes for 215 yards and a TD for the 3-8 Cowboys. In Detroit, Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and the Texans improved to 3-1 since their bye week by outscoring the Lions, 41-25. Watson’s favorite target was Will Fuller, who had six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the 4-7 Texans. Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt had a pick-6 in the first quarter. On Detroit’s next snap, Jonathan Williams fumbled and Houston took advantage with Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Prosise to go ahead 13-6. Watson was 17 of 25 for 318 yards […]
November 25, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   FBC-PLAYOFF RANKINGS Playoff rankings: Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State UNDATED (AP) – Alabama is No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida was sixth, followed by unbeaten Cincinnati at seventh, the best ranking for a non-Power Five team in the seven-year history of the selection committee’s rankings. Another unbeaten team from outside the Power Five was not so highly regarded by the committee. BYU was slotted 14th, behind No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 13 Iowa State among others.   NFL-INJURIES Burkhead will miss the rest of the season FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Patriots running back Rex Burkhead says his recent knee injury will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. In an Instagram post Tuesday, Burkhead wrote that he looks forward to “coming back better than ever in 2021.” The proclamation comes after he was carted off the field in the third quarter of New England’s 27-20 loss at Houston following a knee-to-helmet collision with Texans cornerback Bradley Roby. His injury is the latest blow to a Patriots running back group that has already had to make several adjustments.   In other NFL developments: – The Browns are down another defensive star. Starting cornerback Denzel Ward, who leads the NFL in passes defensed and is coming off his best game this […]
November 24, 2020
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    Update on the latest sports   NFL-RAMS/BUCCANEERS Goff, Rams D leads win over Bucs TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Jared Goff won a matchup against Tom Brady while helping the Los Angeles Rams retain a share of first place in the NFC West. Goff completed 39 of his 51 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 27-24 victory at Tampa. Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Cam Akers grabbed short scoring passes from Goff as Los Angeles improved to 7-3. Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 145 yards and Woods finished with 10 catches for 130 yards. But the Rams didn’t go ahead to stay until Matt Gay kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 left. Jordan Fuller picked off two passes from Brady, who was under pressure much of the game. Brady finished 26 of 48 for just 216 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucs fell to 7-3. An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history. Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed.   NFL-VIRUS OUTBREAK Ravens dealing with another COVID-19 outbreak UNDATED (AP) – The Baltimore Ravens reopened their training facility Monday afternoon after closing earlier in the day due to another coronavirus outbreak within the team. Several members of the […]
November 24, 2020
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    Update on the latest sports   NFL SCHEDULE Burrow’s rookie season is done UNDATED (AP) – It appears that Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow’s rookie season is done six games early. Burrow was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a left knee injury. After the game, he posted on Twitter: “Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.” Teammates and opponents ran over to offer their support to Burrow after the injury. The No. 1 overall pick’s day ended 22 of 34 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown. Washington beat Cincinnati 20-9. Burrow has thrown for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.   Elsewhere around the NFL: – Patrick Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds to play, and the Kansas City Chiefs avenged their only loss in the last 12 months with a 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Mahomes passed for 348 yards and led two go-ahead scoring drives in the frantic fourth quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. Derek Carr passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders.   – Pittsburgh’s most dominant defensive performance of the season kept the Steelers perfect. Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted two passes each and the Steelers steamrolled their way to 10-0 with a 27-3 win in Jacksonville. Rookie quarterback Jake Luton looked lost […]
November 23, 2020
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    Update on the latest sports   NFL SCHEDULE Burrow’s rookie season is done UNDATED (AP) – It appears that Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow’s rookie season is done six games early. Burrow was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a left knee injury. After the game, he posted on Twitter: “Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.” Teammates and opponents ran over to offer their support to Burrow after the injury. The No. 1 overall pick’s day ended 22 of 34 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown. Washington beat Cincinnati 20-9. Burrow has thrown for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.   Elsewhere around the NFL: – Patrick Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds to play, and the Kansas City Chiefs avenged their only loss in the last 12 months with a 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Mahomes passed for 348 yards and led two go-ahead scoring drives in the frantic fourth quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. Derek Carr passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders.   – Pittsburgh’s most dominant defensive performance of the season kept the Steelers perfect. Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted two passes each and the Steelers steamrolled their way to 10-0 with a 27-3 win in Jacksonville. Rookie quarterback Jake Luton looked lost […]
November 20, 2020
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    Update on the latest sports   NFL SCHEDULE CARDINALS-SEAHAWKS Wilson throws 2 TDs, Seahawks hold off Cardinals 28-21 SEATTLE (AP) – Russell Wilson rebounded from his worst performance of the season to throw for two touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks moved back on top of the NFC West with a 28-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Wilson was flawless, erasing the mistakes from the past four weeks when Seattle dropped three of four including losses in the past two weeks to Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams. For a few days, Seattle will be back on top alone until the Rams play on Monday night against Tampa Bay. Kyler Murray was 29 of 42 for 269 yards and two TDs, but Seattle was able to sack the QB three times. NFL NEWS Garrett still away, Browns hopeful for sack leader’s return CLEVELAND (AP) – NFL sacks leader Myles Garrett remained away from his Cleveland teammates for the second straight day, but the Browns expect him to return Friday and play this weekend against Philadelphia. The Browns are also without starting right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey. Both were placed on the COVID-19 list after they were identified as high risk for having close contact with an outside practitioner who tested positive.   Elsewhere in the NFL: – The Chicago Bears placed punt returner Dwayne Harris on injured reserve Thursday because of a triceps injury. Harris, signed […]
November 19, 2020
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    Update on the latest sports   NFL SCHEDULE Control of NFC West at stake as Cardinals visit Seahawks SEATTLE (AP) – It’s a major showdown in the NFC West tonight as the Arizona Cardinals visit the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are tied at 6-3 but Arizona won the first matchup in Week 7, a 37-34 overtime decision. The Cardinals have won four of their past five trips to Seattle. Arizona is coming off a wild 32-30 win over Buffalo capped by Kyler Murray’s last-second touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Seattle has lost two straight with setbacks to Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams. Russell Wilson has committed 10 turnovers in the past four games. Seattle has not lost three straight games since 2011, the season before Wilson arrived. It’s looks like it could be a big night for offense. The Cardinals are averaging 425.5 total yards per game, which leads the NFL. The Seahawks are third with 405.9 yards per game.   T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE No. 25 Tulsa looks to keep momentum against Tulane TULSA, Okla. (AP) – No. 25 Tulsa looks to continue their momentum when they host Tulane this evening. Tulsa isn’t flying under the radar anymore. The Golden Hurricane garnered national attention by rallying from 21 points down to beat then-No. 19 SMU last Saturday. Tulsa is now ranked No. 25 and controls its own path to a possible American Athletic Conference championship game. The Golden […]

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