NEWS & SPORTS

July 16, 2018
Financial News
      Stocks fall…Crude oil moves lower…Administration files a trade challenge   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are slipping as energy companies sink along with the price of oil. Banks are rising along with interest rates, and Bank of America is climbing after a solid second-quarter report. Stocks finished at five-month highs last week as investors remained optimistic about the U.S. economy even as they worried about the trade war between the U.S. and China.   UNDATED (AP) – Crude oil prices sank on reports the U.S. will take a softer stance on countries that import oil from Iran. Last month the U.S. began pressuring countries to stop buying Iranian oil entirely and officials said there would be no exceptions.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is filing a challenge at the World Trade Organization against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey for retaliating against American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The United States imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum on the grounds that the imported metals pose a threat to American national security. China, the EU, Canada, Mexico and Turkey have counterpunched with taxes on $24 billion worth of U.S. exports.   NEW YORK (AP) – Twenty current and former tenants of a New York City building owned by the Kushner Cos. have filed a lawsuit against the real estate firm alleging that it harassed them in an […]
July 16, 2018
MBB: Carlos Dixon Named Director of Basketball Operations
    BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced that Carlos Dixon has been named director of basketball operations.   Dixon comes to the High Country after serving as an assistant coach for the past two seasons at Queens University in Charlotte. With the Royals, Dixon played a role in skill development, scouting reports, academics and recruiting in four states.   In his two seasons at Queens, the Royals posted a combined 62-8 record. In 2016-17, Queens won the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament title, while advancing to the Sweet 16. In the 2017-18 season, the Royals posted their best start in school history (16-0), reached the No. 1 ranking in the country during the season and made an appearance in the Final Four.   “We are pleased to have Carlos join our coaching staff,” Fox said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience, from his playing days in the ACC at Virginia Tech, his 11-year professional career and the past two years with a team that advanced to the Division II Final Four. He will be an asset to our players every day.”   Dixon was a four-year standout at Virginia Tech, where he was named team captain and team MVP during his junior and senior seasons. He currently sits 22nd in Virginia Tech history with 1,348 points and ranks 10th in program history in steals with 183. He graduated from Virginia Tech […]
July 16, 2018
Blood Drives
      American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors Especially in need of Blood Type “O”   Blood Drives:   In Ashe County: TODAY: July 16th @ Lowes Home Improvement in WJ from 1 – 5:30 pm July 19th @ the Jefferson UMC from 11 am – 3:30 pm In Sparta, Alleghany County:             July 18th @ Genisis Health Care / Re-Hab Center from 1 – 5:30 pm July 23rd @ Sparta United Methodist Church from 9:30 am – 2 pm   In Watauga County: July 17th @ Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1218 Main St, Blowing Rock from 11:30 am – 4 pm July 23rd @ Wal-Mart in Boone from 1:30 – 6 pm July 25th @ Watauga Medical Center from 10 am – 2:30 pm July 31st @ Watauga Agricultural Center from 10 am – 2:30 pm July 31st @ Krispy Crème in Boone from 1 – 5:30 pm   In Wilkes County:   July 17th @ WFBH Wilkes Medical Center, 1370 West D Street from 7 am – 1 pm July 18th @ Sweet Frog – Wilkesboro, 1510-D Winkler Mill Rd Ext. from 3 – 7:30 pm July 19th @ Union UMC, 708 Curtis Bridge Rd from 2 – 6:30 pm July 23rd @ WCC from 9:30 am – 2 pm  
July 16, 2018
MSOC: O’Keefe Adds McGrath to 2018 Signing Class
  BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Jason O’Keefe and the coaching staff are excited to welcome the addition Alex McGrath to the 2018 recruiting class Thanks to the addition of McGrath, the Mountaineers now have 14 student-athletes for the recruiting class, giving the Apps four defenders, two goalkeepers, six midfielders and two forwards. “This is another great class for us here at App State,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said.  “All of these players have one common trait, and that is they are winners.  They come from winning environments and have the mentality we are looking for.  I want to thank Dan Louisignau and Shaun Utterson for working tirelessly to help deliver this 2018 class.  This will be another deep class which will help us continue to move this program forward. It addresses our needs for some more goal scoring punch, athleticism, versatility, and a high soccer IQ.  These young men are all scholar athletes and will represent App State tremendously well in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in the community.  We’re expecting to sign three more student-athletes, which only raises the profile of this skilled signing class. We can’t wait to blend this group with our returning team and get to work.  We are very excited for the future of App State Soccer. Alex McGrath | 5’9 | Midfielder | Durham University | County Durham, England The future Mountaineer played his ball at Whitwork Park under Russell Braithwaite in […]
July 16, 2018
FB: Moore Makes Maxwell Award Watch List
  BOONE, N.C. — ­­The preseason watch list for the 2018 Maxwell Award, which is given to the player of the year in college football, includes Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore.   Moore ranks second among active FBS players with 3,170 career rushing yards, but he’s the only active back with at least 235 rushing yards in four career games. He’s ranked No. 9 overall and No. 1 among running backs on NFL.com’s 18-player list of “college football’s most freakish athletes.”   Street and Smith labeled Moore as the Sun Belt Conference’s “Top NFL Prospect.” He is one of three Sun Belt players on the preseason watch list, as he’s joined by Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen and ULM quarterback Caleb Evans.   The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Semifinalists will be announced Oct. 29, and three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 19.          
July 16, 2018
AP Entertainment
      AM Prep-Segue     BOX OFFICE   LOS ANGELES (AP) – There’s a new movie at the top of the box office chart. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is number one with $44.1 million in its first weekend in theaters. Even better are its international numbers. The movie has already earned more than $100 million worldwide. Number two is last week’s list-topper, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” It took in $28.8 million in its second weekend. But it also posted one of the steeper second-week drops among Marvel-themed movies. Number three over the weekend is Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” which earned $25.5 million over the weekend. SCARLETT JOHANSSON PULLS OUT OF “RUB & TUG” NEW YORK (AP) – The backlash over Scarlett Johansson playing a transgender man in a movie has led to her decision to back out of the project. She is ditching plans for a key role in “Rub & Tug” – because of continued complaints about the casting decision. Johansson released a statement to Out.com saying she is quitting the role “in light of recent ethical questions” about casting herself as Dante “Tex” Gill, born a woman but who identified as a man. Johansson did herself no favors with her initial response to the criticism. In her original statement, she said the criticism aimed at her should rightfully to go other cisgender actors who have played trans characters.   DOWNTON ABBEY – MOVIE NEW YORK (AP) […]
July 16, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT   DEPUTY WOUNDED-NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina sheriff’s deputy wounded in traffic stop LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has been shot and wounded during a traffic stop. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near Lenoir. The deputy has been flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment. There was no word on his condition. His name has not been released. He has been with the department just over a year. The sheriff’s department said the officer was struck just below his bullet-proof vest. The sheriff’s department is looking for the person who shot the officer, who left in a blue Toyota sedan. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and other local law enforcement agencies are working to find the suspect and determine a motive for the shooting.     AIR SHOT Child hit by falling bullet in North Carolina WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a child in North Carolina suffered minor injuries when someone apparently fired a gun into the air and the youngster was hit by a falling bullet. Winston-Salem police said in a news release that the shooting happened late Saturday afternoon. Police did not identify the child or release the age or gender. The news release said the child was hit in the head […]
July 16, 2018
Financial News
      Stocks trying to stay positive … China files WTO challenge to Trump tariff threat … US retail sales up in June   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are trying to stay above water on Wall Street today. Banks and retailers lead gains, adding the market’s gains over the past two weeks. At 10:20 a.m. Eastern Time, the S&P 500 index was down 4 points, to 2,798. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 4 points, to 25,023. And the Nasdaq composite dropped 3 points, to 7,823. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.86 percent.   BEIJING (AP) – China says it has filed a World Trade Organization challenge to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute. The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to deal with the problems posed by China, suggesting a challenge there might have little impact in Washington. But it might help Beijing rally support from governments that criticized Trump for going outside the WTO to impose tariffs on Chinese and other imports.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department says that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, following a big 1.3 percent gain the previous […]
July 16, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Colorado 4 Seattle 3 Final Oakland 6 San Francisco 2 Final L-A Dodgers 5 L-A Angels 3   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Baltimore 6 Texas 5 Final Boston 5 Toronto 2 Final Cleveland 5 N-Y Yankees 2 Final Detroit 6 Houston 3 Final Minnesota 11 Tampa Bay 7, 10 Innings Final Chi White Sox 10 Kansas City 1   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Washington 6 N-Y Mets 1 Final Miami 10 Philadelphia 5 Final Atlanta 5 Arizona 1 Final Pittsburgh 7 Milwaukee 6, 10 Innings Final St. Louis 6 Cincinnati 4 Final Chi Cubs 7 San Diego 4   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final N-Y Liberty 107 Chicago 84 Final Atlanta 80 Washington 77 Final Phoenix 101 Indiana 82 Final L.A. Sparks 99 Las Vegas 78 Final Connecticut 83 Minnesota 64 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE
July 16, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT   NATIVE AMERICAN STATUE REMOVED Car dealership removes Native American statue after 50 years ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina car dealership has taken down a 23-foot fiberglass statue of a Native American that has drawn complaints over its 50-year history. The Asheville Citizen Times reports that Harry’s On the Hill was prompted to take down the statue known as “Chief Pontiac” partly because of a bad experience by a female customer who’s a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The newspaper said an employee was fired after sending an offensive text message to the customer in June. Even before that, some Native Americans had complained about the statue. The statue was removed Friday with a crane. It’s being donated to the Pontiac-Oakland Transportation Museum in Michigan. Pat Grimes, owner of Harry’s, said he received offers to buy the statue but felt that the museum was best for it.     GOP CONVENTION-NORTH CAROLINA GOP convention could come to Democrat-friendly Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte, North Carolina, a city dominated by Democrats, is a front-runner to host the 2020 Republican Convention where President Donald Trump seeks an anointing to run for a second term. Charlotte’s mayor says that would be just fine. But some local Democratic officials say: Not so fast. The City Council has scheduled a special meeting Monday to […]
July 16, 2018
Financial News
      Wall Street expected to open higher … Tenants to sue a Kushner company … Amazon extends ‘Prime Day’   BANGKOK (AP) – Shares have edged higher in early European trading after Asian benchmarks slipped on news that China’s economy grew at a lackluster pace in the last quarter. Attention was centered on trade tensions between China, the U.S. and European Union and President Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Germany’s DAX added 0.1 percent while the CAC 40 in France was flat. Wall Street is expected to open higher with Dow futures up 0.2 percent and S&P futures up 0.1 percent.   NEW YORK (AP) – More than a dozen people are filing a lawsuit against the real estate firm owned by Jared Kushner’s family. The current and former tenants of rent-stabilized apartments in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York say they believe there was a campaign to force them out of the building with unhealthy construction dust, rats, unannounced barging into apartments and a rent hike of several hundred dollars in order to bring in high-paying condo buyers.   DETROIT (AP) – Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax cuts that the Trump administration pushed through Congress have yet […]
July 13, 2018
MBB: Tickets on Sale for 2018 Charleston Classic
  CHARLESTON, S.C. – Appalachian State men’s basketball will take part in the 2018 Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C. on Nov. 15, 16 and 18. All-tournament tickets are currently on sale.   Fans can purchase a discounted early bird baseline/upper level ticket for $100 (regularly $115) or a premium sideline general admission seat for $125 (regularly $135) through Aug. 10. The number of premium sideline tickets is limited.   The Mountaineers will open play at the Charleston Classic on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. against Big Ten foe Purdue on ESPN2. The Black and Gold will take on either Davidson or Wichita State on Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU and close out play on Nov. 18 against an opponent and at a time that has yet to be determined. All contests will take place at TD Arena.   Tickets are available at www.CharlestonClassic.com or by calling the College of Charleston box office at 843-953-2632.   The city of Charleston was just voted the No. 1 city in the United States and No. 10 city in the world in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards. Fans can also secure a discounted hotel rate at the Hyatt Place/House Historic District by going to http://www.anthonytravel.com/Charleston or by calling 1-888-632-6951.      
July 13, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Seattle at Colorado 8:40 p.m. L-A Angels at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco 10:15 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Texas at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Boston 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Houston 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami 7:10 p.m. Washington at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Arizona at Atlanta 7:35 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. Chi Cubs at San Diego 10:10 p.m.   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Phoenix at Connecticut 7:00 p.m. Chicago at Washington 7:00 p.m. Indiana at Atlanta 7:00 p.m. Las Vegas at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
July 13, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT   DEPUTY ATTACKED Woman arrested in attack on North Carolina sheriff’s deputy STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A woman has been arrested and charged with attacking a sheriff’s deputy who was working as a security officer at a North Carolina hospital. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that an “unruly patient” at the Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville had been taking items out of cabinets in the emergency room Sunday night and threatened to kill everyone. The sheriff’s office said an officer suffered a cut on his hand when 63-year-old Yvonne Louise Fuller of Statesville hit him with a bottle. Deputies have charged Fuller with assaulting and injuring a law enforcement officer, attacking a government official, disorderly conduct, resisting police and communicating threats. Fuller also was arrested by Statesville police on some outstanding warrants. There was no record of an attorney for Fuller.     PANTHERS CAMP South Carolina city hopes to keep Panthers training camp (Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/) SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina city hopes to keep the Carolina Panthers summer training camp, even though the team has a new owner. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported city leaders are worried since former Spartanburg resident Jerry Richardson sold the team. The camp has been held at Richardson’s alma mater at Wofford College since the team’s first season in 1995. […]
July 13, 2018
Financial News
      Stocks edge higher…FDA warns of fake gov’t warning letters…Nissan issues air bag recall   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are edging higher in early Wall Street trading. AT&T stock is falling after the Department of Justice asked a court to overturn its purchase of Time Warner. Industrial companies and retailers are higher, and stocks are still on track for their second consecutive week of solid gains following a modest losing streak.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health authorities are alerting consumers to a new scam involving fake government warning letters sent to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone. The Food and Drug Administration says the fake letters may be part of an extortion scam. However, authorities have not yet documented cases of consumers being coerced to turn over money. The forged letters claim to be from the FDA or the Federal Trade Commission, but those agencies almost never issue such warnings to private individuals.   DETROIT (AP) – Nissan is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Included are the 2011 Versa sedan and the 2011 and 2012 Versa hatchback. It only applies to cars that have been registered in 42 states and Washington, D.C., as part of a coordinated phase-in of Takata recalls.   WASHINGTON (AP) – An agency watchdog says the government wasted at least […]
July 16, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   WCUP-FRANCE   France Celebrates   PARIS (AP) – All France is talking about is the World Cup. “Eternal Happiness” said today’s headline of sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who can’t imagine the euphoria will ever fade.   France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday.   WCUP-CROATIA   Heroes’ welcome despite loss   ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Croatia fans have poured in from throughout the country to give a heroes’ welcome today to the national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.   They’re attending celebrations at the central square in the capital Zagreb, following the players match in Russia.   The small country of 4 million people has been gripped in euphoria since its team beat England to reach its first World Cup final, where Croatia lost 4-2 to France.   Croatia’s state railway company cut ticket prices in half so fans could travel to Zagreb, while city authorities in the capital say public transportation is free today.   NHL-OBIT-EMERY   NHL’s Emery dies at 35   UNDATED (AP) – Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned in his hometown […]
July 16, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     SOCCER-WORLD CUP   France clinches World Cup with 4-2 win over Croatia   MOSCOW (AP) – France is celebrating its second World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring World Cup final since 1966.   Dramatic moments in the match included the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final, along with a brief pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot.   Nineteen-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe scored the fourth goal, becoming just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. The first was soccer great Pele, who was 17 when he scored twice Brazil’s 5-2 win over Sweden in the 1958 final.   The French players received their medals during a downpour that also drenched Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Croatia.   Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. France won the crown on home soil in 1998.   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets   LONDON (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time. Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam title Sunday by defeating first-time Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.   Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, holding five set points to force a fourth set. Djokovic held steady, saving all five of those, then was […]
July 13, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Men’s semifinal underway   LONDON (AP) – The first men’s semifinal is underway at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S. Both are appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club.   Anderson won the first set, 7-6 (6), and Isner won the second, 7-6 (5). Neither player has been broken so far. Anderson had the only break point of the set at 30-40 in the ninth game but Isner saved it with a forehand volley.   Friday’s other semifinal features Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich). It will be their 52nd tour-level meeting – more than any other two men in tennis history.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Red Sox go for 11th straight win   UNDATED (AP) – Mookie Betts and the rolling Boston Red Sox try to win their 11th consecutive game when they host Toronto tonight. Betts had a grand slam and five RBIs in last night’s 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays. Boston owns the longest current winning streak in the big leagues and hasn’t lost since getting routed July 1 at Yankee Stadium.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard comes off the disabled list to make his first big league start since May 25 tonight against the visiting Washington Nationals. The 2016 All-Star has been sidelined by a strained ligament […]
July 13, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   1st men’s semifinal underway   LONDON (AP) – The first men’s semifinal has started at Wimbledon, with Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on John Isner of the U.S.   Anderson is trying to follow up his five-set win over Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, with both men appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club.   In a match between two of the game’s biggest servers, Anderson started the match with a double-fault.   Friday’s other men’s semifinal features Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) in their 52nd tour-level meeting, more than any other two men in tennis history.   Nadal leads their series 26-25 heading into Friday’s match, including 9-4 at Grand Slam tournaments.   Nadal has 17 major titles, two at the All England Club. Djokovic owns 12 Slam trophies, three from Wimbledon.   MLB SCHEDULE   Canha’s two-run single helps A’s rally past Astros 6-4   UNDATED (AP) – Mark Canha’s two-RBI single in Oakland’s three-run eighth inning lifted the Athletics to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday.   The Athletics fell behind early but cut the lead to one with a three-run fifth. An RBI double by Matt Chapman tied it with no outs in eighth before Canha’s single off Chris Devenksi, now 2-2, with one out made it 6-4.   It was another big eighth inning for […]
July 12, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Kerber eases into 2nd Wimbledon final, setting up possible rematch with Williams   LONDON (AP) – Angelique Kerber has advanced to her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jelena Ostapenko.   The two-time Grand Slam champion will face the winner of Thursday’s other semifinal between seven-time champion Serena Williams and 13th-seeded Julia Goerges (GUR’-guhs). Kerber lost to Williams in the 2016 final.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Two aces square off in Cleveland   UNDATED (AP) – Two of the top pitchers in the American League square off when the New York Yankees begin a series in Cleveland. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber starts for the Indians, while the AL leader in wins, Luis Severino, takes the mound for New York in a matchup of All-Stars.   The appearance will be Severino’s first against Cleveland since last season’s playoffs when he allowed three runs in seven innings and helped the Yankees win Game 4 in the AL Division Series to force a decisive Game 5.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Andrew Benintendi and the Red Sox go for their 10th straight victory when David Price pitches against All-Star lefty J.A. Happ and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Benintendi has six consecutive multi-hit games and has scored in all of them. Working on its second nine-game winning streak of the season, Boston has […]
July 12, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     WORLD CUP   Croatia edges England to reach the final   MOSCOW (AP) – Some are calling it the greatest generation of Croatian soccer players and who could argue? Mario Mandzukic scored the go-ahead goal in the 109th minute and Croatia stunned England 2-1 in Moscow in their World Cup semifinal. It was the third consecutive extra time win for Croatia, which advanced to the World Cup final for the first time.   France, which won its only title on home soil in 1998, will play Croatia in Sunday’s final.   England will have to regroup for Saturday’s third-place game against Belgium in St. Petersburg.   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON-WOMEN   Women’s semis at Wimbledon   LONDON (AP) – Serena Williams will attempt to reach a Grand Slam final for the 12th straight season as she faces Julia Goerges (GUR’-guhs) in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday. The 13th-seeded German is playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.   When Williams took a leave of absence to have her first child soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her streak might be under threat. However, the 36-year-old American has quickly found a level of form that has carried her to within two wins of an eighth Wimbledon title.   The other semifinal sees two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber take on 2017 French Open winner Jelena […]
July 11, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     MLB-RESULTS   Red Sox beat Rangers 8-4 for 8th straight win   UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox keep improving their major league best record, beating the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4 in and extending their winning streak to eight games. Andrew Benintendi bolstered his All-Star credentials with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in his final game before fan votes are tallied. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of RBI doubles and Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) hit a two-run triple as Boston scored five runs in the third.   Elsewhere around the majors:   – Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Seattle Mariners 9-3. The Angels got 15 hits and overcame an injury to starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who left in the third inning with right forearm irritation.   – Victor Caratini hit an RBI double during a decisive seventh inning, helping the Chicago Cubs back Jose Quintana in a close game and beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0. A night after losing 2-1 in 11 innings despite a strong start from Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs had enough offense for Quintana. The left-hander allowed three hits in six scoreless innings to beat the Giants for the first time in his career after going 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA over his first three starts. […]
July 10, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     WIMBLEDON   Kerber reaches semifinals   LONDON (AP) – Angelique Kerber converted her seventh match point to finally get past Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the third time.   The No. 11 Kerber was the highest women’s seed to reach the quarterfinals; it’s the first time since Wimbledon began seeding players in the 1920s that none of the top 10 made it to this round.   She will face No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday for a berth in the final. Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova.   In other early Tuesday action, Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 by beating Gilles Simon. The Argentine next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Red Sox look to continue hot streak   BOSTON (AP) – The major league-best Boston Red Sox look for their 15th win in 18 games as they host the Texas Rangers in the middle game of their series. The Red Sox, who lead the second-place Yankees by 2 1/2 games in the AL East, send Hector Velazquez against the Rangers’ Yovani Gallardo. Boston’s J.D. Martinez is 10 for 23 with three homers, eight runs scored and […]
July 10, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Martinez (28th homer) leads Red Sox to 5-0 win over Rangers   UNDATED (AP) – J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 28th home run, Steve Pearce hit a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox won their seventh in a row to end the day with their biggest lead over the Yankees in the AL East since April.   Elsewhere around the majors:   – Pablo Sandoval singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning a day after driving in five runs, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Brandon Crawford loaded the bases when he was intentionally walked by Pedro Strop to bring up Sandoval, who hit a sharp single to left against a five-man infield. Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt started the rally with consecutive one-out singles off losing pitcher Steve Cishek (2-1).   – Clayton Kershaw pitched six scoreless innings, and Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner each had three hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-2. Kershaw improved his career mark to 18-6 against the Padres as the Dodgers moved a half-game behind the idle Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League West lead.   – Gregory Polanco drove […]
July 9, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB   Royals sign 16-year-old Japanese pitcher for $322,500   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kaito Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan.   The 16-year-old pitcher agreed Sunday to a minor league contract with a $322,500 signing bonus. He is thought to be the first Japanese junior high school player to sign with a major league club.   The teen says, “I wanted to play in the United States as soon as possible, rather than playing high school ball at Koshien Stadium (in Japan’s iconic national championship).”   Yuki is listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds and the right-hander’s fastball has been clocked at 87-88 mph.   WIMBLEDON   Federer reaches 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal   LONDON (AP) – Roger Federer has advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.   The eight-time champion earned his latest win with maximum efficiency on Centre Court, particularly during a 16-minute first set, where the top-seeded Federer lost just five points.   The 22nd-seeded Mannarino became the first man to earn a break point against Federer at the tournament, but was unable to take any of his four opportunities.   Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England […]
July 9, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Bosox win 6th straight   UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox continue to own a two-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East, although the Bombers have four games in hand.   Eduardo Nunez, Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) drove in two runs apiece and Andrew Benintendi had four hits as the Red Sox won their sixth in a row, 7-4 at Kansas City. The Bosox trailed 3-2 in the fifth until Moreland worked out a bases-loaded walk and Bogaerts added a sacrifice fly.   Moreland, Bogaerts and Nunez added RBI hits in the seventh to break the game open and help Rick Porcello improve to 11-3.   Boston is a major league-leading 33 games over .500 at 62-29.   The Yankees kept pace by beating the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the 10th inning. Kendrys (KEHN’-drees) Morales tied it for Toronto with a sixth-inning homer off Domingo German (hehr-MAHN’), who gave up just three other hits over six frames.   David Robertson worked the 10th to get the save while Aroldis Chapman sat out with a sore left knee.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) yielded six hits and a run over seven innings as the Astros downed the White Sox, 2-1 to complete a four-game sweep. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) hit a solo homer […]
July 6, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   WIMBLEDON   Madison Keys loses third-round match   LONDON (AP) – Madison Keys has become the latest top-10 seeded woman to lose at Wimbledon after her comeback fell short. The American fought back from a set and two breaks down only to falter near the end as she lost to Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in the third round.   Six of the women’s top 10 seeds, including defending champion Garbine Muguruza, lost in the first two rounds.   The Russian is one of two mothers left in the tournament and will now face the other – Serena Williams – if the American can get past Kristina Mladenovic later on Centre Court.   In other early action today:   – Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another five-set comeback to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. Zverev beat American Taylor Fritz in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set.   – No. 8 Kevin Anderson also advanced, beating No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve.   – Ekaterina Makarova of Russia earlier became the first player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. She followed up her victory over second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki by beating former semifinalist Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Brewers dump Braves to expand division lead   UNDATED (AP) – […]
July 6, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Brewers dump Braves to expand division lead   UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers won a matchup of division leaders on Thursday to move 1 1/2 games ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.   Hernan Perez was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Brewers whipped the Braves, 7-2. Jhoulys Chacin (zhoo-LEES’ shah-SEEN’) and Dan Jennings combined for a three-hitter and blanked Atlanta after the first inning. Chacin gave up the three hits over seven frames and improved to 7-3.   Braves starter and loser Max Fried lasted just three innings, yielding four runs on four hits and three walks.   Ozzie Albies hit an RBI triple for the Braves, whose third straight loss cuts their lead in the NL East to one game over the Phillies.   Checking out Thursday’s other MLB action:   – The Astros blew a 2-0 lead before George Springer and Yuli Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) provided RBI singles in the bottom of the ninth to give Houston a 4-3 win over the White Sox. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) launched a two-run homer in the fifth, but Omar Narvaez and Leury Garcia belted solo shots while Chicago was taking a 3-2 lead. Justin Verlander struck out 10 over seven innings of the Astros’ third straight win.   – Marco Gonzales picked up his ninth win and the Mariners stayed 1 1/2 games behind […]
July 5, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   WIMBLEDON   Djokovic, Nadal advance   LONDON (AP) – Novak Djokovic overcame an apparent thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the third round at Wimbledon.   Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.   Top-ranked Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Centre Court.   Nadal won only 64 percent of points on his first serve and faced 13 break points – including three in the first game of the match – but he saved 11 of them and converted five of his own to wrap up the win in 2 hours, 23 minutes on Centre Court.   In other early action today:   – Guido Pella of Argentina came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic, beating last year’s finalist in the second round.   – Former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to oust American qualifier Claire Liu in the second round.   – Ninth-seeded John Isner hit 64 aces and saved two match points to reach the third round for the fourth time. Isner beat Ruben Bemelmans in a match that had been suspended by rain on […]
July 5, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Red Sox complete sweep, stay 1 up on Yanks   UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals were studies in contrast during their three-game series in the Nation’s Capital. The Bosox’s sweep puts them a season-high 30 games over .500 and drops the fading Nats one game under .500.   Eduardo Rodriguez and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the Red Sox past the Nationals, 3-0. Rodriguez struck out six over six innings before three relievers finished up a combined six-hitter. Bradley delivered two RBIs with a sacrifice fly and a double to help Boston keep its one-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.   The Nationals kept the Red Sox scoreless before losing their fifth in a row. Washington has dropped 17 of its last 22 to fall under .500 this late in a season for the first time since 2015.   The Yankees kept pace with the Red Sox as Giancarlo Stanton crushed a three-run homer and CC Sabathia tossed five-hit ball over six innings of a 6-2 win against the Braves. Aaron Judge homered for the third time in four games, giving him 24 for the season. And Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka became the ninth player since 1920 whose first three hits were home runs.   Elsewhere around the majors:   – The Phillies are within 1 1/2 games of the NL […]

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