NEWS & SPORTS

October 18, 2019
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Houston at N-Y Yankees 7:08 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Washington at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. Houston at Miami 8 p.m. New Orleans at New York 8 p.m. Memphis at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Colorado at Florida 7 p.m. Dallas at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. N-Y Rangers at Washington 7 p.m. Columbus at Chicago 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Edmonton 9 p.m. Carolina at Anaheim 10 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL (4)Ohio St. at Northwestern 8:30 p.m.     AP-WF-10-18-19 2014GMT
October 18, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 3:20 p.m. EDT     PRISON-ATTEMPTED ESCAPE Closing arguments up next in deadly prison breakout trial ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Closing arguments are expected next week in the trial of an inmate accused of murder in an attempted prison breakout that left four corrections workers dead. The Virginian-Pilot reports jurors were shown a video interview Thursday in which Mikel Brady described striking prison guard Wendy Shannon until she stopped moving during the October 2017 escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution. Shannon was among the workers killed in the disturbance. Brady is the first of four inmates to be tried on murder charges. WAVY-TV reports the defense rested its case without calling any witnesses, so jury instructions and closing arguments could start as soon as Monday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Brady was already serving time for attempted murder after shooting a North Carolina state trooper in 2013.     EMBEZZLEMENT-HISTORIC SITE Ex-director of historic school charged with embezzling $175k (Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com) HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged the former executive director of a school with embezzling nearly $175,000 from the Civil War-era site. Ronda Tucker, of Hillsborough, is accused of spending the money at restaurants, veterinary offices, airlines, Walmart, Target, Amazon, nail salons and pet stores. The Herald-Sun reports that Tucker was fired from the Burwell School in June. […]
October 18, 2019
Financial News
          Stocks fall…IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars…Oracle CEO Mark Hurd dies   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are falling in afternoon trading on Wall Street, weighed down by losses in technology and communications companies. Makers of consumer products are bucking the downward trend. Coca-Cola rose after turning in a solid quarterly earnings report. The market is still on track for its second weekly gain after three straight losing weeks. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.74%.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are appealing to their 189 member countries to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues. Speaking to finance officials meeting in Washington, they say trade tensions are taking a toll on business confidence and investment, and that disagreements threaten to make the consequences of a global slowdown even worse.   UNDATED (AP) – Oracle CEO Mark Hurd has died. The 62-year-old was on medical leave, and the company did not disclose a cause of death. Hurd led two high-profile Silicon Valley companies – Oracle and computer maker Hewlett-Packard. Hurd joined Oracle as co-president in 2010 a month after leaving HP. He resigned from HP after accusations of sexual harassment by a female contract worker and findings of inaccurate expense reports connected to outings with the contractor.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Transportation […]
October 18, 2019
WKSK Person of the Week
      WKSK Person of the Week:     Rick Turnmire is the WKSK Person of the Week for October 18th 2019   Congratulations Rick!              
October 18, 2019
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Houston at N-Y Yankees 7:08 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Washington at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. Houston at Miami 8 p.m. New Orleans at New York 8 p.m. Memphis at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Colorado at Florida 7 p.m. Dallas at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. N-Y Rangers at Washington 7 p.m. Columbus at Chicago 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Edmonton 9 p.m. Carolina at Anaheim 10 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL (4)Ohio St. at Northwestern 8:30 p.m.     AP-WF-10-18-19 1635GMT
October 18, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     EMBEZZLEMENT-HISTORIC SITE Ex-director of historic school charged with embezzling $175k (Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com) HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged the former executive director of a school with embezzling nearly $175,000 from the Civil War-era site. Ronda Tucker, of Hillsborough, is accused of spending the money at restaurants, veterinary offices, airlines, Walmart, Target, Amazon, nail salons and pet stores. The Herald-Sun reports that Tucker was fired from the Burwell School in June. Hillsborough Historic Commission Chairman Brooks Graebner said the school didn’t put Tucker through the usual background check when she was first hired in 2016 because her job as a guide did not include financial responsibilities. Graebner said Tucker was given more responsibility over time. The school was built in the 1800s. It now preserves the history of the town, the school and the enslaved and free people of color who worked there.     LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE Legionnaires’ disease found in person who didn’t attend fair RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Public health officials in North Carolina are reporting a case of Legionnaires’ disease in a person who didn’t attend the Mountain State Fair, but was at a building on the fair site. The state’s Health and Human Services Department reports the person attended the Quilt Show at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in late September. To […]
October 18, 2019
Financial News
        Stocks fall…US tariffs hit EU goods…No-sugar drinks and innovations power Coke in 3Q   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are slipping in morning trading on Wall Street, weighed down by losses in technology companies. Investors are also absorbing the latest economic data showing that growth in China sank to a new multi-decade low. Some stocks are rising following solid earnings reports, including Coca-Cola and ETrade Financial. Oilfield services company Schlumberger (SHLUM’-bur-zhay) is also gaining, lifting energy stocks. The market is still on track for its second weekly gain after three straight losing weeks.   BEINE, France (AP) – French vintners are begging for government aid, Italian farmers are scrambling for new export markets and American shoppers are about to face supermarket sticker shock on European products. Some $7.5 billion in U.S. tariffs on European food, wine and other goods took effect today, in response to illegal EU subsidies to plane maker Airbus. The U.S. is also accused of illegal subsidies – to Boeing – and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is threatening to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.   ATLANTA (AP) – Coca-Cola is reporting strong third-quarter sales as it makes strides with new drinks like Coca-Cola Plus Coffee and no-sugar drinks. Revenue jumped 8% to $9.51 billion, edging out Wall Street expectations for $9.48 billion, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. The Atlanta company continues to book double-digit volume growth with drinks […]
October 18, 2019
Blood Drives
        American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood & Platelet Donors Especially in need of Blood Type “O” To schedule an appointment, use the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App, Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767…….donation appointments & completion of a “RapidPass” online health questionaire can reduce the time it takes to donate.   For more information call the Red Cross @…………………………………………1-800-733-2767              Blood Drives:   Ashe County:  10-26-19: @ Ashe County Library in WJ from 10 am – 2:30 pm. Walk-Ins are WELCOME! To schedule an appointment or info call Marcia Rowe @………………………………………………………………………………………………………336-846-2041 ext 240  10-29-19: @ Lowes Hardware in WJ from 1 – 5:30 pm. Walk-Ins are WELCOME! To schedule an appointment or info call April Steel @……………………………………………………………336-846-1829 11-9-2019: @ Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Glendale Springs from 8 – 12:30. Walk-Ins are WELCOME! To schedule an appointment or info call Robin Carter @ 336-982-3932 or         …………………………………………………………………………………………………………336-977-1964   Alleghany County: 10-29-19: @ Alleghany High School in Sparta from 8 am – 1 pm. Walk-Ins are WELCOME! To schedule an appointment or info call Roxanne Roten @………………………………………………………………………………………………………336-372-4554  10-29-19: @ VFW located @ 1193 Hwy 21 N. in Sparta from 2:30 – 7 pm. Walk-Ins are WELCOME! To schedule an appointment or info call Patty Harris @……………………………………………………………………………………………………….336-657-1770          
October 18, 2019
AP Entertainment
      Entertainment:   “MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL” AND THE MATERNAL INSTINCT LOS ANGELES (AP) – You would not think that someone known as the Mistress of Evil would have a strong maternal instinct, but that’s what Angelina Jolie says about Maleficent. Jolie says being maternal is Maleficent’s strongest quality. The problem, she says, is that Maleficent is also impatient, ferocious and over-protective. Jolie says in some ways, she can relate to Maleficent, because they both have insecurities about whether they’re doing the best they can for their children. Jolie reprises her role as Maleficent in the new movie, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” This time, the story focuses on Maleficent’s clashes with the mother of Aurora’s fiance. The film is in theaters now.   ‘THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING’ PILOT TO BE FILMED IN MARYLAND ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The pilot episode for a potential new Showtime series will be filmed in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the pilot for “The President is Missing” is expected to begin in the state early next year. The pilot is based on the 2018 novel by the same title. The novel was a collaboration between author James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton. Hogan says it’s hoped the pilot will turn into another successful series filmed in the state.   KIM KARDASHIAN URGES CLEMENCY FOR OKLAHOMA DEATH ROW INMATE OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kim Kardashian West has joined a chorus of […]
October 18, 2019
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Houston at N-Y Yankees 7:08 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Washington at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. Houston at Miami 8 p.m. New Orleans at New York 8 p.m. Memphis at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Colorado at Florida 7 p.m. Dallas at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. N-Y Rangers at Washington 7 p.m. Columbus at Chicago 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Edmonton 9 p.m. Carolina at Anaheim 10 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL (4)Ohio St. at Northwestern 8:30 p.m.     AP-WF-10-18-19 1414GMT
October 18, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 3:20 a.m. EDT     FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH Sheriff: At least 1 dead in North Carolina helicopter crash NEW SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say at least one person died when a helicopter crashed while spraying a field in North Carolina. News outlets quote the Union County Sheriff’s Office as saying the helicopter appears to have become entangled in a power line while spraying the field near New Salem on Thursday. The community of New Salem is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte. Authorities didn’t immediately release the identity of the person who died or provide further detail about the crash. It’s unclear how many people were in the helicopter.     HURRICANE DORIAN-DECLARATION Cooper declaration to aid NC people hurt most by Dorian RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper’s disaster declaration for more than a dozen eastern North Carolina counties following Hurricane Dorian means individuals harmed most by the winds and flooding can get financial help from state government. Cooper’s declaration on Thursday is meant to target people living in Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover counties, which took the brunt of last month’s storm. But the federal government declined last week to issue a federal declaration for individual assistance in those counties, saying there wasn’t enough damage to warrant one. The U.S. Small Business Administration did authorize low-interest disaster loans in the four […]
October 18, 2019
Financial News
        World share prices retreat…China has slowest economic growth in 26 yrs…IMF, World Bank hold annual meetings   BANGKOK (AP) – World share prices retreated after China reported today that its economy grew 6.0%, its slowest pace in 26 years, in the latest quarter. In early trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 edged 0.1% lower, the CAC 40 in Paris lost 0.2% while Germany’s DAX reversed early losses, edging 0.1% higher. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index gave up early gains, closing 1.3% lower. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.8%. Wall Street looks poised for a tepid start, with the future Dow and S&P futures 0.1% lower.   BEIJING (AP) – China’s economic growth slowed to 6% over a year ago in the latest quarter, its lowest level in at least 26 years, amid a tariff war with Washington and weakening domestic consumer demand. The latest level is down from the previous quarter’s 6.2%. Chinese trade has suffered from U.S. tariff hikes in a fight over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology plans. Factory output, investment and consumer spending also declined.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and sister organization, the World Bank, are laying out their visions for the future, hoping to achieve a world with less extreme poverty and more economic growth. However, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass will likely find […]
October 17, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 3:20 p.m. EDT     ELECTION SECURITY North Carolina officials emphasize voting security efforts RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina elections and government security officials want to know they’ve got the backs of voters concerned about the integrity of casting and counting ballots today and entering the 2020 elections. The State Board of Elections on Thursday unveiled the start of a “voter confidence campaign.” It will rely heavily on social media to get the word out about efforts and procedures already in place to protect free elections from hacking and other interference. A U.S. Senate committee’s report released this summer found that the Russian government directed “extensive activity” against U.S. election systems ahead of the 2016 election. A 2018 North Carolina congressional election also had to be redone this year, as last November’s results were invalidated following absentee voting fraud allegations.     BILLIONAIRE GOVERNOR-SUBSIDIES-THE LATEST The Latest: Dems slam West Virginia governor for subsidy LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Democratic Party is slamming the state’s billionaire governor after The Associated Press reported that one of his family businesses took in a $125,000 federal subsidy meant to help farmers through the U.S. trade war with China. Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore issued a news release Thursday saying “many of those farmers desperately need subsidy money to feed their families, but Governor Jim Justice does not.” The statement […]
October 17, 2019
Financial News
      Stocks gain…Mortgage rates rise…GM contract calls for pay hikes as factory closings move forward   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are moving broadly higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street after several large companies delivered surprisingly good results. A breakthrough in negotiations over Britain’s exit from the European Union also injected confidence into markets and prompted investors to move money into riskier holdings. Health care and communication services stocks are driving most of the market’s gains, outweighing a slide in technology and energy companies.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term mortgage rates are higher this week after signs of a trade truce between the U.S. and China last week pushed up the interest rate on 10-year Treasurys. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage rose to 3.69% from 3.57% last week. But that’s lower than the 3.9% at the same time last year. The average rate on a 15-year mortgage moved up to 3.15% from 3.05% a week ago.   DETROIT (AP) – A tentative four year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown, Ohio, Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore. Details were posted today on the union website as factory level union officials met to decide if they’ll approve the deal. Workers went on strike Sept. […]
October 17, 2019
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Houston at N-Y Yankees 8:08 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Miami at Orlando 7 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago 8 p.m. Minnesota at Milwaukee 8 p.m. Portland at Denver 9 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Tampa Bay at Boston 7 p.m. Minnesota at Montreal 7 p.m. N-Y Rangers at New Jersey 7 p.m. Vancouver at St. Louis 8 p.m. N-Y Islanders at Winnipeg 8 p.m. Detroit at Calgary 9 p.m. Nashville at Arizona 10 p.m. Ottawa at Vegas 10 p.m. Buffalo at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.     AP-WF-10-17-19 1654GMT
October 18, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-ACLS   Astros a win away from World Series   NEW YORK (AP) – The Houston Astros are one win away from the World Series as they head into Game 5 of the American League Championship series. Houston has a 3-1 lead in the series after Thursday night’s 8-3 victory over the Yankees.   Justin Verlander starts Friday night for Houston against James Paxton.   The Yankees are at risk of failing to make the World Series for an entire decade for the first time since the 1910s.   New York is getting Giancarlo Stanton back for Game 5 after he missed straight games with a strained right quadriceps. He is set to start at designated hitter and bat fourth. Stanton homered in the series opener.   Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN’), who had been the DH, moves to the bench.   CC Sabathia’s (suh-BATH’-ee-uhz) major league career is over. The 39-year-old left-hander has been dropped from the Yankees’ roster, a day after he dislocated a joint in his pitching shoulder during the eighth inning of Game 4.   MLB-BRAVES-FREEMAN SURGERY   Braves 1B Freeman has surgery on troublesome right elbow   ATLANTA (AP) – Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after a nagging injury that limited him late in the season and into playoffs.   The team announced Friday that Freeman underwent the procedure in […]
October 18, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-ACLS   Astros a win away from World Series   NEW YORK (AP) – The Houston Astros are one win away from the World Series as they head into Game 5 of the American League Championship series. Houston has a 3-1 lead in the series after Thursday night’s 8-3 victory over the Yankees.   Justin Verlander starts Friday night for Houston against James Paxton.   The Yankees are at risk of failing to make the World Series for an entire decade for the first time since the 1910s.     The 103-win Yankees are 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position the past two games. And they committed four errors in Game 4, the most ever for the team in a home postseason game.   NFL-CHIEFS-MAHOMES HURT   Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes injures right knee against Broncos   DENVER (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs are waiting to learn how long they’ll be without quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), who injured his right knee in Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.   Coach Andy Reid says the team needs time to evaluate the injury.   It happened in the second quarter as Mahomes picked up a first down by sneaking through the line. As the pile began to clear, Mahomes didn’t jump up. One of the members of the Kansas City medical team worked on the knee to help straighten it […]
October 18, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-ALCS   Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next   NEW YORK (AP) – George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years.   The Astros lead the AL Championship Series 3-1, putting the 2017 World Series winners on the brink of a showdown with the NL champion Washington Nationals.   Houston still has Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole queued up for this series, and the Yankees will have to beat both to survive. Verlander will start Game 5 on Friday night against James Paxton.   MLB-INDIANS-PEREZ SURGERY   Indians C Perez has ankle surgery, expected ready for camp   CLEVELAND (AP) – Indians catcher Roberto Perez had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.   The team said Perez underwent the procedure Thursday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 30-year-old Perez is expected to be fully recovered by spring training in February.   Perez had a career-best season for the Indians, who made him their full-time starter after trading All-Star Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in November. Perez batted .239 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs in 119 games. He entered the season with just 21 homers.   He […]
October 17, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-ALCS   ALCS resumes   NEW YORK (AP) – The American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Yankees resumes in New York Thursday night, a day after Game 4 was postponed because of a rainy forecast.   Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) will start for Houston against Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) in a rematch of Game 1, a 7-0 victory by the Yankees. In that game Tanaka needed just 68 pitches to cover six innings, improving to 5-2 with a 1.32 ERA in the postseason.   The Astros also announced that Justin Verlander will start Game 5. He threw two-run ball into the seventh inning in a 3-2, 11-inning victory in Game 2 on Sunday. New York plans to counter Verlander with James Paxton. The left-hander was pulled after allowing a run over 2 1/3 rocky innings in Game 2.   Houston leads the series two games to one.   NFL-CHIEFS-BRONCOS   Rolling Broncos host reeling Chiefs   DENVER (AP) – The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s Thursday night game. The Broncos are going for their third straight victory after an 0-4 start and the Chiefs looking to snap a two-game losing streak following their 4-0 start.   Denver is looking to capitalize on the Chiefs’ porous run defense that’s allowing 190 yards a game over the past month. The Broncos are the only team that […]
October 17, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   NHL-SCHEDULE   Penguins beat Avalanche 3-2 in OT   UNDATED (AP) – Brandon Tanev scored a short-handed goal in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Colorado 3-2, the first loss of the season for the Avalanche. The Avalanche, the NHL’s last unbeaten team, was looking to start the season with six straight wins for the first time since 2013-14.   The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby continued a season-long, seven-game point streak, scoring his fourth goal of the season. Jake Guentzel added to his six-game point streak with his fifth goal in four games. Matt Murray made 26 saves.   In other NHL news:   – John Carlson scored and had two assists, giving the defenseman an NHL-high 14 points, and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 for their first home win of the season. Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist, and Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET’-sahv) also scored for Washington, which lost its first three home games for the first time since October 1983. Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov (SAM’-soh-nahv) made 29 saves in his first home start to earn his third career win.   – Sonny Milano and Alexander Wennberg scored for the first time this season, and Zach Werenski added a goal to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 3-2. Columbus won back-to-back games and pulled to .500 with its eighth consecutive […]
October 16, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB-ALCS   ALCS Game 4 postponed for rain, Yanks-Astros resume Thursday   NEW YORK (AP) – Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of rain in the forecast.   The Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game 4 on Thursday night instead, with Game 5 on Friday at Yankee Stadium and Game 6 in Houston on Saturday if necessary. Houston beat New York 4-1 in the Bronx on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead.   It’s expected that Houston will start Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) in a rematch of Game 1. Tanaka pitched six sterling innings as New York won the opener 7-0.   Both clubs had planned to use bullpen openers Wednesday, and the day off will be welcome for New York after manager Aaron Boone used five relievers to cover 4 2/3 innings Tuesday. Starter Luis Severino threw 36 pitches in the first inning and was pulled in the fifth. Boone deployed key arms Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton in the loss, although none threw more than 11 pitches.   Of course, now the teams might play the final four games without a day off, culminating in Game 7 on Sunday. With the Yankees leaning heavily on their bullpen this month, the starter-driven Astros could be at […]
October 16, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-NLCS-NATIONALS/CARDINALS   Nationals sweep away Cards to win first pennant   WASHINGTON (AP) – The Nationals have their first pennant in franchise history, and Washington has its first pennant in 86 years.   The Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series by erupting for seven runs off Dakota Hudson and Adam Wainwright in the first inning of a 7-4 victory in Washington. Patrick Corbin and three relievers combined on a five-hitter against the punchless Redbirds, who managed just 16 hits the entire series.   Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) put Washington ahead with his seventh RBI of the postseason, a sacrifice fly that scored leadoff hitter Trea Turner. Juan Soto hit an RBI double and Victor Robles followed with a RBI single before Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) poked a two-run single that chased Hudson.   Wainwright later served up a two-run single by Turner to put the Nationals ahead by seven.   The Redbirds began to chip away at their deficit when Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina homered in the fourth inning off Corbin. St. Louis later scored three times in the fifth, capped by a two-run double by Jose Martinez.   Corbin left the game after striking out 12 and allowing four hits over five innings.   The Nationals had never won a pennant, even when the franchise was the Montreal Expos from 1969-2004. Washington’s last […]
October 15, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-NLCS-NATIONALS   Nationals will try to complete a sweep   WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin can pitch the Nationals to their first pennant when Washington goes for a four-game sweep of slumping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. The $140 million lefty starts at home against Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson.   Washington hasn’t put a baseball team in the World Series since 1933, when the Senators lost to the New York Giants in five games. The nation’s capital owns one MLB championship; the Senators won all the way back in 1924. There wasn’t even a baseball team at all in Washington for more than three decades until the Montreal Expos franchise moved to town before the 2005 season and was renamed the Nationals. Until this season, the Nats hadn’t won a playoff series, going 0-4 since 2012.   MLB-NLCS-CARDINALS   Cardinals’ bats need to come alive   WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Cardinals want to prevent a four-game sweep and get back into the NL Championship Series, their bats need to wake up fast.   St. Louis has all of two runs and 11 hits through three games and trails 3-0. Washington’s three starters – Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg – have a combined ERA of 0.00. Strasburg took his turn quieting the Cardinals on Monday night, going seven innings in an 8-1 victory. He finished off […]
October 15, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-NLCS-NATIONALS Nationals will try to complete a sweep WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin can pitch the Nationals to their first pennant when Washington goes for a four-game sweep of slumping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. The $140 million lefty starts at home against Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson.   Washington hasn’t put a baseball team in the World Series since 1933, when the Senators lost to the New York Giants in five games. The nation’s capital owns one MLB championship; the Senators won all the way back in 1924. There wasn’t even a baseball team at all in Washington for more than three decades until the Montreal Expos franchise moved to town before the 2005 season and was renamed the Nationals. Until this season, the Nats hadn’t won a playoff series, going 0-4 since 2012.   MLB-NLCS-CARDINALS Cardinals’ bats need to come alive WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Cardinals want to prevent a four-game sweep and get back into the NL Championship Series, their bats need to wake up fast.   St. Louis has all of two runs and 11 hits through three games and trails 3-0. Washington’s three starters – Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg – have a combined ERA of 0.00. Strasburg took his turn quieting the Cardinals on Monday night, going seven innings in an 8-1 victory. He finished off each of his 12 […]
October 14, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB   UNDATED (AP) – Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals try to move within a win of the World Series.   They lead St. Louis 2-0 in the NL Championship Series after dominant starts by Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez – the Cardinals totaled just four hits in their two losses at Busch Stadium and are batting .070 in the best-of-seven matchup.   Strasburg faces Cardinals star Jack Flaherty as the series shifts to Nationals Park. Strasburg has a 1.32 ERA in six postseason games, five of them starts. He’s 2-0 in the playoffs this fall.   Cardinals manager Mike Shildt wouldn’t reveal his lineup a day before Game 3. It’s possible he makes a tweak, but after analytics showed his hitters aren’t chasing the ball out of the strike zone at a higher rate, St. Louis is ready to stay the course without major changes.   Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win 88% of the time in MLB history.   Also in Major League action today:   – Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is trying to heal up a strained right quad that kept him out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series in Houston. The teams are tied 1-all, and manager Aaron Boone is hopeful Stanton can recover in time […]
October 14, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB PLAYOFFS-ALCS   Correa’s blast squares ALCS   HOUSTON (AP) – It took 11 innings, but the Houston Astros were able to even the American League Championship Series at a game apiece.   Carlos Correa (koh-RAY’-ah) delivered a walk-off, solo homer off J.A. Happ in the 11th inning to give the Astros a 3-2 triumph over the New York Yankees. It was just Houston’s second hit since George Springer tied the game with a solo blast in the fifth inning off Adam Ottavino (ah-tah-VEE’-noh).   Correa also opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second inning off Yankees starter James Paxton, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings. The lead held up until Justin Verlander surrendered his first hit of the night, a two-run homer by Aaron Judge in the fourth.   Verlander struck out seven and gave up five hits over 6 2/3 innings.   Josh James struck out the only batter he faced in the 11th inning to get the win.   Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton was held out of the starting lineup due to a quad injury.   Game 3 is Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole is slated to pitch for Houston that night against Luis Severino.   MLB-NEWS   Dead-ball October   ST. LOUIS (AP) – Cardinals manager Mike Shildt and St. Louis’ analytics department are wondering what happened to the juiced baseball.   […]
October 11, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB PLAYOFFS-NLCS   NLCS begins   ST. LOUIS (AP) – The National League Championship Series begins Friday night in St. Louis when the Cardinals welcome the Washington Nationals.   Both teams won a deciding Game 5 on the road in the NL Division Series. The Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning and romped past Atlanta 13-1 while Washington rallied late and beat the Dodgers 7-3 in 10 innings.   Anibal Sanchez starts for the Nats against Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las).   Nationals aces Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin all got plenty of work in the NLDS. Sanchez was 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season, then gave up one run in five innings in his lone appearance against Los Angeles.   Washington manager Dave Martinez says he hasn’t decided how he will line up the rest of his starting staff after Sanchez.   Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Adam Wainwright will start Game 2, followed by Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson, who will be available out of the bullpen at the beginning of the series.   NBA-CHINA RELATIONSHIP   NBA decides to remain silent for rest of China trip   UNDATED (AP) – The NBA has decided to stay silent for the remainder of its trip with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in China. The Lakers and Nets will play on Saturday in Shenzhen as […]
October 11, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   MLB PLAYOFFS-ALDS   Astros beat Rays to advance to face Yankees   HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Astros have survived an unexpectedly tough series with Tampa Bay to advance to the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.   Gerrit Cole worked eight strong innings and the Astros continued their playoff charge by downing the Rays, 6-1 in Houston. Cole followed his 15-strikeout performance in Game 1 of the ALDS by fanning 10 while limiting the wild-card champs to one run and two hits. He blanked the Rays after Eric Sogard’s second-inning homer.   Houston took control with a four-run first as Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) sandwiched RBI singles around Alex Bregman’s two-run double. Michael Brantley and Altuve added back-to-back homers in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring.   Losing pitcher Tyler Glasnow was reached for four runs and five hits over 2 2/3 innings.   Houston will host Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.   MLB-NEWS   Phils boot Kapler   UNDATED (AP) – The Phillies have fired manager Gabe Kapler, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations. Kapler went 161-163 in two years. The Phillies failed to live up to the hype following an offseason spending spree highlighted by Bryce Harper’s arrival. They were 81-81, the club’s first non-losing season since 2012. Phillies […]
October 10, 2019
AP Sports
        MLB PLAYOFFS-ALDS   Another series-ending Game 5   HOUSTON (AP) – A day after two National League Division Series ended with Game 5s, another will close out the American League Division Series between Houston and Tampa Bay.   Astros ace Gerrit Cole takes a franchise-record 17 straight decisions into his start Thursday night in Houston.   Cole is 17-0 in 23 starts since a May 22 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He has allowed 92 hits over 154 1/3 innings during that span, striking out 241 and walking 32. That includes an outstanding outing in a 3-1 Game 2 win over the Rays, when he struck out 15, didn’t walk a batter until his final one, and allowed four hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.   Tyler Glasnow starts for the Rays after taking a 6-2 loss in the opener, when he gave up two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings, including Jose Altuve’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth.   Both starters came up with the Pirates organization and were teammates in Pittsburgh from 2016-17.   Thursday’s winner will meet the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series starting Saturday.   NBA-CHINA-NETS-LAKERS   Irving aggravates injury, Nets hold off Lakers in Shanghai   SHANGHAI (AP) – Kyrie Irving flew halfway around the world to play for 66 seconds.   Irving aggravated his facial fracture shortly after tip-off in his preseason debut […]
October 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB PLAYOFFS-NLDS   Nats oust Dodgers, Cards dump Braves to reach NLCS   UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals will play for the National League pennant, beginning Friday in St. Louis. The Nationals advanced with an impressive comeback win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles after the Cardinals crushed the Braves in Atlanta. In both cases, the winners advanced on the road in Game 5 after trailing the NL Division Series two games to one.   Former Dodger Howie Kendrick launched a grand slam off reliever Joe Kelly with nobody out in the 10th inning to send the Nats to a 7-3 triumph at Los Angeles. Kendrick’s blast knocks out the team that posted the National League’s best record during the regular season and puts the Nats in the NLCS for the first time.   Max Muncy (MUHN’-see) and Kike (KEE’-kay) Hernandez homered off Stephen Strasburg to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead through two innings before the Nationals rallied. Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) and Juan Soto tied it with back-to-back solo blasts off Clayton Kershaw in the eighth, two innings after Soto’s RBI single ended Walker Buehler’s (BYOO’-lurz) shutout bid.   Daniel Hudson picked up the victory by tossing a scoreless ninth. Sean Doolittle closed it out by retiring the Dodgers in order in the 10th. Buehler had to settle for a no-decision after limiting the […]

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