NEWS & SPORTS

June 22, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Update on the latest sports:     NBA-DRAFT:   Ayton, Bagley go 1-2 in draft   NEW YORK (AP) – Deandre Ayton is the latest key component to the Phoenix Suns’ rebuilding process.   The Suns have made the University of Arizona center the first player taken in tonight’s NBA draft. Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone season in Tucson, tying for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.   Ayton joins Michael Thompson as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.   The Kings followed by taking Duke’s Marvin Bagley III at No. 2. The 6-foot-11 forward was the AP’s Player of the Year after averaging 21 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting better than 60 percent for the Blue Devils last season.   Luka Doncic of Slovenia went third to the Hawks and was quickly traded to the Mavericks for point guard Trae Young, the fifth pick in the draft. Doncic won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Spain’s Real Madrid win its league championship. Young led the nation with his averages of 27.4 points and 8.7 assists for the Sooners.   The Memphis Grizzlies used the No. 4 pick to select forward Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State. Jackson is a one-and-done power forward who averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game.   The […]
June 22, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT:   VOTER ID: Thwarted before, Republicans seek photo ID through amendment RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans have been thwarted by veto and federal judges this decade to require photo identification to vote. Now they’re hoping state residents will cement the mandate by amending the state constitution. A House committee voted Thursday along party lines for a measure that would ask voters this November to enshrine this voter ID photo requirement in the constitution. The bill’s next stop is the House floor in the final days of this year’s legislative session. The Senate also would have to approve the idea before the question is submitted to voters. Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a voter ID law in 2011, but GOP lawmakers couldn’t override it. A federal appeals court struck down another law in 2013 signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, calling several provisions racially discriminatory.     CAPE FEAR BRIDGE-REPAIRS: Northeast Cape Fear River bridge to undergo repairs at night WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Officials say the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge over the Northeast Cape Fear River will be closed nightly for much of next week and part of the following week. The N.C. Department of Transportation says the closure is necessary so a contractor can safely repair the bridge’s mechanical components. Nightly closures begin on Sunday and will be in effect from 9 p.m. until […]
June 22, 2018
Financial News
      Global shares mixed…EU tariffs…Brexit threat   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Global stocks were mixed Friday as investors were still wary over trade disputes between China and the U.S. as well as between the U.S. and Europe that could hurt corporate profit and jobs. Some markets were making slight rebounds but unable to make up their heavy losses for the week. Futures point to opening gains on Wall Street. Prices of oil rose ahead of OPEC meeting on Friday. Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained almost a dollar to come in just below $66.50 per barrel. The dollar rose against the yen and weakened against the euro.   BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union is enforcing tariffs on $3.4 billion in U.S. products as of Friday in retaliation to duties the Trump administration has put on European steel and aluminum. The goods targeted include typical American products like bourbon, peanut butter, and orange juice, in a way that seems designed to create political pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump and senior U.S. politicians. Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on EU steel and 10 percent on aluminum on June 1.   LONDON (AP) – Aviation giant Airbus has threatened to leave Britain if the country leaves the European Union without an agreement on future trading relations. The company, which employs about 14,000 people at 25 sites in the U.K., says it will “reconsider its long-term footprint in the […]
June 21, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Baltimore at Washington 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle at N-Y Yankees 1:05 p.m. Boston at Minnesota 1:10 p.m. Oakland at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. Toronto at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N-Y Mets at Colorado 3:10 p.m. Arizona at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco 10:15 p.m.     AP-WF-06-21-18 1605GMT
June 21, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT:   VOTER ID N Carolina photo ID mandate headed to House panel debate RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill asking voters to decide in November whether presenting photo identification to vote should be enshrined in the North Carolina Constitution is getting its first formal debate. A House panel scheduled discussion Thursday on the proposed constitutional amendment. Speaker Tim Moore says he expects the measure to come to the House floor for votes early next week. These and other proposed constitutional referenda are moving through the General Assembly in the final days of this year’s work session. Republican legislators approved a wide-ranging election law in 2013 that mandated photo ID, but federal judges struck that and other voting provisions down as racially discriminatory. GOP lawmakers say that’s not true and argue such a requirement is about restoring confidence in elections and preventing voter fraud.     ASHEVILLE DISTRICTS Bill follows through redrawing N Carolina city’s districts RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Election districts in western North Carolina’s largest municipality would be redrawn because city leaders failed to do so under legislation moving through a General Assembly chamber. The Senate elections committee voted Thursday to end Asheville’s current practice of all voters choosing all six city council members. Instead, one member would be elected at-large, with the other five members elected in geographic districts by voters in those […]
June 21, 2018
Financial News
      Stocks fall…Supreme Court rules states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax…Intel CEO resigns   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are falling in early trading on Wall Street as investors worry about the effects of U.S. trade moves. German automaker Daimler lowered its annual profit forecast, partly because of higher import taxes on U.S. vehicles in China. Industrial companies are taking more losses. Energy companies are falling along with oil prices. Chipmaker Intel is sliding after its CEO resigned.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling today overturns two previous Supreme Court decisions that states said were depriving them of billions of dollars annually. The cases the court overturned said that if a business was shipping a product to a state where it didn’t have a physical presence such as a warehouse or office, it didn’t have to collect the state’s sales tax.   NEW YORK (AP) – Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (krah-ZAN’-ich) has resigned after the company learned of what it called a consensual relationship with an employee. Intel says the relationship was in violation of the company’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. The abrupt departure is overshadowing otherwise positive news for the tech company. Intel said today that it expects to post a per-share profit of 99 cents in the second quarter, 13 cents better than Wall Street was […]
June 21, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Cincinnati 5 Detroit 3 Final Toronto 5 Atlanta 4 Final Oakland 12 San Diego 4 Final Baltimore 3 Washington 0   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Cleveland 12 Chi White Sox 0 Final N-Y Yankees 7 Seattle 5 Final Houston 5 Tampa Bay 1 Final Minnesota 4 Boston 1 Final Texas 3 Kansas City 2   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 4 St. Louis 3 Final Chi Cubs 4 L-A Dodgers 0 Final San Francisco 6 Miami 5 Final Colorado 10 N-Y Mets 8   Milwaukee at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m., postponed TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Baltimore at Washington 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle at N-Y Yankees 1:05 p.m. Boston at Minnesota 1:10 p.m. Oakland at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. Toronto at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N-Y Mets at Colorado 3:10 p.m. Arizona at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco 10:15 p.m.    
June 21, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
      Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT:   VOTER ID N Carolina photo ID mandate headed to House panel debate RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill asking voters to decide in November whether presenting photo identification to vote should be enshrined in the North Carolina Constitution is getting its first formal debate. A House panel scheduled discussion Thursday on the proposed constitutional amendment. Speaker Tim Moore says he expects the measure to come to the House floor for votes early next week. These and other proposed constitutional referenda are moving through the General Assembly in the final days of this year’s work session. Republican legislators approved a wide-ranging election law in 2013 that mandated photo ID, but federal judges struck that and other voting provisions down as racially discriminatory. GOP lawmakers say that’s not true and argue such a requirement is about restoring confidence in elections and preventing voter fraud.     TRANSPORTATION DEBT N Carolina governor signs debt bill for road-building boost MCLEANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says a method for borrowing up to $3 billion to keep North Carolina road building robust for the next several years is a good example of both major parties working together to help the state’s economy. Cooper signed into law Wednesday the “Build NC Bond Act” at a Department of Transportation maintenance yard in Guilford County. The law authorizes the issuance […]
June 21, 2018
Financial News
      Global stock markets mixed … EU hopes to ‘make noise’ in trade debate … Turkey imposes tariffs on some US products   TOKYO (AP) – Global stock markets were mixed today amid concern over the trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Uncertainty remains, but the original tariff threats made earlier in the week were not followed through. In early Frances CAC 40 was almost unchanged and Britain’s FTSE 100 rose by 0.3 percent, but Germany’s DAX shed 0.3 percent. Earlier, Japan’s Nikkei finished up 0.6 percent and South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1 percent. Wall Street is expected to open higher with Dow futures up less than 0.1 percent and S&P futures up 0.1 percent.   WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says it has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorbikes and bourbon for tariffs in hopes that it will “make noise” in the trade debate and put pressure on U.S. leaders. The EU announced this week it would begin taxing U.S. imports worth about $3.4 billion from Friday, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to put tariffs on European steel and aluminum.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Turkey is imposing tariffs on nearly two dozen U.S. products, ranging from cars to sunscreen, to strike back at Washington’s sanctions on imported steel and aluminum. According to documents filed with the World Trade Organization, Turkey will slap $267 million in tariffs on […]
June 20, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Cincinnati 3 Detroit 2 (Bot 6th) Toronto 5 Atlanta 2 (Top 8th) Oakland at San Diego 3:40 p.m. Baltimore at Washington 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland 4 Chi White Sox 0 (Top 5th) Seattle at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston 8:10 p.m. Boston at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Texas at Kansas City 8:15 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 3 St. Louis 1 (Top 5th) Chi Cubs 1 L-A Dodgers 0 (Bot 1st) Miami at San Francisco 3:45 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Colorado 8:40 p.m.     AP-WF-06-20-18 1845GMT
June 20, 2018
Financial News
      Stocks gain…Lawmakers attack tariffs…Tesla sues former employee   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are rising, led by technology and media companies, as global markets let go of some of their fears about the growing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Twenty-First Century Fox is jumping after Disney agreed to buy Fox’s entertainment businesses for more than $71.3 billion, topping an offer from Comcast. Investors are hoping that will be followed by other deals. Shares in Starbucks have been more than nine percent lower after it said it’s having trouble in both the U.S. and China.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers from both parties are criticizing tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says the tariffs are damaging the economy, hurting American consumers and disrupting relationships with long-time allies while giving China a free pass.   RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Volvo is showing off its first car to be made-in-America, even as the economic climate changes radically under President Donald Trump. Volvo Cars officially opened its South Carolina plant today with a glitzy ceremony that revealed the Swedish automaker’s redesigned S60 hybrid-powered sedan, which will roll off the assembly line this fall. Trump is threatening tariffs that could impact foreign carmakers.   DETROIT (AP) – Tesla is suing a former employee at its Nevada battery […]
June 20, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Detroit at Cincinnati 12:35 p.m. Atlanta at Toronto 12:37 p.m. Oakland at San Diego 3:40 p.m. Baltimore at Washington 7:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox at Cleveland 1:10 p.m. Seattle at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston 8:10 p.m. Boston at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Texas at Kansas City 8:15 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE St. Louis at Philadelphia 1:05 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m. Miami at San Francisco 3:45 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Colorado 8:40 p.m.     AP-WF-06-20-18 1546GMT
June 20, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT:   CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS Senate panel backs amendment on hunting, fishing rights RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment on the right to hunt and fish in North Carolina say it’s all about preserving traditions for future generations and blocking any attempts to erode those pastimes. A Senate committee voted Wednesday to put the amendment on ballots this November. The proposal still must clear the full Senate and House. The National Rifle Association and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation spoke for the idea. Supporters say similar language is enshrined in constitutions of over 20 states. General Assembly members are considering whether to place several amendments on the fall ballot. A House committee planned later Wednesday to consider an amendment to lower the state’s income tax rate cap from 10 percent to 5.5 percent. That same committee plans debate on a voter identification amendment Thursday.     TEEN SHOT Teen found shot to death behind North Carolina house LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A teen has been found shot to death behind a home in North Carolina. The Lexington Police Department told news outlets the shooting was reported around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Officers responding to the shooting found an 18-year-old man dead behind a vacant house. The man’s name has not been released yet while relatives are notified. The department said investigators were following several leads. […]
June 20, 2018
Financial News
      Stocks mixed…EU to impose tariffs Friday… Existing home sales slip   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are mixed in early trading on Wall Street. Technology companies and banks are making some of the largest gains. Twenty-First Century Fox is jumping after it agreed to a new deal with Disney, which will buy Fox’s entertainment businesses for $71.3 billion. Walgreens rose after it was added to the Dow Jones industrial average, where it will replace General Electric next week.   BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union will start imposing duties on a list of U.S. products as of Friday in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe. The 28-nation EU was first expected to do so only next month but EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said they would introduce “rebalancing” tariffs on more than $3 billion worth of U.S. products this week. The targets include steel, agricultural and other products, including bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of existing home slipped 0.4 percent last month, as the prolonged shortage of properties on the market is deterring home-buying. The National Association of Realtors says homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.43 million in May, the second straight monthly decline. Sales have tumbled 3 percent over the past year.   NEW YORK (AP) – Disney is making a $70.3 billion counterbid for […]
June 20, 2018
AP Scorecard
      Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Washington 9 Baltimore 7 Final Atlanta 11 Toronto 4 Final Cincinnati 9 Detroit 5 Final L-A Angels 5 Arizona 4 Final Oakland 4 San Diego 2, 10 Innings   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final N-Y Yankees 7 Seattle 2 Final Cleveland 6 Chi White Sox 3 Final Minnesota 6 Boston 2 Final Tampa Bay 2 Houston 1 Final Texas 4 Kansas City 1   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final L-A Dodgers 4 Chi Cubs 3 Final Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 2 Final St. Louis 7 Philadelphia 6 Final Chi Cubs 2 L-A Dodgers 1, 10 Innings Final Colorado 10 N-Y Mets 8 Final San Francisco 6 Miami 3   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final N-Y Liberty 79 Atlanta 72 Final Washington 88 Chicago 60 Final Minnesota 91 Dallas 83 Final Las Vegas 89 Seattle 77 Final L.A. Sparks 74 Indiana 55 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Detroit at Cincinnati 12:35 p.m. Atlanta at Toronto 12:37 p.m. Oakland at San Diego 3:40 p.m. Baltimore at Washington 7:05 p.m. — AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox at Cleveland 1:10 p.m. Seattle at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston 8:10 p.m. Boston at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Texas at Kansas City 8:15 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE St. Louis at Philadelphia 1:05 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m. Miami at San Francisco 3:45 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh […]
June 21, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports   SOCCER-WORLD CUP   Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup   SAMARA, Russia (AP) – A 1-1 draw against Denmark has given Australia new life at the World Cup.   Going into the tournament, No. 36 Australia was the lowest-ranked team in Group C with the others all in the top 12. Following a loss to France in the opener, a defeat Thursday would have made it nearly impossible for Australia to advance to the next stage.   Denmark won its first match against Peru, which plays France Thursday.   Two Group D matches are also on the Thursday schedule: Nigeria vs. Iceland and Argentina vs. Croatia.   NBA-DRAFT   Phoenix Suns draft first   NEW YORK (AP) – The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. They’re expected so select Arizona center Deandre Ayton.   That would leave the Sacramento Kings with several options for their No. 2 pick, including Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Slovenian guard Luka Doncic or Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr.   The Kings have been one of the league’s lowliest franchises, not making the playoffs since 2006. Bagley and Porter have both said they would be open to playing in Sacramento, and getting picked so early would be an accomplishment for Porter after a back injury sidelined him for nearly all of his […]
June 21, 2018
Ashe Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy
  Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals. The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams. The scholarships are renewable and total up to $4,000 each. In Ashe County, two students received a total of $8,000. The recipients are: Caroline Current, daughter of Cameron and Judy Current, $6,000 to attend UNC-Chapel Hill; Lucas Pruitt, son of Allen and Donna Pruitt, $2,000 to attend UNC-Chapel Hill; Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin preparing for college in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership, interview and public speaking skills while preparing for the college acceptance process. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each. This year marks the 59th year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, 462 area students and citizens have received $478,000 to help them attend the college of their choice. For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website, BlueRidgeEnergy.com, click on “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or gscheer@blueridgeenergy.com, Blue Ridge Energy is a member owned electric cooperative serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties. It also includes a […]
June 21, 2018
Governor Cooper Appoints Jaki Shelton Green Ninth Poet Laureate
  RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper today announced that poet, teacher, and community arts advocate Jaki Shelton Green will serve as North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate.   “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature,” Governor Cooper said. “Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.”   Green is the first African American and the third woman to serve as the state’s ambassador for poetry and the spoken word. She will be installed during a public celebration later this summer. Green succeeds Shelby Stephenson, who was named poet laureate Feb. 2, 2015.   A native of Orange County, Green has been active in North Carolina’s literary and teaching community for more than 40 years. She has penned eight books of poetry, co-edited two poetry anthologies and written one play. She is a 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and was the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2013.   “Jaki is an award-winning poet with a strong commitment to use poetry as a platform for building bridges across race, religion, age, gender, and identity,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “What a welcome addition she is to the tradition of poet laureates in North Carolina.”   Green currently teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Over the last 40 […]
June 21, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE:   Yanks beat M’s to pad lead   UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees have stretched their lead in the American League East by turning a 5-0 deficit into their 16th victory in 20 games.   Giancarlo Stanton capped the rally by belting a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 7-5 win over the Mariners. Aaron Judge sparked the comeback with a two-run single in the fifth. Gary Sanchez tied it with a two-run blast in the eighth before Stanton hit his 18th home run of the season.   Seattle wasted a good performance by Felix Hernandez, who allowed one earned run and six hits over five innings.   The outcome gives the Yankees a two-game lead over Boston and drops the Mariners three games behind first-place Houston in the AL West.   The Red Sox managed just four hits in a 4-1 setback at Minnesota. Lance Lynn worked around five walks by allowing an unearned run and just three hits over five innings. Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman homered off David Price.   The Astros won for the 13th time in 14 games as Charlie Morton gave up an earned run and two hits over six innings of a 5-1 win against the Rays. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) hit a pair of solo homers to help Morton improve to 9-1.   […]
June 20, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports:     MLB-SCHEDULE:   Kluber goes for 11th win   UNDATED (AP) – Corey Kluber tries to become the major league’s first 11-game winner this season when Cleveland hosts the White Sox Wednesday afternoon.   Kluber won five straight decisions before losing to Minnesota last time out, giving up two homers and four runs in a 6-3 defeat.   Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez is looking to solve the reigning AL Central champs after they tagged him for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings on May 30.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Ross Stripling tries to win his seventh consecutive start when the Dodgers complete a three-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Stripling joined LA’s rotation amid a bevy of injuries and has been consistently on point, walking just two batters over his past seven starts. Chicago will counter with Jon Lester.   – Anibal Sanchez hopes to give the upstart Braves a little more late-career magic. The 34-year-old Sanchez has been excellent for Atlanta, most recently throwing seven scoreless innings against San Diego. Sanchez has been a surprise contributor after posting a 6.09 ERA over his final two seasons in Detroit and signing with the Braves on a minor league contract in March. He’ll face Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ in Toronto in an afternoon game.   – Felix Hernandez pitches for Seattle at Yankee Stadium in the […]
June 20, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     MLB-SCHEDULE   Rays end Astros’ streak   UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays have put an end to the Houston Astros’ team record-tying 12-game winning streak.   Wilson Ramos singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 2-1 win at Houston. Matt Duffy opened the eighth with a double and scored the lead run to help Blake Snell earn his career-high fifth consecutive win. Snell scattered three hits over seven innings to move to 9-4.   C.J. Cron broke a career-worst 0-for-23 slump with a solo homer in the second inning.   Astros starter Justin Verlander received a no-decision after allowing a run and six hits over 6 2/3s.   The outcome keeps Houston’s lead in the AL West at two games over Seattle.   Checking out Tuesday’s other major league action:   – Homers by Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar (an-DOO’-hahr), Aaron Hicks and Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres powered the Yankees to their 15th victory in 19 games, 7-2 over the Mariners. Stanton launched his 17th home run of the season, but the game was tied 1-1 until Andujar and Hicks hit two-run shots in the fifth inning. Domingo German (hehr-MAHN’) was terrific over seven innings, limiting the M’s to one earned run and two hits while striking out nine.   – The Yanks have a one-game lead in the AL East following […]
June 19, 2018
ATH: Legends Gala Sold Out
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Athletics’ second annual Legends Gala at Camp Yonahnoka is officially sold out.   Hall of Fame football coach and title-winning NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs will serve as the keynote speaker for the event at the The Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club in Linville, N.C., on Friday, June 29.   A native of Mocksville, Gibbs won three Super Bowl titles as head coach of the Washington Redskins. He started Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992 and has won four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships as a team owner. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones are currently driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.   The event at Camp Yonahnoka will feature many legends with connections to Appalachian and the High Country. Last year’s inaugural Legends Gala was a rousing success, with 1983 Appalachian State football coach and 2005 national champion Mack Brown serving as the keynote speaker and Don Munson (App alum, Clemson’s play-by-play voice) emceeing the event.  A crowd of 200 gathered in a picturesque setting with Grandfather Mountain and Linville Golf Club in the backdrop. The 2017 event attracted many other high-profile guests, including Bob Griese (NFL Hall of Famer), Ben Sutton (ISP/IMG), Jerry Moore (App State football coach from 1989-2012), Scott Satterfield (App State’s football coach since 2013), Bobby Cremins (App State basketball coach from 1975-81) and Melissa Morrison-Howard (two-time Olympic medalist in track and field) as well as former and current NFL players such as […]
June 19, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     MLB-SCHEDULE   Astros go for Lucky 13   UNDATED (AP) – Houston tries for its 13th straight win with AL ERA leader Justin Verlander on the mound against Tampa Bay. The Astros’ ace is 9-2 with a 1.61 ERA, though he’s posted a 3.79 ERA over his past three starts and matched a season high with two homers allowed last time out in a 7-3 win over Oakland. Rays lefty Blake Snell will try to slow down Houston after the Astros beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Alex Bregman’s game-ending two-run double Monday.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – The defending NL champions are beginning to get healthier. Rich Hill comes off the DL to start for the Dodgers in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Cubs in a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series. Hill went on the disabled list May 20 with a blister on his left middle finger. He will be opposed by fellow lefty Mike Montgomery, who is 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA in four starts since moving into the rotation after Yu Darvish was sidelined by tendinitis. Hill’s return comes one day after Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw threw a three-inning simulated game at Wrigley Field, taking another step forward in his recovery from a strained lower back.   – One of baseball’s biggest surprises, the Seattle Mariners embark on a 10-game […]
June 19, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:     MLB SCHEDULE   Astros rally for 12th straight win   UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros performed a high-wire act yet managed to run their winning streak to a team record-tying dozen games. The defending World Series champs spotted Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead before pulling out a 5-4 victory on Alex Bregman’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth.   Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) sandwiched a pair of RBI singles around Josh Reddick’s sacrifice fly after Joey Wendle’s two-run single gave the Rays a four-run cushion in the third inning. Bregman bailed out Gerrit Cole, who was about to drop to 8-2 despite yielding only three hits over seven innings.   The win gives the Astros a two-game lead over Seattle in the AL West.   Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer for the Rays.   Checking out Monday’s other major league action:   – The Yankees dropped the completion of a May 15 suspended game before earning a split of the odd twinbill. Aaron Hicks launched a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over the Nationals. Giancarlo Stanton opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and doubled home in the insurance run in the seventh.   – The Nats took the suspended game as Juan Soto belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning of […]
June 18, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   MLB SCHEDULE   Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row   UNDATED (AP) – The Astros are aiming for their 12th straight victory today, which would tie for the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1999 and duplicated in 2004.   Fresh off a 10-0 road trip to Texas, Oakland and Kansas City in which they outscored opponents 74-35, the World Series champions return to Minute Maid Park to take on Tampa Bay.   Houston starter Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.40 ERA) leads the AL with 130 strikeouts; the Rays will start a reliever for the third straight game, with Ryne Stanek opening up.   Also in MLB today:   – Bartolo Colon goes for his 244th career win, which would break a tie with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic. The 45-year-old Colon gave up a season-high eight runs in his last outing for Texas, tagged by the Dodgers. Colon has won one of his past five starts going into this game at Kansas City. Ian Kennedy has won just one of his last 27 home starts for the Royals.   – The New York Yankees and Washington meet for a doubleheader – sort of – at Nationals Park. The teams were tied at 2 in the sixth inning on May 15 when their game was stopped […]
June 18, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports:     PGA-US OPEN:   Back-to-back US Open crowns for Koepka   SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) – Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) will spend another year as the reigning U.S. Open champion.   Koepka is the first player to successfully defend his U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange in 1989, finishing one stroke ahead of a hard-charging Tommy Fleetwood. The 28-year-old Koepka closed with a 2-under 68 for a 1-over total at unforgiving Shinnecock Hills. He won last year’s event at Erin Hills with a 16 under total.   Koepka seized control with a wedge to 3 1/2 feet for birdie on the par-5 16th for a two-shot lead. He closed with a bogey after pulling his approach off the grandstand, but Fleetwood’s late hiccup took the pressure off Koepka.   Fleetwood moved into contention by becoming the sixth player to shoot 63 in the major, carding eight birdies and a bogey. He began the round six strokes back after firing a 78 on Saturday, and he came within a missed 8-foot birdie putt on 18 to force a playoff and set a tournament record for lowest score in a single round.   Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 70 to finish two shots back and one ahead of Patrick Reed, who closed with a 68.   MLB SCHEDULE:   Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip   UNDATED (AP) – The Astros are heading […]
June 17, 2018
BSB: Schmid Signs With St. Louis Cardinals
  BOONE, N.C. — Left-handed pitcher Colin Schmid, a 13th-round MLB draft pick following his junior season at Appalachian State, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.                  Schmid said he will begin his professional baseball career with the Johnson City Cardinals, who play their home games 54 miles from Boone as a member of the Appalachian League.   “I’d like to express my gratitude to App Nation for giving me a place to call home these past three years,” Schmid said. “Being able to wear that ‘A’ and be in a community like App State has been an honor. I am excited to begin what’s next for me in the future with the St. Louis Cardinals, but I’ll never forget the memories that have been made here. Roll Neers!”   Johnson City begins its short-season schedule Tuesday and has its home opener three days later, with a first pitch of 7 p.m. for that Friday night matchup against Kingsport. That begins a three-game home series, and the Cardinals return to Johnson City on July 2.   In just three college seasons, Schmid pitched well enough to rank third in App State baseball history with 224 career strikeouts, tied for fifth with 248.1 career innings and alone in sixth with 41 career starts.   Schmid had a 3.95 ERA with 12 victories over the final 36 appearances (35 starts) of his Appalachian career, as he posted a 3.61 […]
June 15, 2018
ATH: App State Announces 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Class
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Athletics and the Former Athletes Association have announced the 2018 Hall of Fame class.   In alphabetical order, Mark Fee (wrestling, 1999-2003), Anna Freeman Healy (women’s basketball, 2009-13), Wes Hobson (baseball, 2007-10), Corey Lynch (football, 2003-07) and Marques Murrell (football, 2003-06) are the 2018 inductees.   This is the 44th class in the history of the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 15, ahead of the Mountaineers’ home football game against Southern Miss. For tickets and reservations to the Hall of Fame ceremony, contact Virginia Falck at falckv@appstate.edu or 828-262-3109.   Fans are also encouraged to attend the home football game to see the inductees recognized. Season tickets can be purchased by contacting the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or clicking HERE.   2018 APPALACHIAN STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES   MARK FEE (Wrestling — 1999-2003) Two-time All-American (2002, 2003) and three-time NCAA qualifier … Three-time Southern Conference champion (2001, 2002, 2003), SoCon Wrestler of the Year in 2003 and SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2002 … Ranks in the top five on App State’s career wins list with two seasons of at least 30 wins, including a 36-6 mark as a senior and a 30-10 record as a junior … Fifth place nationally at 165 pounds in 2002 and seventh place nationally at 174 pounds in 2003 … During 2002 run to All-America status, started the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 record that included wins against […]
June 15, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports:     PGA-US OPEN:   Day 2 underway   SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) – Day 2 of the U.S. Open has a different look, with light winds, cool temperatures and drizzle under gray skies greeting early starters.   After brutal conditions in the opening round that sent scores soaring, players returned to Shinnecock Hills in hopes of making some birdies that were so elusive the day before.   The course in Southampton, New York, played to an average of 76.4 strokes in the opening round, but has been far less difficult while wet.   Two of the co-leaders, Dustin Johnson and Russell Henley, got off to good starts on Friday. So did Tiger Woods, who triple-bogeyed his first hole Thursday on the way to an 8-over-par 78.   SOCCER-WORLD CUP   Day 2 starts with Uruguay beating Egypt   MOSCOW (AP) – The second day of World Cup action is underway in Russia, where Uruguay has defeated Egypt in the day’s first match.   Jose Gimenez scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory. The Uruguay defender jumped in the area and headed home a free kick late in the 89th minute.   Russia leads Group A on goal difference after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in the tournament’s opening match. Uruguay is now second, also with three points.   Friday’s other two games are Morocco vs. Iran and Spain against Portugal […]
June 15, 2018
AP Sports
      Update on the latest sports:     PGA-US OPEN:   Dustin Johnson atop leaderboard   SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) – Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley were tied at 1-under-par 69 as the first round of the U.S. Open concluded.   Shinnecock Hills got the best of many of the world’s top players, including Tiger Woods (8 over) and Phil Mickelson (7-over).   But Johnson and company held a one-stroke lead over Jason Dufner. The rest of the field was over par. Woods finished with a 78.   SOCCER-WORLD CUP   Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer   MOSCOW (AP) – The second day of World Cup action brings one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer.   Spain is in chaos after firing its coach two days before Friday’s match. Portugal has been fending off distractions since star Cristiano Ronaldo hinted at an upcoming announcement about his future.   The Group B match in Sochi is at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the first World Cup game to be played at the venue.   Friday’s other two games are Egypt versus Uruguay in Group A, and Morocco against Iran in Group B.   Egypt is making its first World Cup appearance in 28 years and its success will depend on the health of Liverpool star Mohamed […]

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