NEWS & SPORTS

January 15, 2021
AP Entertainment
      Entertainment:     ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Disneyland is ending its annual pass program. The California theme park is making the move 10 months after it shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Disney says it will start issuing prorated refunds to passholders who are eligible to receive them. But the company won’t say how many people have annual passes – or how much it will cost Disney to reimburse those who do. As for the future, Disney says it will develop new membership deals – and offer them once it can reopen. Disneyland closed in March, 2020 and hasn’t reopened since – because coronavirus numbers haven’t eased enough for health officials to open the park again, even with limited capacity.   MR. ROGERS WIDOW HAS DIED UNDATED (AP) – The woman who was married to Fred Rogers for more than a half century has died. The Rogers Center reports Joanne Rogers died yesterday at age 92. No cause of death was given. Since Fred Rogers’s death in 2003, Joanne Rogers helped celebrate and protect her husband’s legacy as host of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In its statement announcing her death, the center describes Joanne Rogers as “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit.”   SIEGFRIED OF SIEGFRIED & ROY DIES LAS VEGAS (AP) – Last year saw the death of Roy Horn, half of the entertainment team Siegfried & Roy. Now, the other half of that team is gone. […]
January 15, 2021
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Philadelphia 125 Miami 108 Final Toronto 111 Charlotte 108 Final Houston 109 San Antonio 105 Final Indiana 111 Portland 87 Final Denver 114 Golden State 104   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final SO Boston 3 New Jersey 2 Final OT Winnipeg 4 Calgary 3 Final Edmonton 5 Vancouver 2 Final Vegas 5 Anaheim 2 Final OT Minnesota 4 Los Angeles 3 Final Washington 6 Buffalo 4 Final N-Y Islanders 4 N-Y Rangers 0 Final Carolina 3 Detroit 0 Final Nashville 3 Columbus 1 Final SO San Jose 4 Arizona 3 Dallas at Florida 7 p.m. (Postponed)   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (1)Gonzaga 95 Pepperdine 70 Michigan St. at (5)Iowa 9 p.m. (Postponed) (11)Houston at South Florida 7 p.m. (Postponed) Arizona St. at (22)Oregon 9 p.m. (Postponed) TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Washington at Detroit 7 p.m. (Postponed) Dallas at Milwaukee 7:30 p.m. New York at Cleveland 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Boston 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Memphis at Minnesota 8 p.m. Atlanta at Utah 9 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix 9 p.m. (Postponed) L.A. Clippers at Sacramento 10 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Lakers 10 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Chicago at Tampa Bay 7 p.m. Dallas at Florida 7 p.m. (Postponed) Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa 7 p.m. Washington at Buffalo 7 […]
January 15, 2021
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment   VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA NC to vaccinate those 65+; College students not prioritized RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An updated vaccine distribution plan from North Carolina now prioritizes adults 65 years or older. It also removes college students from the prioritization schedule. They had previously been listed as a priority over the general public. The simplified plan aims to address concerns the previous guidance was too complicated and slowed down vaccinations. Some had also been concerned the plan prioritized college students over other groups that are more likely to die if they get infected with the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks North Carolina as the 10th slowest state in the nation per capita in vaccine doses administered.     COURT OF APPEALS 5 new NC Court of Appeals judges officially installed RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Five new judges have been officially installed to sit on the bench at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Thursday’s online investiture ceremony included live swearings-in within the Raleigh courtroom of the state’s intermediate-level appeals court. These new judges joining the 15-member court had already taken their official oaths earlier this month. Four of them won eight-year terms in the November election. They are Judges Jeffery Carpenter, April Wood, Fred Gore and Jefferson Griffin. New Judge Darren Jackson joined the court after Gov. Roy Cooper appointed him to fill a vacancy.   […]
January 15, 2021
Financial News
    Global shares down…Gun ban for most DC flights   UNDATED (AP) – Global shares shares fell today after a worse-than-expected U.S. jobs report and a late slide in several Big Tech stocks left major indexes lower on Wall Street. In early trading, Germany’s DAX lost 0.4% and the CAC 40 in Paris sank 0.7%. In Britain, the FTSE 100 gave up 0.6%. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed 0.6% lower, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong closed almost 0.3% higher. South Korea’s Kospi skidded 2%. The Shanghai Composite index was flat. Dow and S&P futures are both 0.3% lower.   UNDATED (AP) – Airlines say they are stepping up security on flights to Washington before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Delta, United, Alaska and American airlines say they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. Other airlines announced more modest steps. American Airlines will stop serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area – a policy it imposed temporarily after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, key lawmakers and the head of the nation’s largest union of flight attendants are asking that anyone arrested in connection with the riot be put on the government’s no-fly list.   MOSCOW (AP) – Russia says it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit […]
January 14, 2021
AP Entertainment
      Entertainment:     KENNEDY CENTER NAMES NEW HONOREES WASHINGTON (AP) – The Kennedy Center Honors are making a comeback. The annual event, postponed last December by the pandemic, will return in May. This year’s recipients include actor and choreographer Debbie Allen, actor Dick Van Dyke, country music star Garth Brooks and folk music icon Joan Baez. Now that they have named those who will receive the lifetime honor, Kennedy Center officials have to figure out how to pull off this year’s event. Instead of the usual gala at the Washington D.C. arts house, events will be spread out among various sites – with much smaller audiences.   SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS MOVES TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH GRAMMYS LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Screen Actors Guild Awards has decided not to create a conflict with the Grammys. The SAG Awards will move its 27th annual ceremony from March 14 to April 4. That leaves the date all to the Grammys, which had moved its awards show from Jan. 31 to March 14. All the shuffling is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Already, other awards shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes have delayed their ceremonies because of COVID-19 concerns.   “JEOPARDY” NAMES MORE TEMPORARY HOSTS LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Jeopardy!” has found people to fill the shoes of its late host, Alex Trebek – but for now, those shoes are being filled on a temporary basis. The game […]
January 14, 2021
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment   GOVERNOR-NATIONAL GUARD NC deploys National Guard for security in DC, Raleigh RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has mobilized 550 members of the National Guard in light of concerns over security in Washington and state capitals. He says 200 guardsmen will help before and during President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration. North Carolina is one of dozens of states sending personnel to Washington. Cooper says the other 350 other guardsmen will remain for duty in North Carolina. The Democratic governor says they will be deployed for about 7 to 8 days because of “threats of significant large-scale protests in D.C.”     SESSION OPENS NC legislature opens session subdued amid virus, DC unrest RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly has officially begun its two-year session with much of the usual pomp subdued in the name of safety due to COVID-19. The gavels went down Wednesday on a House and Senate that remained in Republican hands after the November elections. Sen. Phil Berger of Eden was elected to a sixth term as Senate leader, while Rep. Tim Moore of Kings Mountain won a fourth term as House speaker. Coronavirus concerns prevented families from joining elected lawmakers on the chamber floors for their swearings-in. The session reconvenes Jan. 27 after Wednesday’s one-day session.     AP-NC-WALL COLLAPSE-DEATH One dead, several hurt after retaining wall collapses […]
January 14, 2021
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Dallas 104 Charlotte 93 Final Milwaukee 110 Detroit 101 Final Brooklyn 116 New York 109 Final L.A. Lakers 128 Oklahoma City 99 Final Memphis 118 Minnesota 107 Final L.A. Clippers 111 New Orleans 106 Final Portland 132 Sacramento 126 Utah at Washington 7 p.m. (Postponed) Orlando at Boston 7:30 p.m. (Postponed) Atlanta at Phoenix 9 p.m. (Postponed)   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 3 Final Vancouver 5 Edmonton 3 Final St. Louis 4 Colorado 1 Final OT Toronto 5 Montreal 4 Final Tampa Bay 5 Chicago 1   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (15)Texas Tech 79 (4)Texas 77 Final (16)Louisville 77 Wake Forest 65 Final (18)Virginia 80 Notre Dame 68 Final (21)Ohio St. 81 Northwestern 71 (3)Villanova at Xavier 6:30 p.m. (Postponed) (14)Illinois at Nebraska 9 p.m. (Postponed) TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Miami at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Charlotte at Toronto 7:30 p.m. Houston at San Antonio 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Denver 10 p.m. Indiana at Portland 10 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Boston at New Jersey 7 p.m. Dallas at Florida 7 p.m. (Postponed) N-Y Islanders at N-Y Rangers 7 p.m. Washington at Buffalo 7 p.m. Carolina at Detroit 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Winnipeg 8 p.m. Columbus at Nashville 8 p.m. San Jose at Arizona 9 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vegas […]
January 14, 2021
Financial News
    World shares higher…China wants US lifting of Xinjiang ban   UNDATED (AP) – Shares have gained in world markets as traders wait to see details of President-elect Joe Biden’s plan for helping the economy recover from the coronavirus crisis. In early trading in Europe, Germany’s DAX picked up 0.4% and the CAC 40 in Paris rose 0.3%. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.5%. In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index closed 0.9% higher. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.9%, South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7% and the Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.9%. On Wall Street, Dow and S&P futures are higher.   BEIJING (AP) – China is demanding that Washington drop a ban on cotton and tomato imports from its Muslim northwest over complaints they are produced by forced labor, which a spokesman dismisses as the “lie of the century.” The ban adds to a flurry of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Chinese officials, companies and goods over human rights, security and other complaints. Its commercial impact is unclear, but Beijing is sensitive to criticism about the Xinjiang region, where more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been confined in detention camps. Beijing denies mistreating them and says it is trying to promote development and stamp out radicalism.   FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – The German economy shrank by 5% in the pandemic year 2020. That brought to an end a decade of growth as […]
January 13, 2021
AP Entertainment
      Entertainment:     CHUCK NORRIS NOT AT U.S. CAPITOL RIOT: MANAGER NEW YORK (AP) – Seeing isn’t always believing. Just ask the manager for actor Chuck Norris, who is responding to online talk that the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star was among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol a week ago. Images circulating online show someone who looked like Norris, who backed President Donald Trump when he ran for president in 2016. But Norris’ manager Erik Kritzer tells The Associated Press the actor was home on his Texas range with his family last week – not in the nation’s capital. Kritzer acknowledges the person seen in pictures favors Norris – but the manager says his client “is much more handsome.”   SPIKE LEE’S CHILDREN CHOSEN AS GOLDEN GLOBE AMBASSADORS LOS ANGELES (AP) – Spike Lee’s grown kids are getting a special treat. Satchel and Jackson Lee have been chosen to serve as ambassadors to this year’s Golden Globes Awards ceremony. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says the Lee siblings will hand out trophies to winners – and usher celebrities off and on the stage. The picks have made history. Satchel and Jackson Lee are the first Black siblings to get the honor – and Jackson is the first Black male to be a Golden Globes ambassador.   NFL STAR AARON RODGERS TO GUEST-HOST “JEOPARDY!” GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – For Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, his main […]
January 13, 2021
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Dallas at Charlotte 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit 7 p.m. Utah at Washington 7 p.m. (Postponed) Brooklyn at New York 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Boston 7:30 p.m. (Postponed) L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Memphis at Minnesota 8 p.m. Atlanta at Phoenix 9 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Clippers 10 p.m. Portland at Sacramento 10 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 5:30 p.m. Montreal at Toronto 7 p.m. Chicago at Tampa Bay 8 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton 10 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (3)Villanova at Xavier 6:30 p.m. (Postponed) (15)Texas Tech at (4)Texas 9 p.m. (14)Illinois at Nebraska 9 p.m. (Postponed) (16)Louisville at Wake Forest 8:30 p.m. Notre Dame at (18)Virginia 4:30 p.m. Northwestern at (21)Ohio St. 7 p.m.
January 13, 2021
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment   SESSION OPENS NC legislative session opening subdued amid virus worries RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly begins a new two-year session with Republicans still in charge and COVID-19 safety concerns still prominent. The House and Senate gavel in Wednesday for a one-day meeting to seat the 170 lawmakers that make up the legislature and elect chamber leaders. GOP Sen. Phil Berger and Rep. Tim Moore are expected to remain in their leadership posts. The opening day in Raleigh will be subdued compared to previous years due to the coronavirus. Family members of legislators won’t be on the floor with their loved ones to retain social distancing.     VIRUS -NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina lawmakers irritated over slow vaccine rollout RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina are growing increasingly frustrated with the state’s slow rollout of Pfizer and Moderna’s coronavirus vaccines. They point to confusion over how to schedule appointments, a lack of clear guidance from the state over distribution and difficulties overcoming vaccine hesitancy among nursing home workers. Lawmakers want the state to offer clearer guidance to local health officials and do more to scale up the distribution of vaccines. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday ranked North Carolina as the 10th slowest state in the country per capita in administering doses. About one-fourth of the more than 820,000 doses distributed […]
January 13, 2021
Financial News
    Global stocks mixed…TikTok teen privacy…Huge pot   UNDATED (AP) – Global stocks were mixed today after Wall Street rebounded, shrugging off uncertainty about a possible new attempt to impeach President Donald Trump over last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. London and Frankfurt opened little-changed. Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul advanced. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. U.S. futures gained after Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index rose Tuesday, recovering from the previous day’s decline.   HONG KONG (AP) – YouTube has suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s channel for at least a week amid concerns around “ongoing potential for violence,” making it the latest platform to limit the president’s online activities. The Google-owned platform removed content that was uploaded on January 12 from the Donald J. Trump channel for inciting violence, although it was not immediately clear which videos in question were in violation. The move to curtail Trump comes after a mob of his supporters, urged on by his rhetoric, stormed the Capitol last week trying to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win. YouTube said that the channel had its “1st strike,” adding it indefinitely disabled comments on the channel.   UNDATED (AP) – A month after federal regulators ordered it to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, TikTok is tightening its privacy practices for the under-18 crowd. Starting today, default privacy setting for accounts with users 13 to 15 years old will be private. […]
January 12, 2021

App State Partners with Paciolan for Ticketing, Fundraising, Marketing

    IRVINE, Calif. — Paciolan, the leading ticketing, marketing and fundraising solution provider for college athletics, has entered into a partnership with Appalachian State University. Paciolan will provide App State with a comprehensive solution that integrates digital ticketing, fundraising, marketing and access management technologies to deliver an exceptional fan experience.  “We have a commitment to excellence and wanted to provide our passionate fan base the best platform available,” said Doug Gillin, Director of Athletics at App State. “We partnered with Paciolan to offer Mountaineer fans an enhanced mobile ticketing and technology experience during every interaction with our athletics department.”  App State fans have enjoyed tremendous football success with six straight bowl wins and four Sun Belt Championships that highlight the successful transition to FBS football just six years ago. App State fans will now also enjoy a fan-friendly mobile ticketing technology powered by Paciolan. Fans can purchase mobile tickets and receive them instantly via text delivery, then scan their mobile ticket at the gate when they enter the venue. Fans can also manage their tickets via mobile transfer or exchange through the integrated App State account management feature. In the coming weeks, Mountaineer fans, season-ticket holders and donors will be able to take advantage of an integrated ticketing and fundraising platform powered by Paciolan. The solution will enable Mountaineer fans to purchase tickets and give donations online simultaneously while providing App State Athletics with a holistic view of their fans to offer personalized communications. Mountaineer fans with an established, current ticket account will receive an activation email from Paciolian in the near future. App State will also benefit […]
January 12, 2021

AppHealthCare and Boone Drug Partner for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

  AppHealthCare and Boone Drug Partner for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration [Boone, NC] – AppHealthCare is proud to announce the partnership with Boone Drugs, Inc. to help administer COVID-19 vaccines for pre-scheduled appointments this week. Through this partnership, AppHealthCare has utilized the individuals eligible that are 75 years or older to assign their appointment to one of three Boone Drug locations: Boone Drug at New Market, Boone Drug at Deerfield, and the Horn in the West site to receive their vaccine at their appointment time. We are reaching out to individuals directly to confirm their appointment time and location. “We are so excited about this partnership to expand our ability to get more people vaccinated. These AppHealthCare clinics hosted by Boone Drugs are one way we are collaborating with the community to be able to move our vaccine supplies as efficiently as possible. We are grateful to Boone Drugs for their leadership and engagement to meet this important community need,” said Jennifer Greene, Health Director. The clinics will be satellite locations of AppHealthCare vaccine clinics and will utilize supplies garnered by AppHealthCare. “Boone Drug is humbled by the opportunity to partner with an organization pivotal to the wellbeing of our community as AppHealthCare. The COVID vaccine will provide an opportunity to save lives as well as help us find comfort in returning to the social bonding we sorely miss. While many of the events and emotions of 2020 we wish to […]
January 12, 2021
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Miami at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Denver at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. Utah at Cleveland 7:30 p.m. Boston at Chicago 8 p.m. (Postponed) L.A. Lakers at Houston 8 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Indiana at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (13)West Virginia at (2)Baylor 9 p.m. (Postponed) (6)Kansas at Oklahoma St. 8 p.m. (9)Wisconsin at (7)Michigan 7 p.m. (10)Tennessee at South Carolina 7 p.m. (Postponed) (10)Tennessee at Vanderbilt 7 p.m. (12)Clemson at Syracuse 9 p.m. (Postponed) Vanderbilt at (17)Missouri 9 p.m. (Postponed) (19)Duke at (20)Virginia Tech 7 p.m.   AP-WF-01-12-21 1524GMT
January 15, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE Milton sparks 76ers past undermanned Heat 125-108 UNDATED (AP) – Shake Milton scored 31 points and Ben Simmons had 10 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 125-108 win over the Miami Heat. The Sixers swept the two-game home set against a Heat team that continues to play with a depleted roster because of COVID-related issues. Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic again sat out for the Heat. Duncan Robinson led the Heat with 22 points, and Gabe Vincent had 21.   In other Thursday night action: -Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Portland Trail Blazers 111-87. Malcolm Brogdon added 25 points and seven assists for the Pacers, who improved to 4-1 on the road this season and snapped an 11-game losing streak in Portland. The loss was costly: During the third quarter, center Jusuf Nurkic left the court holding his right wrist and the Trail Blazers later announced he had sustained a fracture.   -Nikola Jokic scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to help Denver overcome the blazing shooting of Stephen Curry as the Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 114-104. Jokic also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 46th career triple-double. Curry finished with 35 points on 14-of-23 shooting. He hit five 3-pointers to give him 2,545 […]
January 14, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-HARDEN TRADE AP source: James Harden traded to Brooklyn Nets UNDATED (AP) – Disgruntled All-Star guard James Harden is joining the Brooklyn Nets following a four-team deal involving the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. A person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity says Harden is leaving the Rockets just a day after saying the team wasn’t good enough to beat elite competition. The AP also learned that Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) is going from Indiana to Houston, Caris Levert is heading from Brooklyn to Indiana and the Cavaliers are getting Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince from the Nets. The deal includes at least four draft picks and additional pick swaps. Harden is the NBA’s three-time reigning scoring champion who has been dissatisfied with the team’s direction since the offseason. He missed the start of training camp and entered the day ranked just 18th among all league scorers. The move gives the Nets a “Big 3” of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as soon as Irving returns to the team. Irving has missed five games for what the team says are personal reasons.   NBA-SCHEDULE Bucks top Pistons again UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have gotten hot since a 5-4 start. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a triple-double and the Bucks picked up their third straight win by topping the Pistons for the third time this […]
January 13, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE Sixers win battle of attrition UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers were able to win a battle of undermanned teams. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 45 points and 16 rebounds as the Sixers outlasted the Heat, 137-134 in overtime. Dakota Mathias’ only basket of the game was a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds left. Ben Simmons had five points and 12 assists in his return from injury, but the 76ers continued to play without Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and Shake Milton due to heath and safety protocols involving COVID-19. With Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) among the Heat sitting out for COVID-related reasons, Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) paced the team with 34 points while Duncan Robinson had 26.   In Tuesday’s other NBA action: – LeBron James scored 26 points in just more than three quarters of the Lakers’ 117-100 rout of the Rockets. Anthony Davis added 19 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters to help Los Angeles clobber Houston for the second time in three days. The Lakers led by 20 or more for most of the game on a night James Harden made just 5 of 16 shots and the Rockets were outrebounded 55-42.   – Kevin Durant’s 34 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds keyed the Nets’ 122-116 comeback over the Nuggets. Brown scored 16 points, including the tying and go-ahead baskets down the […]
January 12, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Title wave for Tide MIAMI (AP) – Alabama’s top offense threats were too much for Ohio State. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are national champions for the sixth time in 12 seasons after DeVonta (deh-VAHN’-tay) Smith, Mac Jones and Najee (NAH’-zhee) Harris led an explosive offensive performance in a 52-24 rout of Ohio State. The Heisman Trophy-winning Smith had 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half as the Crimson Tide bolted out to a 35-17 lead. Jones chewed up the Buckeyes’ secondary while throwing for a CFP championship-record 464 yards and five touchdowns. Harris accounted for three TDs, running for 79 yards and two scores while grabbing seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields struggled after lighting up Clemson for six touchdowns in the CFP semifinals. The 13-0 Tide limited Fields to 17 of 33 passing for 194 yards and one TD as the Buckeyes fell to 7-1. Ohio State running back Trey Sermon left the game for good after suffering an injury on his team’s first drive. Master Teague carried 15 times for 65 yards and two touchdowns by halftime as Sermon’s replacement, but he had just three yards in the second half.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP POLL AP agrees with CFP title game final score UNDATED (AP) – The final Associated Press college football poll voters have […]
January 11, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-PLAYOFFS Browns stun Steelers after Saints, Ravens win UNDATED (AP) – The task for the Cleveland Browns was simple. They had to win in a stadium where they had dropped 17 straight and do it without their head coach. Mission accomplished as the Browns built a 35-10 halftime lead before completing a 48-37 win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, including a screen pass that Nick Chubb turned into a 40-yard score. Chubb’s TD catch halted Pittsburgh’s momentum after the Steelers had pulled within 12. Kareem Hunt added 48 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while Cleveland’s defense forced five turnovers to hand the Steelers a staggering loss. For the Browns, it was their first postseason victory in 26 years and their first playoff road win since December 1969. The Browns played without first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski, Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio and top cornerback Denzel Ward after all tested positive for COVID-19. The 48 points were the most the Steelers have given up in the playoffs, surpassing the 45 they gave up to Jacksonville in the 2017 playoffs. Meanwhile, strong defense was on full display during the first two NFL playoff games on Sunday. The New Orleans Saints kept Chicago out of the end zone until the final play after the Baltimore Ravens stifled the NFL’s top running back. Drew Brees […]
January 8, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE Nets stun 76ers NEW YORK (AP) – No Kevin Durant? No Kyrie Irving? No problem for the Brooklyn Nets against the NBA’s hottest team. Joe Harris poured in 28 points off the bench and Caris LeVert made the most of a rare start as the Nets topped the 76ers, 122-109. LeVert fell three rebounds shy of a triple-double, delivering 22 points and 10 assists to help Brooklyn drop Philadelphia to 7-2. Jarrett Allen chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds to the Nets’ second straight win. Durant missed the game because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Irving was a late scratch due to personal reasons. Shake Milton had a team-high 24 points and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) added 20 with 12 rebounds for the Sixers.   In Thursday’s other NBA action: – LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with a season-high 28 points and was one of five in double figures during a 118-109 victory against the Lakers. Demar DeRozan added 19 points and eight assists, for the Spurs, who were 16 of 35 on 3-pointers after making 20 from beyond the arc against the Clippers this week. LeBron James scored 27 points and Anthony Davis added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.   – Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) came within one rebound of his second straight triple-double, finishing with 38 points […]
January 7, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE Beal’s 60 not enough for Wizards UNDATED (AP) – Bradley Beal became the second NBA player to post a 60-point performance, but it didn’t stop the Philadelphia 76ers from improving to 7-1. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) scored 38 points as the Sixers downed the Wizards, 141-136. Seth Curry hit six straight 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 28 points. Ben Simmons had 17 points and 12 assists, while Tobias Harris scored 19. Beal went 20 of 25 from the floor, made 7 of 10 3-points and went 13 of 15 from the line to match former Wizard Gilbert Arenas for the franchise single-game points mark.   Elsewhere in Wednesday’s NBA schedule: – Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) scored 25 points and Khris Middleton added 23 as the Bucks rolled past the Pistons, 130-115. Milwaukee improved to just 5-3 overall, but the Bucks have won by an average of 23.5 points while going 4-0 at home. Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK bay) scored 20 points to pace the 1-7 Pistons.   – Rookie Payton Pritchard’s putback with two-tenths of a second left capped a wild finish in the Celtics’ 107-105 verdict over the Heat. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and Jaylen Brown had 21 for the Celtics, who wasted an early 17-point lead and a 10-point advantage in the final minute before winning. Both teams considered boycotting the game following the rioting at […]
January 6, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   HEISMAN TROPHY Alabama’s Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years NEW YORK (AP) – Move over running backs, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith has emerged as the best player in college football. Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 29 seasons Tuesday night, breaking the monopoly quarterbacks have had on college football’s most prestigious award by beating out three of them. The Crimson Tide senior is the fourth receiver to win the Heisman, joining Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991, Notre Dame’s Tim Brown in 1987 and Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers in 1972. The other finalists were Smith’s Alabama teammate Mac Jones, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask. Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris finished fifth in the voting. Quarterbacks had won 17 of the previous 20 Heisman trophies, including the last four.   NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Reported virus issues at Ohio St raise specter of CFP delay UNDATED (AP) – College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock says the national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State is still a go for Monday night. Hancock said there were no changes and the game in Miami Gardens, Florida, between the top-ranked Crimson Tide and the third-ranked Buckeyes was still scheduled for Monday night as planned. AL.com reported that Ohio State has been in contact with CFP officials about possible player availability problems that could force the […]
January 5, 2021
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE 76ers win again UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have continued their impressive start under first-year head coach Doc Rivers. Tobias Harris scored 22 points and the Sixers moved to 6-1 with their fourth straight win, 118-101 over the Hornets. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL ehm-BEED’) had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help the 76ers win the two-game set in Philadelphia. Embiid is averaging a team-high 33.4 minutes per game under Rivers after having his playing time closely monitored by former coach Brett Brown. Embiid also paces the team in scoring at 25 points a game. Gordon Hayward had 18 points and struggling Devonte’ Graham added 15 for the Hornets.   In Monday’s other NBA action: – Stephen Curry followed up his career-high, 62-point performance in Sunday’s win over Portland by delivering 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Warriors’ 137-106 rout of the Kings. Curry’s 92 points over a two-game stretch are the third-most in league history.   – Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered 43 points and the Bucks moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season by topping the Pistons, 125-115. The reigning two-time MVP scored 30 points by halftime, shot 17 of 24 from the floor overall and finished with nine rebounds in Milwaukee’s eighth straight win over Detroit.   – Jayson Tatum scored 40 points and the Celtics led by 26 in […]
January 4, 2021
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    Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE NFL playoff matchups almost set UNDATED (AP) – The NFL playoff scenario is complete. The Tennessee Titans have won the AFC South, while the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have locked up wild-card spots in the conference. The Washington Football Team took the NFC East by finishing one game ahead of Dallas and New York. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears will go to the NFC playoffs as wild cards. The Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Giants and Cowboys missed out on playoff berths.   Here’s how things shook out in Week 17: – Derrick Henry ran for a career-high 250 yards and the Titans captured the AFC South for the first time in 12 years with a 41-38 triumph over the Texans. Henry finished the regular season with a franchise-record 2,027 yards rushing to become the eighth player in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards. Houston tied the game on a field goal with just 18 seconds left, but Tennessee pulled it out when Sam Sloman’s 37-yard kick bounced off the upright and through as time expired. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 216 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores.   – The Browns are a playoff team for the first time since 2002 following a 24-22 win over the AFC North-champion Steelers. Nick Chubb had a touchdown run, Baker […]
December 31, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL Browns’ COVID-19 concerns grow with 2 more positive tests CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Browns’ COVID-19 issues aren’t easing. Cleveland has closed its facility and delayed practice for the second straight day after two more players tested positive for the virus as the Browns prepare for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. An NFL spokesman said the status for the game has not changed while standard contact tracing continues. A win would put the Browns in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Steelers are resting several starters, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is 23-2-1 in his career against Cleveland. Last week, the Browns were without eight players, including their top four wide receivers, in a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets that rocked Cleveland’s playoff chances. The wide receivers have continued to test negatively and are eligible to return to practice Thursday. The Browns were getting ready to leave for the New York area last week when linebacker B.J. Goodson tested positive and the four wide receivers were ruled out because they were deemed high-rick close contacts to their teammate. One of the new COVID-19 cases is a player who was already on the reserve list. The other player practiced Wednesday. Cleveland also has an unidentified assistant coach who tested positive. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is scheduled to meet with the media on a Zoom call […]
December 30, 2020
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    Update on the latest sports   MLB-NEWS Rays, Padres finalize Snell swap UNDATED (AP) – The San Diego Padres pulled off one blockbuster deal for a starting pitcher on Tuesday while finalizing another. The Padres got Cubs ace Yu Darvish, catcher Victor Caratini and cash while sending right-hander Zach Davies and four young minor leaguers to Chicago. The 34-year-old Darvish was 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts for Chicago during the pandemic-shortened season, finishing second in the NL Cy Young Award race. He has three years and $59 million left on the $126 million, six-year deal he signed with the Cubs before the 2018 season. The deal broke after the Padres finalized their acquisition of ace left-hander Blake Snell from the Rays. The Rays will receive right-handers Luis Patino and Cole Wilcox and catchers Francisco Mejia and Blake Hunt for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner. Snell went 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 11 starts during the pandemic-shortened 2020 regular season. He also posted a 2-2 record with a 3.03 ERA in six postseason starts for the American League champions.   Checking out other major league news: – The Twins have signed right-handed reliever Hansel Robles to a one-year, $2 million deal. The 30-year-old Robles had 23 saves and a 2.48 ERA for the Angels in 2019 before struggling He posted a 10.26 ERA in 18 games in 2020.   NBA-SCHEDULE Bucks are trey […]
December 29, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-BILLS-PATRIOTS Bills crush Pats, stay in hunt for No. 2 seed FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills again proved that there’s a new sheriff in the AFC East. The division champs completed their first season sweep of the Patriots since 1999, rolling to a 38-9 win at Foxborough. Josh Allen passed for four touchdowns to help the 12-3 Bills stay in the mix for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. Allen was 27 of 36 for 320 yards. He now has 34 touchdown passes, surpassing Jim Kelly to set a franchise single-season record. Stefon (STEH’-fahn) Diggs had nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns, setting a Bills single-season record for receiving yards. Cam Newton had a touchdown run but was just 5 of 10 for 34 yards passing before being pulled in the third quarter for backup Jarrett Stidham. Newton’s passing yards are the fewest by a Patriots starting quarterback since 1993.   NFL-NEWS Washington releases Haskins UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Football Team is parting with Dwayne Haskins, capping a rough week for the second-year quarterback. Haskins was stripped of his captaincy last week after photos surfaced of him at a party where several individuals weren’t wearing masks. The capper came in Sunday’s loss to Carolina. He was 14 of 28 with two interceptions and fumble before being pulled in the fourth quarter. He later infuriated the […]
December 24, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE Rockets-Thunder postponed by COVID issues UNDATED (AP) – The Rockets and Thunder were scheduled to play their NBA season opener Wednesday in Houston. But the game was postponed following coronavirus cases and James Harden’s violation of the NBA COVID-19 protocols, leaving the Rockets without the league-mandated eight players available. The NBA said three Rockets players had returned tests that were either positive or inconclusive and that four other players were quarantined because of contact tracing. The league also said that Harden was unavailable for the game because of a violation of health and safety protocols. Video surfaced on social media showing that Harden was without a mask at a crowded party in a private event space on Tuesday night. The league has fined the former MVP $50,000.   It was a pretty full NBA schedule despite the postponement in Houston: – Evan Fournier drained a late 3-pointer and converted a three-point play in the final minute to finish with 25 points and lead the Magic’s 113-107 victory over the Heat. Aaron Gordon had 20 points and seven rebounds, while Terrence Ross had 19 points for Orlando.   – Jayson Tatum banked in a fallaway, go-ahead 3-pointer in the final second before Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the potential tying free throw with 0.4 seconds left, securing the Celtics’ 122-121 verdict over the Bucks. Tatum scored 30 points and Jaylen Brown had […]
December 23, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-WARRIORS-NETS Durant returns with 22 and a 125-99 Nets rout of Warriors NEW YORK (AP) – Kevin Durant looked good as new against his old team, Kyrie Irving was even better and the Brooklyn Nets emphatically kicked off the Steve Nash era with a 125-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s season opener. Durant shook off 18 months of rust and finished with 22 points in 25 minutes of his first official game since rupturing his Achilles tendon while playing for Golden State in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Irving led Brooklyn with 26 points as the Nets led by as many as 38. Stephen Curry had 20 points and 10 assists for the Warriors.   In other opening night action: )- On the night in which they were presented their NBA championship rings, the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t have their A-game in a 116-109 lost to their hometown rivals, the Clippers. Paul George, who recently signed a contract extension, was dominant. He finished with 33 points. The defending champions trailed badly in the first half of their opener before attempting a comeback in the second half.   NBA-HALL OF FAME NOMINEES Pierce, Collins lead 1st-time nominees for basketball hall SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce and longtime player, coach and broadcaster Doug Collins lead the first-time nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall […]

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