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July 14, 2020
Lost Province Center for Cultural Arts purchases historic school buildings to create Southern Appalachian cultural center
  Lost Province Center for Cultural Arts (LPCCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating Southern Appalachian cultural traditions, has purchased two historic school buildings in the rural town of Lansing, N.C. The purchase is the result of a two-year endeavor to raise funds and negotiate with previous owners to secure and repurpose the WPA-era Lansing School buildings for community benefit. “The Lansing School was the center of education in Ashe County from 1939 until the early 1990s,” shared David Norman, Chair of the LPCCA Board of Directors. “It’s fitting that LPCCA will focus on the preservation of these magnificent school buildings in order to fulfill our mission of educating about the arts and crafts, music and culinary arts of Southern Appalachia.” Read the full story: vision, how it all began and community impact. We believe the creation of Lost Province Arts is a win for all local businesses. The short and long-term benefits we anticipate, include: Infusing the local economy with an estimated $6-$10 million in direct construction costs and allied services Employing local staff, educators, artists and vendors directly supporting the High Country’s economy Attracting tourism, catalyzing growth in Ashe County We are excited by the opportunity to preserve an important piece of Ashe County’s past while ensuring that it has a thriving economic future. If you are interested in keeping up with the latest news and happenings with Lost Province Arts, check out our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.    
July 14, 2020
Gaines Among Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
  BOONE, N.C. – App State’s Rachel Gaines is a candidate for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The NCAA announced the list of nominees Tuesday. Gaines excelled in goal for App State’s field hockey team and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and minors in sport science and coaching in August 2019. She maintains a 4.0 GPA in her master’s program in renewable energy engineering and will begin pursuit of her doctorate at the University of Illinois this fall. Last month, Gaines became the first App State field hockey student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), earning a spot on the women’s third team. She is a three-time Academic All-MAC selection, a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad member and a three-time NFHCA Scholar of Distinction. A three-year starter in goal for the Mountaineers, Gaines recorded 468 career saves and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week selection. She was named second-team all-conference after producing seven shutouts as a senior. One of 23 athletes selected to the 2020 U.S. Women’s Field Hockey National Development Team, she was also a two-time member of the U.S. Senior Indoor National Field Hockey Team during her college years. The NCAA Woman of the Year award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and […]
July 14, 2020
Thomas Named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List
  BOONE, N.C. — App State senior quarterback Zac Thomas has been named to the watch list for the 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The list presented by The Davey O’Brien Foundation includes 30 of the nation’s top returning college quarterbacks. Thomas is one of 14 seniors on the national list and one of nine quarterbacks from a Group of Five program. Thomas has a 22-3 record as a starter after leading App State to a 13-1 record and top-20 final ranking in 2019. He accounted for 35 touchdowns (28 passing) and 3,158 total yards (2,718 passing) last season, increasing his career totals to 67 total TDs (49 passing) and 5,779 total yards (4,790 passing). In two seasons as a starter, he was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and a first-team All-Sun Belt pick by PFF College in 2019. Sixteen semifinalists selected from the final watch list will be named on Nov. 10. 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List Hank Bachmeier, Boise State, So., 6-1, 200, Murrieta, Calif. Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif. Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas Charlie Brewer, Baylor, Sr., 6-1, 206, Austin, Texas Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas Jack Coan, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-3, 221, Sayville, N.Y. Sean Clifford, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 219, Cincinnati, Ohio Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 201, Grafton, Ohio Micale Cunningham, […]
July 14, 2020
WCC congratulates Nurse Aide I program graduates
l-r: Katelyn Glen, Tanya Blankenship, Hannah Aguilar, Rachel Watkins, Reece Bumgarner, Brooke Bauguess, Cydney Byrd, Casey Whitfield, and Kaitlyn Bailey.   Wilkesboro, N.C. – Wilkes Community College congratulates our Nurse Aide I program graduates that completed the course on July 7, 2020. The students were taught by instructor Sonya Jordan, R.N. The graduates are Katelyn Glen, Wilkes County; Tanya Blankenship, Wilkes County; Hannah Aguilar, Wilkes County; Rachel Watkins, Wilkes County; Reece Bumgarner Alexander County; Brooke Bauguess, Wilkes County; Cydney Byrd, Surry County; Casey Whitfield, Wilkes County; and Kaitlyn Bailey, Davie County.  All students will be eligible to take the certified nursing assistant state test.   Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.        
July 14, 2020
AP Entertainment
      Entertainment:   ‘GLEE’ STAR NAYA RIVERA FOUND DEAD AT CALIFORNIA LAKE LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities say “Glee” star Naya Rivera has been found dead at a Southern California lake. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference that the body found floating in Lake Piru earlier Monday was the 33-year-old Rivera. The discovery came five days after Rivera’s 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat. Ayub says the boy told investigators his mother helped him get back aboard before he looked back and saw her go under. She is the third star of the Fox musical-comedy series “Glee” to die in their 30s. Her death was confirmed exactly seven years after co-star Corey Monteith died.   IN LIBEL CASE, DEPP SAYS HEARD HIT HIM WITH ‘HAYMAKER’ PUNCH LONDON (AP) – Johnny Depp has accused Amber Heard of hitting him with a “haymaker” punch during an altercation near the end of their volatile marriage. The star was wrapping up testimony in his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of domestic abuse. Depp said the fight came after Heard’s 30th birthday party, and hours after he had learned that his former business managers had absconded with hundreds of millions of dollars. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” The Sun’s defense relies […]
July 14, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA N.C. parents, businesses await Cooper’s COVID-19 plans RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina teachers and parents as well as gym and bar operators are anxious to know what Gov. Roy Cooper will say about the path ahead with the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper scheduled a media briefing for Tuesday to discuss the state’s coronavirus case response. He said previously that he would announce this week how the state’s K-12 public schools would operate when classes begin Aug. 17. Cooper also must decide what to do with his executive order expiring Friday that extended closings of bars, health clubs and movie theaters shuttered since March. State virus death trends have been unfavorable in recent weeks.     AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-OCRACOKE-ISLAND Outer Banks island ravaged by storms and virus restrictions OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – A secluded tourist destination on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is having an extremely tough year. Ocracoke Island is recovering from the most damaging hurricane in its recorded history and the near-economic paralysis wrought by one of the world’s worst pandemics. A little more than half of the island’s businesses have reopened since the hurricane struck and pandemic-related restrictions were lifted. Their owners are hoping to recoup some of their losses as tourists return, albeit in smaller than usual numbers. They don’t have much time: The hurricane season is expected to heat up […]
July 14, 2020
Financial News
    Global shares down…WH says ‘Find something new…’   TOKYO (AP) – Global shares fell today as skepticism set in about the recent upward momentum in global markets given rising confirmed coronavirus cases and rising investor jitters from the White House’s decision to reject nearly all Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 slipped 1.8%, Germany’s DAX was down 1.5% and Britain’s FTSE 100 dipped 0.4%. Japan’s Nikkei closed 0.9% lower, South Korea’s Kospi lost 0,1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 1.1%. But U.S. shares look set for gains, with Dow and S&P futures higher.   WASHINGTON (AP) – A new White House campaign begins today that encourages people who are unemployed or unhappy in their current jobs to “find something new.” In the campaign, everyday people share their stories. A companion website gives links to training and other resources. The Trump administration has long emphasized skills-based job and vocational training as an alternative to two- or four-year college degree programs, arguing that college isn’t for everyone and that many jobs don’t require a degree.   HONG KONG (AP) – Telecom gear maker Huawei Technologies says its revenue grew 13.1% in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier, even as it faced sanctions from the U.S and challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. Revenue rose to 454 billion yuan ($64.9 billion) in the first half of the year, […]
July 14, 2020
Ortiz arrest
    Boone, NC – On Thursday night, June 9, 2020 at 11:50 p.m., the Boone Police Department responded to Brown Heights Apartment Complex located at 278 Eric Lane in reference to a domestic assault in progress. Neighbors overheard a disturbance coming from a nearby apartment and went to knock on the door to provide assistance. The neighbors quickly realized something was not right and called 911.  Upon arrival of responding officers the suspect was immediately taken into custody without incident as he was walking out of the victim’s apartment.   Officers then quickly conducted an emergency sweep of the apartment and located an unconscious female in one of the bedrooms. Watauga County Medics were called by officers and responded to the scene to assist the victim. The victim was transported to the Watauga County Medical Center for an evaluation and was then released.       The suspect was identified as, Oscar Ortiz Jr., 22, of Watauga County. After his arrest Mr. Ortiz was transported to the Boone Police Department for an interview. Investigator J. Harkey with the Boone Police Department interviewed Mr. Ortiz about the incident.   Upon completion of the initial investigation and interview, Oscar Ortiz Jr. was charged with Burglary, Assault by Strangulation, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Attempted First Degree Murder. Mr. Ortiz was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, who issued him a court date of August 7, 2020, and he is being held under […]
July 14, 2020
Kilby DOA
    Boone, NC – On Sunday, July 12, 2020, at around 7:50 am, Boone Police and Watauga Medics responded to 240 Meadow Hill Drive, apartment 403, after receiving a 911 about an unresponsive male. The individual was located by officers and found to be deceased. He was identified as Burl Clayton Kilby Jr., age 58, of Watauga, North Carolina. The medical examiner has not yet determined his cause of death. The Boone Police Department detectives are investigating the incident, but no foul play was suspected, and the cause of death will be determined by the autopsy and toxicology report.  
July 13, 2020
Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Event for Watauga County, Saturday, July 18th
[Boone, NC] – AppHealthCare is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to offer COVID-19 testing for Watauga County residents. Drive-thru testing will be available Saturday, July 18th 8:30am-2:00pm at Watauga High School, 300 Go Pioneers Drive in Boone.   Individuals must be residents of Watauga County and over 10 years of age. There is no cost for testing and is available regardless of insurance status. If you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance information. Participants should be notified by Monday, July 20th of their test results.   We encourage individuals to be tested who meet the current guidance for testing: Have COVID-19 symptoms, Are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, May have been exposed to COVID-19, Work as a first responder or are in law enforcement, fire department or healthcare, Work in a setting where social distancing is difficult to maintain, Are part of a historically marginalized population who may be at higher risk for exposure, or Have attended mass gatherings like protests or rallies.   “We are grateful for the partnership with Mako Medical Laboratories, support from Watauga County and Watauga County Schools allowing parking lot space to provide this drive-through testing event, free of charge, for the Watauga County community. With the increases in COVID-19 cases locally, we know this is an important step to take to further identify and control the spread of this virus and protect the public’s health,” stated Jennifer Greene, […]
July 13, 2020
App State’s Taylor, Jolly Make Bednarik Award Watch List
    BOONE, N.C. — App State senior defensive end Demetrius Taylor and junior cornerback Shaun Jolly have been named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is presented to the top defensive player in college football.   Only 20 FBS programs and just four Group of Five programs had multiple selections. Moving forward from a 13-1 season with a top-20 national ranking, App State has a Bednarik candidate for the second straight year.   The Maxwell Football Club announced the watch list candidates for the award named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles.   Jolly already has been named a preseason All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation (first team), Street and Smith (second team) and Sporting News (second team). Taylor has been named a preseason All-Sun Belt choice by Street and Smith, Lindy’s and Athlon, among others.   Last season, as a sophomore and first-year starter, Jolly was named a second-team All-American by PFF College, which assigned him an overall performance grade of 91.7 that tied for first place nationally among 496 qualifying FBS cornerbacks. He intercepted five passes in 2019, tied for the FBS lead with two pick-six touchdowns and added eight PBUs, 45 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.   Taylor had 44 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, eight QB hurries, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, one interception and one […]
July 13, 2020
AP Entertainment
      Entertainment:   ACTRESS KELLY PRESTON DIES LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kelly Preston has died. The actress’ death was announced by her husband, John Travolta, who confirmed the news in an Instagram post late last night. He says his wife died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Preston’s film credits include “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire.” She and Travolta met while filming the 1988’s movie, “The Experts.” They last starred together in the 2018 film “Gotti.” In it, Travolta played John Gotti and Preston played the crime boss’s wife, Victoria. Kelly Preston was 57 years old.   SEARCH TO CONTINUE TODAY FOR “GLEE” STAR NAYA RIVERA LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities in Southern California are to enter a sixth day of searching for TV actress Naya Rivera. The former star of the TV show “Glee” has been missing since last Wednesday, when authorities believe she drowned in Lake Piru (PY’-roo), northwest of Los Angeles. A search of the lake using helicopters, ATVs divers and special underwater gear has turned up no sign of her – and authorities say Rivera is presumed to have drowned. The actress rented a boat with her 4-year-old son last week. When she didn’t return in time, the renters went looking for the vessel – and found Rivera’s son on the boat, asleep and alone. Her life jacket and ID were still aboard.   SEARCHERS GET “CLUES” FROM RIVERA FANS ONLINE UNDATED (AP) – […]
July 13, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     AP-US-ELECTION-2020-GOP-CONVENTION It’s Trump’s call on what the GOP convention will look like WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the Republican National Convention won’t be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he’d anticipated. Already the late August event has moved from North Carolina to Florida, and now coronavirus cases are spiking and there’s an economic recession. Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the convention will be worth the trouble. Some are advocating that it be scrapped altogether. They reason that conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety those who attend. Ultimately, the call on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.     FATAL FIERY CAR CRASH Fiery car crash in North Carolina leaves 3 men dead GASTON, N.C. (AP) – Emergency responders say three men were found dead Sunday in North Carolina near the border with Virginia after firefighters extinguished a blaze in a wooded area following a car crash. The fire department in Gaston says firefighters at 8:02 a.m. responded to a call about a vehicle on fire along North Carolina Highway 48 in Pleasant Hill. They found a car split in two and fully engulfed in flames. The fire had already spread to surrounding brush. […]
July 13, 2020
Financial News
    Global shares higher…McClatchy bought out of bankruptcy?   TOKYO (AP) – Global shares rose today, cheered by upbeat projections for a global economic rebound that were tempered by worries over expanding coronavirus outbreaks. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 rose 0.6%, Germany’s DAX added 0.9% and Britain’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.7%. In Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei closed 2.2% higher, South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.7%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.2% and the Shanghai Composite closed 1.8% higher. Shares fell in Singapore and Thailand. Wall Street futures are higher.   NEW YORK (AP) – Hedge fund Chatham Asset Management says it plans to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy out of bankruptcy, ending 163 years of family control. The hedge fund did not put a price on the deal in an announcement Sunday. The agreement still needs the approval of a bankruptcy judge. McClatchy is one of the largest newspaper companies in the U.S.; it owns 30 papers including the Miami Herald, the Charlotte Observer and the Sacramento Bee. It filed for bankruptcy protection because of a heavy debt load stemming from its $4.5 billion purchase of the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain in 2006, just as the newspaper industry went into steep decline.   LONDON (AP) – The CEO of British telecoms company BT is warning it may take a decade to remove Huawei equipment from Britain’s telecom infrastructure if the UK government caves in to US pressure to dump Huawei from […]
July 10, 2020
COVID-19 Situation Update for Ashe County July 9, 2020
  This document is intended to provide a regular update on the local response to COVID-19 in our communities and timely, trended data related to COVID-19. This report will be published on Thursdays each week for the Monday through Sunday of the prior week. Situation Update for June 29 through July 5, 2020 We continue to see an increase in new cases for Ashe County. Among newly confirmed cases, there is not a single event or location to be the cause of the increase. There have been multiple incidences of exposure identified by people traveling, attending social gatherings or living or working in close proximity to others. However, community transmission is occurring locally which means there is not always an identified source of exposure for the cases. Once a positive case is identified, we highly encourage close contacts of that individual to get tested. This has led to more confirmed positives, including identifying individuals who have been asymptomatic. “This virus remains with us and will for the foreseeable future so we encourage people to take actions to protect themselves and loved ones. Show your love for yourself and others and practice the 3Ws anytime you leave your house – wear a cloth face covering, wait 6 feet from others and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. If we all do these things, we have the power to slow the spread and lessen the impact in our community. This […]
July 14, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   REDSKINS-NICKNAME Washington NFL team dropping ‘Redskins’ name after 87 years WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington NFL team is shedding the “Redskins” name effective immediately. The change comes less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder launched an organizational review amid pressure from sponsors to make a change. FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America all lined up against the name, which was given to the franchise in 1933 when the team was still based in Boston. A new name for one of football’s oldest franchises must still be selected and it’s unclear how soon that will happen. Native American experts and advocates have long protested the name they call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” More than a dozen Native leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name. Goodell, who has fielded questions on the topic for years, said he supported the review.   BRAVES-NICKNAMES Braves say they won’t change name but studying chop chant ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves say they have no plans to follow the lead of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and change their team name. The tomahawk chop chant used by Braves fans is under review, however. The team said in the letter it is seeking input from the Native American community, fans, players and former players as it examines the fan experience, including the chant. […]
July 13, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   REDSKINS-NAME Reports: Washington to shed ‘Redskins’ name today ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – Washington’s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post and Sports Business Journal reported owner Dan Snyder and the organization would announce the move two weeks before the start of training camp. It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises. The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3. That came in the aftermath of several prominent sponsors calling for a change.   LAKERS-RONDO INJURED Lakers G Rajon Rondo breaks thumb in practice, out 6-8 weeks LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando. The veteran point guard will be out for six to eight weeks. Rondo has been a key backup during his second season with the Lakers, who signed him shortly after adding LeBron James to the roster in July 2018. Rondo is averaging 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, including three starts. He has been a regular presence on the floor late in close games, with coach Frank Vogel trusting his veteran leadership and playmaking.   NASCAR-KENTUCKY NASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at Kentucky SPARTA, Ky. (AP) – Cole Custer became the first rookie […]
July 10, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   WIMBLEDON-PRIZE MONEY Wimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament’s cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday. After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600). In addition, 120 players who would have competed in doubles will each receive 6,250 pounds ($7,800); 16 players who would have competed in the wheelchair events will each receive 6,000 pounds ($7,500); and four players who would have competed in the quad wheelchair events will each receive 5,000 pounds ($6,200). All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said “we are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognize the impact of the cancellation on the players.”   JAPAN-FANS RETURN Baseball is back in Japan, and so are fans in the stadiums TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too. After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity – whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% […]
July 10, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports         NBA-NEWS Court filing alleges $400K paid to Williamson family in ’18 UNDATED (AP) – The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before playing at Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in Florida, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. Williamson had filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to terminate a five-year contract with Prime Sports. In court filings Thursday in North Carolina, Ford’s attorneys included a sworn affidavit from a California man who said the head of a Canadian-based firm called Maximum Management Group (MMG) told him he paid Williamson’s family for his commitment to sign with MMG once he left Duke for the NBA. Williamson’s attorney says those documents are “fraudulent.” The documents include a marketing agreement signed by Williamson with MMG from May 2019, a December 2019 “letter of declaration” signed by Williamson and his stepfather agreeing to pay $500,000 to MMG president Slavko Duric for “repayment of a loan” from October 2018, and a copy of Williamson’s South Carolina driver’s license.   In other NBA news: – Full-scale practices inside the NBA bubble at the Disney complex have started. The Orlando Magic became the first team to formally return to the floor. By the close of business, all […]
July 9, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLS-SOCCER RETURNS Moment of silence before MLS kicks offs off KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. The players walked toward midfield, raised their right arms one at a time and held the pose so long that some could be seen stretching fatigued muscles afterward. It was a poignant moment that put two of the nation’s most prominent changes over the last four months – masks and movements – at the forefront of the sport’s return. The league’s teams are sequestered in resorts for the duration of the World Cup-style tournament, which began with a Group A match that was the first meeting between two Sunshine State teams. FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, Nashville SC’s status was thrust into doubt with five confirmed positive tests. Nashville was supposed to play Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday but it was postponed.   VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Ryder Cup postponed until next year at Whistling Straits UNDATED (AP) – With no guarantee of fans, there won’t be a Ryder Cup this year. The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in […]
July 8, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   Here is the latest SEC sports news from The Associated Press     TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has undergone a procedure to correct a congenital cardiovascular anomaly. The university said in a statement Tuesday that the anomaly was uncovered in an annual executive physical last week. Sarkisian had what the school described as a successful procedure last Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. The former USC and Washington head coach is recuperating at home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery. Sarkisian returned to Alabama last season after two years in the same role for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.   GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida guard Tre Mann is returning for his sophomore season. Mann withdrew his name from the NBA draft Tuesday and plans to stay in school at least another year. It’s a significant and somewhat expected development for fifth-year coach Mike White. Mann surprised the Gators by announcing in late April he planned to explore his professional options. He averaged 5.3 points off the bench as a freshman. But once starting point guard Andrew Nembhard opted to transfer, that opened the door for Mann’s return to Gainesville. Nembhard ended up choosing Gonzaga.   COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former South Carolina football star, athletic director and board of trustees member King Dixon has died. He was 83. The university said Tuesday that Dixon’s death […]
July 7, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK NHL, players’ union announce plan to resume play on Aug. 1 UNDATED (AP) – The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years. Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership. The NHL is going straight to the playoffs with 24 teams resuming play. Those teams will travel to one of two “hub” cities July 26. A person with direct knowledge of the agreements told The Associated Press that the NHL has selected Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to be the hub cities in hosting the qualifying round and at least first two playoff rounds.   MLB-TESTING DELAYS Nationals, Astros cancel workouts WASHINGTON (AP) – Baseball’s two World Series finalists canceled workouts because of coronavirus testing delays. The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros called off training camp practices Monday after not receiving test results from Friday. The St. Louis Cardinals also scrubbed their scheduled workout for similar reasons. General manager Mike Rizzo of the champion Nationals said it’s not safe to continue with camp without accurate and timely testing. Rizzo called on Major League Baseball to work quickly to resolve issues with its lab to keep the season from being at risk. Astros […]
July 6, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-BRAVES-HERNANDEZ Felix Hernandez opts out of 2020 season ATLANTA (AP) – Former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 34-year-old’s decision at least temporarily ends his bid to revive his career. The news comes amid growing unease in major league clubhouses with the season less than three weeks away. Stars Christian Yelich and Jose Altuve say they plan to play the 60-game season scheduled to start later this month. Reliever Sean Doolittle, who helped Washington win the World Series, plans to play but says that if he feels uncomfortable, he’ll opt out. A six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season. The decision was made after Hernandez participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park. The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.   In other virus-related baseball developments: – Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back […]
July 2, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-VIRUS OUTBREAK French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament PARIS (AP) – The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament. The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24 but was postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It then got pushed back another week. The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans.   In other tennis news: – Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19.” The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia.   – The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for […]
July 2, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-BASEBALL RETURNS MLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts near UNDATED (AP) – Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks.   In other baseball news: – An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.   – The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a […]
July 1, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MINOR LEAGUE SEASON CANCELED Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons NEW YORK (AP) – Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, made the long-expected announcement. National Association president Pat O’Conner says the leagues “don’t have national TV revenues.” O’Conner estimated 85-90% of revenue was related to ticket money, concessions, parking and ballpark advertising. The minors drew 41.5 million fans last year for 176 teams in 15 leagues, averaging 4,044 fans per game. MLB teams are planning for a 60-game regular season and most of their revenue will derive from broadcast money.   In other MLB news: Major League Baseball says a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a player who is removed from the club after testing positive, just an IL trip. MLB’s operations manual says a positive test and exhibiting symptoms that require isolation for additional assessment or exposure to someone who has had the virus are cause for placement on the new COVID-19 IL.   – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic right fielder Aaron Judge, left-hander James Paxton, center fielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton will be […]
June 30, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-NATIONALS Zimmerman and Ross won’t play WASHINGTON (AP) – The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals will be without at least two holdovers from last year’s team. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team supports Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play the 60-game season that’s set to start in late July. Zimmerman says his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for the coronavirus because of multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children including a newborn. The 35-year-old says the decision doesn’t mean he’s retiring.   In other MLB news: – Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen did not elaborate on Leake’s decision during a Zoom call, but the pitcher’s agent issued a statement saying he made a personal decision not to play during the pandemic. Hazen also said two players on Arizona’s 60-man roster tested positive for COVID-19, as did another player not in Arizona.   – Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the […]
June 29, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-PATRIOTS-NEWTON Source: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Brady BOSTON (AP) – The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady. A source tells the AP that the one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives. The signing was first reported by ESPN. The Patriots had been heading to training camp with 2019 fourth-round draft choice Jarrett Stidham as the heir apparent to Brady, who led the team to six Super Bowl championships since 2001 but signed with Tampa Bay this offseason. Stidham appeared in three games last season, completing two passes for 14 yards with one interception. The Panthers released Newton on March 24 following nine seasons, a move that saved the team $19.1 million under the NFL salary cap. The 31-year-old Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy.   NFL-PATRIOTS-SPYING Pats fined $1.1M, lose pick for filming game last season NEW YORK (AP) – The New England Patriots have been fined $1.1 million by the NFL for inappropriately filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline during a game last season. On Sunday, the league also took away a third-round pick in the 2021 draft. Also, the team’s production crew will […]
June 26, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS NFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions for a year UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021. The 2021 inductees will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day. NFL owners are conducting a virtual meeting Thursday in which the preseason schedule will be discussed. It’s possible the league will reduce the number of exhibition games to two per team from the usual four. Dallas and Pittsburgh would have played five, including the game in Canton.   In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: – Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Speaking on a Twitch chat this week, Elliott said he had shortness of breath and a cough for a couple of days. He said he now feels good but hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but […]
June 25, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS AP sources: NFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies due to the coronvirus pandemic, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. The people told The Associated Press that an announcement is expected later Thursday. The Aug. 6 exhibition game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. The league was able to conduct free agency, the draft and several owners meetings remotely, and it recently began reopening team facilities that were shut in late March, albeit on a limited basis. Ten men were scheduled to be enshrined in the Canton, Ohio, hall on Aug. 8; the hall has an increased class of 20 this year in commemoration of the NFL’s centennial. No date has been set for when any inductions will occur.   In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: – A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when the Heat […]

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