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August 20, 2019
New Fire Truck Possible with REDLG Loan from Blue Ridge Energy
  West Jefferson, North Carolina – (August 20, 2019) Residents of the New River community will benefit from a new fire truck for New River Volunteer Fire Department made possible by a $276,000 Rural Economic Development Loan. The loan was recently approved by Blue Ridge Energy with grant funds originally awarded to the cooperative through the government’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG). As part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), REDLG enables electric cooperatives to support economic and community development projects in their service areas by providing zero-interest loan funds and grants to qualified entities. It is an important tool in bolstering the economies of rural America, which are typically more challenged in attracting jobs and quality, affordable access to health care and other vital resources. REDLG loans awarded to cooperatives go into a revolving fund, which means the loans are repaid over time by recipients such as New River Volunteer Fire Dept. This enables a partial funding source for additional, future community improvement projects. Payments on the zero-interest loan will be placed into a Blue Ridge Energy revolving loan fund to be used for future opportunities to improve communities with projects like New River’s fire truck and other initiatives that create jobs or enhance community services. According to New River Chief, Leonard Houck, the new pumper truck will help better serve the community and offer greater mutual aid to other departments and communities. “We […]
August 20, 2019
Financial News
        Stocks lose ground…One company settles opioid case…Waymo to test in Florida   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks have been lower in afternoon trading, weighed down by a mixed batch of company earnings and another decline in bond yields. Financial sector stocks accounted for much of the selling as investors reacted to the decline in yields. Household goods makers and communication services stocks were among the decliners. Energy stocks fell along with the price of crude oil.   UNDATED (AP) – One pharmaceutical company has reached a settlement to avoid being a defendant in the first federal trial on the drug industry’s accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis. Endo Pharmaceuticals, based in Ireland, announced today that it has agreed to pay the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga and Summit a total of $10 million to settle their suits, which are still scheduled to go to trial against other drugmakers and distributors Oct. 21.   BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union and Britain have launched a high-wire week of diplomacy by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions. This, as the two sides head toward a damaging no-deal split in a little over two months. Highlighting new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s determination to leave the bloc even if no Brexit divorce deal is in place, his government said it will stop attending all EU meetings where its vital interests were not at stake.   MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) […]
August 20, 2019
IT’S TIME TO SCHEDULE YOUR EVENTS FOR THE ON THE SAME PAGE LITERARY FESTIVAL
    West Jefferson – The summer is going fast, and On the Same Page Literary Festival is just around the corner in September. While most events are free of charge, there are a few that require a reservation and one that requires a small cost to cover food service. So, get out your calendars and call, email, or visit the Ashe County Arts Center for your reservations for the following events before they fill up! Monday, September 16 — at 7:30 p.m. Elliot Engel, literary historian, will whet your festival appetite with “Master of Mayberry: The Miraculous Life of Andy Griffith.” At the Ashe Arts Center; call 336-846-2787 to purchase tickets. Thursday, September 19 — at 12:00 Noon. Join us for the Literary Trails Luncheon. Georgann Eubanks will regale us with her latest literary and food-related adventures. Box lunches are provided for a nominal charge. Reservations are required. Call the Ashe Arts Center for yours. In addition, three Festival authors will hold writing workshops, all of which require reservations. See the schedule below for a full listing of events, and be sure to put On the Same Page Literary Festival on your September calendar. Books by Festival authors are available for check-out at the Ashe County Public Library and for purchase at the Ashe County Arts Center. They will also be available at individual author events during the Festival week. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 1:00 p.m. Festival Read Wrap-Up Session. […]
August 20, 2019
Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Ashe County Community Foundation support Ashe Family Literacy
    JEFFERSON, N.C. – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Wilkes Community College a $5,000 grant to support the Ashe Family Literacy program in 2019-2020.  In addition, the Ashe County Community Foundation, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $500 as part of the $5,390 in local grant awards from its community advancement fund and the Daniel Lee “Dan” Eldreth Memorial Endowment. “This funding helps us provide quality childcare for parents who attend the program, which is a critical piece of our mission,” says Beth Sorrell, program coordinator.   Ashe Family Literacy offers the opportunity for parents of young children to improve their lives through education. Courses include English Language Acquisition (ELA); Adult High School Diploma (AHS) and High School Equivalency Certificate (HSE) to help with completion of the high school graduation credential; and parenting education and early childhood education, which support parents in being their child’s first teacher and helps prepare children for public school.   Ashe Family Literacy is located at Ashe Family Central in Jefferson. Classes begin September 3 and are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the school year. Students may enroll during the class time or contact Beth Sorrell at 336-902-8611. Visit www.facebook.com/AsheFamilyLiteracy to learn more.   “In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said […]
August 20, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Cleveland at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston 7:10 p.m. Toronto at L-A Dodgers 10:10 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE L-A Angels 0 Texas 0 (postponed, 2nd game) Kansas City at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Texas 8:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Detroit at Houston 8:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Oakland 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Washington at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Cincinnati 7:10 p.m. Miami at Atlanta 7:20 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis 7:45 p.m. San Francisco at Chi Cubs 8:05 p.m. Colorado at Arizona 9:40 p.m. — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Chicago at Atlanta 7 p.m. New York at Indiana 7 p.m. Phoenix at Las Vegas 10 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.    
August 20, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     CONFEDERATE MONUMENT REMOVAL Daughters of Confederacy asked to remove N Carolina monument PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Commissioners in North Carolina say the United Daughters of the Confederacy must soon come up with a plan for removing a Confederate monument from a county courthouse’s grounds. The News & Observer reports Chatham County commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to ask the chapter to bring a removal plan by Oct. 1. If the deadline isn’t met, the county said it would declare the monument public trespass and take steps to remove it. Monument supporters shouted that the board members were “traitors.” The county’s efforts could be complicated by a state law that largely restricts removal of such monuments on public land. The monument was placed at the Pittsboro courthouse in 1907. Commissioner Karen Howard says nobody has suggested destroying it, but she proposed moving it and forming a reconciliation panel.     ELECTION 2020-MONEY Democrats spending millions to take back statehouses AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Democrats are mounting a comeback in statehouses across the country, pouring millions of dollars into state-level races that the party has often ignored. The cash deluge shows how the consequences of next year’s elections run far deeper than President Donald Trump’s political fate. The party that controls state legislatures will take a leading role in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process that redraws […]
August 20, 2019
Financial News
        Stocks move broadly lower…Johnson demands new Brexit talks…Huawei founder expects no relief   NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks have moved broadly lower in early trading, weighed down by a mixed batch of company earnings and another decline in bond yields. Banks drove much of the selling as investors reacted to the decline in yields. Technology companies, which like banks have tended to lead the market’s gains recently, also took heavy losses. Chipmakers were among the biggest decliners a day after climbing on news that the U.S. gave Chinese telecom giant an extension to buy more supplies from U.S. companies.   NEW YORK (AP) – Shares in Home Depot are higher after the home improvement retailer reported earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. But two other big retailers didn’t fare as well. Investors sent Kohl’s and TJX lower after their latest quarterly report cards fell short of analysts’ expectations.   LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has demanded that the European Union reopen Brexit negotiations, scrapping what he calls “anti-democratic” provisions for the Irish border that he says would threaten the peace process in Northern Ireland. Johnson, who has made similar statements in the past, formally delivered his demands to the EU late Monday in a letter to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.   SHENZHEN, China (AP) – The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei says he expects no relief from U.S. […]
August 20, 2019
App State Wrestling Welcomes 12 Freshmen for 2019-20 Season
  BOONE, N.C. — With this week’s start of the fall semester, Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley officially announced the Class of 2019 recruits who are joining the Mountaineers for the 2019-20 season.   App State bolsters the roster as it moves forward from winning a fourth straight Southern Conference regular season championship in 2018-19. The Mountaineers’ 25-2 conference record in the last four seasons ranks fifth nationally.   The 12 wrestlers in the 2019 recruiting class combined for 12 individual state championships in their prep careers and arrive from six different states.   “Our incoming class has a lot of talent and promise as we try to continue the winning tradition for our program,” said Bentley, who is 97-66-1 in 10 seasons as App State’s head coach. “I’m excited to see these guys compete and battle for a spot to represent the Black and Gold.”   Class of 2019 recruits Blake Baker (141 pounds, Hickory, N.C./St. Stephens) Isaac Byers (149 pounds, Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) Sean Carter (125 pounds, North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) Julian Gorring (184/197 pounds, Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf) Giuseppi Inserra (157 pounds, Stafford, Va./North Stafford) Tyler Kellison (133 pounds, Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) Brett Mordecai (165 pounds, Kearney, Mo./Kearney) Kameron Miller (157/165 pounds, Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) Caleb Smith (125/133 pounds, High Point, N.C./SW Guilford) Carson Smith (125 pounds, Greensboro, N.C./SE Guilford) Joshua Spurlin (133/141 pounds, Galax, Va./Galax) Garrett Starks (157 pounds, Greenville, S.C./Woodmont)   Blake Baker (141 pounds, Hickory, N.C./St. […]
August 20, 2019
AP Entertainment
        TV WRITERS UNION SAYS AGENTS ARE VIOLATING ANTITRUST LAW   LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Writers Guild of America has filed claims in federal court alleging the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws. The claims filed Monday represent the latest move in a heated battle between the writers of television scripts and the agents who represent them. The writers say agencies are violating antitrust law with the use of so-called packaging fees, where agents combine elements of a television series – including writers, scripts or actors – and sell them to studios as a unit. Monday’s filings are a response to agency lawsuits alleging the Writers Guild has itself violated antitrust law with organized actions in the dispute, including the mass firing of agents by thousands of writers. Emails to attorneys for the agencies were not immediately returned.   ‘AFTER THE WEDDING’ WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR JULIANNE MOORE NEW YORK (AP) – Julianne Moore is accustomed to working with her husband, director Bart Freundlich, on set, but it was a real family affair when their daughter joined them for their latest collaboration. Seventeen-year-old Liv Freundlich was a production assistant on “After the Wedding,” which was released earlier this month. Bart Freundlich jokes they loved having her around more than she loved being around. This is the fourth time the couple has worked together.   SHAQUILLE O’NEAL WILL BE IN ADAM […]
August 20, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Kansas City 5 Baltimore 4 Final Seattle 9 Tampa Bay 3 Final Houston 5 Detroit 4 Final Chi White Sox 6 Minnesota 4 Final Texas 8 L-A Angels 7 (11 Innings)   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final San Diego 3 Cincinnati 2 Final Washington 13 Pittsburgh 0 Final St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 0 Final Arizona 5 Colorado 3   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON Final San Francisco 24 Denver 15   AP-WF-08-20-19 1304GMT
August 20, 2019
Jones House Summer Concert Bring Bluegrass Favorites to the Stage
  Bluegrass lovers, along with any fans of good music, are in for a treat this Friday, August 23, as the Summer Concert Series at the Jones House continues with another free concert at 5:00pm. The Town of Boone is delighted to have Cane Mill Road and Hank, Pattie, & the Current take the Jones House stage. This week’s performers stay true to their bluegrass roots, but both acts add a little bit of modern spice – and whole lot of energy – to this traditional genre. First up on the stage will be local favorites Cane Mill Road, whose members are natives of the Blue Ridge. Having grown up in the shadow of legendary great Doc Watson, all have deep roots in the bluegrass tradition. Cane Mill Road brings a fresh youthful vibrance and progressivism to the bluegrass genre, but also pays deep homage to preserving its traditional sound. After the success of their sophomore album, Gap to Gap, in 2018, the foursome became the youngest band to earn a nomination for the IBMA Momentum Band-of-the-Year Award. Since then, they have performed at some of the largest and most prestigious musical festivals in the country, as well as a 9-day tour of Argentina representing the US in a United Nations world musical festival. It is no wonder critics hail Cane Mill Road as the future of bluegrass music. This four-man band includes Liam Purcell on mandolin and fiddle, Tray […]
August 20, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     ELECTION 2020-MONEY Democrats spending millions to take back statehouses AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Democrats are mounting a comeback in statehouses across the country, pouring millions of dollars into state-level races that the party has often ignored. The cash deluge shows how the consequences of next year’s elections run far deeper than President Donald Trump’s political fate. The party that controls state legislatures will take a leading role in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process that redraws congressional maps. Newly empowered Republicans used that process to their favor following the tea party victories in 2010 and Democrats want to use the same playbook. The stakes are particularly high following a recent Supreme Court ruling that decided federal courts have no business policing political boundary disputes in many cases.     SHERIFFS-ICE Immigration bill responding to dissenting sheriffs reappears RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Immigration law-enforcement legislation that North Carolina Republicans have idled for months in the General Assembly is back in gear. A House committee scheduled discussion on Tuesday about a measure that’s responding to a handful of county sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents. In particular, they haven’t been complying with detainers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold inmates it believes are in the country unlawfully. The bill would make all sheriffs recognize those requests, although a judge would order a detainer […]
August 20, 2019
Financial News
        Global shares mostly higher … Trump touts economy … Airlines to expect record crowds for Labor Day   TOKYO (AP) – Global shares are mostly higher today after Wall Street rallied on the U.S. decision to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 added nearly 0.2%, while Germany’s DAX inched up nearly 0.1%. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei closed 0.6% higher. South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.1%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.2%. The Shanghai Composite was down 0.1%. Wall Street is expected to open higher, with Dow and S&P futures each up 0.1%.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is insisting the “fundamentals” of the U.S. economy are strong, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump’s re-election. Indeed, the U.S. is setting records for low unemployment, and the economy has continued uninterrupted growth since Trump took office. But growth is slowing and stock markets have swung wildly in recent weeks on recession fears.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period. The trade group Airlines for America predits that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That’s 2.5 million passengers a day and a 4% increase over the same week last year. The […]
August 19, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Kansas City at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. L-A Angels at Texas 8:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. Detroit at Houston 8:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Washington at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Cincinnati 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis 7:45 p.m. Colorado at Arizona 9:40 p.m.   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON San Francisco at Denver 8 p.m.     AP-WF-08-19-19 1715GMT
August 19, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     WRONGFULLY CONVICTED MAN DIES NC man wrongfully convicted, imprisoned for 17 years dies GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man who was wrongfully convicted for murder and imprisoned for 17 years has died. The Innocence Project, a Duke University legal program that helped gain LaMonte Armstrong’s freedom, confirmed in a Friday post that Armstrong had died at 69. It did not list a cause of death. Armstrong was convicted seven years after the 1988 killing of Ernestine Compton, but won his freedom in 2012 when evidence emerged showing he was not involved. News outlets report flawed police work may have led to the false conviction.In 2013, Armstrong was issued a state “pardon of innocence” and paid $750,000. He later won $6.42 million from the city of Greensboro. News outlets report Armstrong was a founding member of a nonprofit group to help “all harmed by wrongful convictions.”     WILD HORSE DEATH North Carolina wild horse dies after tangled in barbed wire OUTER BANKS, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Corolla Wild Horse Fund has confirmed a young stallion became tangled in barbed wire near an Outer Banks beach and had to be euthanized. The Fund posted on Facebook that the 4-year-old horse named Joaquin was spotted caught in a barbed wire fence Thursday. The post said a veterinarian determined his leg couldn’t […]
August 20, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Mets host Indians   UNDATED – Pete Alonso and the resurgent Mets face Cleveland in the opener of a pivotal nine-game homestand against a trio of playoff contenders: the Indians, Braves and Cubs. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber starts for Cleveland against Steven Matz.   Also on the big-league schedule:   – One night after nearly getting no-hit, the Brewers face another tall order in Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. He is one of three pitchers to have a perfect career winning percentage against Milwaukee with 10 or more starts. Wacha is 6-0 and has held the Brewers to two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts against them. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez goes for Milwaukee in a matchup of NL Central contenders.   – The Boston Red Sox have won five in a row heading into tonight’s interleague matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are two games out of the second wild card spot in the National League, while Boston sits six games behind the second wild card team in the A-L.   – Oakland is expected to call up top pitching prospect A.J. Puk before its series opener against the New York Yankees, a potential postseason preview. The 6-foot-7 Puk is a hard-throwing lefty who was drafted sixth overall in 2016 out of the University of Florida. He could provide a new weapon […]
August 20, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE-BREWERS-CARDINALS   Grandal breaks up Cards’ bid for combined no-hitter in 8th   ST. LOUIS (AP) – Pitcher Dakota Hudson carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Paul DeJong homered, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 win Monday over the Milwaukee Brewers.   Hudson, who is 12 and 6 this season, pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking four. He threw 111 pitches, 64 for strikes, before being lifted after walking Eric Thames with two outs in the seventh. His seven strikeouts tied a career high.   The victory moved the Cardinals into sole possession of first place in the NL Central over the idle Chicago Cubs. The Brewers fell to three games behind St. Louis.   In other Monday MLB action:   – Yuli Gurriel had two hits and drove in two runs as the Houston Astros built a lead with a big first inning and held on for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. The Astros jumped on Detroit starter Edwin Jackson for four runs in the first inning to go ahead 4-1.   – Jose Abreu hit a towering three-run homer to cap a four-run second inning, and Ivan Nova survived early trouble to win his fifth straight decision as the Chicago White Sox beat the division-leading Minnesota Twins 6-4 Monday night.   – Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of […]
August 19, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Kluber checked   UNDATED (AP) – The Indians will see how ace Corey Kluber is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a Triple-A rehab start because of abdominal tightness.   The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner pitched one scoreless inning for Columbus before exiting as a precaution. The 33-year-old right-hander will be examined in Cleveland.   Kluber hasn’t pitched in the majors since his right forearm was broken by a line drive on May 1.   Also:   – The Brewers are hoping to have outfielder Lorenzo Cain and catcher Yasmani Grandal back in the lineup for the series opener at St. Louis in a matchup of NL Central contenders. Cain injured his oblique Friday night at Washington and didn’t play the rest of the weekend. Grandal didn’t start Sunday after manager Craig Counsell said the two-time All-Star lost an excessive amount of weight a day earlier in a 5-hour, 40-minute game.   – Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and newcomer Zack Greinke get most of the attention in a potent rotation for the AL West-leading Astros. But lefty Wade Miley (11-4, 3.11 ERA) has put together an outstanding season for Houston, and looks to win his sixth straight decision over 11 starts when Detroit visits Minute Maid Park.   – Reds righty Trevor Bauer (10-9, 4.12 ERA) starts at home against San Diego. He’s […]
August 19, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Twins beat Rangers to keep 2 1/2-game lead   UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over Cleveland atop the AL Central by completing a four-game sweep of the Rangers in Texas.   Jorge Polanco lined a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie in the Twins’ 6-3 victory. Minnesota squandered a 3-0 lead before Polanco delivered his second hit of the afternoon.   Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double and Sam Dyson got the victory despite allowing Shin-Soo Choo’s game-tying solo homer in the seventh. Taylor Rogers ended the game by striking out Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) with two runners on.   Minnesota heads home after adding two games to their division lead while in Texas.   In New York, Mike Freeman supplied a three-run homer among his three extra-base hits as the Indians doubled up the Yankees, 8-4 to gain a split of their four-game series. Oscar Mercado homered and drove in three runs for Cleveland, and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) went deep. Mike Clevenger needed 104 pitches to get through five arduous innings, but he struck out 10 and scattered three hits to move to 8-2.   Elsewhere on major league diamonds:   – The Rays completed a 5-4 comeback win over the Tigers when Ji-Man Choi delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the […]
August 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Yankees try to bounce back   UNDATED – The Yankees will try to shake off a 19-5 drubbing by Cleveland when they face the Indians again in the second of four games at Yankee Stadium. Cleveland clubbed seven home runs Thursday night, matching the most ever allowed in a game by the Yankees.   Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for New York against rookie right-hander Aaron Civale, who will make his fourth major league start. Elsewhere in the majors Friday:   – Rangers left-hander Mike Minor has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings, including back-to-back 1-0 wins. The All-Star threw eight innings Sunday at Milwaukee, becoming the first pitcher to win consecutive road starts with one run of support since Tampa Bay’s Steve Trachsel in 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Tonight Minor is at home to face the Minnesota Twins and Jake Odorizzi (oh-dah-REE’-zee), who has made 13 starts this season when he allowed no more than one earned run.   – The Dodgers will see how outfielder Kristopher Negron is feeling, a day after he scraped his nose and forehead when he did a face plant while trying to catch Lewis Brinson’s double in Miami. Concussion tests and X-rays were negative. The Dodgers begin a three-game series in Atlanta Friday night. The matchup of division leaders is a rematch of the 2018 NL Division Series won […]
August 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Phils stun Cubs; Cards fall   UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs blew a great opportunity to regain sole possession of the NL Central lead.   Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning to cap a six-run rally that sent the Phillies over the Chicago Cubs, 7-5.   Pinch-hitter Brad Miller chased reliever Rowan Wick with an RBI single in the ninth that cut it to 5-2. Roman Quinn greeted Pedro Strop (strohp) with an RBI single to make it a two-run game.   The Phils rallied after Yu Darvish struck out 10 over seven strong innings.   Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered for the Cubs, who remain tied with St. Louis for the division lead.   The Cardinals were 2-1 losers to the Reds as Sonny Gray and three Cincinnati relievers combined on a two-hitter. Gray struck out a season-high 10, allowing just one hit and three walks in five innings.   Nick Senzel and Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez drove in Cincinnati’s runs as the Reds snapped a four-game skid and the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.   Elsewhere on major league diamonds:   – The Mets avoided a three-game sweep as rookie Pete Alonso had career highs of five hits and six RBIs, including a three-run homer in a 10-8 victory in Atlanta. Amed Rosario’s career-high five hits included two doubles, […]
August 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Indians embark on tour of NY   UNDATED (AP) – Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and the Indians own the majors’ best record since early June, going 43-19 while whittling away an 11 1/2-game deficit in the AL Central. Now, Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) and his new teammates are set to spend more than a week in New York, starting with a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.   Adam Plutko pitches Thursday’s opener, taking on a big-hitting Yankees team that has the best record in the majors and has won five in a row.   After taking on Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge and the Yanks, the Indians move across town for a three-game set vs. the Mets and their talented rotation. Cleveland has never played at Citi Field – its only trip to face the Mets was in 2004 at Shea Stadium.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Oakland righty Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) takes a nine-game winning streak into Thursday night’s home game against Houston. Fiers, who pitched a no-hitter for the Astros in 2015, has no-decisions in all three starts vs. the AL West leaders this year. Aaron Sanchez starts for Houston. Leading the majors in losses when he was traded from Toronto to the Astros last month, Sanchez is trying for his third straight victory since the deal.   – The Marlins have the worst record […]
August 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Brewers storm past Twins   UNDATED (AP) – An eighth-inning homer has pulled the Milwaukee Brewers within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central lead.   Rookie Trent Grisham belted a three-run homer in the eighth inning to turn the Brewers’ 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Ryan Braun reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jorge Polanco and Hernan Perez singled before Grisham went deep.   Matt Albers worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the victory for the Brewers.   Mitch Garver, Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano each hit solo homers for the Twins, whose lead in the AL Central remains a half-game over Cleveland.   The Cardinals have pulled even with the Cubs for the NL Central lead after rookie Dakota Hudson tossed six innings of five-hit ball in a 6-0 shutout of the Royals. Kansas City starter Brad Keller had a no-hitter until Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nah) singled to spark the Redbirds’ five-run seventh. Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored for St. Louis, which didn’t allow a run in sweeping the two-game series.   The Cubs were blasted in Philadelphia as J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper homered twice in the Phillies’ 11-1 thrashing of Chicago. Cole Hamels was rocked for eight runs and nine […]
August 14, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   A look at what’s happening around the majors today   UNDATED (AP) – There’s quite a pitching matchup at Nationals Park for the series finale between Washington and Cincinnati: Stephen Strasburg vs. Trevor Bauer, two righties who are among the top strikeout artists in the majors this season.   For Bauer, it’s his third appearance for the Reds since arriving from the Indians. Strasburg leads the NL in wins at 14-5 with a 3.72 ERA. He’s also 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in his past four starts against the Reds.   Elsewhere in the majors Wednesday:   – Cubs lefty Cole Hamels is set to pitch at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since the Phillies traded him to Texas in July 2015. Hamels spent 10 seasons with Philadelphia and was the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NL Championship Series. The 35-year-old Hamels starts for Chicago against Aaron Nola in a matchup of playoff contenders.   – The Baltimore Orioles face the Yankees for the final time this year. No doubt, the Birds have seen too much of Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela and the Bronx Bombers. New York has beaten the O’s in 15 straight games this year and is 16-2 against them overall. Boosted by 13 drives from Torres, the Yankees have hit a single-season record 60 home runs off Baltimore pitching and […]
August 14, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Twins top Brewers, regain AL Central lead   UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins are back atop the AL Central by a half-game over Cleveland following a comeback victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.   Marwin Gonzalez smacked a three-run home run off of Josh Hader in the eighth inning to propel the Twins past the Brewers, 7-5. Gonzalez emerged as the hero after Yasmani Grandal’s (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHLZ’) three-run blast put Milwaukee up 5-4 in the seventh.   Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) had an RBI double in the seventh after staying out of the starting lineup for five straight games because of a back injury. But Hader recorded his fifth blown save to prevent Milwaukee from inching closer to the NL Central lead.   Jackie Bradley Jr. did the Twins a favor by belting a home run with one out in the 10th inning to send the Red Sox past the Indians, 7-6.   Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) went 6-for-6 with four doubles and three RBIs, but he also made a costly error at third base while Boston was blowing a 6-1 lead. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale became the fastest pitcher in major league history to record 2,000 career strikeouts, passing the mark set by former Boston ace Pedro Martinez.   The Cardinals now find themselves within a one game of the NL Central-leading Cubs and 2 […]
August 13, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   A look at what’s happening around the majors today:   UNDATED (AP) – Houston goes into a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with two of the pitchers the Astros hope will carry them deep into October. In the opener, Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) will make his second start for AL West-leading Houston since he was acquired from Arizona in a blockbuster trade at the deadline. Gerrit Cole has been an ace for the Astros all season and is among the favorites for the AL Cy Young Award. The last team to beat him was the White Sox – way back on May 22. The doubleheader was scheduled after Monday’s matchup was postponed by rain.   In other major league action:   – The Oakland Athletics head across San Francisco Bay for a quick two-game series with their area rival, the Giants, as both teams chase wild card berths. Oakland is 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card spot, while San Francisco held onto ace Madison Bumgarner at the trade deadline as it makes a long-shot playoff push in manager Bruce Bochy’s final season. Bumgarner starts tonight against Oakland’s Brett Anderson. Bumgarner is unbeaten in his last nine starts.   -The Minnesota Twins’ lead in the AL Central over the Cleveland Indians is gone, and the struggles of lefthander Martin Perez have been […]
August 13, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-RESULTS   Torres’ homers lift Yanks to doubleheader sweep   UNDATED (AP) – Yankees hitters are showing no mercy to the Orioles.   Gleyber Torres hit a pair of three-run home runs to help New York complete a doubleheader sweep of Baltimore with an 11-8 win at Yankee stadium.   Torres also hit a home run in the first and now has a total of 13 against the Orioles this season. And he set a big league record with his fifth multihomer game against a team in a season, breaking a tie with Ralph Kiner (1947), Gus Zernial (1951) and Roy Sievers (1955).   Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs), Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin all hit home runs in the Yanks’ 8-5 victory this afternoon, while first baseman Mike Ford also drove one over the fence in the nightcap.   As a team, New York stretched its record to 59 long balls against Baltimore this season, while the AL East-leaders’ winning streak versus the Orioles has grown to 14 games.   Elsewhere:   – Carlos Santana homered leading off the ninth inning to send the Indians to a 6-5 win over the fast-fading Boston Red Sox. That propels Cleveland back into first-place in the AL Central, alone there for the first time since April 19.   – Trea Turner and Matt Adams homered, Erick Fedde pitched well after allowing a […]
August 12, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Indians host Red Sox   UNDATED (AP) – The Indians will open a home series against Boston a day after moving into a tie with Minnesota atop the AL Central.   Cleveland took three of four from the Twins over the weekend, continuing a 42-17 surge since June 4 that erased Minnesota’s big lead. Rookie right-hander Zach Plesac will open the three-game series for Cleveland against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The defending World Series champions blew their 22nd save chance Sunday – tied for most in the majors – in a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Angels.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Zack Greinke is set to make his second start with Houston, and the Astros will try to start another winning streak as they open a series in Chicago against the White Sox. Houston ended an eight-game winning streak in stunning fashion Sunday when Baltimore’s Rio Ruiz hit a walk-off homer in the ninth inning. Greinke beat Colorado in his Astros debut but wasn’t especially sharp, allowing five runs in six innings.   – The Tampa Bay Rays are set to open a series in San Diego. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell of the Rays is expected to play catch as he tries to work back from left elbow surgery in late July. Tampa Bay’s ace had an arthroscopic procedure, […]
August 12, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Tanaka deals, Chapman gets Guerrero as Yanks top Jays 1-0   UNDATED (AP) – Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) and Aroldis Chapman combined on a four-hitter, Brett Gardner had an RBI double, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 Sunday to end a two-game skid.   Tanaka allowed three hits while pitching into the ninth inning, walking none and striking out four. The right-hander was pulled after Brandon Drury singled to begin the ninth.   Chapman earned his AL-leading 31st save in 36 opportunities.   Toronto’s stretch of 15 straight games with a home run ended, as did New York’s nine-game streak of multi-homer efforts.   Elsewhere in the majors Sunday:   -Kevin Pillar (pee-LAHR’) hit a tiebreaking triple that scored Evan Longoria with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, closer Will Smith followed with a two-run single in his first career at-bat and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6.   Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) homered into McCovey Cove and Mike Yastrzemski (yah-STREM’-skee) also went deep to help the Giants take three of four from the Phillies.   -Justin Turner hit two of Los Angeles’ four homers, and Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn YOO) pitched seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball in the surging Dodgers’ 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Turner and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back homers in the first […]
August 9, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Resurgent Nats and Mets open series   UNDATED (AP) – The Nationals and Mets begin a three-game series with surprising significance, considering both teams have been more than 10 games below .500 this season. Washington now leads the NL wild-card race, and New York is only 2 1/2 games behind. The Mets have won 13 of 14 after deciding to be buyers at the trade deadline.   Former Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will make his second start for the Mets since being acquired last month. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is up for the Nats.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – The Yankees and Blue Jays are set to slug it out again, a night after making history in Toronto. New York hit three home runs – two from Gio Urshela – to set a big league record with 19 homers over four games. Meanwhile, Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette became the first player ever to double in nine straight games. He also homered to give him an unprecedented 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of his career. Former Toronto lefty J.A. Happ is scheduled to start for the Yankees against righty Sean Reid-Foley. AL East-leading New York has won nine straight.   – The Red Sox will try to remain relevant to the AL playoff picture without David Price. The left-hander was placed on the […]

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