NEWS & SPORTS

July 17, 2019
Evans Named a Doak Walker Award Candidate
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State junior Darrynton Evans has been named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s best college running back.   Evans rushed for a league-leading 1,187 yards last season even though he didn’t become App State’s primary back until Game 5, and his nine touchdowns included a 100-yard kickoff return against Penn State. He averaged 6.6 yards per rush and totaled 1,764 all-purpose yards.   Evans extended App State’s 1,000-yard rusher streak to seven consecutive years, the second-longest active streak in the nation, as a big-play threat who had six runs of 50-plus yards (No. 3 nationally) and 16 runs of 20-plus yards (No. 4 nationally).   The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification, and Evans was an Academic All-America nominee last season. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name 10 semifinalists in November.        
July 17, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE N-Y Mets at Minnesota 1:10 p.m. Washington at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Arizona at Texas 8:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle at Oakland 3:37 p.m. Tampa Bay at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Boston 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Kansas City 8:15 p.m. Houston at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh at St. Louis 1:15 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee 2:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado 3:10 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Miami 7:10 p.m.   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Atlanta at Chicago 12:00 p.m. Dallas at Phoenix 3:30 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
July 17, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION-MCCREADY Dem US House hopeful to propose expanding national service MINT HILL, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Democrat in a U.S. House special election plans to propose broadly increasing national service programs to better tie the country together. Dan McCready makes his pitch Wednesday in suburban Charlotte alongside retired U.S. Army four-star general Stanley McChrystal. He’s the former head of the Joint Special Operations Command who later headed forces in Afghanistan. McCready is expected to propose quadrupling the size of AmeriCorps, the program that now places 75,000 young people to work in early childhood education and environmental conservation. Participants get a living allowance and help paying for higher education. McCready says he hopes increasing national service pulls people together, something he experienced in the Marine Corps. A similar proposal by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) could cost $20 billion over 10 years.     TRUMP-NORTH CAROLINA Trump headlines administration’s visits to North Carolina GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina for a campaign rally in a likely presidential battleground state that he won in 2016. Trump was scheduled to address thousands inside Smith-Williams Arena at East Carolina University on Wednesday. He’ll arrive while still taking criticism for his tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries. Wednesday is eventful […]
July 17, 2019
Financial News
        Stocks edge lower…Home construction slips…Kohl’s hiring for back-to-school, holidays   NEW YORK (AP) – Stock indexes are slightly lower in morning trading on Wall Street as losses by banks and industrial companies counter gains for health care companies. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.09%.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Home construction slipped last month as an uptick in the building of single-family homes was offset by a big drop in apartment construction. The Commerce Department says construction was started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million in June, down 0.9% from 1.27 million in May. Construction of single-family homes rose 3.5%, but apartment building skidded 9.4%. Applications for building permits fell 6.1% to 1.22 million, the lowest since May 2017.   NEW YORK (AP) – Kohl’s is launching an early wave of hiring across 500 stores for back-to-school through the holiday season. The hiring will kick off in August and include stores and distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers. The department store chain is also hiring 3,000 full-time and part-time workers for all stores nationwide.   BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union is opening an antitrust probe into U.S. online shopping giant Amazon to see whether it uses data from independent retailers to gain an edge in the market. The EU launched a preliminary probe into the matter last year.   NEW YORK (AP) – Apple and Google are marking […]
July 17, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Washington 8 Baltimore 1 Final Arizona 9 Texas 2 Final N-Y Mets 3 Minnesota 2   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final N-Y Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 3 Final Cleveland 8 Detroit 0 Final Toronto 10 Boston 4 Final Kansas City 11 Chi White Sox 0 Final Oakland 9 Seattle 2 Final L-A Angels 7 Houston 2   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 9 L-A Dodgers 8 Final Miami 12 San Diego 7 Final Chi Cubs 4 Cincinnati 3, 10 Innings Final Milwaukee 13 Atlanta 1 Final Pittsburgh 3 St. Louis 1 Final San Francisco 8 Colorado 4, 10 Innings TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE N-Y Mets at Minnesota 1:10 p.m. Washington at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Arizona at Texas 8:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle at Oakland 3:37 p.m. Tampa Bay at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Boston 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Kansas City 8:15 p.m. Houston at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh at St. Louis 1:15 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee 2:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado 3:10 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Miami 7:10 p.m.   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Atlanta at Chicago 12:00 p.m. Dallas at Phoenix 3:30 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.   — MAJOR […]
July 17, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION-MCCREADY Dem US House hopeful to propose expanding national service MINT HILL, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Democrat in a U.S. House special election plans to propose broadly increasing national service programs to better tie the country together. Dan McCready makes his pitch Wednesday in suburban Charlotte alongside retired U.S. Army four-star general Stanley McChrystal. He’s the former head of the Joint Special Operations Command who later headed forces in Afghanistan. McCready is expected to propose quadrupling the size of AmeriCorps, the program that now places 75,000 young people to work in early childhood education and environmental conservation. Participants get a living allowance and help paying for higher education. McCready says he hopes increasing national service pulls people together, something he experienced in the Marine Corps. A similar proposal by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) could cost $20 billion over 10 years.     TRUMP-NORTH CAROLINA Trump headlines administration’s visits to North Carolina GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina for a campaign rally in a likely presidential battleground state that he won in 2016. Trump was scheduled to address thousands inside Smith-Williams Arena at East Carolina University on Wednesday. He’ll arrive while still taking criticism for his tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries. Wednesday is eventful […]
July 17, 2019
Financial News
        Global stocks mostly lower … G-7 meeting in France … Whisky fight   TOKYO (AP) – Global stocks were mostly lower today after Wall Street ended a five-day winning streak following disappointing corporate earnings reports. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 fell nearly 0.1%, while Germany’s DAX was slightly lower. Britain’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3%. Japan’s Nikkei closed down 0.3%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.9%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped nearly 0.1%, while the Shanghai Composite edged down 0.2%. U.S. shares are set to drift higher with Dow futures up 0.1% and S&P 500 futures up 0.2%.   CHANTILLY, France (AP) – The top finance officials of the Group of Seven rich democracies are arriving at Chantilly, France, at the start of a two-day meeting aimed at finding common ground on how to tax technology companies and on the risk from new digital currencies. The host, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, is joining his counterparts from Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United States.   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A senior U.S. official says after a series of meetings with Seoul officials that the United States will “do what it can” to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan. David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs, is in South Korea for three days, as Seoul is seeking U.S. help to […]
July 16, 2019
Sheriff Requests Public’s Assistance to Locate Missing Vehicle
  Sheriff B. Phil Howell is asking citizens to assist the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in locating a vehicle related to the Endangered Persons case of Maria Calderon Martinez and the homicide case of two juveniles out of Alexander County. Maria Calderon Martinez was last seen on June 14th, 2019 in the Sugar Loaf Community of Alexander County. On June 15th, 2019 there was a fire at her home where the bodies of her children were found during the investigation. Martinez is still missing. Juan Carlos Mendez-Pena and friend Luis Fernado Sanchez were last seen on June 14th, 2019 in the Sugar Loaf Community in Alexander County. Mendez-Pena reportedly drives the vehicle described above. The vehicle is a dark blue 2009 four-door Chevrolet Silverado bearing North Carolina tag # PFC-9029. This vehicle may be abandoned or hidden somewhere in Ashe County. Investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office have charged Aviliez Areli Aguirre with two counts of murder in reference to the bodies located at the Sugar Loaf residence. The Sheriff’s Offices of both Ashe and Alexander Counties continue the search in locating this vehicle to include the use of digital technology, a drone search and the use of a North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter. Residents are being asked to be on the lookout around their properties for the above-described vehicle. The vehicle may be hidden around wooded or seldom-traveled areas. In an effort to […]
July 16, 2019
Thomas Named To Davey O’Brien Award Watch List
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State’s Zac Thomas is one of 30 players on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback.   Thomas is one of nine juniors and eight Group of Five conference quarterbacks on the list. Earlier this week, he was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given to America’s College Player of the Year,   Thomas’ QBR of 79.8 in 2018 ranks ninth nationally among returning FBS quarterbacks. The Sun Belt’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year, he completed his first season as an App State starter with 2,039 passing yards, 504 rushing yards and a combined 31 touchdowns (21 through the air).   Thomas recently served as a counselor at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy, where he placed second in the passing competition.   Sixteen O’Brien Award semifinalists will be named on Nov. 13, and the 2019 season marks the 13th year that fans will be invited to participate in the voting process on VoteOBrien.org. Results from the Davey O’Brien fan vote will be combined with the ballots from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee.          
July 16, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Washington at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Arizona at Texas 8:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Minnesota 8:10 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Tampa Bay at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Boston 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Kansas City 8:15 p.m. Seattle at Oakland 10:07 p.m. Houston at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE L-A Dodgers at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Miami 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Chi Cubs 8:05 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado 8:40 p.m.     AP-WF-07-16-19 1735GMT
July 16, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     REDISTRICTING-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST The Latest: Voter: Lawsuit tries ‘to unrig a rigged process’ RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Democratic voter has testified that a gerrymandering lawsuit against North Carolina lawmakers is “trying to unrig a rigged process.” The first day of the partisan gerrymandering trial concluded Monday with Derrick Miller of Wilmington taking the stand. Miller is one of the plaintiffs. Also, four former North Carolina governors released a statement supporting the lawsuit. Miller said the redistricting process has made it impossible for anybody other than Republicans to control the state House and Senate. Miller acknowledged he’s been able to vote to elect a Democrat to the House by a comfortable margin but says gerrymandering makes surrounding districts extremely Republican. Former Democratic Govs. Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republican ex-Gov. Jim Martin blamed partisan gerrymandering for breaking the system of checks and balances no matter which party controls the majority.     HURRICANE DAMAGE-COURTHOUSES Chief justice tours courthouse dealing with hurricane damage BURGAW, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s top judicial official says several courthouses are still recovering from damage suffered in Hurricane Florence last year. North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley toured Pender County courthouse Monday. It has been unusable for 10 months because of Florence. She met with court personnel to talk about how they’ve been managing. The […]
July 16, 2019
Financial News
        Stocks mixed…Retail sales climb…Industrial production flat   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks have been mixed in early trading, with technology and health care companies lower, but industrial companies broadly higher. Texas Instruments lost 1.4% in the first few minutes of trading, and Johnson & Johnson fell 2%. Union Pacific climbed 1%. WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, providing crucial support to the economy at a time when other drivers of growth have faded. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.4% last month, the fourth straight increase. Sales at online retailers, grocery stores, home and garden stores, and at restaurants and bars all increased at a healthy pace.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. industrial production was flat in June, as a slump in utilities was offset by gains in output by factories and mining. The Federal Reserve says manufacturing production increased 0.4% last month, aided by a 3% surge at auto plants. Still, factory output has been weak over the past 12 months, posting a modest gain of just 0.4%.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Google is reiterating it does not work with the Chinese military after President Donald Trump said on Twitter he would “take a look” at Google and its relationship to Chinese intelligence. The comments come as a House Judiciary subcommittee is holding a bipartisan investigation of the market power of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.   […]
July 16, 2019
AP Entertainment
        EMMY NOMINATIONS – “GAME OF THRONES”   LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Game of Thrones” will be out for blood as it heads into what will be its final Emmys battle. The HBO drama picked up a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations yesterday – giving it the chance to put a nice bow on its eighth and final season. The 32 nods eclipse the all-time record of 27 set by “NYPD Blue” in 1994. And if Game Of Thrones successfully defends its best drama series Emmy, it will bring its lifetime total to four. And that would tie it with “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men” for most Emmys by a drama series. All told, GOT has the mark for most Emmys by a show, 161 – and any victories will add to that record when the winners are announced Sept. 22. The show will air on Fox, with the host yet to be named.   EMMY QUOTES LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stars react to Tuesday’s 71st Primetime Emmy Award nominations: “I was watching it live on my phone. I was in a restaurant with some of my friends from high school. My manager and my mom were on the way. We were having breakfast together. … It was a big mistake meeting in a restaurant, because the second we found out, we went crazy. I’m talking glass breaking and falling. People were […]
July 16, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Tampa Bay 5 N-Y Yankees 4 Final Boston 10 Toronto 8 Final Cleveland 8 Detroit 6 Final Kansas City 5 Chi White Sox 2 Final L-A Angels 9 Houston 6   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final San Francisco 19 Colorado 2 Final L-A Dodgers 16 Philadelphia 2 Final Cincinnati 6 Chi Cubs 3 Final Atlanta 4 Milwaukee 2 Final St. Louis 7 Pittsburgh 0 Final San Francisco 2 Colorado 1 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Washington at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Arizona at Texas 8:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Minnesota 8:10 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Tampa Bay at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Boston 7:10 p.m. Chi White Sox at Kansas City 8:15 p.m. Seattle at Oakland 10:07 p.m. Houston at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE L-A Dodgers at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Miami 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Chi Cubs 8:05 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee 8:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado 8:40 p.m.
July 16, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     REDISTRICTING-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST The Latest: Voter: Lawsuit tries ‘to unrig a rigged process’ RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Democratic voter has testified that a gerrymandering lawsuit against North Carolina lawmakers is “trying to unrig a rigged process.” The first day of the partisan gerrymandering trial concluded Monday with Derrick Miller of Wilmington taking the stand. Miller is one of the plaintiffs. Also, four former North Carolina governors released a statement supporting the lawsuit. Miller said the redistricting process has made it impossible for anybody other than Republicans to control the state House and Senate. Miller acknowledged he’s been able to vote to elect a Democrat to the House by a comfortable margin but says gerrymandering makes surrounding districts extremely Republican. Former Democratic Govs. Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republican ex-Gov. Jim Martin blamed partisan gerrymandering for breaking the system of checks and balances no matter which party controls the majority.     U-HAUL-TRAPPED KIDS Police: 3 kids found locked in back of U-Haul carrying drugs NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say three children have been rescued from the back of a U-Haul truck that was carrying drugs in Tennessee, and three North Carolinians have been charged in the case. The Tennessee Highway Patrol told reporters Monday that a bystander in Cocke County called authorities last week to report seeing […]
July 17, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   MLB-SCHEDULE   Darvish looks for 1st win at Wrigley, Bailey debuts for Oakland   UNDATED (AP) – Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish faces Sonny Gray and the Reds Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series between NL Central foes.   Darvish, who has 13 no-decisions in 19 starts this season, is still looking for his first win at Wrigley Field since signing with Chicago last year. Gray will be making his first career appearance at the iconic ballpark.   Elsewhere in the majors:   – Homer Bailey makes his Oakland Athletics debut against last-place Seattle after being acquired from Kansas City in a trade Sunday. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last six starts, his longest winning streak since four consecutive victories in 2014 for Cincinnati. Oakland has won five in a row to move within 4 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Astros, matching their smallest advantage since May 9.   – The grieving Angels go for their sixth consecutive victory since the All-Star break when they host Houston again tonight. Los Angeles has won eight of 11 since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs and moved four games above .500 for the first time since June 2018. Star outfielder Mike Trout hopes to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with a mildly strained right calf. All-Star righty Gerrit Cole […]
July 17, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Yanks rally in 8th to top Rays   UNDATED (AP) – A big eighth-inning rally allowed the New York Yankees to increase their lead in the American League East.   The Yanks trailed 3-2 before homering twice erupting for six runs in their final at-bat to whip the second-place Rays, 8-3. Aaron Judge put New York ahead with a two-run blast before Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) followed with a grand slam.   David Hale pitched two scoreless innings for the Yankees, beginning with an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the seventh against Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’).   The outcome puts the Yankees six games ahead of Tampa Bay.   Elsewhere on major league diamonds:   – The Angels are 5-0 since the All-Star break after Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) hit a bases-clearing double during a six-run first that sparked a 7-2 win over the Astros. Jake Marisnick was drilled between the shoulder blades by Angels reliever Noe Ramirez in the sixth inning, nine days after Marisnick bowled over Los Angeles catcher Jonathan Lucroy (LOO’-kroy) to cause a concussion and a broken nose. The Astros’ lead in the AL West is down to 4 1/2 games over Oakland.   – The Athletics won their fifth in a row as All-Star Matt Chapman homered and had five RBIs in a 9-2 thrashing of the Mariners. Matt Olson followed […]
July 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Cashner makes Boston debut   BOSTON (AP) – Andrew Cashner makes his Boston Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays.   Cashner was acquired Saturday from Baltimore for two 17-year-old prospects. The 32-year-old righty went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the team with the worst record in the majors.   Also on the major-league schedule:   – Cody Bellinger, now with the most home runs in the majors, tries to add to his total as the Dodgers look for another big outburst in Philadelphia. Bellinger saw a sea of blue behind him in right field and heard “M-V-P” chants throughout the night Monday in Philly as Los Angeles cruised to a 16-2 rout. Bellinger hit his 32nd and 33rd homers to pass reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich for the major league lead.   – Mike Trout hopes to return to the lineup when the Angels host AL West-leading Houston in the second game of their series. Trout left Sunday’s win over Seattle early and sat out Monday night against the Astros with a strained right calf. An MRI revealed a small strain, according to the team.   – The surprising big league leader in wins is Texas right-hander Lance Lynn, who goes for No. 13 when the Rangers host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lynn is 8-0 […]
July 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Dodgers slaughter Phils for third straight win   UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers certainly have rediscovered their success since Friday, outscoring their opponents by a 34-8 margin while winning three straight since a four-game skid.   The Phillies were their latest victims as Cody Bellinger took over the major league home run lead by slamming his 32nd and 33rd in the Dodgers’ 16-2 laugher at Philadelphia. Austin Barnes sparked L.A.’s six-run fourth by driving in a run by laying down a suicide squeeze for a single before stealing home later in the inning.   Max Muncy added a solo shot and Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) delivered a two-run drive in support of Clayton Kershaw, who was reached for one run and four hits while striking out seven over six innings.   Elsewhere on major league diamonds:   – The Reds earned a 6-3 win over the Cubs as Eugenio (eh-oo-HAY’-nee-oh) Suarez and Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) each hit his 22nd home run of the season. Curt Casali sent the first pitch from reliever Steve Cishek (SEE’-shehk) in the seventh into the left-field bleachers to tie it at 3. Pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and reliever Michael Lorenzen singled home insurance runs in the eighth as Cincinnati cut Chicago’s lead in the NL Central to two games over St. Louis, with Milwaukee another half-game back.   – Miles Mikolas […]
July 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-SCHEDULE   Rays visit Yankees   NEW YORK (AP) – A day after the Rays came within an inning of baseball’s first ever combined perfect game, ace lefty Blake Snell faces the first-place Yankees in the Bronx. Snell’s last visit was a historical flop. He became the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to allow six runs and get no more than one out in a start. Snell has adjusted and improved since, even pitching five innings of one-run ball in a home start against New York before the All-Star break.   In other major league action:   – The Dodgers head to Philadelphia a night after a marathon game at Fenway Park. Los Angeles needed 5 hours, 40 minutes to finish off a 7-4, 12-inning victory over the Red Sox. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for LA’s series opener against Phillies righthander Zach Eflin.   – The Cubs have come rolling out of the All-Star break and are hoping to build a little separation in the crowded NL Central during a three-game home series against Cincinnati. Coming off a three-game sweep over Pittsburgh, Chicago leads the division but is only 6 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Reds.   – Coming off of a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, the Atlanta Braves are in Milwaukee for the first of three against the Brewers. – The San […]
July 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Djokovic edges Federer in 5 sets for 5th Wimbledon trophy   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has become the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker Sunday.   The top-seeded Serb outlasted Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a match that lasted nearly five hours to win his fifth championship at the All England Club and second in a row.   The triumph earned Djokovic his 16th Grand Slam trophy, moving him closer to the only men ahead of him in tennis history: Federer with 20, and Rafael Nadal with 18.   Federer, who turns 38 next month, has won Wimbledon eight times dating to 2003, and this was his record 12th appearance in the title match. But Djokovic is now 3-0 against Federer in Wimbledon finals and 4-0 against him in five-setters.   This is the first year Wimbledon has used deciding-set tiebreakers.   MLB SCHEDULE   Perfect for 8 innings, Rays settle for 4-1 win over Orioles   UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays came within three outs of becoming the first team in major league history to throw a combined perfect game. Just as important for the Rays, they kept pace with the New York Yankees in the American League East. […]
July 12, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Djokovic reaches Wimbledon final for 6th time   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has reached the Wimbledon final for the sixth time.   The defending champion came through a tough match against Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOT’) on Centre Court 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.   Djokovic is a four-time champion at the All England Club and will play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal on Sunday for another title.   Federer and Nadal play next on Centre Court.   Djokovic was broken once in the second set, allowing Bautista Agut to even the score. But the top-seeded Serb saved two break chances in the third set and won easily in the fourth, though he needed five match points in the final game to close it out.   With the victory, Djokovic has reached his 25th Grand Slam final. He won 15 of the previous 24.   In the Wimbledon final, Djokovic is 4-1. His only loss was against Andy Murray in 2013.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Baseball is back after the All-Star break   UNDATED (AP) – It’s Sonny Gray vs Jon Gray today in Denver. Sonny will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds in his first visit to Coors Field and the first time facing Colorado. Jon is in for the Rockies as both teams return from the All-Star break. Selected as an NL […]
July 12, 2019
AP Sports
      Update on the latest in sports:   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Williams, Halep advance   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) stands between Serena Williams and her 24th Grand Slam championship.   Williams has reached Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s singles final for the 11th time by mowing down Barbora Strycova (STREET’-soh-vah), 6-1, 6-2 in Thursday’s semifinal. The 37-year-old Williams needed just 59 minutes to move one match victory closer to her eighth championship at the All England Club.   Williams was limited to just 12 matches this year before reaching Wimbledon. Her game has gotten better with each round of the tournament, and she converted four of her five break points to make quick work of the unseeded Czech.   Halep is in the Wimbledon final for the first time following a 6-1, 6-3 rout of Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE’-nah) on Centre Court. Halep broke Svitolina three times in the first set, and then again to take a 4-3 lead in the second. She won the match with another break in the final game.   Williams has won nine of her 10 meetings with Halep, including a victory at the Australian Open this year.   The men’s semifinals are today as second seed Roger Federer takes on No. 3 Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL’). The match between top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) faces No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO’) is already underway.   NBA-NEWS   Rockets get Westbrook from Thunder   UNDATED (AP) […]
July 11, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Serena Williams reaches 11th Wimbledon final; Halep reaches her first   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams will play in the Wimbledon final for the 11th time and will be looking for her eighth title at the All England Club.   The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat Barbora Strycova (STREET’-soh-vah) 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals Thursday. Williams converted four of her five break points, while Strycova failed on all three of her chances.   Williams needs one more major title to equal the all-time record of 24 set by Margaret Court.   The 11th-seeded American, who lost in last year’s final, will face Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) in Saturday’s championship match. The seventh-seeded Romanian advanced to her first Wimbledon final by beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.   DAVID ORTIZ   Wife: Ex-Red Sox slugger Ortiz recovering from 3rd surgery   BOSTON (AP) – Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from his gunshot wound.   Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, says in a statement Thursday that he is “recovering well and in good spirits.” He had the surgery earlier this week at Massachusetts General Hospital.   Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic last month. Dominican police have said he was mistaken for another man who was sitting near him at the club.   Police […]
July 11, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Semifinal underway   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – The first women’s semifinal is underway at Wimbledon. No. 7 Simona Halep is playing No. 8 Elina Svitolina on Centre Court.   Halep is a former No. 1 who won the French Open last year. Svitolina is making her debut in a Grand Slam semifinal.   Serena Williams will take on Barbora Strycova (STREET’-soh-vah) in the other semifinal.   Williams is trying to win an eighth title at the All England Club and a 24th Grand Slam trophy overall – an achievement that would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.   The 33-year-old Strycova had been pondering retirement this year but now is the oldest first-time major semifinalist in the professional era. It took her 53 major tournaments to get this deep.   MLB-OBIT-BOUTON   Yanks pitcher and “Ball Four” author dies   GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) – Former New York Yankees pitcher and controversial baseball author Jim Bouton has died at age 80. Throwing so hard that his cap flew off his head, Bouton was 21-8 with six shutouts in 1963, his second season in the majors. He went 18-13 with four more shutouts in 1964 before winning a pair of World Series games against the Cardinals that fall.   But his playing career was forever eclipsed by his 1970 book “Ball Four,” the first tell-all baseball memoir that angered many […]
July 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-CELEBRATION   US soccer team parades up Canyon of Heroes   NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. women’s national soccer team has been treated to a ticker tape parade in New York City to celebrate the team’s second consecutive World Cup victory.   Fans cheered and construction workers sounded air horns as members of the team rode floats through lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes.   Co-captain Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE’-noh) danced and swigged Champagne.   The parade ended at City Hall, where Mayor Bill de Blasio was presenting the players with symbolic keys to the city.   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Djokovic into Wimbledon semifinals for 9th time   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the ninth time.   The four-time champion at the All England Club beat David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. After trailing 4-3 in the first set, Djokovic turned things around quickly, winning 10 straight games.   Wednesday’s other quarterfinals feature eight-time champion Roger Federer against Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee), Rafael Nadal playing Sam Querrey (KWEER’-ee) and Roberto Bautista Agut facing Guido Pella.   NBA-GRIZZLIES-JONES   Timberwolves don’t match Grizzlies’ offer sheet to Jones   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match an offer sheet to guard Tyus Jones, clearing the way for him to join the Memphis Grizzlies.   Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson […]
July 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-ALL-STAR GAME   AL beats NL again   CLEVELAND (AP) – Make it seven straight wins for the American League in the All-Star Game.   Joey Gallo’s solo homer in the seventh inning gave the AL a 4-1 lead before the junior circuit hung on for a 4-3 win over the National League in Cleveland.   The story for the American League was on the mound as nine hurlers each threw one inning and combined to allow just five hits while striking out 16. Indians hurler and game MVP Shane Bieber gave the local fans a thrill by striking out the side in the fifth. Liam Hendriks and Aroldis Chapman also fanned three in their one inning of work.   Former Indian Michael Brantley opened the scoring with an RBI double off loser Clayton Kershaw, scoring Astros teammate Alex Bregman. Gary Sanchez began the junior circuit’s second rally by leading off the fifth with a double before scoring on Jorge Polanco’s single.   Charlie Blackmon put the NL on the board with a two-out homer in the sixth, but the AL regained control on a run-scoring double-play grounder and a solo homer by Joey Gallo. The insurance runs came in handy once Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso delivered a two-run single in the eighth.   Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) worked a scoreless second to get the win.   […]
July 9, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Serena Williams wins three-set quarterfinal   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams was pushed to three sets on Centre Court before beating fellow American Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th Wimbledon semifinal.   Williams broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set when Riske double-faulted on the fourth break point of the game, and then served out the win with an ace.   Williams is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam victory, while Riske was playing her first quarterfinal at a major tournament.   Earlier, Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time, beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1. The 2018 French Open champion is looking for her second career Grand Slam title but had not reached the semifinals at the All England Club since 2014.   MLB-ALL-STAR GAME   Lots of All-Star rookies in Cleveland   CLEVELAND (AP) – A lot of new faces will be on the field for tonight’s All-Star Game in Cleveland. There are 36 first-time All Stars on the two teams.   They include the Mets’ Jeff McNeil, who leads the majors with a .349 average, and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr., the 21-year-old who was last year’s National League Rookie of the Year. American League newcomers include White Sox righthander Lucas Giolito.   If tonight’s game goes into extra innings, baseball fans might […]
July 9, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-HOME RUN DERBY   Alonso edges Guerrero in rookie battle for HR Derby title   CLEVELAND (AP) – Pete Alonso didn’t have the most round-trippers in the Home Run Derby on Monday, but he hit them when it mattered.   The New York Mets rookie first baseman is $1 million richer after defeating Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final.   Needing 23 homers to beat Guerrero, Alonso connected for a homer to left-center before flipping his bat high into the air and hugging his pitcher, cousin Derek Morgan.   Guerrero lost the derby despite hitting a record 91 home runs in the three rounds compared to 57 by the winner.   Alonso disappointed the local fans by homering on his final sweep to defeat Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, 14-13. He was booed as he walked away from the plate.   Alonso repeated his walk-off magic by going deep on his last swing to beat Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr., 20-19.   Guerrero advanced to the final by winning a prodigious second-round battle against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. They were tied after regulation and overtime before Guerrero hit two in the second three-swing run-off to beat Pederson, 40-39.   Guerrero eliminated Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman in the first round by belting 29 home runs, which was the derby record until the semifinals.   […]
July 8, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   TENNIS-WIMBLEDON   Serena Williams reaches quarterfinals   WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams eased into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 14th time by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court.   Williams won six straight games from 3-2 in the first set to take control of the match. She raised both arms in celebration after her fifth break of the match gave her a 5-2 lead in the second set and served out the victory when Suarez Navarro sent a backhand wide.   Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title after losing last year’s final to Angelique Kerber. She has never lost a set in seven career meetings against Suarez Navarro.   Williams will next face fellow American Alison Riske, who upset top-ranked Ash Barty earlier in the day, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.   Riske broke for a 5-3 lead in the deciding set and clinched the win on her first match point when Barty sent a backhand wide.   The loss ends a 15-match winning streak for Barty, who was coming off titles at the French Open and Birmingham and was playing her first tournament as No. 1.   Also, Barbora Strycova came from a set and break down to beat Elise Mertens 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Mertens led 5-2 in the second set but lost nine straight games to go 4-0 down in the second. […]

HAVE A REQUEST? CALL OR TEXT OUR STUDIO LINE!

336-846-WINS (9467)

Main Office Number - 336-846-WKSK (9575)
Join WKSK on Social Media