NEWS & SPORTS

May 21, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Miami at Detroit 7:10 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at St. Louis 8:15 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Oakland at Cleveland 6:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Boston at Toronto 7:07 p.m. Seattle at Texas 8:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Houston 8:10 p.m. Minnesota at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Colorado at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Chi Cubs 7:05 p.m. Washington at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee 7:40 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco 9:45 p.m. Arizona at San Diego 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Milwaukee at Toronto 8:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS San Jose at St. Louis 8:00 p.m.  
May 21, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     VOTER ID-NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina Senate debates bill to fix voter ID denials RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Voter ID legislation now goes before North Carolina’s Senate after the House eased rules around authenticating student and employee identification cards for use in next year’s elections. The House bill is set for Senate elections committee debate on Tuesday. The photo ID cards provided by many University of North Carolina system campuses have failed to meet security standards set in a new law, and without some changes, hundreds of state and local institutions can’t apply again to the State Board of Elections to have their IDs qualify for election use until 2021. The House bill provides another chance to qualify this fall. The House also would give county elections boards more flexibility operating early in-person voting places in municipal elections.     DUKE ENERGY-GRID COSTS Opponents mobilize against easing Duke Energy rate increases RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Opponents want North Carolina lawmakers to reject Duke Energy Corp.’s push to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles. Energy Justice NC, NC WARN and other environmental advocates are organizing citizens on Tuesday who want to lobby legislators and voice opposition to Senate Bill 559. The change would allow Duke Energy or Virginia-based Dominion Energy to set a key component of […]
May 21, 2019
Financial News
        Global markets mostly higher … OECD cuts forecast for world growth … Dressbarn closing all stores   BEIJING (AP) – Global stock markets were mostly higher today after anxiety over U.S. curbs on sales to Chinese tech giant Huawei dragged down Wall Street. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Sydney advanced. Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. On Wall Street, futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow are each up 0.4%.   BEIJING (AP) – The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has cut its forecast for world growth this year and warns about the impact of the escalating trade tensions. The organization, which advises industrialized nations on policy, says it expects the global economy to grow 3.2% this year, down from its previous forecast of 3.3%. It singles out trade tensions as the “principal factor weighing on the world economy” and notes that trade is expected to grow just 2% this year, which would be the lowest in a decade.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says a sharp rise in corporate debt is being closely monitored but currently the Fed does not see the types of threats that triggered the 2008 financial crisis. Powell says views about riskier corporate debt – known as leveraged lending – range from “this is a rerun of the subprime mortgage crisis” to “nothing to worry about here.”   UNDATED (AP) – The airline industry’s U.S. […]
May 21, 2019
  MVAC Baseball – 2019 All Conference Team   Champions – West Wilkes Tournament Champions – West Wilkes Player of the Year – Skylar Brooks – Wilkes Central Pitcher of the Year – Riley Ledford – West Wilkes Coach of the Year – Drew Ward – West Wilkes Tournament MVP – Riley Ledford – West Wilkes   All Conference                                                           Honorable Mention Jared Foley – Alleghany                                         Blake Murphy – Alleghany Joe Hampton – Alleghany                                     Brandon Nichols – Alleghany Zach Bare – Ashe County                                      Cole Hudler – Ashe County Porky Windish – Ashe County                              Cory Treva – Ashe County                                                      James Burcham – East Wilkes                              Austen Absher – East Wilkes                                                      Caedon Howell – East Wilkes                               Ben Longbottom – East Wilkes Sean Sidden – East Wilkes                                    Ryley Cheek – Elkin                                                                                                                                                                           Wyatt Jester – Elkin                                               Maston Renegar – Elkin Sammy Johnston – North Wilkes                        Nathan Childers – North Wilkes Cole Chipman – North Wilkes                              Seth Kyle – North Wilkes Dawson Smith – Starmount                                 Eric Wilkes – Starmount Dillon Draughn – Starmount                                Justin Williams – Starmount Trey Dezern – Starmount                                     Justin Dickson – West Wilkes Colton Stotler – West Wilkes                               Trenton Mastin – West Wilkes Riley Ledford – West Wilkes                                 CJ Clements – Wilkes Central Braxton Church – West Wilkes                             Aiken Minton – Wilkes Central Cory Lackey – West Wilkes Caleb Miles – West Wilkes Skylar Brooks – Wilkes Central Noah Johnson – Wilkes Central Ethan Adams – Wilkes Central Hunter Johnson – Wilkes Central […]
May 21, 2019
Local News Budget Proposal
  LOCAL NEWS (5-21-09)   ASHE COUNTY ACTING COUNTY MANAGER ADAM STUMB YESTERDAY (MON) PRESENTED TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS   $37, 153, 467 2019/2020 PROPOSED BUDGET.   THE PROPOSAL WOULD HOLD THE TAX RATE AT 44 CENTS PER 100 DOLLARS OF TAXABLE PROPERTY.   STUMB TOLD WKSK, THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE REQUESTED A TAX INCREASE.  LAUREL SPRINGS AND NEW RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE SEEKING AN INCREASE FROM .04 TO .07, WHILE WARRENSVILLE’S RATE WOULD INCREASE FROM .068 TO .08.  STUMB SAYS, “I BELIEVE THAT THIS BUDGET REPRESENTS A WELL THOUGHT OUT PROPOSAL WHICH INCLUDES THE HARD WORK OF EACH DEPARTMENT OF THIS COUNTY”.  THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE ON THE ashecountygov.com WEBSITE UNDER “FINANCE”.  IN HIS PROPOSAL STUMB REMINDS COMMISSIONERS, ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF REVENUE MAY BE REQUIRED IN THE FUTURE.   THE COUNTY HAS MAJOR EXPENSES ON THE HORIZON INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL, WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXPANSION PROJECT, THE POTENTIAL OF THE OLD MIDDLE SCHOOL, PROPOSED NEW BUILDINGS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, HEALTH DEPARTMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AND ANIMAL CONTROL.  COMMISSIONERS WILL BEGIN BUDGET TALKS FOLLOWING THE BOARD’S JUNE 3RD MEETING.  A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17TH.          
May 21, 2019
AP Entertainment
        Entertainment:   “GAME OF THRONES” FADES TO BLACK LOS ANGELES (AP) – We know millions saw it. But did the millions like what they see? Now that the final episode of “Game of Thrones” has aired, some of those who have followed the series through all eight of its seasons are weighing in on the finale. As with any drama series, there are those who feel that the last episode of GOT neatly wrapped up all the loose ends. Others – not so much. Among the highlights – if you haven’t already gotten them – King Brandon Stark ends up the “winner” – but it’s kind of a hollow victory. He won’t get to sit on the Iron Throne, because it was consumed by dragon fire. And the Seven Kingdom empire he takes over is shy one kingdom. His sister Sansa annexed one, making her leader of a liberated Winterfell.   GAME OF THRONES – WHAT’S NEXT? LOS ANGELES (AP) – That’s a wrap for “Game of Thrones.” Or is it? Even as the show’s eight-season run on HBO has come to an end, there’s still plenty of buzz about what might be next. Though the series has gone beyond the scope of the books that George R.R. Martin has already written, he still plans to finish and release two more books in the “Game of Thrones” series. And that can produce fodder for future projects. […]
May 21, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Boston 12 Toronto 2 Final Oakland 6 Cleveland 4 Final N-Y Yankees 10 Baltimore 7 Final Texas 10 Seattle 9 Final Houston 3 Chi White Sox 0 Final Minnesota 3 L-A Angels 1   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final N-Y Mets 5 Washington 3 Final Philadelphia 5 Chi Cubs 4, 10 Innings Final Atlanta 4 San Francisco 1 Final San Diego 2 Arizona 1   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final OT Golden State 119 Portland 117   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Miami at Detroit 7:10 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at St. Louis 8:15 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Oakland at Cleveland 6:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Boston at Toronto 7:07 p.m. Seattle at Texas 8:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Houston 8:10 p.m. Minnesota at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Colorado at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Chi Cubs 7:05 p.m. Washington at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee 7:40 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco 9:45 p.m. Arizona at San Diego 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Milwaukee at Toronto 8:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS San Jose at St. Louis 8:00 p.m.    
May 21, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     DUKE ENERGY-GRID COSTS Opponents mobilize against easing Duke Energy rate increases RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Opponents want North Carolina lawmakers to reject Duke Energy Corp.’s push to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles. Energy Justice NC, NC WARN and other environmental advocates are organizing citizens on Tuesday who want to lobby legislators and voice opposition to Senate Bill 559. The change would allow Duke Energy or Virginia-based Dominion Energy to set a key component of electricity rates for up to five years without the companies having to justify their reasons in multiple, trial-like hearings. The measure surfaced after state utilities regulators last year wouldn’t approve a $13 billion, 10-year Duke Energy proposal on electricity grid updates with profit margins tacked on. The country’s largest electricity company also sees coal ash cleanup costing up to $10 billion.     RDU AIRPORT-GATES Raleigh-Durham Airports adds gates, security lanes MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Raleigh-Durham International Airport is expanding both gates and security lanes as the airport copes with a record-breaking number of passengers. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports three budget airlines will join Southwest in Terminal 1 by April 1, 2020. The move by Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit Airlines will free space in Terminal 2. To make room for the new airlines, four unused gates […]
May 21, 2019
Financial News
        Global markets mostly higher … OECD cuts forecast for world growth … Dressbarn closing all stores   BEIJING (AP) – Global stock markets were mostly higher today after anxiety over U.S. curbs on sales to Chinese tech giant Huawei dragged down Wall Street. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Sydney advanced. Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. On Wall Street, futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow are each up 0.4%.   BEIJING (AP) – The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has cut its forecast for world growth this year and warns about the impact of the escalating trade tensions. The organization, which advises industrialized nations on policy, says it expects the global economy to grow 3.2% this year, down from its previous forecast of 3.3%. It singles out trade tensions as the “principal factor weighing on the world economy” and notes that trade is expected to grow just 2% this year, which would be the lowest in a decade.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says a sharp rise in corporate debt is being closely monitored but currently the Fed does not see the types of threats that triggered the 2008 financial crisis. Powell says views about riskier corporate debt – known as leveraged lending – range from “this is a rerun of the subprime mortgage crisis” to “nothing to worry about here.”   UNDATED (AP) – The airline industry’s U.S. […]
May 20, 2019
WKSK…A Top Performer Again!
  Nielsen, the most respected name in radio audience measurement, has released the 2019 County by County survey results. We are extremely pleased to announce that WKSK again has one of the most loyal audiences in its home county in North Carolina.   We are a top performer again.  Our station takes 22.9% of the radio listening audience in Ashe County each week in prime time.  That’s one in five of the 24,100 Ashe County residents that listen when your advertisements and service announcements air on this station.  We are proud of our loyal local audience.    That listening level of listenership is twice that of WBRF-FM 98.1 licensed to Galax City, VA (11.1%) and nearly five times more radio listening than Ashe County licensed WMMY-FM 106.1 (4.0%)   WKSK has almost 10,000 listeners each week in Ashe County. These listeners tune in for an average of 6 hours each week.   We appreciate the confidence listeners have placed in WKSK. We don’t take it lightly. Efforts to build our audience through local community service pay larger dividends to you and your business when you use our station for commercial or public service purposes.   On May 27th, 2019 WKSK will celebrate 60 years of broadcasting service to the people of Ashe County and surrounding communities. We appreciate your loyalty and hope to be around 60 more.   Source: Nielsen 2019 County Coverage, Persons 12+, M-F 6a-7p, Ashe County, NC […]
May 20, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 2 Toronto 2 (Bot 2nd) Oakland at Cleveland 6:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Baltimore 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Texas 8:05 p.m. Chi White Sox at Houston 8:10 p.m. Minnesota at L-A Angels 10:07 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Washington at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Chi Cubs 8:05 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco 9:45 p.m. Arizona at San Diego 10:10 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Golden State at Portland 9:00 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS     AP-WF-05-20-19 1755GMT
May 20, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     HONDA AIRCRAFT Honda jet division expanding N Carolina production space GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Honda’s jet division is expanding its headquarters in North Carolina. Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft Co. announced Monday it is expanding its global headquarters with an extra 82,000 square feet for expanded wing assembly and more parts storage for the private jets rolling off the production line. The company says the added space will increase productivity by allowing more wings to be assembled at the same time as the rest of the seven-seat HondaJet Elite. Honda Aircraft spokeswoman Jessica Ketner says the expansion due for completion in July 2020 won’t result in added hiring, though employment is expanding steadily. Ketner says the company has 1,500 employees in Greensboro. HondaJets are designed to fly higher than commercial airliners and are used for business or charter travel, and could be used as air ambulances.   This story has been corrected: Using HondaJets as air ambulances has been proposed but they are not yet used that way; also removes reference to HondaJets being designed to fly faster than commercial airliners.     DRONES-STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS APNewsBreak: Nearly all states use drones for range of work SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A survey obtained by The Associated Press shows that public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state. The report being released […]
May 20, 2019
Financial News
        Stock sell-off of chipmakers…Trump tweets on bank reports…Ford shedding 10% of salaried workforce   Resending to fix slug   NEW YORK (AP) – A sell-off in shares of chipmakers is pushing U.S. stocks lower in morning trading on Wall Street. Companies are taking steps to comply with the Trump administration’s decision to restrict technology sales to Chinese telecom giant Huawei (WAH’-way). About one-third of Huawei’s suppliers are American chipmakers, including Qualcomm and Broadcom. Both those stocks have been down more than 4% in early trading.   WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump tweeted today that he didn’t borrow from many banks because he “didn’t need the money,” not because they wouldn’t do business with him. The tweet appears to be in response to a New York Times report that Deutsche (DOY’-chuh) Bank anti-money- laundering specialists recommended that multiple transactions associated with Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be flagged to federal authorities.   DETROIT (AP) – Ford is shedding 10 percent of its global salaried workforce by cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs when Ford’s major global restructuring ends in August. The company says the plan will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager.   WASHINGTON (AP) – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he plans to recommend the agency approve the $26.5 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Pai says the combination will speed up 5G […]
May 20, 2019
Ashe County HS Athletics – Week of May 20
  Announcements Summer Sports Camp information will be posted on the ACHS Website this week.  The dates of this camps are listed below.   Monday – May 20 Mandatory NCHSAA Dead Period begins. (Last 10 days of the Semester)     Tuesday – May 21 Spring Sports Banquet – Refreshments at 6:00/Awards at 7:00       Upcoming Important Dates Tennis Camp – June 3-6 4th Annual Mountain Madness Hoops Camp – June 11-13 Diamond Stars Softball Camp – June 11-13 Husky Baseball Camp – June 18-20 Huskies Football Camp (1st-6th Grade) – June 24-26 Lady Husky Summer Hoops Camp – June 25-27 NCHSAA Summer Dead Period #1 – July 1-7 NCHSAA Summer Dead Period #2 – July 15 -21 NC Coaches Clinic – July 15-18 Husky Volleyball Camp – July 29-30 Fall Sports Practices Start Date – August 1      
May 20, 2019
AP Entertainment
        Entertainment:   “GAME OF THRONES” FINALE LOS ANGELES (AP) – The last of the heads has rolled – and the final bit of dragon fire has been belched out – as “Game of Thrones” has come to an end. The 73rd and final episode of the HBO series aired last night. Among the highlights of the finale: Jon Snow vowed his love and loyalty to Queen Daenerys Targaryen – this, even as he stabbed her to death out of fear she’s become a mad tyrant. That, in turn, led to King Brandon Stark becoming King Bran the Broken. However, Bran won’t sit on the Iron Throne – because a dragon melted it. And Bran won’t rule the Seven Kingdoms, because his Sister Sansa bolted with one of them, becoming queen of a now-independent Winterfell.   LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s taken three weeks. But someone has ended the box office reign of “Avengers: Endgame.” And that someone is John Wick. Studio estimates say “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” took in $57 million in its opening weekend. That’s more than was expected for the violence-driven Keanu Reeves franchise. In fact, the $57 million opening weekend total is nearly double that of the second “John Wick,” which in turn doubled the original, which came out in 2014. Meanwhile, though it’s no longer number one, “Avengers: Endgame” continues its march toward box office history. Domestically it’s now second […]
May 21, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS   Raptors host Game 4   TORONTO (AP) – The Raptors hosts the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 4 tonight in the Eastern Conference NBA finals. The Bucks lead 2-1.   The Raptors’ Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard played a playoff career-high 52 minutes in Toronto’s double-overtime victory over the Bucks on Sunday. With Leonard battling fatigue, the Raptors will try to even the series tonight.   Leonard isn’t just an offensive force. A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, he helped limit Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) to 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting in Game 3. Sunday marked the sixth time in 15 playoff games with Toronto that Leonard has scored 35 or more.   NHL PLAYOFFS   Blues hope to advance to finals   ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz’s hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference NHL final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins. The Blues could advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970 when they host Game 6 tonight in St Louis.   Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko (tehr-uh-SENK’-oh) have played huge roles in the Blues’ playoff success — but not necessarily in the way that was expected. Tarasenko has come […]
May 21, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS-WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS   Warriors beat Blazers 119-117 in OT for NBA Finals berth   PORTLAND (AP) – Draymond Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year with a 119-117 victory on Monday to sweep the Portland Trail Blazers.   Stephen Curry added 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He and Green became the first teammates to have triple doubles in the same playoff game.   The Warriors will face the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the Toronto and Milwaukee. The Bucks lead that series 2-1 with Game 4 on Tuesday night in Canada.   Damian Lillard, playing with separated ribs, had 28 points and 12 assists for Portland. He missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out in the extra period. Meyers Leonard added a career-high 30 points along with 12 rebounds.   Elsewhere in the NBA:   – The Cavaliers have added former Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff to John Beilein’s staff as an associate head coach. Bickerstaff was a candidate for Cleveland’s opening and interviewed for the job before the Cavs lured Beilein from Michigan after a successful 12-year run. Bickerstaff was fired in April by Memphis following a 33-49 season.   – A person with knowledge of the process tells The […]
May 20, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS   Warriors can wrap up Western Conference finals   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors can complete a sweep of their Western Conference final series against the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland. No team has ever rallied to win an NBA playoff series after losing the first three games. The Warriors came back from an 18-point deficit to win Game 3 on Saturday.   The Trail Blazers are going to need more from Damian Lillard to get back in the series, and the star guard is playing though a rib injury. He had 19 points in Saturday’s loss, well off the 33 he averaged in Portland’s first-round series against the Thunder. He has been double-teamed often with the Warriors keying in on him.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Mets manager under fire   UNDATED (AP) – Mets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The listless Mets are 11-and-21 in their last 32 games.   Also on the major league schedule:   – Big-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston in an afternoon game on Victoria Day. The 20-year-old Guerrero has homered four times […]
May 20, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-BUCKS-RAPTORS   Raptors outlast Bucks in 2OTs   TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have guaranteed themselves a trip back to Milwaukee after taking Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.   Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored eight of his game-high 36 points in double-overtime to lead the Raptors to a 118-112 victory over the Bucks. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) delivered 25 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto pulled within two games to one in the series. Siakam also missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation that could have iced the game for the Raptors.   The Raptors led by double-digits in the first half, but the Bucks pulled even by allowing just 38 points in the second half. Norman Powell scored 19 points before fouling out, and Marc Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 12 points and 23 rebounds for the Bucks, but he shot just 5-for-16 before fouling out 36 seconds into the second OT.   Game 4 is Tuesday in Toronto.   NBA-PELICANS-LANGDON   AP Source: Pelicans hire Trajan Langdon as GM   NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have hired Nets assistant general manager Trajan (TRAY’-jahn) Langdon to serve as GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.   The former Duke and […]
May 17, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   PGA CHAMPIONSHIP   Dustin Johnson has wild nine-hole ride   FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Dustin Johnson took a wild ride on Bethpage Black’s back 9 as he moved up the leaderboard Friday.   Johnson, the top-ranked player in the world, began the day at 1 under par and promptly bogeyed the 10th hole; he opened his first round with a bogey, too.   But then he got rolling, with birdies at the 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th. Suddenly, he was at 5 under for the tournament, two shots behind leader Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), who tees off in the afternoon. A drive into the rough and an approach wide of the green led to a bogey on 18, however. Johnson, whose only major victory was in the 2016 U.S. Open, had only two pars on his first nine holes.   On Thursday Koepka became the first player to shoot 63 twice in the same major. The defending champion broke the course record with a 7-under 63 that gave him a one-shot advantage over Danny Lee.   OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR   Investigators: Late Ohio State team doctor abused 177 men   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Investigators say at least 177 male students were sexually abused by an Ohio State University team doctor who died in 2005.   The university released findings Friday from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard […]
May 17, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS-WARRIORS/TRAIL BLAZERS   Warriors 2 wins from another finals appearance   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors are two wins away from their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals following a big second-half comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers.   The Warriors took a two-games-to-none lead in the Western Conference finals by turning a 15-point, halftime deficit into a 114-111 victory over the Blazers. Klay Thompson provided 13 of his 24 points while Golden State outscored Portland, 39-24 in the third quarter. But the Warriors didn’t take the lead for good until Kevon Looney’s dunk made it 112-111 in the final minute.   Stephen Curry reached the 30-point plateau for the fourth straight game, finishing with 37. Curry also had eight rebounds and eight assists, while Draymond Green chipped in 16 points, 10 boards and seven assists.   Portland scored just 46 points after building a 65-50 halftime lead.   Blazers guard Damian Lillard had a team-high 23 points but had a potential game-tying 3-pointer blocked by Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah).   CJ McCollum finished with 22 points for the Trail Blazers, who host Game 3 on Saturday.   The Warriors played their third straight game without All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who will also miss Games 3 and 4 in Portland as he continues his recovery from a strained right calf. The team says he was […]
May 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS-TRAIL BLAZERS/WARRIORS   Warriors look to build off strong Game 1   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have a 1-0 lead over Portland in their Western Conference playoff series after beating the Trail Blazers 116-94 Tuesday night. Stephen Curry got hot and the Warriors moved the ball crisply as the two-time defending champions found their familiar swagger in the win against the Blazers.   Now, Portland has studied the film and will aim to make adjustments on both ends of the floor ahead of Game 2. The Blazers are looking to get more out of their backcourt duo Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum at Oracle Arena Thursday night.   NHL PLAYOFFS-BRUINS/HURRICANES   Boston tries for a sweep at Carolina   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes will be trying to avoid a sweep at home by the Boston Bruins Thursday night.   Carolina has been unable so far to solve Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask), who is stopping just about any puck NHL playoff opponents can shoot his way. The 32-year-old Finnish netminder has stopped 85 of 90 shots in the first three games of the series with the Hurricanes, guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup Final.   Rask allowed 1.5 goals per game during the Bruins’ six-game winning streak with 20 saves in the first period of […]
May 16, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS-BUCKS/RAPTORS   Bucks rally to take opener   MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks are a step closer to their first trip to the NBA Finals since their memorable seven-game series with the Boston Celtics in 1974.   Brook Lopez scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Bucks rallied in the final minutes to beat the Toronto Raptors, 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put the Bucks ahead for good. He added a 3-pointer on the next Milwaukee possession to make it a four-point edge.   Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) added 24 points for the Bucks, who are trying to reach the Finals for the third time in team history, and the first without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.   Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 and Nikola Mirotic had 13 for Milwaukee, which closed the game on a 10-0 run.   The Raptors led by as many as 13 early and took an 83-76 lead into the final quarter. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 30 for Toronto.   Game 2 is Friday in Milwaukee.   NBA-MAGIC-BIRD AWARD   Magic, Bird to get Lifetime Achievement Award   Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.   The league and Turner Sports have announced that the Hall of […]
May 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS-RAPTORS/BUCKS   Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks   MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -The top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks play host to the second-seeded Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.   The two teams had the best records in the NBA this season – Milwaukee went 60-22, Toronto went 58-24 – and one of them will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals starting May 30. Milwaukee hasn’t been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, while Toronto has never been to the title round.   There’s a big-name superstar on either side: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. The Bucks have a coach who wasn’t there last year; the Raptors have a coach who wasn’t in charge last year. Similarities abound between Milwaukee and Toronto. Over the next couple of weeks, one team will separate itself and reach the NBA Finals.   The NBA’s playoff pool of bonus money this season is a record $21,676,510, and Milwaukee and Toronto are both assured a significant chunk of that. The Bucks have already claimed over 2.5 million in pool money; the Raptors are up to almost 1.8 million. The winner of this series is assured just over 2.5 million more just for making the NBA Finals – and would get another almost 1.3 million for winning the title.   NHL PLAYOFFS-SHARKS/BLUES   San Jose Sharks at […]
May 15, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS-WARRIORS/TRAIL BLAZERS   Curry’s treys lift Warriors   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have opened the NBA’s Western Conference finals with a blowout win over the Portland Trail Blazers.   Stephen Curry nailed nine 3-pointers while scoring 36 points as the two-time defending champs blasted the Blazers, 116-94. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31.   Klay Thompson had 26 points for the Warriors, who were without injured star Kevin Durant due to a leg injury. Draymond Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.   Lillard scored 19 points and McCollum had 17 for the Trail Blazers, who will try to even the series Thursday in Oakland.   NBA-TRAIL BLAZERS-KANTER Senator makes plea for Kanter SALEM, Ore. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against the Toronto Raptors. Kanter is a Turkish star whose native country wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Oregon senator wrote Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking that his government facilitate Kanter’s safe passage to and from Canada if the […]
May 14, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA-PLAYOFFS Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Warriors star Kevin Durant is likely out for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers with a strained right calf. Golden State finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets without Durant, who watched the final game of that series at home in the Bay Area. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Durant hasn’t stepped on the floor since being injured in Game 5 against Houston.   But Golden State showed it can win without KD: Stephen Curry came alive at last in the second half of the clincher at Houston, scoring all 33 of his points after the break.   Golden State opens the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight.   NHL PLAYOFFS   Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Boston has won the first two games of the best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference final series with Game 3 tonight in Raleigh – where so far, the Hurricanes are unbeaten in the playoffs on home ice.   When it comes to power plays, though, the Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage. Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the NHL playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league’s worst on power plays – […]
May 13, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NHL-PLAYOFFS   Blues in San Jose for Game 2 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – San Jose hosts St. Louis for Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Final tonight. Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR’) delivered for the Sharks in their 6-3 victory in Game 1 and leads the NHL this post-season with 11 goals and 17 points. He has eight game-winning goals in the playoffs and two in overtime, earning the reputation as a clutch player.   The Blues may need more from forward Vladimir Tarasenko if they hope to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. Tarasenko led the team with 33 goals in the regular season, but wasn’t much of a factor in Game 1.   MLB-SCHEDULE   Fiers returns to the mound following no-hitter   UNDATED (AP) – Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers pitches in Seattle, starting for the first time since his second career no-hitter Tuesday against Cincinnati. Fiers lost to the Mariners on opening day in Japan. Rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball for Seattle after a masterful outing at Yankee Stadium that raised eyebrows last week. A dark substance was spotted under the bill of Kikuchi’s cap.   In other games on the major league schedule:   – After dropping two of three to the Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend, Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers visit Philadelphia […]
May 13, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE   Blazers, Raptors advance   UNDATED (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors have extended their seasons. The Trail Blazers have reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 19 years by taking a Game 7 on the road. The Toronto Raptors reached the Eastern Conference Finals by winning a Game 7 with a last-second basket.   In Denver, CJ McCollum scored 37 points and the Blazers overcame a 17-point, first-half deficit to beat the Nuggets 100-96. Evan Turner delivered 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter after scoring just four in the first six games of the series. Turner also dribbled out the clock after grabbing the rebound of a desperation 3-point attempt by Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch).   The Nuggets raced to a 39-22 lead midway through the second quarter before Portland began to chip away. The Trail Blazers were down just one point heading into the fourth quarter until Denver shot 7-for-24 the rest of the way, including 3-for-10 by Jokic.   Jokic led Denver with 29 points but missed 15 shots.   The Western Conference Finals begin Tuesday in Oakland.   The Raptors pulled out a 92-90 win over Philadelphia when Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard nailed a shot from the corner over 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’). Leonard capped his 41-point performance with a shot that bounced off […]
May 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Reverse deja vu as Warriors to face Rockets without Durant   HOUSTON (AP) – In the NBA Western Conference finals last season, the Houston Rockets had home-court advantage and took a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors before Houston star Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the series.   As these teams prepare for Game 6 of the conference semifinals Friday night, the Warriors find themselves in almost the same situation Houston was in last year.   The Warriors are just a win away from advancing to the conference finals for the fifth straight time, but will have to do it without NBA-playoffs leading scorer Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the series with a strained right calf.   The two-time defending champions took advantage of Paul’s injury in 2018 to win two straight after falling behind 3-2 and eliminated the Rockets on their home court to advance.   The Rockets don’t want to see Golden State celebrate a series victory on their home court again and are determined to bounce back after Wednesday night’s loss to avoid being eliminated by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons.   The Western Conference semifinal series between Portland and Denver will be decided in a Game 7 on Sunday. The Trail Blazers avoided elimination Thursday […]
May 10, 2019
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA PLAYOFFS Butler does it, leads 76ers past Raptors to force Game 7 PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jimmy Butler lived up to his Jimmy Buckets nickname to help Philadelphia force a seventh game against Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals, hitting them in bunches and scoring 25 points in the 76ers’ 112-101 victory over the Raptors on Thursday night.   Game 7 is Sunday night in Toronto.   Butler, disgruntled in Minnesota before he was traded to Philadelphia in November, scored 19 points in the half and all of them   Portland forces game 7 PORTLAND (AP) – Damian Lillard had 32 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers staved off elimination to force a decisive Game 7 in their series with Denver with a 119-108 victory on Thursday night.   The Nuggets head home with a chance to make it to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009. Denver has been to the conference finals three times in franchise history.   The winner of Sunday’s game will face the winner of the series between the Golden State and the Houston Rockets. The defending NBA champion Warriors have a 3-2 advantage in the series after a 104-99 victory on Wednesday night. Game 6 is set for Friday in Houston.   NBA NEWS Kevin Durant to miss remainder of Houston series OAKLAND, Calif. […]

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