NEWS & SPORTS

September 25, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   EVAN RACHEL WOOD HIDES HER GENDER IN “KAJILLIONAIRE” LOS ANGELES (AP) – Evan Rachel Wood put in a lot of work to make you question whether she’s female in the film “Kajillionaire.” Wood says she worked on posture and movements to make herself look androgynous, down to how she’d put her hair behind her ear. One of the toughest parts was lowering her voice. Wood says she worked with a speech therapist because while she wanted her character to have a low voice, it’s bad for her because she’s also a singer. In “Kajillionaire,” Wood plays the daughter of two low-stakes con artists. The film is out today.   HOLLY HUNTER SUITS UP AS US PROSECUTOR IN ‘THE COMEY RULE’ LOS ANGELES (AP) – Oscar-winning actor Holly Hunter has been entrusted with playing an array of real-world women, from tennis great Billie Jean King to a cheerleading mom gone astray. In “The Comey Rule,” Hunter plays deputy U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, whose decades-long career imploded along with that of FBI director James Comey and others serving in the Trump administration. Comey is played by Jeff Daniels, with Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump. The project’s main draw for Hunter was playing Yates, who she says brought “ethical energy and intellect” to her Justice Department work. “The Comey Rule” airs 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday and Monday on Showtime.   MISSOURI CROWDS AMID PANDEMIC PROMPT REAL-LIFE […]
September 25, 2020
WKSK Person of the Week
  WKSK /  Village Florist Person(s) of the Week:   Linda Wyrick is the WKSK Person(s) of the Week for September 25th 2020   Congratulations Linda!        
September 25, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final L.A. Dodgers 5 Oakland 1   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 4 Final Toronto 4 N.Y. Yankees 1 Final Baltimore 13 Boston 1 Final Houston 12 Texas 4 Final Kansas City 8 Detroit 7   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Pittsburgh 7 Chicago Cubs 0 Final Colorado 5 San Francisco 4 Final N.Y. Mets 3 Washington 2 Final Miami 4 Atlanta 2 Final St. Louis 4 Milwaukee 2   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final L.A. Lakers 114 Denver 108   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Miami 31 Jacksonville 13   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Seattle 89 Minnesota 79 Final Connecticut 77 Las Vegas 68 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 6:40 p.m. Miami at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. Boston at Atlanta 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland 7:10 p.m. Chi Cubs at Chi White Sox 8:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Minnesota 8:10 p.m. L-A Angels at L-A Dodgers 9:40 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore at Toronto 6:37 p.m. Detroit at Kansas City 8:05 p.m. Houston at Texas 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Oakland 9:40 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE St. Louis at Milwaukee 5:15 p.m. N-Y Mets at Washington 6:05 p.m. Colorado at Arizona 6:40 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis 8:45 p.m. Colorado at Arizona 10:10 p.m. San Francisco at […]
September 25, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment      AP-US-POSTAL-SERVICE-LAWSUIT Post office defends on claims that cuts threaten election PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Officials from six states and the District of Columbia have asked a federal judge to halt what they say are slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service that threaten the upcoming presidential election. They argued Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that on-time delivery dropped sharply in July and has not fully rebounded as the nation battles a pandemic and prepares for an election that could hinge on mail-in ballots. Judges in Washington state and New York issued emergency orders this month in similar cases. The states involved in Thursday’s hearing are Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina.     AP-US-ELECTION-2020-ABSENTEE-VOTING-NORTH-CAROLINA GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The two Republican members of North Carolina’s state elections board have resigned after signing off on a settlement to help voters fix absentee ballot problems. The settlement has been criticized by Republican leaders. Ken Raymond and David Black announced their resignations late Wednesday from the State Board of Elections over the tentative agreement to let voters correct problems with witness information on their absentee ballots without filling out an entirely new ballot. Raymond and Black had joined the three Democratic state board members in unanimously approving the settlement, which was announced Tuesday.     AP-US-ELECTION-2020-POSTAL-SERVICE-DELAYS Records: Mail delivery […]
September 25, 2020
Financial News
    Global shares mixed…More Trump tax return court arguments   HONG KONG (AP) – Global shares were mixed today, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 dropped 1.5%, while Germany’s DAX slipped 1.4%. Britain’s FTSE 100 edged 0.2%. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei closed 0.5% higher. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up earlier gains, sinking 0.3%. The Shanghai Composite index fell 0.1%. On Wall Street, Dow and S&P futures are down.   NEW YORK (AP) – A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns is resorting to “speculation and innuendo” to justify his demands, the president’s lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments today after a district court judge last month rejected Trump’s renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to the president’s accounting firm. Vance’s office says there’s “a mountainous record” of public allegations of misconduct to support its efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is expected to file an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and […]
September 24, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   CELEBRITIES REACT IN ANGER ON DECISION IN BREONNA TAYLOR CASE NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For months now, actors, musicians and other celebrities have been calling for justice for Breonna Taylor – the Black woman who was shot to death by police in Louisville, Kentucky in a botched drug raid. And now that a grand jury has declined to indict the white officers who shot her, those calls are getting louder. Among those complaining are Viola Davis and Kerry Washington. Another actor, Queen Latifah, says failing to indict the officers for shooting Taylor, “ain’t right” adding, “enough already.” George Clooney says he’s “ashamed” by the ruling. Clooney criticized Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who complained about celebrity outsiders attacking the decision. In his statement, Clooney says he learned in Kentucky that people should be held accountable for their actions. One of the three officers involved in the shooting was indicted – but for acting recklessly by shooting into the apartment near Taylor’s, not for shooting the woman.   BREONNA TAYLOR: CELEBRITIES REACT UNDATED (AP) – Several celebrities have reacted to the decision by a Kentucky grand jury to not indict any of the three Louisville police officers on charges of shooting Breonna Taylor in her home during a botched drug raid. – “It’s a very complicated situation. But it ain’t right and enough already. Enough already. It’s time for some people to go to jail.” – Queen […]
September 24, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final L.A. Angels 5 San Diego 2 Final Arizona 7 Texas 3 Final Tampa Bay 8 N.Y. Mets 5 Final Kansas City 12 St. Louis 3 Final Oakland 6 L.A. Dodgers 4   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Cleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 2 Final Seattle 3 Houston 2 Final Toronto 14 N.Y. Yankees 1 Final Boston 9 Baltimore 1 Final Minnesota 7 Detroit 6   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 12 Washington 3 Final Cincinnati 6 Milwaukee 1 Final Pittsburgh 2 Chicago Cubs 1 Final Atlanta 9 Miami 4 Final San Francisco 7 Colorado 2   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Miami 112 Boston 109   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Final Tampa Bay 5 Dallas 2   — MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Final New England 3, Montreal 1 New England 3 Montreal 1 Final Atlanta 1, FC Dallas 0 Atlanta 1 FC Dallas 0 Final Toronto FC 1, New York City FC 0 Toronto FC 1 New York City FC 0 Final Orlando City 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 Orlando City 2 Sporting Kansas City 1 Final Columbus 2, Minnesota 1 Columbus 2 Minnesota 1 Final Philadelphia 0, Cincinnati 0, tie Philadelphia 0 Cincinnati 0 Final Chicago 4, Houston 0 Chicago 4 Houston 0 Final New York 4, Miami 1 New York 4 Miami 1 Final Nashville 1, D.C. United 0 Nashville 1 D.C. United 0 […]
September 24, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment      AP-NC-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA-COLLEGES N.C. State students can take in-person classes in spring RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – N.C. State University says its students can take in-person classes for the spring semester and live in campus housing. The school said on its website on Wednesday that classes will start Jan. 11 and finish April 29. The university also said it will have spring break March 15-19, and áwill conduct final exams May 3-7. N.C. State reported more than 30 clusters of COVID-19 since classes began in August. According to the school, students contracted COVID-19 in residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses and in off-campus apartments. Chancellor Randy Woodson said he was cautiously optimistic.     SUPREME COURT-RUSHING ‘Rock star’ appeals judge Allison Rushing in high court mix RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Allison Jones Rushing already has landed what most lawyers would consider a career-defining judicial position before turning 40. But her time as a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge could be brief should President Donald Trump pick her as his nominee to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. She began at the 4th Circuit just 18 months ago after a party-line Senate confirmation vote. She faced questions about her relatively short legal experience and link to a conservative legal group. The North Carolina native would be the first millennial on the Supreme Court. She’s clerked […]
September 24, 2020
Financial News
    Global shares lower…CA push for gasoline-powered vehicles   UNDATED (AP) – Global shares are lower today as caution has set in after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 fell nearly 0.7%. Germany’s DAX dipped 0.5%. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.7%. In Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei closed 1.1% lower. South Korea’s Kospi sank 2.6%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 1.8%, while the Shanghai Composite gave up 1.7%. U.S. shares look set to drift lower, with Dow futures falling 0.2% and S&P 500 futures slipping 0.2%.   SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered state regulators to develop new rules that would make California the first state to ban sales of new gas-powered cars. Newsom’s plan would not stop people from owning such vehicles or selling them in the used car market. But it would prevent the sale of new ones beginning in 2035.   LONDON (AP) – Britain’s top treasury official is preparing to announce a new program to help workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. He’s been under pressure from businesses and labor unions to step in with more direct support for people in precarious work situations. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil a package of economic measures during a speech to lawmakers today. It includes […]
September 23, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   TOP-20 NIELSEN SHOWS LACK SCRIPTED PROGRAMS NEW YORK (AP) – The latest Nielsen TV ratings have literally flipped the script. A look at the top 20 entries on the list finds that not a single one is a scripted show comedy or drama. It’s rare – but it makes sense in this, the coronavirus age. With Hollywood TV production shut down for six months by the pandemic, there are no fresh shows available as summer ends – and a new season around the corner. That means the current ratings list is dominated by NFL games, NBA playoff matches, competition shows like “America’s Got Talent” – and cable news programs.   HOLLYWOOD CORONAVIRUS DEAL ADDRESSES SICK DAYS LOS ANGELES (AP) – As production for movies and TV shows resumes after a 6-month stoppage because of the coronavirus, it raises the question: what happens if someone gets sick working in a studio, soundstage or on location? It’s among the scenarios addressed in the deal between producers and the unions that represent those who work on TV shows or movies. The deal calls for 10 days of paid COVID-19 sick leave per employee. The leave can be used if a worker tests positive for the coronavirus – or if someone has to be quarantined because someone else takes ill. It also calls for a worker who uses such leave to be reinstated to his or her job – as […]
September 23, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final N.Y. Mets 5 Tampa Bay 2 Final St. Louis 5 Kansas City 0 Final Arizona 7 Texas 0 Final L.A. Angels 4 San Diego 2 Final L.A. Dodgers 7 Oakland 2   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 3 Final N.Y. Yankees 12 Toronto 1 Final Boston 8 Baltimore 3 Final Minnesota 5 Detroit 4 Final Houston 6 Seattle 1   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Washington 5 Philadelphia 1 Final Milwaukee 3 Cincinnati 2 Final Washington 8 Philadelphia 7 Final Pittsburgh 3 Chicago Cubs 2 Final Atlanta 11 Miami 1 Final San Francisco 5 Colorado 2   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Denver 114 L.A. Lakers 106   — WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Final Las Vegas 83 Connecticut 75 Final Seattle 88 Minnesota 86 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE L-A Angels at San Diego 4:10 p.m. Texas at Arizona 6:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at N-Y Mets 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Kansas City 8:05 p.m. Oakland at L-A Dodgers 9:40 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox at Cleveland 6:10 p.m. N-Y Yankees at Toronto 6:37 p.m. Houston at Seattle 6:40 p.m. Baltimore at Boston 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota 7:40 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia at Washington 6:05 p.m. Milwaukee at Cincinnati 6:40 p.m. Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Miami at Atlanta 7:10 p.m. Colorado at […]
September 23, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment      ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The timing of a presidential pick for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor hung heavy over the second debate in a U.S. Senate race in North Carolina. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis said in Tuesday’s debate that he supports a swift process toward a new conservative on the Supreme Court. But Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham urged a delay until the next presidential term and accused Tillis of giving “a blank check to the president.” Tillis repeated several times that a Joe Biden presidency would bring “radical left” judges, eroding gun rights. Trump said he would announce his confirmation choice on Saturday.     ELECTION 2020-ABSENTEE VOTING-NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. The change announced Tuesday, if it stands, would likely yield an upward tick in the number of counted ballots in this presidential battleground state. The changes are contained in an agreement filed Tuesday in court with a union-affiliated group that sued over absentee ballot rules. Nearly 1 million absentee ballots already have been requested. A Democratic lawyer involved in absentee ballot litigation praised the […]
September 23, 2020
Financial News
    World stocks mostly higher…avoiding a gov’t shutdown   UNDATED (AP) – World stocks were mostly higher today as European shares advanced despite fresh data showing the regional economic recovery may be faltering. In early trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 2%, while the DAX in Germany added 1.5%. In Paris, the CAC 40 advanced 1.6%. In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 trimmed early losses, closing 0.1% lower. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong edged 0.1% higher. South Korea’s Kospi was almost unchanged, while the Shanghai Composite index added 0.2%. Wall Street futures are higher.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night. The agreement comes only after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight over his farm bailout. The stopgap measure will keep federal agencies fully up and running into December, giving lame-duck lawmakers time to digest the election and decide whether to pass the annual government funding bills by then or kick them to the next administration.   BEIJING (AP) – China is lashing out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the allegation a lie. A foreign ministry spokesman says the bill “maliciously slandered the human rights […]
September 22, 2020
Blood Drives
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September 22, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   EMMY RATINGS DOWN AGAIN NEW YORK (AP) – The Emmys were delivered to the winners on Sunday. But the show itself failed to deliver when it came to ratings. The Nielsen company reports 6.1 million people watched the socially-distanced awards show on Sunday night. That is down from the 6.9 million who watched last year. And the lower viewership seems to be a trend, not just a blip. This marks the third straight year of record low Emmys viewership. Last year marked the first time that viewership for the Emmys slipped under 10 million people. It’s a further sign that awards shows which used to be signature events – are no longer considered must-see-TV these days.   ELLEN DEGENERES OPENS NEW SEASON WITH DEFENSE OF OLD WAYS NEW YORK (AP) – Ellen DeGeneres says she had a “super-terrific” summer. And whether people who watch her show found that funny or too sarcastic – only time will tell. DeGeneres returned to her talk show yesterday, hoping to defuse months of talk that she presides over a toxic workplace. Those who support her likely saw her comments as a sincere effort to apologize and move on. But critics will likely see her attitude during her opening monologue as too flip for the occasion. Over the summer, three producers were fired amid claims that staffers were bullied, sexually harassed and in some cases, subject to racially insensitive remarks.   […]
September 25, 2020
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-LAKERS/NUGGETS Lakers top Nuggets for 3-1 series lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – In one sense, the Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from a berth in the NBA Finals after taking a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets. In another sense, the Nuggets have the Lakers right where they want them. Anthony Davis scored 34 points and LeBron James had 26 in the Lakers’ 114-108 victory over the Nuggets in the Western Conference finals. Davis made his first six shots before another Laker made a basket. James added nine rebounds and eight assists for Los Angeles, which had 12 offensive rebounds for a whopping 25-6 advantage in second-chance points. Jamal Murray had 32 points and eight assists, but Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) battled foul trouble and finished with just 16 points and seven rebounds. The Nuggets are in a familiar position down 3-1 heading into Game 5 on Saturday. They were in identical situations in the first two rounds, only to storm back to beat the Jazz and Clippers.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 Pac-12 to play football this fall UNDATED (AP) – There’s great news for West Coast football fans. The Pac-12 has decided to play football this fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns over COVID-19. The conference’s CEO group of university presidents voted unanimously to resume football and basketball, lifting a Jan. […]
September 24, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Herro leads Heat to 3-1 series lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) shot his age – and then some – in helping the Miami Heat take a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. The 20-year-old Herro set a Miami rookie playoff record by pouring in 37 points in a 112-109 victory over the Celtics. He was 14 of 21 from the floor and 5 of 10 from 3-point range in joining Magic Johnson as the only 20-year-olds in NBA playoff history to score at least 37 in a game. Herro delivered 17 points in the fourth quarter, including five straight to push Miami ahead, 91-85. Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) added 22 and Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) had 20 with 12 rebounds for the Heat. The Celtics erased a double-digit deficit and took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before fading. Jayson Tatum scored all 28 of his points in the second half. Jaylen Brown provided 21 points and Kemba Walker added 20 for the Celtics, who will try to stave off elimination on Friday.   NHL-STANLEY CUP FINAL Lightning take Game 3 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning are two wins away from their second Stanley Cup after knocking off Dallas in Game 3. Steven Stamkos scored in his return to action as the Lightning whipped the Stars, 5-2. Stamkos played for […]
September 23, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-PLAYOFFS Murray, Nuggets hang on to win, cut Lakers’ lead to 2-1 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Jamal Murray had 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-106 to cut the Lakers’ lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference finals. The Nuggets lost almost all of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter but held on to win, avoiding a 3-0 hole that would have been daunting even for these never-out-of-it Nuggets. Denver has set a record by erasing two 3-1 deficits in this postseason, but no NBA team has ever come back from 3-0. Jerami Grant added a playoff career-high 26 points and Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.   NBA NEWS Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as coach, replaces Boylen CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls have hired Billy Donovan as their coach. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. Donovan went 243-157 as coach of the Thunder and reached the playoffs each season. Now he joins a rebuilding franchise with new leadership in the front office.   In other NBA news: – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday […]
September 22, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-RAIDERS/SAINTS Raiders get win in new stadium LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Las Vegas Raiders have won their first game in a new hometown. Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and the Raiders rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat the Saints, 34-24. Carr was in complete control for most of the night, completing 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards. Darren Waller caught 12 of the passes for 103 yards as Carr’s most trusted option. Carr engineered four straight scoring drives in the second and third quarters to turn a 10-0 deficit into a 24-17 lead. Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) was 26 of 38 for 312 yards with one TD and one interception.   NFL-INJURIES Lock sidelined, Sutton out for season UNDATED (AP) – Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock could be out until midseason due to a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. The Broncos also lost Pro Bowl wide receiver Courtland Sutton for the season after he tore an ACL in his left knee against the Steelers. Sutton made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 72 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns.   In other NFL-related news: – Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss “multiple weeks” with a high right ankle sprain he sustained in Carolina’s 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.   – The 49ers have contacted the […]
September 21, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-LAKERs/NUGGETS Davis lifts Lakers to 2-0 series lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Anthony Davis had the last word in Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals. Davis made a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 105-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets and a series 2-0 lead. He scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half, including the Lakers’ last 10 of the game. The Nuggets had trailed by as much as 16, but Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) scored 11 straight Denver points down the stretch, including a basket that made it 103-102 with 20 seconds to play. LeBron James had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, while Jokic finished with 30 points and nine assists. Jamal Murray scored 25 points for the Nuggets, who are back in action on Tuesday.   PGA-US OPEN DeChambeau, Wolff match eagles on 9th at US Open MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) – Bryson DeChambeau has won the U.S. Open — the first major championship for golf’s long-hitting mad scientist. He shot 67 on Sunday to finish at 6 under. Third-round leader Matthew Wolff shot 75 to finish second, six strokes back. DeChambeau is the third person in history to win an NCAA title, a U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open. The others are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. DeChambeau was the only player under par […]
September 18, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) historic year has earned him a historic awards sweep. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Milwaukee forward is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league is not announcing the award until Friday afternoon. The 25-year-old Antetokounmpo becomes just the third player in league history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining only Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon (ah-KEEM’ ah-LAH’-zhoo-wahn). Antetokounmpo’s numbers this season were unprecedented, with averages of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Nobody had ever averaged those numbers over a full season; Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor both had seasons where they topped Antetokounmpo’s averages for points and rebounds, though both fell just shy of matching his assist average.   NBA PLAYOFFS Nuggets and Lakers begin Western Conference finals LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The NBA Western Conference finals begin Friday with the Denver Nuggets taking on the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers forward LeBron James is on the brink of his 10th trip to the NBA Finals and the Lakers are four wins away from getting there for the first time in a decade. The Nuggets are four wins from getting there for the first time. […]
September 17, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   Eds: UPDATES: Adding start of U.S. Open PGA-US OPEN US Open underway at Winged Foot MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) – Brandon Wu has kicked off the 120th U.S. Open with a drive into the right side of the fairway at Winged Foot. He found the fairway. He made par. That’s a good start at this U.S. Open. Winged Foot is reputed to be among the toughest of all U.S. Open tests. It’s hard to advance the ball very far. The greens are severe, and the bunkers are as much as 8 feet deep. That explains why only two players out of 750 who have started the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot finished under par: Fuzzy Zoeller (ZEHL’-ur) and Greg Norman in 1984. Zoeller won in an 18-hole playoff. Geoff Ogilvy won at 5-over par the last time at Winged Foot. Something similar is expected this week. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will get an early start Thursday, though they begin on opposite ends of the West Course. The opening round began with cloud cover. The rest of the week is expected to feature plenty of sunshine and mild weather, unusual for a U.S. Open. Then again, it’s been 113 years since the U.S. Open was played in September. It was moved from its traditional June spot in the calendar when golf shut down for three months in America because of the […]
September 15, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-SCHEDULE Steelers ride Big Ben, Snell to victory EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) looked like his former self on Monday after missing the final 14 games of last season following elbow surgery. Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers opened their schedule with a 26-16 win over the New York Giants. The Giants led 10-3 until Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington for scores in the second quarter. It remained 16-10 when Daniel Jones engineered a 19-play drive that got the Giants near the goal line. But Bud Dupree deflected the final pass of the drive, allowing Cam Heyward to come up with the interception. Bennie Snell rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries, his first 100-yard performance in his second NFL season. He received the bulk of the carries while James Connor battled an injury. The Steelers also bottled up Saquon (SAY’-kwahn) Barkley, who was held to six yards on 15 carries. Jones threw for 279 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice for the Giants.   NFL-NEWS NFL reminds team about mask requirements UNDATED (AP) – The NFL is reminding team personnel on the sidelines about the rules for wearing face coverings. There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players were not using them. Troy Vincent oversees the league’s football operations. He sent a memo to the 32 […]
September 14, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-CLIPPERS/NUGGETS Nuggets do it again, taking Clippers to Game 7 in West LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Denver Nuggets have done it again, climbing back from a 3-1 deficit for the second consecutive NBA playoffs series. It was a comeback within a comeback as the Nuggets turned a 19-point, third-quarter deficit into a 13-point win over the Clippers, 111-98. Denver outscored Los Angeles, 62-27 over a dizzying 20-minute stretch of the second half. Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Denver, which also faced a 3-1 series deficit before downing Utah. Jamal Murray scored 21 for the Nuggets, who also got 16 from Gary Harris. Paul George had 33 points and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 25 for the Clippers.   NBA-ROCKETS-D’ANTONI AP source: D’Antoni tells Rockets he’s not coming back LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says head coach Mike D’Antoni has told the Houston Rockets that he won’t be back next season. It was not totally unexpected. The Rockets and D’Antoni couldn’t agree on an extension last year, meaning he was coaching this season with no guarantee of his future in Houston.   NHL-SCHEDULE Lightning down Isles for 3-1 lead EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning used a quick-strike attack to take a three-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. The Lightning […]
September 11, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NFL-CHIEFS/TEXAS Chiefs open title defense with win KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs appear to have another offensive weapon after opening their Super Bowl title defense with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (heh-LEHR’) ran through the rain for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game since the Chiefs grabbed him in the first round of the NFL draft out of LSU. The pint-sized dynamo unleashed a wicked stutter-step before running 27 yards for his first career TD. Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ aerial attack is as potent as it was during their Super Bowl run. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) Jr. threw for 211 yards, including scoring strikes to Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs have won 10 straight dating to last season, including their come-from-behind 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs. Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he also was under relentless pressure and was intercepted once. David Johnson provided the biggest bright spot for Houston, running for 77 yards and a score. The game was attended by a socially-distanced crowd of about 17,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Chiefs lined up along the goal line about 30 minutes before kickoff and watched a video of Alicia Keyes performing “Lift Every Voice and […]
September 10, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Raptors stay alive LAKE BUENA VISTA (AP) – It took double-overtime for the Toronto Raptors to force a Game 7 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics. Kyle Lowry contributed 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes as the Raptors outlasted the Celtics, 125-122. He got an acrobatic jumper to fall with 11.7 seconds left. Lowry bounced back after scoring just 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting in Toronto’s Game 5 loss. Norman Powell finished with 23 points off the bench for the defending champs, Fred VanVleet had 21 and OG Anunoby chipped in 13 with 13 rebounds. Anunoby put Toronto ahead by nailing a 3-pointer with under a minute left. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart combined for 83 Boston points, but Kemba Walker managed just five. Brown was high man for Boston with 31 points and 16 rebounds, Tatum had 29 with 14 boards, and Smart had a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. However, Smart missed a 3-point try that would have forced a third OT. Game 7 is Friday. The Los Angeles Clippers are one win away from their first trip to the Western Conference finals following a 96-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard finished one assist shy of his first playoff triple-double, providing 30 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and […]
September 9, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Heat wipe out top-seeded Bucks; Lakers win LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The top seed is out after just two rounds and 10 games of the NBA playoffs. The Heat are in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in six years following a 103-94 win over the Bucks. Playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) because of a sprained ankle, the Bucks raced out to a 28-15 lead but couldn’t sustain the momentum. Miami answered with a 30-9 spurt that put the Heat ahead, 45-37. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) each scored 17 points for the Heat, who overcame 22 turnovers and clinched their seventh trip to the conference finals since 2005. The Bucks are just the sixth No. 1 seed to fail to advance to the conference finals since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984. Khris Middleton scored a game-high 23 points for the Bucks. Next up for Miami is the winner of the East semifinal series between the Celtics and Raptors, which Boston leads, three games to two. The Los Angeles Lakers enjoy a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals after beating the Houston Rockets for the second straight game. LeBron James scored 36 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) sparked a fourth-quarter rally in the Lakers’ 112-102 win over the Rockets. Rondo scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run early […]
September 8, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics blast Raptors for 3-2 series lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Boston Celtics are one victory away from knocking off the defending NBA Champions. The Celts own a 3-2 series lead after Jaylen Brown scored 27 points in a 111-89 blowout over the Raptors. Kemba Walker scored 21 for the Celtics, whose starters outscored Toronto’s top five by a whopping 93-45. The Raptors shot 2-for-15 during its first 15 possessions to fall behind 18-5. A 23-7 Boston run put the Celtics up by 28 late in the first half. Fred VanVleet scored 18 for Toronto, which trailed by as many as 30. Norman Powell scored 16 for the Raptors, but Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry managed 10 points apiece. Game 6 is Wednesday. The Los Angeles Clippers staged a fourth-quarter rally to take a two-tames-to-one lead in the Western Conference semifinals against Denver. The Nuggets led 97-90 until the Clippers reeled off a 14-4 run in a 113-107 triumph over Denver. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had a huge block down the stretch and finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Paul George had a team-high 32 points for the Clippers, who are two wins away from their first conference finals berth since the franchise began play 50 years ago. Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Denver despite a sore […]
September 4, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA PLAYOFFS Anunoby’s buzzer-beater lifts Raptors LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – A buzzer-beating basket allowed the Toronto Raptors to beat the Boston Celtics, 104-103 and pull within two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals. OG Anunoby (an-uh-NOH’-bee) grabbed a crosscourt inbounds pass from Kyle Lowry and drained a 3-pointer at the horn. It came just a half-second after Daniel Theis (tys) dunked to give Boston a two-point lead. Lowry played virtually the whole way, finishing with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 16 and Anunoby 12. Kemba Walker scored 29 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in seven playoff games. The Clippers had a much easier time winning the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 29 points and the Clippers shot 57% from the field in a 120-97 trouncing of the Nuggets. The Clippers took charge in the second quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 38-20 to take a 69-51 lead. Los Angeles held Denver to 25% shooting into the second quarter. Paul George scored 19 points and Marcus Morris added 18 for L.A. Denver guard Jamal Murray was held to just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He averaged 31.6 points in the Nuggets’ seven-game series against Utah.   NBA-NETS COACH Nets Steve Nash as coach UNDATED (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets have […]
September 3, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-OBIT-SEAVER Hall of Famer Tom Seaver dies UNDATED (AP) – Tom Seaver was so good, he was given two nicknames. The man called “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” has died at age 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he passed away Monday following complications from dementia and COVID-19. Seaver was selected by the Mets in a special draft in 1966 after his contract with the Braves was nullified by Major League Baseball. He spent just one year in the minors and won the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year with a 16-13 record and 2.76 ERA for the last-place Mets. Seaver won the Cy Young three times, all with the Mets. He remains the franchise leader in most career categories, including 198 victories, 2,541 strikeouts. Seaver was the first pitcher in major league history with eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. He also was a 20-game winner in 1969, ’71, ’72, 75, and ’77. Seaver finished his Hall of Fame career with a 311-205 record, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and 231 complete games.   MLB-SCHEDULE Rockies cool off Giants UNDATED (AP) – Mike Brosseau wasted no time exacting some revenge on the New York Yankees. Brosseau belted a two-run homer and a solo shot in his first two at bats before the Rays finished off the Yankees, 5-2. Brosseau was the hitting star just a […]

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