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  • Titans release receiver Matthews

    Teresa M. Walker - The Associated Press|Updated Sep 27, 2018

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans now are without their top two receiving threats this season, releasing wide receiver Rishard Matthews after they couldn't trade the veteran. General manager Jon Robinson said Thursday morning that Matthews talked with him last week about being unhappy, then came to him Monday requesting to be traded or released. The Titans talked with several teams, but Robinson said nothing came from those discussions with Matthews unhappy over his r... Full story

  • The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

    The Associated Press|Updated Aug 16, 2018

    NEW YORK - The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions. Like the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between what she expressed and how we responded. Blissful on "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman." Despairing on "Ain't No Way." Up front forever on her feminist and civil rights anthem "Respect." Franklin, the glorious "Queen of Soul" and geni... Full story

  • 3 accused of abuse at New Mexico compound await release

    The Associated Press|Updated Aug 15, 2018

    TAOS — Three people accused of child abuse at a ramshackle desert compound were awaiting release Wednesday in New Mexico, where security was boosted at a courthouse amid threats against the judge who cleared the way for the defendants to leave jail. The ruling by District Judge Sarah Backus sparked a political uproar and backlash on social media. Officials evacuated several administrative court offices Tuesday in Taos County as a precaution. The offices reopened Wednesday while the threats were being investigated. The decisio...

  • Texas Tech makes College World Series

    The Associated Press|Updated Jun 11, 2018

    LUBBOCK — Gabe Holt, Michael Davis and Brian Klein all homered for Texas Tech’s baseball team, which is going to the College World Series for the third time in five seasons after beating Duke 6-2 on Monday. The Red Raiders (44-18) went ahead to stay when Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie in the deciding game of the best-of-three NCAA super regional. It was the 12th homer of the season for the senior shortstop, the only current position player who started a game during their last trip to Omaha two yea...

  • Lujan Grisham wins Dem nod in governor race

    The Associated Press|Updated Jun 6, 2018

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Democrats on Tuesday chose three-term Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham as their gubernatorial nominee in hopes of reclaiming the state's top office after two terms of Republican control. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce ran unopposed for the Republican nomination and moved on to November's general election. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for a consecutive third term. Democrats accounted for about two-thirds of Election Day voting as voters decided competitive primary races for two wide-open c... Full story

  • Wildfire burns empty Boy Scouts' buildings in dry New Mexico

    The Associated Press|Updated Jun 1, 2018

    CIMARRON - A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in northeastern New Mexico on Friday, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as heat and wind threatened to drive the flames. The blaze destroyed about a dozen empty buildings on the Boy Scouts' storied Philmont Ranch and threatened nearly 300 homes, officials say. The flames were first reported Thursday and ballooned quickly in a part of New Mexico hardest hit by a severe... Full story

  • Stollings to coach Texas Tech women's basketball team

    The Associated Press|Updated Apr 9, 2018

    MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings is leaving to take over the program at Texas Tech. Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle confirmed Stollings’ departure on Monday. Coyle says Minnesota already has begun identifying replacement candidates. Stollings led the Gophers’ program for four seasons. This past season, the Gophers reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, losing to Oregon. The Gophers finished 24-9 after tying for third in the Big Ten regular season and picking...

  • Former CCC president resigns from Adams State

    The Associated Press|Updated Apr 5, 2018

    DENVER — Adams State University President Beverlee McClure has resigned, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by accusations that she bullied faculty and staff, failed to stem financial and enrollment problems and wore a Halloween costume that appeared to mock working people. The Denver Post reports the school's Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of McClure March 31. McClure, a former president for Clovis Community College, was appointed president of Adams State on July 1, 2015. A university statement says she guided t... Full story

  • Villanova wins national championship

    The Associated Press|Updated Apr 2, 2018

    SAN ANTONIO — A massive spark from Donte DiVincenzo and a defensive turnaround turned Villanova’s second national title in three years into a rout. DiVincenzo scored 31 points off the bench and Villanova shut down Michigan from the perimeter to beat the Wolverines 79-62 Monday night in the NCAA championship game. Villanova (36-4) started flat at both ends, unable to slow the Wolverines off the dribble or make anything from the 3-point arc to fall after setting the Final Four record against Kansas on Saturday. DiVincenzo pro...

  • Texas Tech went from three wins to Elite Eight

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 26, 2018

    Texas Tech coach Chris Beard gathered his seniors in a tight circle around him when they came out of their final game with 9 seconds left - and one win short of the Red Raiders making it to the NCAA Final Four for the first time. "He just told us how much he appreciated the journey, how much he loved us and appreciated us for sticking with him," Zach Smith said. Smith, All-Big 12 guard Keenan Evans and Justin Gray wrapped four-year careers at Tech that began with a 3-15...

  • Clovis' Williams scores 8 as Texas A&M nips DePaul

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 19, 2018

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Freshman Chennedy Carter hit a three with 3.2 seconds left, capping a 37-point performance, to help Texas A&M rally from a 17-point second-half deficit and beat DePaul 80-79 in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Carter had 32 of her points after halftime and the fourth-seeded Aggies pulled off another stunning second half comeback for the second consecutive year. It was the largest comeback ever in the second round of the tournament and the fourth largest ever. Texas A&M t...

  • Red Raiders may have advantage playing in Dallas

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 16, 2018

    DALLAS - The Texas Tech men's basketball team passed its first test in the NCAA Tournament, beating Stephen F. Austin 70-60 in the East Region's first round Thursday night at Dallas' American Airlines Center. Tonight, the third-seeded Red Raiders will play the sixth-seeded Florida Gators in the second round, again playing at the American Airlines Center, which is likely as close to a home game as the Raiders can have in this year's installment of March Madness. The game tips... Full story

  • UMBC shocks Virginia

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 16, 2018

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed. Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition. But the Cavaliers couldn’t get anything generated on offense and the nation’s top-ranked defense couldn’t contain America...

  • Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 15, 2018

    OKLAHOMA CITY — After trying unsuccessfully for months to obtain lethal injection drugs, Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the gas to carry out capital punishment. State Attorney General Mike Hunter and Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh jointly announced the plan, saying the two agencies would work together to develop new protocols over the next several months. “We can no longer sit on the... Full story

  • Trump claims memo vindicates him in Russia probe

    The Associated Press|Updated Feb 4, 2018

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed complete vindication from a congressional memo that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign’s possible Russia ties. But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry. The four-page document released Friday contends that the FBI, when it applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate, relied exces...

  • Just the facts: State of the Union analyzed

    The Associated Press|Updated Jan 31, 2018

    Editor’s note: A wrap-up story on the State of the Union Address was not available at press time. More coverage will be in Thursday’s edition. WASHINGTON — The AP is fact-checking prepared remarks from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Here’s a look at some of the claims we’ve examined: Energy exports TRUMP: “We are now an exporter of energy to the world.” THE FACTS: There’s nothing new in that: The U.S. has long exported all sorts of energy, while importing even more. If Trump meant that the U.S. has become...

  • 'Bama nips Georgia with overtime TD pass

    The Associated Press|Updated Jan 9, 2018

    ATLANTA — Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night. Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-ender to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban. After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it f...

  • Aggies top Greyhounds in exhibition

    The Associated Press|Updated Dec 12, 2017

    LAS CRUCES — Zach Lofton scored 29 points and New Mexico State won its second straight game over an in-state rival, handily beating Division II Eastern New Mexico, 84-62 on Tuesday night. The Aggies had a five-game win streak snapped by San Diego, but now have posted wins over New Mexico as well as the Greyhounds. New Mexico State (8-2) closed the first half on a 17-8 run highlighted by five points each from Lofton and Shunn Buchanan. The Aggies will play their next eight games on the road, including three in Honolulu at t...

  • Yankees to hire Aaron Boone as new manager

    The Associated Press|Updated Dec 1, 2017

    NEW YORK — The Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager, a person familiar with New York's decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the decision had not been announced by the team. Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston. B...

  • Suspect in Colorado Walmart killings called hostile loner

    The Associated Press|Updated Nov 2, 2017

    THORNTON, Colo. — A man arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting three people inside a suburban Denver Walmart was described Thursday by neighbors as a hostile loner who cursed at them and often carried a shotgun in and out of his third-floor apartment. Police arrested Scott Ostrem, 37, a day after the shooting that killed three people following a brief morning rush-hour chase in the northern Denver suburb of Thornton several blocks from his apartment building and about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Walmart. Ostrem was h...

  • AFCA Division II poll: where did ENMU land?

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 31, 2017

    AFCA Division II Coaches Poll By The Associated Press Through Oct. 29 Record Pts Pvs 1. Minnesota State (10) 9-0 822 3 2. Shepherd (22) 8-0 820 2 3. Indiana (Pa.) (2) 9-0 777 4 4. Midwestern State 7-0 717 5 5. Indianapolis 9-0 710 6 6. Fort Hays State 9-0 683 7 7. Central Washington 9-0 625 8 8. Northwest Missouri State (34) 8-1 577 1 9. Texas A&M-Commerce 7-1 558 9 10. Assumption 8-0 516 12 11. Ashland 8-1 510 12 12. Ferris State 7-1 483 11 13. Sioux Falls 8-1 405 14 14. Wingate 8-0 402 16 15. Colorado Mesa 8-1 399 15 16....

  • Yankees clobber Astros, trail ALCS 2-1

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 17, 2017

    NEW YORK — Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge each hit three-run homers, and C.C. Sabathia tossed six shutout innings, as the New York Yankees crushed the Houston Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The victory put the Yankees back in the ALCS, trailing now only 2-1. Game 4 is today at Yankee Stadium, with a scheduled start time of 3:08 p.m. MDT....

  • Yankees top Indians, advance to ALCS

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 12, 2017

    CLEVELAND — Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete their comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL champions. These bend-but-don’t-break Yankees staved off elimination for the fourth time in this postseason and advanced to play the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Friday at Minute Maid Park. The AL West champion Ast...

  • Wildfire smoke in West clearing as storms move through

    The Associated Press|Updated Sep 11, 2017

    BOISE, Idaho — Storms brought cooler and wetter weather into the Western and Northwestern U.S. this weekend, breaking up a temperature inversion that had blanketed much of the region with acrid smoke from dozens of wildfires. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said Saturday they expected fire activity to decrease over the next several weeks. Center spokeswoman Kari Cobb says air quality should improve as the smoke-trapping inversion breaks up. “We should see it lifting more today,” she said Satur...

  • Can't watch the eclipse? Tune in online or on TV

    The Associated Press|Updated Aug 20, 2017

    If you can’t witness the total solar eclipse in person, you can still see it online or via TV. Here are some of the viewing options: (All times MDT) • NASA will offer hours of coverage online and on NASA Television beginning at noon. It plans livestreaming of the eclipse beginning at 11 a.m. with images from satellites, research aircraft, high-altitude balloons and specially modified telescopes. • CNN coverage will include reporting from Oregon, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina. In partnership with Volvo, CNN also...

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