Michael Annett wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Annett stretched the Speedweeks streak of first-time winners to three with a victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Annett won for the first time at NASCAR's national level, a career that spans 345 races in three series. He gave JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister and sister and Rick Hendrick, its fourth in five years at Daytona
Murder charges filed against 5 in death of Georgia girl
GUYTON, Ga. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against five adults in the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was buried in the yard of her father's home in Guyton, Georgia.
News outlets are reporting that the girl's father, Elwyn Crocker Sr., his wife, brother-in-law, mother-in-law and mother-in-law's boyfriend are now charged with felony murder in addition to cruelty to children.
Children found dead in yard prompts agency to change policy
GUYTON, Ga. (AP) — The discovery of two children found dead and buried in their father's backyard in Guyton, Georgia, has prompted a state agency to take historical reports of abuse more seriously.
State Division of Family and Children Services interim director Tom Rawlings said Friday that the agency accepts "shared responsibly" for not acting on signs that the children were endangered.
East Moline alderman arrested for public intoxication
EAST MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — An East Moline alderman has been arrested in Iowa on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hoehn sparks balanced Sacred Heart past Hartford 98-89
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Sean Hoehn scored 22 points, Cameron Parker posted his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists and Sacred Heart defeated Hartford 98-89 Tuesday night, halting a three-game skid.
Cavaliers, J.R. Smith parting ways amid stormy season
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith's bumpy-but-never-boring stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over.
The team said Tuesday that the disgruntled forward, who had requested to be traded earlier this season, "will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future."
The Cavaliers will try to trade Smith. He will make $14.7 million this season, and $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for next season is guaranteed.
Joey Logano spoils Big Three party to win NASCAR title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano raced into NASCAR anointed as its next star. He was 18, dubbed "Sliced Bread" because of all the hype, and in way over his head.
It made Logano an easy target on and off the track and threatened his career. Logano was out of a job five years after he arrived but given a second chance by Roger Penske, the titans of motorsports.
Now he's part of Penske's storied history as NASCAR's newest champion.
Tyler Reddick gives Earnhardt another Xfinity championship
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick opened Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first season in retirement with a victory and closed it with a championship.
LaVine, Archidiacono help Bulls edge Cavs 99-98
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine delivered another solid effort for Chicago, yet his only turnover of the game nearly cost the Bulls a victory.
LaVine scored 24 points, rookie Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 and the Bulls rebounded after blowing an early 16-point lead to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-98 on Saturday night.
Wendell Carter Jr. also had 15 points as Chicago won for the second time in six games.
Unhappy JR Smith wants Cavaliers to trade him
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith has added another tier to the Cavaliers' mounting troubles.
Dropped from the rotation and unhappy with his role on a team rebuilding through youth, Smith said Thursday that he wants to be traded. The enigmatic guard said he hasn't formally requested a trade by Cleveland's front office because the Cavs are already aware of his feelings.
"They know," Smith said following shootaround. "They don't want me, so they obviously know."
Congressional hopeful: GOP abandoned me, so I abandoned them
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut who hasn't been seen much on the campaign trail claims the GOP abandoned him, so he "abandoned them."
NASCAR’s current youth movement pushing out veteran drivers
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jamie McMurray set a record at Charlotte Motor Speedway by winning his second career Cup Series start. Back for the 16th anniversary of that surprise trip to victory lane, McMurray is just another veteran at a career crossroads in NASCAR.
Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond; Earnhardt 4th
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not quite finished with racing.
The NASCAR fan favorite got back behind the wheel Friday night, led 96 laps and finished fourth in an Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. It was his first race since he retired from the Cup Series after last season and became a father earlier this year.
Elliott Sadler to stop racing full-time after season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Elliott Sadler won't race full-time in NASCAR after this season, ending a stretch of 21 years with a ride in one of NASCAR's top series.
Elliott is 43 and currently drives for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. He said Wednesday he'd like to spend more time with his two young children.
Justin Allgaeir wins NASCAR Xfiinity race at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Allgaier used fresh tires to pass rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric on Turn 1, then held off his challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year. He also won at Dover and Iowa for JR Motorsport.
He was seventh for the last restart on Lap 69 but had used the caution to replace all four tires.
Gobs: A western Pennsylvania culinary tradition
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — JR Harris' uncle told an employee a story about the origins of the gob. He said a worker for his family's bakery was on break. They were permitted to make and eat anything they wanted to at the bakery.
"He had two small chocolate cakes and put icing in between," Harris said. "And then the company saw what he had done and started doing what he did with the gob cake."
AUTO RACING: Auto Racing Glance
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COKE ZERO SUGAR 400
Site: Daytona Beach, Florida.
Schedule: Thursday, practice, 2:05 & 4:05 p.m. (NBCSN); Friday, qualifying, 4:10 p.m. (NBCSN); Saturday, race, 7 p.m., NBCSN.
Track: Daytona International Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.
Last year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won after starting sixth.
Last race: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag at Chicagoland for the fifth time in 2018.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi men could face the death penalty if they're convicted of conspiring to kill a police informant who witnessed drug dealing that had already led to criminal charges.
Authorities say one of the defendants coordinated the conspiracy from jail.
An indictment filed June 27 accuses 26-year-old Aubrey Maurice Jordan, 39-year-old Monroe L. Hughes III and 26-year-old Cortez Lakeith Byrd of conspiring to kill Anton Ford. All the men are Meridian residents.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season.
Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro, Allgaier led 182 of 250 laps and survived an unlucky late caution by winning the restart.
Allgaier also won last month at Dover. He has seven career victories — but few of those runs were as dominant as the one Allgaier pulled off in the searing heat on Iowa's short track.
GLENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It was inevitable that Mark Frahn would grow up riding dirt bikes.
It started when the now 22-year-old was just 6 or 7 — maybe younger. On a February afternoon in his Codorus Township home, Frahn's father, Bill, brought out a photo of his son as a child standing on a hill next to his dirt bike.
SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities near Cleveland say a police officer shot during a standoff was hit several times and is in critical condition.
Police say Amherst patrolman Eugene "JR" Ptacek was shot Thursday night when authorities tried to enter a man's house after he refused to come out for several hours or talk with negotiators.
Ptacek was flown to a Cleveland hospital where he underwent surgery. Amherst's police chief says Ptacek is a 17-year veteran of the department.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning's final pre-qualifying practice for the Indianapolis 500.
The Brazilian went around the 2.5-mile oval in 229.505 mph.
Australian Will Power was second fastest at 229.015. Power and Castroneves are teammates with Team Penske.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske still bemoans the memories from the 1995 Indianapolis 500.
One year after dominating the month of May, and a year before the open-wheel split officially began, the team owner and his two drivers — Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi — left pit lane empty-handed. They didn't have the pole and they didn't even have a starting spot on the 33-car grid.
WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's a single big takeaway from the nearly 2,000 pages of transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others by congressional investigators, it's that Trump Jr. never thought twice about meeting with people tied to Russia promising dirt on his father's political opponent.
DIVORCE DECREE • Rosa Areche, West Hazleton; v. Starlin Martinez Lebron, Hazleton. PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS • Bud Allen Williams et al. to Charles J. Walter et al., $90,000; Wilkes-Barre Twp. • Jean L. Swaintek et al. to Jamie J. Bonham, $116,000; Bear Creek Twp. • Amie Smith et al. to Sarah Loomis et...
Closing arguments, jury deliberations set for Monday to end Abbott murder trial
Jurors hearing testimony in the murder trial of Emerson Mack Abbott Jr., will wait until Monday to hear closing arguments before beginning deliberations toward a verdict.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty's decision not to seek re-election, amid controversy over her handling of harassment in her office, has given hope to Republicans that they can finally retake her western Connecticut congressional district in November.
Cinema Wasteland summons cult movie freaks & geeks to Strongsville
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bring on the freaks. Summon the cretins and the geeks. There's a bloody bucket of movie mayhem just waiting to runneth over.
Wowee zowee, it's Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The sole survivor of a deadly 2007 home invasion is considering running for a congressional seat held by a Democrat under fire for her handling of harassment complaints in her office.
Who's here: Jace Whittaker (5-11, 182, SR), Lorenzo Burns (5-10, 173, RS SO), Tony Wallace (5-10, 184, SO), Malik Hausman (6-0, 170, RS FR), Malcolm Holland (5-11, 182, RS JR), Antonio Parks (5-10, 188, RS SO), Sammy Morrison (5-10, 177, RS JR)
Arizona Wildcats spring football position-by-position preview: Special teams
Arizona Wildcats spring football is almost here. Kevin Sumlin’s first full practice as UA coach is set to begin at 5:40 p.m. Monday.
RICHARD WORKMANJR., 65, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, husband of Sandy Cole Workman, died March 9 at home. He was self-employed laborer. There will be a memorial service at a later time. Donations may be made to Phillips Funeral Home, to help with funeral expenses.www.phillipsfuneralhome. net.
Arizona Wildcats spring football position-by-position preview: Offensive linemen
Spring football for the Arizona Wildcats is starting a little later than it has in recent years, but it’s almost here. With Kevin Sumlin’s first full practice as UA coach scheduled for next Monday, we will examine the state of his team over the next several weekdays. The series resumes with a look at the offensive line.
Utah artist’s deceased missionary portraits go global
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A northern Utah artist who paints portraits of Mormon missionaries who died while serving and sends them to the deceased's parents is now helping families all over the world get closure.
Voters in Española and Pecos elected new mayors Tuesday night, picking candidates who will succeed longtime officeholders who chose not to run for another term.
Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.
Developer plans pair of hotels near theaters and Target Center in downtown Minneapolis
JR Hospitality has unveiled plans to build two hotels in one building near Target Center and the Hennepin Avenue theater district.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn't serve up any explanation.
Cleveland's mercurial shooting guard declined an interview request Friday, a day after the Cavaliers suspended him one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.
What’s the best ‘throwing soup?’ We investigate for JR Smith and you! (video)
What's the best 'throwing soup?' We investigate for JR Smith and you! (video)
What Cleveland-made soups are so delicious not even JR Smith could waste them?
What Cleveland-made soups are so delicious not even JR Smith could waste them?
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- We in cleveland.com's "Best of" department wonder what type of soup Cavaliers player JR Smith threw at assistant coach Damon Jones?
Colorado women beat Utah 66-56 in Pac-12 opener
SEATTLE (AP) — Kennedy Leonard had 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals and Colorado beat Utah 66-56 on Thursday to open play in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
Leonard's steal and coast-to-coast basket gave Colorado its largest lead of the game at 62-41 midway through the fourth quarter. Colorado scored 25 points off 19 turnovers and outscored Utah in the paint 38-18.
Global art project makes an appearance at Lamar Academy
McALLEN — Dozens of students spread throughout the outside of Lamar Academy on Saturday morning pasting 201 large portraits of their fellow classmates, teachers and school staff on the outside of the campus for all passers-by to see, all in the hope of sparking up conversations about what their school stands for.
Free agents to play exhibitions against Japanese amateurs
Baseball free agents will play two exhibition games this week against a Japanese amateur team.
The Major League Baseball Players Association says the games against JR East will take place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The games will be open to media and scouts but not the public.
Earnhardt ready to hit South Korea for NBC Olympics gig
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold.
Earnhardt departs Monday for South Korea to start his Olympics coverage for NBC Sports. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst, and he gets his next shot behind the mic next week after making his debut at the Super Bowl.
Tyler Reddick needs 5 overtimes to win at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick needed five overtimes, a brief red flag and the closest finish in NASCAR history to take Dale Earnhardt Jr. to victory lane.
Reddick won the Xfinity Series' season-opening race by beating JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in a photo finish. The margin of victory was 0.000 seconds, breaking the mark set by Butch Miller when he beat Mike Skinner by 0.001 seconds to win the Truck Series race July 15, 1995 at Colorado National Speedway.
JAMES D. "SONNY" BURGESS, 76, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at River's Bend Health Care. Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, February 17,2018, at New Testament Freewill Baptist Church, of which he was a member, with Pastor Eddie Hay and Pastor Marty Gute...
JR Pacheco, 75 Kuna-Passed away at his daughter's home on the 6th of February in Kuna, Idaho. Cremation is under the care of All Valley Cremation in Nampa. Condolences may be shared with the family and obituary read at www.allvalleycremation.com
Hendrick Motorsports rolls into Daytona 500 with new look
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rick Hendrick threw a glamorous party last fall when he formally introduced his 2018 driver lineup.
It was a lavish car unveiling that used lasers, spotlights and an emcee to celebrate a Hendrick Motorsports roster that had undergone a dramatic makeover.
Each of the four drivers was paired with someone for the event. Chase Elliott was joined by his Hall of Fame father, Bill, who helped uncover the new No. 9 his son will drive this year in his honor.