State & National News

October 13, 2015 - 10:04am
13 min 30 sec ago

VIENNA (AP) — For all the sporting rivalry between the neighboring countries, it took a coach from Switzerland to help Austria qualify for a European Championship for the first time.

Widely greeted with skepticism when he was appointed four years ago, Marcel Koller has become the figurehead of Austria's resurrection, leading the team to its first major event since the 1998 World Cup.

The upswing under Koller has created a national buzz around the...

October 13, 2015 - 10:01am
13 min 30 sec ago

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Site: Napa, California.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Silverado Resort and Spa, North Course (7,203 yards, par 72).

Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $1.08 million.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 5-8 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 3-6 a.m., 5-8 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5-7 a.m., 5-8 p.m., 8:...

October 13, 2015 - 9:58am
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NL Division Series (Game 4)

St. Louis at Chicago, 4:37 p.m.

Los Angeles at New York, 8:07 p.m.


Nashville at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

October 13, 2015 - 9:44am
13 min 30 sec ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A person close to the situation says South Carolina co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott will be the interim Gamecocks coach for the remainder of the season, replacing Steve Spurrier.

A person says Spurrier told his team on Monday night that he was retiring, effective immediately. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because South Carolina has not publicly announced Spurrier's decision or who...

October 13, 2015 - 9:06am
13 min 30 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Sports marketing agency Infront says the president of its Italian branch and two associates are under investigation for "alleged manipulation" over the sale of lucrative Serie A TV rights.

Switzerland-based marketing agency Infront Sports and Media is led by Philippe Blatter, the nephew of suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Infront says prosecutors in Milan opened a probe against branch...

October 13, 2015 - 9:04am
13 min 30 sec ago

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen-backed Bundesliga club Wolfsburg postponed the construction of a youth training center Tuesday because of the German car manufacturer's emissions-rigging scandal.

"I think it's understandable that we at least suspend it for now," Wolfsburg chief executive Klaus Allofs told news agency dpa, referring to the planned 40 million euro ($45.5 million) project. "We were not at the stage that you could say the project would be implemented....

October 13, 2015 - 8:58am
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HONG KONG (AP) — Venus Williams rallied to beat Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open.

The third-seeded Williams wore a bandage on her left thigh and looked hampered in her movements. However, she came from a break down three times in the final set to close out the win in 2 hours, 13 minutes.

After leveling for 4-4 in the decider, she held her serve for the first time in the set to take a 5-4...

October 13, 2015 - 8:50am
13 min 30 sec ago

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Moldova soccer association over crowd issues, including racism, during a European Championship qualifier against Russia.

The Moldovans have been charged over general crowd disturbances, fireworks being set off and racist flags being displayed during Friday's match in Chisinau.

The UEFA disciplinary panel will hear the case next Thursday.

Russia won the...

October 13, 2015 - 8:29am
13 min 30 sec ago

SHANGHAI (AP) — Roger Federer was upset in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday by Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.

Federer looked rusty from the outset, failing to convert two break points in the opening set and making a flurry of backhand errors to lose the tiebreaker.

Ramos-Vinolas then broke the 17-time major winner in the eighth game of the third set with a forehand winner down the line and held the next...

October 13, 2015 - 8:13am
13 min 30 sec ago

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Folks in Williamsport take seriously the town's history as the birthplace of Little League baseball and home to its World Series.

And, according to WNEP-TV ( ) they're also taking seriously recent vandalism of the city's bronze "Based Loaded" monument that commemorates Little League's history.

Williamsport police say someone broke off a bat from one of the bronze player statues, which will cost about $4,...

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