Psychiatric evaluation ordered for Lycoming Co. death: AP PA headlines, features, scores & skeds

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A fourth psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a Virginia bicyclist charged in the death of a man killed with a shovel during a break-in in Lycoming County. reports that a Lycoming County judge cited conflicting psychiatric opinions on 25-year-old Graham Norby-Vardac  and results of a 2017 court-ordered evaluation.


Prosecutors said he has already been seen by three psychiatrists and in October was found capable of assisting his defense.  Authorities allege that Norby-Vardac cycled from his Alexandria, Virginia home in April 2017 but was tired and hungry and broke into an Eldred Township home, killing 82-year-old Donald Kleese Jr. and then trying to drive the victim’s car to Canada.  Norby-Vardac said he found the victim dead. At arraignment, he said “I couldn’t bring myself to kill anyone.”


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An announcer has apologized for a remark about a Native American player during a lacrosse game that he and the team called “insensitive,” with both team and league vowing disciplinary action.

Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson said on social media that Philadelphia Wings announcer Shawny Hill said “Let’s snip the pony tail” during Saturday night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.  Thompson, who is from the Onondaga Reservation in central New York, said fans began to yell threats to “scalp” him.


“I know Philly takes pride in their ruthless fans but I didn’t know it was like that lol…. now I know,” he said, adding that he hadn’t heard “stuff like this” since high school.  Swarm teammate Brendan Bomberry, who is from the Six Nations reservation in Canada, said on social media that the game was overshadowed by the words, saying “‘Let’s snip the braid’ was disgusting and a reality for my ancestors when they were forced into Christian residential schools.”  Hill apologized on social media for “insensitive” words he called “poorly chosen” and “not intended as racially motivated.”


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to re-impose restrictions on Republican National Committee voter activities set in motion decades ago by a New Jersey gubernatorial race. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision ending a court-ordered agreement to prevent the Republican National Committee from targeting minority voters, saying the court “reasonably limited the scope” of Democratic National Committee requests to interview additional witnesses.


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NEW YORK (AP) — Anything can happen in live theater, and audience members seeing “Beautiful,” the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary on Broadway.  The packed house at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre erupted into thunderous cheers and applause as King appeared Saturday night, sitting at a baby grand piano and showing all the love in her heart as she sang “Beautiful,” the final song.  She has sung onstage during curtain calls during the show’s long run but has never appeared in the show itself.


In the show’s final scene — set during her famous 1971 Carnegie Hall concert — the 76-year-old King played a much younger version of herself as she took over for Chilina Kennedy, who recently returned to the Broadway production of “Beautiful” after playing the King role in the North American tour.  King and the cast then performed the show’s encore number, “I Feel the Earth Move,” at the curtain call as the audience danced and clapped along. The singer-songwriter held hands with Kennedy as the two took several bows and accepted flowers from the cast.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.  Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday’s playoff. Allen says “a nice guy named Dave,” who didn’t know he is a Chief, got him back on the road.


The Chicago native asked his 21,000-plus followers to help him track down the Good Samaritan so he could reward him with tickets.  Hundreds of people replied — many claiming to be Dave — and thousands retweeted the plea.  On Sunday, Allen tweeted that he has found the real Dave “despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol.”


NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott as the performers at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.  Maroon 5 had been the widely reported halftime show act since September, but the NFL didn’t confirm the band as its headliner until Sunday. The league said Maroon 5 will be joined by Big Boi, the Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Scott.

Typically one of the most fiercely sought gigs in music, the Super Bowl halftime show has this year been the subject of boycott and protest. Numerous acts have turned down the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.


Gerald Griggs, vice president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP, has said the NAACP asked performers who have signed up to reconsider their participation. More than 84,000 have signed an online petition urging Maroon 5 to withdraw from the Super Bowl “until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest.”  Billboard reported that Scott, who reportedly signed on in December, only agreed to perform if the NFL made a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice. With the NFL, Scott made a $500,000 donation to Van Jones’ Dream Corps.  This year’s Super Bowl will be broadcast from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta by CBS on Feb. 3.


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PA Sports Stories, Scores & Skeds


Shikellamy Braves boys basketball is back on the air tonight, as the Braves take on Montoursville. Coverage begins just after 7 p.m. on WKOK.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 to advance to the NFC championship game. Using a dominant ball-control offense after a horrendous start, Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards. And a few gambles paid off to assure New Orleans will host the Rams next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Nick Ward had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 6 Michigan State to a 71-56 win over Penn State. Matt McQuaid added 15 points and Cassius Winston chipped in 11 for the Spartans, who have won 10 straight. They also beat the Nittany Lions for the 10th consecutive time. Kenny Goins added 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who only trailed for 10 seconds and led by as many as 21 with 6:44 to play.


NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105. Joel Embiid scored 26 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 123-121 home loss against Atlanta on Friday night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 16.





Final    Philadelphia    108      N-Y Knicks     105

Final 2OT        Toronto           140      Washington     138

Final    Milwaukee      133      Atlanta            114

Final    Orlando           116      Houston          109

Final    Golden State   119      Dallas  114

Final    Denver            116      Portland          113

Final    Cleveland        101      L.A. Lakers     95



Final    Carolina           6          Nashville         3

Final    Columbus        7          N-Y Rangers   5

Final OT          Winnipeg         4          Anaheim          3

Final    Vancouver       5          Florida 1

Final    N-Y Islanders 5          Tampa Bay      1

Final    Calgary            7          Arizona           1



Final    New England  41        L.A. Chargers 28

Final    New Orleans   20        Philadelphia    14



Final    (2) Michigan    80        Northwestern  60

Final    (6) Michigan St.          71        Penn St.           56





Boston at         Brooklyn         7:30 p.m.

Memphis         at         Houston          8:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         San Antonio    8:30 p.m.

Detroit at         Utah    9:00 p.m.

Portland          at         Sacramento     10:00 p.m.

New Orleans   at         L.A. Clippers  10:30 p.m.



Chicago           at         New Jersey      7:00 p.m.

Colorado         at         Toronto           7:00 p.m.

Minnesota       at         Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Montreal          at         Boston 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo            at         Edmonton       9:00 p.m.



Final    New England  41        L.A. Chargers 28

Final    New Orleans   20        Philadelphia    14



Syracuse          at         (1) Duke          7:00 p.m.

Texas   at         (7) Kansas       9:00 p.m.

(13) Florida St.            at         Pittsburgh        7:00 p.m.

Nebraska         at         (22) Indiana    6:30 p.m.


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