Penn State to Cotton Bowl:  AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP PA Headlines 12/9/19

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) – Memphis is going to the Cotton Bowl to represent the Group of Five teams and its coach is going to a Power Five school. The 12-1 Tigers will play in their first New Year’s Six bowl game against Penn State from the Big Ten on Dec. 28th in Arlington, Texas. Memphis was the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the final College Football Playoff rankings at Number 17 on Sunday. The Tigers won the American Athletic Conference championship game before coach Mike Norvell was introduced as Florida State’s coach. Penn State is going to its 50th bowl overall.

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Features

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat says congressional leaders have reached a “real breakthrough” deal to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to millions of federal workers as part of the annual defense policy bill.  Sen. Charles Schumer said the agreement over the National Defense Authorization Act was reached late Friday night and a vote is expected later this week. The establishment of President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force is also included in the bill.

 

Trump administration officials have said Space Force is urgently needed to preserve U.S. dominance in space. A proposal from the Pentagon released earlier this year suggested the service would have about 15,000 personnel and begin in 2020. Space Force would reside within the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps exists within the Navy.

 

CINCINNATI (AP) — The death of an 8-year-old boy whose parents say killed himself after he was bullied by another student is at the center of a legal fight with his family and the Cincinnati Public Schools.  School officials said the district isn’t liable for the death of Gabriel Taye, pushing for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal trial judge’s refusal to dismiss the parents’ wrongful death lawsuit, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

 

The boy’s parents argue that Carson Elementary School never told them that Gabriel was being severely bullied and at one point, the school knew he was was knocked unconscious by another student during an altercation outside a school restroom on Jan. 24, 2017. School officials claim Gabriel told staff he had fainted and never said he had been bullied or assaulted.

 

The district released a video that shows one boy bullying other students and then, according to the family’s attorneys, pushing Gabriel into a wall when he tried to shake the boy’s hand and knocking him unconscious. The spokeswoman said it’s unclear from the video what happened to Gabriel at that moment.  The school nurse called Gabriel’s mother, Cornelia Reynolds, and told her that he fainted.  Gabriel returned to school two days later when he was bullied again, according to the lawsuit. He killed himself that night.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says reporters at the news organization need to accept that restrictions come along with their paycheck. Bloomberg News has said its reporters cannot investigate their boss and, to be fair, other Democratic candidates but could still probe the job that President Trump is doing. Bloomberg told CBS News when asked about the policy that “we just have to learn to live with some things.” Some critics say that his comments could intimidate Bloomberg News reporters and make consumers suspicious about what the news organization reports.

 

CYBERSPACE (AP) — A caravan of trucks is making its way from Maine to Washington D.C. for a special journey. The trucks contain thousands of wreaths made in Maine — and destined for Arlington National Cemetery, just across the river from D.C. The wreaths will be placed on headstones on Saturday at Arlington National to mark the holiday season. Others are being shipped to veterans’ cemeteries across the U.S. and around the world — as part of the Wreaths Across America effort.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — “Frozen 2” shows no signs of cooling off when it comes to box office numbers. For the third straight weekend, it’s the nation’s top movie. The Disney animated sequel took in $34.7 million in ticket sales, bringing its overall total to $919.7 million worldwide. That puts it squarely in line to become the sixth Disney release this year to cross the $1 billion plateau.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth Wind and Fire and Linda Ronstadt were among the artists receiving Kennedy Center Honors. The longtime soul band and the veteran singer were feted in Washington over the weekend, capped by last night’s gala was taped at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The show will be broadcast Sunday on CBS. Also in this year’s class of honorees were actress Sally Field, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas — and the children’s TV show, “Sesame Street.”

 

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state authorities say 4-year-old twins freed themselves from their car seats and climbed an embankment seeking help following a car crash that killed their father.  KING-TV reported 47-year-old Corey Simmons of Langley died when the vehicle with his daughters in the backseat crashed on Whidbey Island around 6 p.m. Friday.

 

Family members say the girls climbed about 200 feet up to the road after the accident 34 miles north of Seattle.

Authorities say Simmons was not wearing a seatbelt when the car crashed into trees and went down the embankment.  Police say the girls were transported to a hospital with minor injuries after an unidentified woman passing in her car went back to help and called 911.  Authorities say the accident is under investigation.

 

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PA Sports, Scores & Skeds

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Diontae Johnson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and caught a pass for another score to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals 23-17. Pittsburgh’s defense had three crucial interceptions in the second half to secure its seventh win over the past eight games. Arizona has lost six straight games. Rookie free agent quarterback Devlin Hodges completed 16 of 19 passes and threw a touchdown pass in his third career start. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray threw two touchdown passes, but his three interceptions were very costly.  The Steelers play on our sister station 100.9 The Valley.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 26 points and rookie Matisse Thybulle had a career-high 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 12th straight home victory, 110-104 over the Toronto Raptors. Ben Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Kyle Lowry, playing in his second game after missing 11 in a row due to a broken left thumb, scored 26 points.

UNDATED (AP) — Memphis is going to the Cotton Bowl to represent the Group of Five teams and its coach is going to a Power Five school. The 12-1 Tigers will play in their first New Year’s Six bowl game against Penn State from the Big Ten on Dec. 28th in Arlington, Texas. Memphis was the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the final College Football Playoff rankings at Number 17 on Sunday. The Tigers won the American Athletic Conference championship game before coach Mike Norvell was introduced as Florida State’s coach. Penn State is going to its 50th bowl overall. Penn State plays on WKOK and WKOK.com.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final   Brooklyn       105     Denver           102

Final   Atlanta           122     Charlotte        107

Final OT         Miami 110     Chicago          105

Final   Philadelphia  110     Toronto          104

Final   L.A. Clippers 135     Washington   119

Final   Sacramento   110     Dallas 106

Final   Oklahoma City         108     Portland         96

Final   L.A. Lakers    142     Minnesota     125

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final   Winnipeg       3          Anaheim        2

Final   Florida           5          San Jose         1

Final SO         Arizona          4          Chicago          3

Final   N-Y Rangers 5          Vegas 0

Final OT         Buffalo           3          Edmonton      2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final   Green Bay     20        Washington   15

Final   Minnesota     20        Detroit            7

Final   Atlanta           40        Carolina         20

Final   San Francisco           48        New Orleans 46

Final   Cleveland      27        Cincinnati      19

Final   Tampa Bay    38        Indianapolis  35

Final   Denver           38        Houston         24

Final   N-Y Jets         22        Miami 21

Final   Baltimore       24        Buffalo           17

Final   L.A. Chargers            45        Jacksonville  10

Final   Tennessee      42        Oakland         21

Final   Kansas City   23        New England 16

Final   Pittsburgh      23        Arizona          17

Final   L.A. Rams      28        Seattle            12

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final   (5)Virginia    56        (7)North Carolina    47

Final   (9)Gonzaga   83        (22)Washington       76

Final   (11)Michigan St.      77        Rutgers           65

Final   Iowa St.          76        (16)Seton Hall          66

Final   (17)Florida St.          72        Clemson         53

Final   (19)Dayton    78        Saint Mary’s (Cal)    68

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

L.A. Clippers at         Indiana           7 p.m.

Cleveland      at         Boston            7:30 p.m.

Toronto          at         Chicago          8 p.m.

Sacramento   at         Houston         8 p.m.

Orlando          at         Milwaukee    8 p.m.

Detroit            at         New Orleans 8 p.m.

Minnesota     at         Phoenix          9 p.m.

Oklahoma City         at         Utah    9 p.m.

Memphis        at         Golden State 10:30 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

N-Y Islanders            at         Tampa Bay    7 p.m.

Columbus      at         Washington   7 p.m.

Boston            at         Ottawa            7:30 p.m.

Calgary          at         Colorado        9 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

N-Y Giants    at         Philadelphia  8:15 p.m.

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