Jun 23

LISTEN: Local Woman Helps Family In Crisis

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Altoona, Iowa — A local woman helped save a child who had fallen ill last Saturday at Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona.

Listen below to find out who:


Jun 23

Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz first in NBA draft

Willard/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The top of the NBA draft went as expected after a week of rampant speculation.

With the first pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers followed the expected script and chose University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

The Los Angeles Lakers chose hometown boy Lonzo Ball, from UCLA, with the second pick, and Boston got their man in forward Jason Tatum from Duke at number three.

The big trade of the night happened early. Chicago dealt forward Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, where Butler will be reunited with his former coach Tom Thibodeau. Minnesota also got Chicago’s 16th pick in the draft and sent back the number seven pick, point guard Kris Dunn and forward Zach Lavine.

Here’s a full list of Thursday night’s first round draft picks:

1. Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz (PG, Washington)
2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA)
3. Boston Celtics – Jason Tatum (SF, Duke)
4. Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson (SF, UNC)
5. Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky)
6. Orlando Magic – Jonathan Isaac (SF, Florida State)
7. Chicago Bulls (via trade with Minnesota Timberwolves) – Lauri Markkanen (PF, Arizona)
8. New York Knicks – Frank Ntilikina (PG, France)
9. Dallas Mavericks – Dennis Smith Jr. (PG, NC State)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (via trade with Sacramento Kings) – Zach Collins (PF, Gonzaga)
11. Charlotte Hornets – Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky)
12. Detroit Pistons – Luke Kennard (SG, Duke)
13. Utah Jazz (via trade with Denver Nuggets) – Donovan Mitchell (SG, Louisville)
14. Miami Heat – Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (PF, Kentucky)
15. Sacramento Kings (via trade with Portland Trail Blazers) – Justin Jackson (SF, UNC)
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via trade with Chicago Bulls) – Justin Patton (C, Creighton)
17. Milwaukee Bucks – D.J. Wilson (SF, Michigan)
18. Indiana Pacers – T.J. Leaf (PF, UCLA)
19. Atlanta Hawks – John Collins (PF, Wake Forest)
20. Sacramento Kings (via trade with Portland Trail Blazers) – Harry Giles (PF, Duke)
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Terrence Ferguson (SG, Australia)
22. Brooklyn Nets – Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)
23. Toronto Raptors – OG Anunoby (PF, Indiana)
24. Denver Nuggets (via trade with Utah Jazz) – Tyler Lydon (SF, Syracuse)
25. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade with Orlando Magic) – Anzejs Pasecniks (C, Latvia)
26. Portland Trail Blazers – Caleb Swanigan (PF, Purdue)
27. Brooklyn Nets – Kyle Kuzma (PF, Utah)
28. Utah Jazz (via trade with Los Angeles Lakers) – Tony Bradley (C, UNC)
29. San Antonio Spurs – Derrick White (PG, Colorado)
30. Los Angeles Lakers (via trade with Utah Jazz) – Josh Hart (PG, Villanova)

Check back for updates.

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Jun 23

Kansas City Chiefs extend coach Andy Reid's contract, part ways with GM John Dorsey

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to extend the tenure of head coach Andy Reid, while parting ways with general manager John Dorsey.

Reid has brought the team to three playoff berths in his four seasons in Kansas City. The Chiefs have won 43 of their 64 games under Reid.

“My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under Coach Reid,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats.”

Reid is 173-114 in 18 seasons as an NFL head coach. Only Bill Belichick has won more games among active NFL coaches.

As for Dorsey, Hunt released a statement saying that his contract would not be renewed beyond the upcoming 2017 season. “After consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now,” Hunt explained.

Dorsey was the sixth GM in Chiefs history, and has spent 27 years in the NFL as a player and a staffer.

“I want to think Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons,” Dorsey said. “I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization the best.”

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Jun 23

Cubs demoting slugger Kyle Schwarber

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Just seven months after winning their first World Series in more than 100 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rough patch, and on Thursday, they announced the demotion of one of their big sluggers.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber is being sent to Triple-A Iowa, the team said, ahead of an 11-game road trip. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season — that after putting together a strong .412 batting average in last year’s World Series.

Schwarber played in the Fall Classic last year without having registered a single hit in the regular season, having torn his ACL in the year’s third game.

The fourth pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber burst onto the scene in 2015 with 16 home runs in 69 games. While his power has remained this year — slugging 12 homers in 64 games — the rest of his game has seen a dramatic slip.

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Jun 23

James Blake no longer threatening to sue NY after wrongful tackle

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tennis star James Blake withdrew his notice of claim against the City of New York, nearly two years after he was tackled by a plainclothes police officer who wrongly identified Blake as a suspect in a credit card fraud ring.

In exchange, the city agreed to establish the “James Blake CCRB Fellowship” to investigate police misconduct.

The arrangement appoints a fellow to the CCRB, who will perform outreach in neighborhoods with a high volume of police complaints to help the agency close more of its investigations.

In exchange for the creation of the fellowship, Blake has agreed to withdraw the notice of claim that he filed against the city. The city law department will also pay about $175,000 in legal costs Blake accumulated over the past two years and his travel expenses associated with developing the fellowship.

Blake’s attorney, Kevin Marino, said, “Mr. Blake and I are very pleased that we were able to turn this unfortunate incident to advantage with the establishment of the James Blake CCRB Fellowship.”

The officer who tackled Blake, James Frascatore, was later brought up on departmental charges after the CCRB determined he used excessive force. Frascatore has been negotiating a plea deal with the CCRB, but no resolution has been reached.

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Jun 23

Scoreboard roundup — 6/21/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Tampa Bay 8, Cincinnati 3

Kansas City 6, Boston 4
N.Y. Yankees 8, L.A. Angels 4
Cleveland 5, Baltimore 1
Toronto 7, Texas 5
Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5, Oakland 1
Seattle 7, Detroit 5

Miami 2, Washington 1
San Diego 3, Chicago Cubs 2
St. Louis 7, Philadelphia 6, 10 Innings
Atlanta 5, San Francisco 3, 11 Innings
Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 3
Arizona 16, Colorado 5
L.A. Dodgers 8, N.Y. Mets 2

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Jun 23

Las Vegas Golden Knights complete roster in NHL expansion draft

vencavolrab/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ahead of their first season in the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights spent Wednesday filling their roster with players from the other 29 teams in the league.

As part of the league’s expansion draft, each team was able to protect nine players, leaving a total of 673 players available for the new team in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights were required to selected 30 players — 14 forwards, nine defenseman and three goalies. They were not allowed to select more than one player from the same team.

Here’s the roster Las Vegas has following the expansion draft:

Teemu Pulkkinen (ARI)
William Carrier (BUF)
Tomas Nosek (DET)
Cody Eakin (DAL)
Jonathan Marchessault (FLA)
Reilly Smith (via trade with FLA)
Connor Brickley (CAR)
Chris Thorburn (WPG)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (PHI)
Nikita Gusev (via trade with TBL)
James Neal (NSH)
Mikhail Grabovski (via trade with NYI)
Brendan Leipsic (TOR)
David Perron (STL)
Oscar Lindberg (NYR)
Erik Haula (MIN)
William Karlsson (CBJ)
David Clarkson (via trade with CBJ)
Alex Tuch (via trade with MIN)

Luca Sbisa (VAN)
Jon Merrill (NJD)
Brayden McNabb (LAK)
Jason Garrison (TBL)
Deryk Engelland (CAL)
Jake Bischoff (via trade with NYI)
Colin Miller (BOS)
Marc Methot (OTT)
David Schlemko (SJS)
Alexei Emelin (MTL)
Griffin Reinhart (EDM)
Clayton Stoner (ANA)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (CHI)
Nate Schmidt (WAS)
Shea Theodore (via trade with ANA)

Calvin Pickard (COL)
Jean-Francois Berube (NYI)
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)

Acquired Draft Picks
Winnipeg Jets 1st round pick (No. 13)
New York Islanders 1st round pick (No. 15)
Tampa Bay Lightning 2nd round pick (No. 45)
Boston Bruins 5th round pick (No. 142)
Buffalo Sabres 6th round pick (No. 161)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4th round pick 2018

Columbus Blue Jackets 2nd round pick 2019
New York Islanders 2nd round pick 2019
Winnipeg Jets 3rd round pick 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins 2nd round pick 2020

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Jun 23

Policeman rescues toddler from oncoming cars in China

TongRo Images/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — A toddler running in the middle of a road was swept up by a nearby traffic cop today in southwest China.

As seen in surveillance video footage, a toddler jumps off a motorcycle and runs into the busy intersection.

A black car can be seen driving down the street in the direction of the 2-year-old boy. As the video shows, a traffic policeman runs toward the toddler and grabs him before the car gets there, possibly preventing a tragic crash. The car does slow down as the driver sees the policeman running.

Long Guangliang, the policeman who saved the child, said he didn’t even think before he hurried to help.

According to the Tongren Public Security Bureau, the 2-year-old boy ran into the road because he thought he saw his mother across the street.

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Jun 23

North Korea conducts another missile test

PeterHermesFurian/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — North Korea has held yet another missile test on Wednesday, a U.S. official says.

According to the official, North Korea conducted a static rocket engine test at its Sohae launch facility. It marked the first such test since March.

The test would have involved the upper stage of a multi-stage rocket for use either as a space launch or as an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Separately, at the Punggye-Ri underground nuclear test site, activity earlier this week has been followed by little change. The U.S. official said that it is unclear whether the earlier activity indicates an inspection of the facility, or a coming nuclear test.

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Jun 23

Regional AQAP leader killed in airstrike in Yemen

kylieellway/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A regional leader for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed last week in a U.S.-led airstrike, the U.S. military announced Thursday.

According to U.S. Central Command, a June 16 airstrike killed Abu Khattab al Awlaqi, the top AQAP leader in Shabwah Governorate of Yemen. The strike was aimed at disrupting terrorist compounds and attacking networks within Yemen.

Centcom says that Awlaqi was responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against civilians, and had significant influence throught AQAP’s infrastructure.

The U.S. has conducted a series of counterterrorism operations in Yemen in coordination with the Yemeni government.

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