Construction of new SW Va. trail segment underway
POCAHONTAS, Va. (AP) - Construction is underway on a 30-mile segment of the new Spearhead Trail project in Tazewell County.
County Administrator Jim Spencer tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1npwQXJ ) the project is about half finished.
The segment between Boissevain and Pocahontas will bring the Virginia-side trail system within reach of the neighboring West Virginia-based Hatfield-McCoy trail system, creating a two-state tourism link for the region. The trail will be open to all-terrain vehicles, bikes, horses, hikers and others.
The Southwest Virginia Regional Recreational Authority will operate the trail, which ultimately will extend through seven southwest Virginia counties. The first section opened last year in Wise County.
Va. pioneer Maggie L. Walker to be honored
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Park Service has scheduled events this weekend through Tuesday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Maggie L. Walker, the pioneering businesswoman.
An art show and tour are among the activities scheduled at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in downtown Richmond and nearby. Most of the events are aimed at children and families.
On Tuesday, a celebration of Walker's life will be held at a Jackson Ward church and conclude with a procession to her home.
Walker was a national activist for the rights of African Americans and women. She was the first African-American woman in the U.S. to become president of a chartered bank.
McCutchen's HRs rally Pirates over Reds 6-5 in 11
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andrew McCutchen tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning Saturday night, then connected again in the 11th inning, rallying the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Pirates blew a four-run lead for the second straight night, but managed to come back behind McCutchen, who has more homers against Cincinnati than anyone else since 2009.
He tied it 5 in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton, filling in the closer's role because Aroldis Chapman had pitched four days in a row. He hit his 17th homer with two outs in the 11th off J.J. Hoover (1-7) for his ninth career multihomer game.
Left-hander Justin Wilson (3-1) escaped a bases-loaded threat in the 10th with the help of right fielder Gregory Polanco, who threw Ramon Santiago out at the plate as he tried to score on Jay Bruce's single.
Reds option RH Partch, call up INF Soto
The Reds called up infielder Neftali Soto before the second game of their series on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, shoring up their depleted infield.
The Reds have put three infielders on the disabled list this week. First baseman Joey Votto is out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six weeks. Skip Schumaker is out for a week with a concussion.
It's Soto's second stint with the Reds this season. He went 3 for 28 with no homers and one RBI.
Reliever Curtis Partch was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. He got his first major league win on Friday night.
Zimmerman's 10th-inning hit lifts Nats over Phils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Jayson Werth homered and had three RBIs to lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Ross Detwiler (1-2), one of six Washington pitchers, tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the victory. Philadelphia's season-best, five-game winning streak was snapped.
Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the 10th for his 22nd save.
Washington's Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory before Ben Revere's RBI single with two outs in the eighth tied it 3-3.
Marlon Byrd had two hits and two RBIs, and Revere had a pair of hits for the Phillies.
The Nationals went ahead in the 10th against Jake Diekman (3-3).
Mystics hand Shock sixth straight home loss
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Emma Meesseman and Ivory Latta scored 15 points each to lead the Washington Mystics to a 91-74 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night.
Kara Lawson had 14 points as the Mystics (9-12) got their second straight road victory. Kia Vaughn added 12 points and 10 rebounds, Monique Currie had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and rookie Stefanie Dolson also scored 11 points.
Glory Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Tulsa (7-14), which has lost six straight at home. Skylar Diggins added 16 points. The Shock shot just 39 percent from the field.
Lawson scored five points in a 13-2 run that gave the Mystics a 43-33 lead with 5:01 to play in the second quarter.
Tulsa cut a 13-point halftime deficit to five midway through the third quarter. However, Lawson scored the final four points of the period restore the Mystics' double-digit lead for good.
United gets 3rd straight road win; 2-1 over Quakes
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Eddie Johnson and Luis Silva each scored in the first half, and Bill Hamid made close-range saves in the 89th and 91st minutes to lift D.C. United to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night.
D.C. United (9-5-4) won its third straight game on the road.
Johnson converted a penalty kick in the lower right corner to give United a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. It was awarded after Chris Rolfe's shot attempt hit Brandon Barklage's extended left hand inside the penalty area.
Silva added to United's lead in the 25th minute with his sliding touch of Rolfe's cross.
The Earthquakes' Chris Wondolowski scored on a deflected shot in the 39th minute in his first appearance since the World Cup. San Jose (4-8-4) had not scored in its previous three matches - all ending at 1-0.
Keselowski wins Nationwide Series at New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Brad Keselowski dominated from the pole and cruised to the win in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski led 153 of the 200 laps in his second Nationwide win of the season. Keselowski also topped the speed chart during Sprint Cup practice to complete a perfect day for the Team Penske driver.
He also won at Phoenix and hasn't finished worse than third in six races this season.
Kyle Busch was second. He starts on the pole for Sunday's Cup race.
Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher completed the top five.
Regan Smith was seventh and won $100,000 in the first event in the four-race "Dash 4 Cash" program that could award up to $1 million to a series regular.
Race Team Alliance open for NASCAR owners to join
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - The chairman of the new Race Team Alliance says the group would allow other NASCAR teams to join and is focused on promoting the sport.
Rob Kauffman says the group is not immediately trying to renegotiate the teams' cut of an $8.2 billion television package that kicks in next year.
The owners first met in June and soon informed NASCAR the group was forming. NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday there is no animosity from the governing body toward the nine-team RTA.
Speaking Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kauffman says teams that have attempted to qualify in 95 percent of the Sprint Cup races over the last two years would be eligible to join the RTA.
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