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The Miami Heat have done it to the Boston Celtics once again in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals.

In Major League Baseball, The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo  helped the Miami Heat take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. Butler converted a three-point play with 12 seconds left in overtime to put the Heat ahead for good in a 117-114 triumph over the Celtics. Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final seconds to seal the win.

Ben Roethlisberger looked like his former self on Monday after missing the final 14 games of last season following elbow surgery.

Football is coming back to Albany. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy called it “the worst kept secret” during a news conference Thursday morning at the Times Union Center.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul about the coronavirus and how New York is doing statewide so far.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE THANKSGIVING DAY SCHEDULE

Chicago takes on Detroit at 12:30 p.m.

Buffalo will face Dallas  at 4:30 p.m.

New Orleans against Atlanta at 8:20 p.m.

(AP) Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana each hit two of the Indians’ seven home runs in a 19-5 thrashing of the Yankees. Ramirez belted his first career grand slam in a seven-run first, and Greg Allen and Santana went back-to-back in a five-run eighth against rookie designated hitter Mike Ford. Every Cleveland starter had at least two of the team's 24 hits as the Indians stayed a half-game behind the AL Central-leading Twins.

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(AP)  The Yankees earned their 16th straight win over the Orioles as Gary Sanchez unloaded a three-run blast in the first inning to help New York earn a 6-5 victory. Mike Ford’s two-run single in the sixth was the difference as the Yankees finished 17-2 versus the last-place Birds this season. The Yankees hit 61 homers off Baltimore pitching this season and outscored the O’s, 151-83.

An eighth-inning homer has pulled the Milwaukee Brewers within 1 ½ games of the NL Central lead.

(AP)  Domingo Germán became the season’s first 16-game winner by working the first seven innings of the Yankees’ 8-3 rout of the Orioles. Germán allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in winning his seventh consecutive decision. DJ LeMahieu  homered on the first pitch he saw and Aaron Judge added a two-run double in New York’s 16th straight win over Baltimore.

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MLB-RESULTS

Torres’ homers lift Yanks to doubleheader sweep

UNDATED (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit a pair of three-run home runs to help New York complete a doubleheader sweep of Baltimore with an 11-8 win at Yankee stadium.

Torres also hit a home run in the first and now has a total of 13 against the Orioles this season. And he set a big league record with his fifth multihomer game against a team in a season, breaking a tie with Ralph Kiner (1947), Gus Zernial (1951) and Roy Sievers (1955).

Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin all hit home runs in the Yanks’ 8-5 victory this afternoon, while first baseman Mike Ford also drove one over the fence in the nightcap.

(8/12/19) The Albany Empire defeated the Philadelphia Soul 45-27 in ArenaBowl XXXII at Times Union Center Sunday to win the title in their second year of existence.

Quentin Sims caught four touchdown passes for the Empire. Quarterback Tommy Grady was 16-for-25 for 200 yards and five scores.

In the regular season, Albany had the best record (10-2), and Philadelphia was tied for second (7-5).

Albany previously won an Arena Football League title as the Albany Firebirds in 1999.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, about the state becoming the 13th to allow driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

WAMC's Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York banning religious exemptions for measles vaccinations, President Trump saying Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave the White House at the end of the month, and much more.

WAMC's David Guistina Speaks with Ken Lovett, Senior Vice President for Communications and Albany Director for Metropolitan Public Strategies about this week in New York state government and politics.

Here's Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC regional forecast.

This is turning out to be quite a year for first-time champions.

The Toronto Raptors are celebrating the first NBA championship in their 24-season history after taking Game 6 of the finals, 114-110. It comes one day after the St. Louis Blues captured their first Stanley Cup and two months after Virginia claimed its first NCAA men’s basketball title.

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New York State lawmakers have ended a religious exemption for vaccinations. The Assembly narrowly approved a bill by 77 to 53  in light of a measles outbreak. It’s already been passed by the Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:   

Mostly cloudy and humid today with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the upper 70s.

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The Morning Edition schedule is changing, slightly, starting August 13 at 5 a.m. WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina and news director Ian Pickus preview the changes.

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Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR who brought his gravitas to "Morning Edition" and later his wit to "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" has died. He was 84. He fully retired in 2014.

Kasell's radio career spanned half a century. He was a newscaster for 30 years on "Morning Edition" until 2009. Kasell then became the official judge and scorekeeper of the Chicago-based show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" in 1998. He left his voice on hundreds of answering machines as part of that show's prize. We spoke with him in November of 2009 – when he’d decided to step down from doing morning newscasts at NPR.

WAMC's David Guistina in conversation with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News. They discuss Harry Wilson, rumored GOP candidate for Governor saying he will not run.

Now Here’s Meteorologist Jordan Sherman’s WAMC Regional Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny skies. Highs will be around 12. Wind chills will range between -10 and -25 at times.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies. Lows will be around -1. Wind chills will be around -10.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies. Highs will be around 20. Wind chills will range between -5 and -15 at times.

#SportsReport: Marcel Kittel Wins Tour De France

Jul 7, 2017
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CYCLING: Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish Thursday with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in the race. Chris Froome held on to the leader's yellow jersey. It was Kittel's second victory in this year's race and 11th overall in his Tour career.

#SportsReport: Yankee Rookies To Take On Home Run Derby

Jul 4, 2017
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MLB: Ryan Raburn drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Washington Nationals survived another bullpen collapse for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven sharp innings for his second straight win following a long slump, and the New York Yankees beat the skidding Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. Hours after announcing they'll both compete in the Home Run Derby next week, All-Star sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez sparked New York's offense.

Chances are if you’re a dedicated WAMC listener, Frank Deford is a part of your morning routine. The legendary sportswriter has delivered more than 1,600 commentaries for Morning Edition over the past 36 years. His wry and incisive observations remain a refreshing antidote in an age of shouty sports talk defined by hot takes.

An Emmy and Peabody winner, Deford has written 18 books and serves as senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, where he first appeared in 1962. He’s also a correspondent for Real Sports on HBO.

This Saturday, Deford will sign copies of his new book I’d Know That Voice Anywhere: My Favorite NPR Commentaries at Sweetpea in Stone Ridge, New York.

  Tomorrow evening in the Recital Hall at the University at Albany, Morning Edition host David Greene and NPR reporter Yuki Noguchi will co-host an NPR Family Matters event, presented by WAMC and WMHT.

Together with Michelle Singletary, a nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post, and financial planner Louis Barajas [lew-iss buh rah hass], they’ll tackle a number of topics, like paying for college, buying a home and saving for retirement. The event is free and open to the public.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers his morning weather forecast.