News archive from 5 July 2015

Stranded at 400 feet: 66 Orlando Eye riders reach safety

Stranded at 400 feet: 66 Orlando Eye riders reach safety

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction. "The team of technicians has successfully...

 

Family of actor Sam Allred seeks help after critical four-wheeler accident

The family of Wasilla actor and children’s health advocate Sam Allred, who was injured in a four-wheeler accident early Friday, has established a crowd-funding site to help cover the costs they expect to incur during his recovery.  Allred, who turns...

 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole for Coke Zero 400

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole for Coke Zero 400

Thumbs up, Greg Ives. Pictures: 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners See photos of weekly NASCAR Sprint Cup winners beginning with Joey Logano at the Daytona 500. Winners are virtually assured a spot in the season-ending Chase for the Championship....

 
Orlando City eager to build strong pipeline from developmental academy to MLS level

Orlando City eager to build strong pipeline from developmental academy to MLS level

The Orlando City players dashed down the field on a brutally hot Florida weekend afternoon, stringing together passes for one last-gasp counterattack. Just seconds remained in a tie game, and as one player cut in from the left side, he spotted a...

 
Jerry Greene: U.S. women can rule global soccer if fans watch their World Cup title showdown with Japan

Jerry Greene: U.S. women can rule global soccer if fans watch their World Cup title showdown with Japan

Do you dream of a day when the United States of America is No. 1 in global soccer? How about tomorrow? Wait! If you are actually reading this in old-fashioned paper form, please do not place this at the bottom of your bird cage just yet. I am neither...

 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole for Coke Zero 400

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole for Coke Zero 400

Thumbs up, Greg Ives. Qualifying for the race was canceled because of bad weather Saturday night. Since practice times set the grid, Dale Jr. ended up on the pole Austin Dillon will be on the outside pole. Earnhardt led the first of two practice...

 

Mario Hezonja's Magic debut featured a Hollywood ending

A Hollywood screenwriter couldn't have concocted a better ending to Mario Hezonja's first NBA exhibition game Saturday. With the closing seconds of overtime approaching, the Orlando Magic trailed the Los Angeles Clippers by two points. Teammate Aaron...

 
Central Florida Zoo started with a rhesus monkey and Sanford firefighters

Central Florida Zoo started with a rhesus monkey and Sanford firefighters

Sharon Griffin remembers visiting the Sanford Municipal Zoo as a little girl, when it wasn't much more than a few monkeys and a waterfront attraction on Lake Monroe. Fast-forward six decades to Saturday morning and you'll find the Enterprise woman...

 
County's archives document centuries of citizenship

County's archives document centuries of citizenship

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Lillie Ingrid Peterson attempted to look reserved, with a closed-mouth smile and a floral shirt buttoned to the collar, as she sat for a photograph. But the gentle upward curve of the corners of her lips and twinkle in her light...

 
Pacers and Lakers reach deal, Roy Hibbert to be traded on or after July 9

Pacers and Lakers reach deal, Roy Hibbert to be traded on or after July 9

After a tumultuous start to the offseason, when he was called out by Larry Bird and cast aside for a younger, more athletic draft pick, Roy Hibbert now appears to be on his way out of Indiana. On Saturday, the Pacers agreed to trade Hibbert to the Los...

Usa Today, 19:24 in Sport
 
IS video said to show mass execution at Syria's Palmyra ruins

IS video said to show mass execution at Syria's Palmyra ruins

Islamic State group militants have released a video that apparently shows a mass execution within the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The video shows IS militants executing soldiers in an amphitheater in Tadmur—the Arabic name for the...

 

Crown Emelie Forsberg the new queen of Alaska's mountains

SEWARD -- Alaska has a new queen of the mountains. Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg, 28, destroyed one of Alaska’s most revered sports records on Saturday in Seward, slashing nearly three minutes off Nancy Pease’s 25-year-old mark by winning Mount Marathon in...

 
U.S. vs. Japan Women's World Cup final: Our experts weigh in

U.S. vs. Japan Women's World Cup final: Our experts weigh in

The women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan on Sunday may not rival the Super Bowl, but soccer fans, wild with excitement, will be at viewing parties in bars, museums and homes across America. VANCOUVER — USA TODAY Sports has had...

Usa Today, 19:53 in Sport
 
Why LaMarcus Aldridge is leaving the Trail Blazers for the Spurs

Why LaMarcus Aldridge is leaving the Trail Blazers for the Spurs

USA TODAY Sports' Larry Berger discusses LaMarcus Aldridge's decision to head to San Antonio and the league-wide impact the move could have. When LaMarcus Aldridge made his decision to head for the Alamo, joining the San Antonio Spurs organization...

Usa Today, 19:53 in Sport
 
Thunder superstar Kevin Durant says his foot is healing well

Thunder superstar Kevin Durant says his foot is healing well

With his rehab from foot surgery progressing well, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant had two days off. He could have gone anywhere, but he chose to visit Central Florida to watch some basketball. On Saturday, he attended the opening day of...

 
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