Tar Heels survive spirited Syracuse effort in home finale

CHAPEL HILL – Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and the rest of North Carolina’s seniors earned one final home win to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • No. 15 Duke outplayed for all 40 minutes in loss at Pitt

    PITTSBURGH – The whereabouts of Grayson Allen’s legs were the least of Duke’s problems on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

  • Nash Central falls in overtime to Northern Guilford

    Nash Central had been underdogs all season. Few people gave the Bulldogs a chance to win the Big East title – which they did with a 9-1 record.

  • Firebirds' run ends at Eastern Alamance

    MEBANE – As a four-year varsity player for Eastern Alamance’s boys’ basketball team, Jacob Mann knew a run was coming from Southern Nash on Saturday night. “I always get a little nervous, especially when we’re up like that (by 17 at halftime), because against a team where they know it might be their last game, they’re going to do everything they can,” Mann said. “We knew they had a run in them, we just had to answer it long enough to where we could pull away.” Mann basically became the singular answer to Southern Nash’s run, scoring the Eagles’ first 14 points of the second half and helping Eastern Alamance to a 76-50 victory in the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs.

  • Tar Heels falter late in loss at No. 3 Virginia

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Malcolm Brogdon said he wasn’t trying to assert himself any more than usual. It just worked out that way.

  • Gbinije, Syracuse too much for N.C. State

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Michael Gbinije scored a career-high 34 points and Syracuse limited N.C. State star Anthony “Cat” Barber to one of his lowest-scoring outputs of the season in a 75-65 win on Saturday.

Nash Central falls in overtime to Northern Guilford

Nash Central had been underdogs all season. Few people gave the Bulldogs a chance to win the Big East title – which they did with a 9-1 record.

  • Firebirds' run ends at Eastern Alamance

    MEBANE – As a four-year varsity player for Eastern Alamance’s boys’ basketball team, Jacob Mann knew a run was coming from Southern Nash on Saturday night. “I always get a little nervous, especially when we’re up like that (by 17 at halftime), because against a team where they know it might be their last game, they’re going to do everything they can,” Mann said. “We knew they had a run in them, we just had to answer it long enough to where we could pull away.” Mann basically became the singular answer to Southern Nash’s run, scoring the Eagles’ first 14 points of the second half and helping Eastern Alamance to a 76-50 victory in the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs.

  • Nash Central eases past Erwin Triton

    Terri Cash had plenty of reasons to smile Thursday night.

  • Southern Nash moves on to third round for first time since 1998

    BAILEY – Senior Damien Bryant scored a game-high 14 points to lead Southern Nash to a 59-44 victory over Eastern Wayne and lead the Firebirds to the third round for the first time since 1998.

  • STORYLINES: Five teams remain after wild first round

    Everyone is still trying to catch their breath after an exciting first round on Tuesday.

  • Rocky Mount High girls advance with ease; boys fall in final minute

    In one sense, this year's Rocky Mount High team was relieved to not become the first Mike Gainey-coached group to miss the state playoffs, and that was evident by the way the Gryphons started Tuesday's game in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs, falling behind 12-2 in the opening minutes.

Tar Heels survive spirited Syracuse effort in home finale

CHAPEL HILL – Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and the rest of North Carolina’s seniors earned one final home win to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hamlin edges out Truex Jr. for Daytona 500 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With a Hail Mary move, Denny Hamlin ended Joe Gibbs’ 23-year drought at the Daytona 500.

  • Panthers believe they will be back in Super Bowl soon

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Carolina quarterback Cam Newton didn’t say much after the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but the league’s MVP did promise this: “We’ll be back.”But will they?

  • Panthers' dream season ends in Super Bowl 50 defeat

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have Super ending to his career, and Von Miller and the Denver defense made the plays to secure the title for the Broncos.

  • Rivera embraces heritage

    Viva Rivera.NFL Coach of the Year contender Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers are expected to have the support of the Hispanic community when they play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 next Sunday.

  • Newton says race a factor in his criticism

    CHARLOTTE – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suggested for the first time Wednesday that race might play a factor in why he’s become a lightning rod for public criticism.“I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to,” said the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton.

  • Panthers not satisfied with just reaching Super Bowl

    CHARLOTTE – Carolina coach Ron Rivera remembers turning to Dave Gettleman following a training camp practice this summer, and asking the Panthers general manager, “Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing?”Rivera wanted verification that this Panthers team was clearly the most talented he’s coached in five seasons – one he thought had Super Bowl potential.

Smylie Kaufman a name to know on PGA Tour

One of my new favorite players on the PGA Tour is Smylie Kaufman.You’ve got to love the name.