Sports: Columnists

Dec. 16, 2013 @ 06:43 PM

Nature awakens hunter's senses

For the moment that I stand here, I hear the voice of frost and how she became this place. Her voice, surprisingly, is soft. She is clear and transparent and her manner of speaking upon this place is neither slurred nor slanged.

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 07:41 PM

In other words, it's called hunting

It is climbing a tree. It is tucking into a blind. It is standing against an oak tree that was here before the war and, maybe, the war before that one, too.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Duke's Harding: There's no moral victories here

Duke came into the ACC championship game with fewer negative-yardage plays than any team in the ACC, at 3.83 per game. Its very first play resulted in a one-yard loss on a run by Josh Snead. ... The rest of the game was more of the same.

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 05:31 PM

Cold weather warms hunter's heart

My hands are snug and tucked and tight, and when there is noise beyond, my palm grips hold of my bow and the cold air tightens and I feel the exposure and am reminded of the cold.

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

EAGLES EXTRAS: A Thanksgiving story

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 01:15 PM

EAGLES EXTRAS: NCCU lands quality recruit

In a basketball season full of talented college freshmen, meet a tough kid who's even younger.

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

EAGLES EXTRAS: MEAC fines Bethune-Cookman coach after NCCU game

Wildcats coach Brian Jenkins unafraid to take a stand

Nov. 04, 2013 @ 08:14 PM

Slow down, savor getting there

I could have driven along these woods. I could have used the off-road vehicle and navigated this path. Yet, it felt appropriate to walk. It felt authentic to step over sticks. There was something natural about my gait and the melodic repetition of my feet in the soft mud.

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

EAGLES EXTRAS: NCCU QB call up in the air

Game-time decison on injured NCCU quarterback Reid

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 09:14 PM

Huddle up and sweat with former Duke, Hillside running back

Desmond Scott set to bring it with "The Lifestyle Challenge."

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

Duke football dials it up in rivalry with Cavaliers

Virginia has  won 33 times to Duke’s 31 in the all-time series that dates back to 1890. But Duke has won four of the last five with coach David Cutcliffe on its sideline, including a resounding 42-17 triumph at Wallace Wade Stadium one year ago this month.

Sep. 23, 2013 @ 07:35 PM

A hunter follows his routines

The naked light bulb is silently persuaded by what remains of an overnight wind. He stands by the screen door, and his left hand lingers along the switch panel. It is 5:30 a.m., and he is up and dressed as one cup of coffee is being followed by a second on the last Saturday of the summer. His knees are one season older, and his eyesight is another sunrise weaker.

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

Lewis Bowling: Duke-Pitt making history yet again

Duke will make history Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL TV) when it hosts Pittsburgh as a fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member for the first time. It’s not the first time the teams have made history in what is now Wallace Wade Stadium.

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 03:44 PM

Learning to follow instead of lead

We had walked through the knee-high grass toward the stretching moon with darkness chasing us. Instead of leading this subtle charge up the hill, which rises from west to east, I was following. In front of me and below me was a properly fearless 7-year old whose hands I know well. His eyes are stoic and absorbing, and his lips are pursed just so.

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 08:30 PM

Still waiting for one of these days

One of these days, I’m going to follow the rainwater that falls on the hill and crawls to the stream below. I will follow this water through the tall grass and puddles of mud. The stream will become wider, I suppose, and tickle its way into a river. I’ll marvel at the scenery nearby. There will be birds in trees and game upon the banks.