Saturday’s game between the Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls was postponed because of heavy rain and unplayable conditions at Knights Stadium.
Teams often have to find a way to win on the road. In the case of the Durham Bulls, ways to win seem to find them. Shelly Duncan drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, but Gwinnett third baseman Joe Leonard’s fourth, fifth and sixth errors of the season — tallying five in two nights — helped the Bulls take a 5-4 victory Friday night at Coolray Field.
Make that two Eagles who have become Lions. Former N.C. Central defensive tackle John Drew signed a contract with the Detroit Lions on Friday, joining former NCCU defensive lineman Xavier Proctor in the Motor City.
The Durham Bulls were cruising along Tuesday night in the opening game of their series against the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field, even adding an insurance run on a homer by Chris Gimenez in the top of the ninth. But the Braves spoiled Durham closer Kirby Yates’ bid for a save in the ninth by evening the score, then walked off with a 3-2 victory in the 10th on a throwing error by shortstop Tim Beckham.
The Chicago Bears forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but the Carolina Panthers spoiled Marc Trestman's NFL head coaching debut with a 24-17 win over Friday.
A game that began with a blast for the Durham Bulls ended with the shortest outing by a starting pitcher and their most lopsided loss, a 12-1 setback against the Charlotte Knights at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. In the bottom of the first, Kevin Kiermaier started to trot to first base before plate umpire Seth Buckminster called a strike to set up a full count. Kiermaier then blasted the next pitch from Knights starter Jason Berken (10-11) for a leadoff home run. But that was the extent of the offensive highlights for the Bulls (74-47) in the opener of a three-game series with Charlotte (57-63).
Dot’s Detailing beat DTLR 85-81 to give Coach Tapona Champion his first S.J.G. Greater NC Pro-Am Tournament title on Thursday at Durham School of the Arts. “That’s what we came here for,” Champion said. Dot’s was the regular-season champ, too.
A four-game losing streak isn't unusual in minor league baseball. That is, unless you're with the 2013 Durham Bulls. Facing being swept in a four-game series for the first time this season, the Bulls put together an 11-hit performance highlighted by Leslie Anderson's three-run homer in the first inning of their 7-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night before a crowd of 10, 125 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The intensity meter was pinging more than it has been all summer at the S.J.G. Greater NC Pro-Am. The games at the summer league haven’t been as desirable as they have been in past seasons because current players from Duke and North Carolina haven’t played. It’s playoff time, though, which tends to attract bigger names at the pro-am, and former UNC forward John Henson lent his on Tuesday.
The Durham Bulls got a grand slam from a player who just came off the disabled list and Rochester's pitchers issued 10 walks including three in the ninth to load the bases. But instead of a walkoff victory by the Bulls, the Red Wings escaped with a 6-4 win to extend Durham's losing streak to three games Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball's most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal. Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Gerald Henderson decided to re-sign with the Bobcats because he had unfinished business to resolve in Charlotte. The 25-year-old Henderson has been through some incredibly trying times in four seasons — the Bobcats are 106-206 during that span, including an NBA record-worst 7-59 in 2011-12.
It wasn't a formula for winning, but the Durham Bulls' rally in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings on Monday night was a reason for optimism. After having just four base runners through eight innings, the Bulls finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth while sending eight batters to the plate.
Jeff Gordon had the inside line, a lead and his first win of the season in sight, usually a sure thing for Pocono's top winner.Kasey Kahne was about out of time to pass his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. "It was either to go for it and make it work," Kahne said. "Or not."
Stacy Lewis felt such a spiritual connection with St. Andrews that even when she was three behind with three to play, she never lost hope she could win the Women's British Open. No way could she have scripted a finish like this.