Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

It’s who you don’t see that’s most noticeable as UNC opens football practice

This first day of practice in Chapel Hill had a lot in common with the first day of basketball practice last October, when the Tar Heels felt the absence of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson so acutely. It was tough to focus on what the Tar Heels could do at that point when it was so easy to focus on what they had lost. Wednesday, instead of Paige and Johnson, it was Ryan Switzer and Mitch Trubisky.

Luke DeCock

NC State can try to ignore the high football expectations. But how can they hide from them?

Whether they want to talk about it or think about it or not, this is still the season N.C. State has been pointing toward for years, since Dave Doeren took over. If the Wolfpack isn't going to beat Clemson or Florida State this season, it's fair to wonder when it will ever happen. It's the best starting hand Doeren has had since he arrived, and that's no coincidence: his first full recruiting class has reached its senior season, a group that includes Bradley Chubb, Kentavius Street and Jaylen Samuels, among others.

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Why you still can’t watch the Orioles or Nationals on cable in the Triangle

It will come as no surprise to sports TV viewers in the Triangle that the Orioles and Nationals are entangled in what MLB commissioner Rob Manfred called an “intractable” dispute. That’s a good word to describe the long-ago negotiations between MASN and what was then called Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse, when the cable network wanted a prime channel position on what used to be called basic, or analog, cable and the providers would only offer a digital position.

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Wondering why this man wants to buy the Canes? Here’s your answer.

Chuck Greenberg, who has a term sheet in place to buy the Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos, helped Mario Lemieux save the Pittsburgh Penguins, was the point man on a deal to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena and was briefly the managing partner of the Texas Rangers before focusing on minor-league baseball teams in Frisco and Myrtle Beach.

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Here are 4 ways a new owner could help improve the Hurricanes

If the proposed sale of the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos to a group led by attorney Chuck Greenberg goes through, there will be a number of areas where the new owners will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact. Under Karmanos, there has been some deferred maintenance in the market, especially when compared to other non-traditional hockey markets like Nashville and Tampa Bay.

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A Q&A with ACC commissioner John Swofford at the Football Kickoff

On July 14, 2017 at the ACC Football Kickoff, John Swofford sat down for a Q&A with The News & Observer that touched on a variety of other issues facing the ACC and college athletics, including the revenue gap with the SEC and Big Ten, Louisville’s issues both financially and with the NCAA and the future of the conference.

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Why the hint of a Hurricanes sale is better than another day in limbo

Finally, some hope for the future for Carolina Hurricanes fans – and not only on the ice, where the team’s future is increasingly bright, but in the owner’s suite as well, where Peter Karmanos is fielding an offer to buy the team. The news Thursday that there’s a potential deal in place appears to be the beginning of the end for the Hurricanes’ time in ownership purgatory.

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Here’s the position the ACC created for NC State’s Jaylen Samuels

Until this year, trying to pin down Jaylen Samuels by position was as hard as trying to pin him down on the field. The N.C. State star hasn’t changed. The ACC had to adapt to him. The elusive tight end/running back/wide receiver/utility player from Charlotte hasn’t always gotten the recognition he’s deserved because he falls through the voting cracks. There’s no chance that happens again, because the ACC created a positionless position just for Samuels: all-purpose back.

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Protesters march in Durham after rumors of KKK rally

Several hundred protesters march in downtown Durham, N.C. Friday afternoon, Aug. 18, 2017 after word circulated of a possible KKK rally at noon. The KKK rally did not happen.
Julia Wall, Travis Long, Chuck Liddy newsobserver.com
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Protesters march in Durham after rumors of KKK rally

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Counter-protesters march in downtown Durham after rumors of a KKK rally

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Protesters march in Durham to oppose possible KKK rally

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