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June 06, 2018

ZEBULON — When playing professional baseball became an option, Joe Ayrault didn’t hesitate.

The Carolina Mudcats manager signed with the Atlanta Braves straight out of high school during the 1990 MLB Draft, choosing to skip college ball where he had signed to play at the…

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June 05, 2018

ZEBULON — A top prospect came and went. A lefty held on to the top earned run average in the minor leagues for a few weeks. Star Wars Night, fireworks night, Taco Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday and Education Day all graced those who attended. A catcher threw out 30 runners, good for tops in the…

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June 01, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers made a roster move on Friday involving the organization’s top prospect by promoting infielder Keston Hiura to the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers from the Single-A Carolina Mudcats.

The timing of the move comes on the heel of Hiura’s first five-hit game of his career…

Keston Hiura

May 24, 2018

ZEBULON — Even Mudcats manager Joe Ayrault, who prefers WHIP, strikeouts-to-walk ratio, and the good old eye-test when evaluating his pitchers, knows and appreciates an outlandish ERA number when he sees one.

The number 0.68 — Cam Roegner’s earned run average after Thursday…

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May 23, 2018

ZEBULON —- Carolina Mudcats pitching coach Bob Milacki emerged from the third base dugout in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against Kinston and headed for the mound.

Milacki wasn’t going to pepper Braden Webb with mechanics jargon, and he didn’t plan to chat…

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May 19, 2018

CHICAGO — The way Grayson Allen sees it, he might as well attack this full-court press head-on.

The guard from Duke understands the concerns NBA teams might have about him after four polarizing seasons with the Blue Devils during which he attracted about as much attention for play that…

Draft Combine Basketball

May 15, 2018

Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week.

A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking.

The draft lottery — the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking — is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the…

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May 15, 2018

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson credited everyone around him for winning The Players Championship, his fifth career victory and in some respects his most important. And he didn’t stop with those he considers to be part of his team.

Thank-you notes also are in order for the USGA…

Players Championship Golf

May 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.

Despite opposition from the major…

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May 12, 2018

The four routine plays for Keston Hiura on Friday night against the Wilmington Blue Rocks weren’t notable beyond a few scratches in a keeper’s book.

It’s the big picture, though -- the fact that the 21-year-old has actually gotten to take the field -- that feels worth paying…

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