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May 04, 2019

RALEIGH — Let’s get this out of the way.

Both teams want to win. Always. Yes, even well-paid professionals.

The Carolina Hurricanes, who on Friday won 5-2 to sweep the four-game series with the New York Islanders, wanted to win.

The Islanders, who didn’t win a game this series…

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May 03, 2019

RALEIGH — Carolina had survived two elimination games in the opening-round series against Washington. On Friday, it was the New York Islanders who were trying to extend the series long enough to head home.

The Hurricanes preferred to stay put for a while.

Carolina pummeled the Islanders, 5-2,…

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April 29, 2019

Carolina Mudcats starter Dylan File has been named the Carolina League pitcher of the week, announced Monday.

The starting pitcher earned his first win of the season in an April 25 start against Myrtle Beach. File struck out five batters with no walks over six scoreless innings.

File, 22, is now 1-…

April 23, 2019

RALEIGH — Justin Williams is a little more than a year removed from facing some difficult truths about his hockey mortality.

The Carolina Hurricanes right winger, now a 37-year-old looking for a fourth Stanley Cup before age catches up to his long career, searched for perspective last April…

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April 22, 2019

RALEIGH — Carolina has more hockey to play.

The Hurricanes on Monday night staved off elimination with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals, and sent the best-of-seven series to a Game 7 in D.C. on Wednesday.

Battling back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, the Hurricanes took their first lead…

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April 06, 2019

TARBORO — Todd Gurley made a comment about the purple carpet in Tarboro football coach Jeff Craddock’s office.

“It’s the same carpet since 2004,” Craddock said without stopping to look down.

Gurley smiled and sat down in a cushioned chair and admired a quote that sat…

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April 04, 2019

The Carolina Mudcats lost their season opener on Thursday, a 6-4 defeat in Kinston against the Down East Wood Ducks.

Carolina (0-1) trailed 4-0 after five innings, before mounting a comeback try. The Mudcats scored a run in the sixth, then scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the…

April 02, 2019

As Opening Day for the Carolina Mudcats nears with Thursday’s game at Down East, manager Joe Ayrault is about to be peppered with decisions to make.

The Mudcats will open the season without the built-in intrigue of starting the season with the organization’s top prospect on the roster…

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March 30, 2019

It’s been quite the calendar week for Brian Goodwin.

The Rocky Mount High graduate was waived by the Kansas City Royals on Monday, then claimed by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

A day later, on Friday, he was in the starting lineup for the Angels, playing left field against the Oakland…

March 29, 2019

Rocky Mount High graduate Brian Goodwin was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, after being waived by the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

Goodwin, 28, is expected to join the Angels’ 25-man roster, and will compete for playing time in an outfield that includes Mike Trout,…

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