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January 14, 2018

DURHAM — On one particular play on Saturday afternoon against Wake Forest, Marvin Bagley III was not going to be stopped.

During a still-close interval halfway through the first half, Bagley III signaled for, and got the ball, with good position under the basket.

And with a point…

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January 14, 2018

DURHAM — During the last few minutes of the fourth quarter on Saturday, when Duke already had its game against Wake Forest wrapped up, a certain walk-on got a call from Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning.

And with that, Aaron Spivey made his Cameron Indoor Stadium debut.

“When he…


January 14, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints.

“I prepare for every game as if it’s that magnitude,…

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January 14, 2018

PITTSBURGH — At the time the score looked like a misprint.

Jacksonville 30. Pittsburgh 9 .

On the road.

A result so stunningly one-sided Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood in the locker room on that gray October afternoon only half-jokingly wondered if he still had “it.…

Steelers Football

January 14, 2018

Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature “Whoa, Nelly!” From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final…

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January 13, 2018

The whiteboard inside Northern Nash’s locker room was blank Friday.

Normally covered with detailed player assignments, offensive and defensive strategies and scouting reports, the board offered no help for the players who have made a habit of studying its content.

Knights boys’…

January 12, 2018

In need of a spark after blowing a 12-point halftime lead, Rocky Mount Prep got exactly what it was looking for with three minutes left in the third quarter.

On a missed Jaguars layup, 6-foot-5 Keyshawn Bryant soared in from the weak side, slamming the ball home for a 48-44 lead just a minute after…


January 11, 2018

Big East

Rocky Mount (10-2) vs. Wilson Fike (7-6)

Season so far: Only 12 games into the 2017-18 season, the Gryphons sit at 10-2, the same number in the win column as last year’s team.

It’s been a different climate and attitude so far, said Rocky Mount coach Michael Gainey, whose record…


January 10, 2018

Scratching and clawing to stick around after an early deficit, Rocky Mount tied the score in the third quarter on numerous occasions, only to see host Nash Central pull back ahead.

But that finally changed with 6:18 left in the fourth, when RHMS’s Rodney Alston swooped toward the rim with a…


January 10, 2018

Up two points after the first quarter at home on Wednesday night, the Nash Central girls’ basketball team used a dominant second quarter in which they outscored Rocky Mount, 14-12, to capture a 40-28 win in both teams’ final game before the beginning of conference play.

The win for the…

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