October 25, 2016

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina won’t have a difficult time finding motivation this season.

The memories of losing in the NCAA championship game on a last-second 3-pointer to Villanova still sting more than six months later. It was the crushing final play in a 33-win season that saw the…

Gottfried hopes offseason changes get Wolfpack back to NCAAs

October 25, 2016

RALEIGH — North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried is eager to see what offseason changes do for his program after a stumble.

After last year’s injury-plagued Wolfpack missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his five seasons, Gottfried hit the recruiting trail for several…

Freshman class makes Duke a title favorite once again

October 25, 2016

DURHAM  — Amile Jefferson has already seen one star-studded freshman class come through Duke and win a national championship. The team’s elder statesman is ready for it to happen again.

The parallels between this Duke team and the group from 2014-15 are too obvious to ignore: A…

Logano wins Talladega to advance in NASCAR's playoffs

October 24, 2016

TALLADEGA, Ala. — When an engine failure knocked title favorite Martin Truex Jr. from NASCAR’s playoffs, the rest of the top contenders got a little bit of breathing room.

Then Brad Keselowski suffered the same cruel elimination when his engine failed Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.…