May 24, 2016

Like many great plans, the one Larry Smith hatched for the fall fell apart in an instant.

The Rocky Mount Academy coach had been working with senior Hunter Franks for months on Franks’ transition into a more defensive role. The plan centered on the Eagles having a goalie they...

Wawrinka avoids historic loss in Paris

May 24, 2016

PARIS — So, Stan Wawrinka was asked, were you aware that in the long history of the French Open, no defending champion ever had lost in the first round?

“No,” Wawrinka replied quickly, his arms crossed, the hint of a smirk on his scruffy face. After waiting a comedic...

Kyrgios' towel shout causes stir on soaked French Open Day 1

May 22, 2016

PARIS  — It all started with what Nick Kyrgios insisted was an innocuous, if admittedly loud, directive to a ball kid to retrieve a towel between points — shouted above the din of spectators at the French Open’s cozy Court 1.

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos considered...

Nash County schools combine for four championships at 3-A state track meet

May 20, 2016

GREENSBORO — Last year, Nadir Thompson saw 21.55 flash on the videoboard and was disappointed it was .01 seconds too slow to win a state title.

Friday, that same 21.55 was posted on the giant screen, and it was a feeling of pure bliss.

Thompson redeemed himself in the 200-...