March 22, 2017

Even a bizarre seventh inning that had umpires making phone calls, bases being taken out then replaced and a premature handshake line couldn't overshadow what happened on the field during Tuesday's 3-A Big East Conference baseball opener between Rocky Mount High and Nash Central.

That's because…

NASCAR: Larson doesn’t mind second

March 21, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation.

There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR’s top series. His positioning atop…

ACC flameout reshapes Sweet 16

March 21, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament.

The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region’s No. 1 seed was…

Duke eyes offseason questions following abrupt exit from tournament

March 21, 2017

Duke is facing its annual list of offseason questions — who stays, who goes — much earlier than anyone expected.

The Blue Devils started the season as a favorite to win its sixth national title but instead failed to make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.