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April 22, 2017

When Darius Spragley had the ball in his hands, offense came easy.

The senior Northern Nash guard could catch defenders off guard with a quick-release 3-pointer, dribble around them, or rise his slim frame above the rim for a thunderous dunk.

But maybe his greatest skill came from a combination of…


ALL-AREA: Spivey expands her game and dominates

April 21, 2017

Pam Gainey noticed the emotion Keyanna Spivey was wearing.

Gainey’s power forward was disappointed.

The Rocky Mount High coach watched players wander into the gym for a Saturday morning practice during the 2015-16 season after a loss at Nash Central the night before.

Spivey, then a junior,…


AP Exclusive: SEC's Sankey refuses to step down in UNC case

April 21, 2017

RALEIGH — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina’s ongoing academic case because of a conflict of interest.

Sankey stated in an April 14 letter obtained by The Associated…


When spring games are on TV, it's all about not showing off

April 21, 2017

The increasing visibility of spring football games has offered plenty of feel-good moments and fan-friendly opportunities. What fans won’t get is much insight into what these teams will be doing this fall.

Nebraska’s spring game last week reunited a military family. Nebraska Army…