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May 26, 2017

A new head coach wanted to mend his field on Friday. 

For Carter Varnell, the diamond at Rocky Mount High isn’t anything new. The 25-year-old served as assistant baseball coach for the last three seasons. But now, the field is truly his to primp.

Varnell was named head coach of the…


NASCAR trying to increase passing for Coca-Cola 600

May 26, 2017

CONCORD — NASCAR is trying to inject some excitement into Charlotte Motor Speedway, where recent races have been relatively predictable, even dull: When a lead car breaks free from the pack, it’s been nearly impossible to catch.

Nobody could catch Kyle Larson when he was running in…


Stewart-Haas reaches agreement with former Patrick sponsor

May 26, 2017

Stewart-Haas Racing and snack company Nature’s Bakery have agreed to settle a $31 million breach-of-contract lawsuit the team had filed in a dispute with Danica Patrick’s former sponsor.

The team said Friday that Nature’s Bakery would serve as the primary sponsor for four NASCAR…


Now Warriors' All-Star, Durant was once their 2nd choice

May 26, 2017

Truth be told, Golden State’s former coach wasn’t sure the Warriors needed Kevin Durant.

The Warriors were already small-ball sensations, capable of piling up the points with their daring drives and sizzling shooting. So rather than add another scorer, Don Nelson figured Golden State…