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June 20, 2018

ZEBULON — They sat at long, brown tables on the concourse at Five County Stadium. Nearly 50 Carolina League All-Stars in all, signed autographs and shared stories as fans gathered on Tuesday to interact with future stars.

And in a league where starting pitching has presided over the first…


For CL's leading hitter, a slow grind leads to marked success

June 20, 2018

ZEBULON — It’s one of the few luxuries the preps-to-pro players in professional baseball may have over the more polished four-year college players: A few extra years to figure it all out.

After three solid but not remarkable seasons biding time in Rookie and Low-A ball, it has so far…


Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes

June 20, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — What a transformation. Russia’s World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week.

And no one is more stunned than their own fans.

Chants of “Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!” reverberated through…


Athletes pitch in to mentor kids

June 18, 2018

From its first session in 2011 to its eighth annual rendition on Saturday, which had a registration large enough that the camp was chopped into two age-specific weekend sessions, the free Moe Deloach Summer Basketball Camp, hosted by Rocky Mount native Moe Deloach, always preaches the fundamentals…