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October 17, 2017

After a successful season that included an undefeated record in league play and a conference title, the descriptive word for Rocky Mount Academy’s tennis team at the end of its home playoff match on Tuesday came easy.

“It’s frustrating,” said head coach Gayle High, whose…


Coach Swinney goes back to drawing board after Clemson loss

October 17, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has already started breaking down every aspect of his program since the seventh-ranked Tigers surprise loss to Syracuse this past Friday night.

“It’s been a long weekend,” Swinney said Monday.

Clemson (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast…


Column: Talladega is too dicey to be in NASCAR's playoffs

October 17, 2017

TALLADEGA, Ala. —  Here’s what went right at Talladega Superspeedway:

— It was a beautiful day with packed grandstands.

— Fans were treated to a sincere send-off to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

— NBC’s overnight television rating was the highest for this race since…


For real now: Eagles, Panthers, Rams, Texans, Saints, Jets

October 17, 2017

Six weeks of success, some of it relative, do not provide a harbinger for the rest of the NFL season.

Nonetheless, it’s necessary to praise the work of the Eagles, Panthers, Rams, Texans, Saints and Jets. For now, they are for real.

Who expected that?

In the case of the Jets (3-3), that…