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2018 World Cup While watching with several of his family members in their Fiesta Cancun Mexican restaurant, Israel Garcia was happy to talk about Mexico, his “go-to team” at the 2018 World … more
If, as the saying goes, it’s better to be lucky than good, the owners and crew of the fishing boat Carterican found that it’s best to be both last week at the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin … more
He’s poised, prepared and certainly confident. His beloved 2008 Honda Accord, despite 230,000 miles, remains reliable and, most importantly, he’s healthy. Life is good as a professional golfer … more
Wednesday was a big day for Barton College senior baseball player Trent Fennell, but Monday will be huge. Mid-afternoon Wednesday, Fennell, a right-handed pitcher, was informed he had been drafted … more
For North Johnston High senior Trey Whitley, Wednesday was a game of hurry up and wait. After learning that his evaluation projected him to go between rounds 20 and 30 in the third day of the … more
This time, the timing was right for Dwanya Williams-Sutton. The East Carolina University junior outfielder had his name called in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player … more
MARICOPA, Ariz. — Fresh off his first career win at the Cherry Bomb Long Drive Championship in Traverse City, Michigan, Wilson native Paul Howell finished second in the World Long Drive … more
Paul Howell has flirted with a top finish, posting a handful of runner-up and third-place showings. But in the midst of his third season in the World Long Drive Association, Howell, a Wilson … more
CHARLOTTE — J.T. Griffin’s first career round on the PGA Tour was not a memorable one. The Wilson native and former Fike High star shot an 8-over-par 79 in the opening round of the Wells Fargo … more
In his eighth year as a professional, Wilson’s J.T. Griffin will compete in his first PGA Tour event this weekend. Griffin, who turned pro in 2011, qualified for the Wells Fargo Championship at … more
Carolina Mudcats infielder/outfielder Weston Wilson was saluted by the Single-A Advanced Carolina League as its player of the week on Monday. Wilson hit .500 (7 for 14) in five games last week, … more
DURHAM — Entering the second fight of his professional boxing career Thursday night at the Durham Armory, Beddingfield High graduate Kelvin King assured that he had every intention of … more
Kelvin King knows that the boxing game is full of perceptions. Right now, the perception of the Beddingfield High product is one of a young professional attempting to make his way on the fly-by-night … more
Brandon Head, the 2005 Southern National Motorsports Park track champion, is heading back to the high banks for the first time since 2007 as he will compete in the Howell Racing Products Charger … more
LUCAMA — Chris Chapman snapped a near two-year winless drought at Southern National Motorsports Park last weekend, holding off Andrew Grady in a thriller in the Easter Bunny 100. Rusty … more
Behind the strength of a four-run bottom of the eighth inning, the Carolina Mudcats roared back from a three-run deficit to claim a 6-5 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash in the opening night of the … more
ZEBULON — In the never-ending quest to address fan attention spans and pace of play issues, the Carolina Mudcats and the rest of Minor League Baseball have been thrust into the role of guinea … more
During the week, 32-year-old Brandon Whitley is fighting fires and, on the weekends, he trades one fire suit for another. Whitley, who lives in Elm City, has been a fixture on the racing scene in … more
Philip Morris scored his first win at Southern National Motorsports Park in nearly two decades, dominating the 150-lap Late Model Stock Car portion of the Dogwood 265 presented by Solid Rock Carriers … more
Longtime Southern National Motorsports Park competitor Melvin Langley is as confident as ever heading into the 2018 season at Southern National Motorsports Park, which goes green … more
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