Sports http://wfae.org en Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft http://wfae.org/post/hornets-fill-needs-nba-draft <p>The NBA draft was Thursday night. As WFAE’s Kevin Kniestedt explains, the Charlotte Hornets did well to fill some glaring holes in their roster.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:42:53 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 53802 at http://wfae.org Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team http://wfae.org/post/al-jefferson-first-bobcat-er-fifth-hornet-make-all-nba-team <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson on Wednesday became the fifth player in Charlotte's NBA history to make an All-NBA team. That stat is an example of why the used-to-be Bobcats wanted to get more than just the Hornets name back – they also wanted the Hornets' history.</p><p>Sure, this is kind of technical, but it's a big deal for Charlotte sports history. When the Hornets left for New Orleans, they took all their stats and records with them – Charlotte no longer got to claim any of that history.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:18:02 +0000 Michael Tomsic 52291 at http://wfae.org Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team Bobcats Should Be Happy With Progress Regardless Of What Happens In Playoffs http://wfae.org/post/bobcats-should-be-happy-progress-regardless-what-happens-playoffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte Bobcats wrapped up their regular season on Wednesday, and on Sunday they head to Miami to take on the Heat in the playoffs. The Bobcats have not beat the Miami Heat since </span>LeBron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> James joined the team. While their chances of winning this series might not be great, Charlotte Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen says the team made huge improvements this season and are headed in the right direction. Tom Sorensen joined us this morning, and talked about some of the decisions the team made at the beginning of the season that led to success this year.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:49:45 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 49239 at http://wfae.org Bobcats Should Be Happy With Progress Regardless Of What Happens In Playoffs Math, Sports And 'Bracketology' http://wfae.org/post/math-sports-and-bracketology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Math is a subject that- many of us could agree - is anything but fascinating, or “cool” or easy to understand. But one Davidson College professor is working to turn around all those math haters. Tim </span>Chartier<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> made national news early this month for his work in </span>“bracketology<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” as in NCAA basketball championship brackets. His formula has had a high rate of success in picking winners and losers in the tournament. Now that we’re almost to the championship round of the NCAA tournament, we’ll join this real life Math Ambassador (yes, it’s a real thing) to talk about </span>bracketology<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about his new book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Math Bytes</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and his wide ranging work in trying to make math accessible, understandable, and even fun for everyone.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 WFAE 48040 at http://wfae.org Math, Sports And 'Bracketology' Joe Delamielleure & Sports Concussions http://wfae.org/post/joe-delamielleure-sports-concussions <p>Joe Delamielleure is a tough guy. Delamielleure spent years in the trenches of the National Football League as an offensive lineman butting heads with some of the fiercest players. Those battles earned him a place in the Hall of Fame but he also earned a lifetime of aches and pains and, most recently, a diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease called CTE. We’ll talk with Joe Delamielleure about his career, his condition and his battle to get help from the league he helped make so popular. But we’ll also talk about the rising occurrence of concussions among athletes of all ages, the research, the impact and the future of football and other sports for school age athletes.</p><p></p><p></p><p>\</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 45528 at http://wfae.org Joe Delamielleure & Sports Concussions 'Ice Up, Son' Takes Off In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/ice-son-takes-charlotte <p>A new phrase is popping up on T-shirts, Twitter and even at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And you will absolutely hear it yelled at the Carolina Panthers' home playoff game this Sunday. WFAE's Michael Tomsic explains what it is and how it's taking off.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:27:18 +0000 Michael Tomsic 42732 at http://wfae.org 'Ice Up, Son' Takes Off In Charlotte Veteran Carolina Panther Says Fan Support Stayed Strong Even In Lean Years http://wfae.org/post/veteran-carolina-panther-says-fan-support-stayed-strong-even-lean-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been five years since the Carolina Panthers have been in the position they are this week – hosting a playoff game. Veteran offensive linemen Ryan </span>Kalil<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said even though the team hasn't been great the past few years, the fans have.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“When we've been able to sell out games and have as bad of seasons as we've had the past few years, I mean, that's pretty supportive, in my opinion,” Kalil said after practice Wednesday.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:59:55 +0000 Michael Tomsic 42608 at http://wfae.org Veteran Carolina Panther Says Fan Support Stayed Strong Even In Lean Years Carolina Panthers Gear Up For First Playoff Game Since 2008 http://wfae.org/post/carolina-panthers-gear-first-playoff-game-2008 <p>The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their first playoff game in five years. WFAE's Michael Tomsic spoke to Coach Ron Rivera and players after Monday's practice and has this report.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:53:58 +0000 Michael Tomsic 42471 at http://wfae.org Carolina Panthers Gear Up For First Playoff Game Since 2008 Keeping High School Athletes Honest About Where They Live http://wfae.org/post/keeping-high-school-athletes-honest-about-where-they-live <p></p><p>Playing for a winning high school team can sometimes be irresistible.&nbsp; In 2007,<a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2008/08/16/131210/cms-unveils-athletics-reforms.html#.Up-nQuLN6So"> a Charlotte Observer investigation</a> found several Charlotte Mecklenburg School students lied about their addresses to get on top teams.&nbsp;</p><p>The district declared more than 20 students ineligible to play.&nbsp; Five high schools had to forfeit their seasons and a handful of coaches resigned or were fired.&nbsp; CMS tightened its policies around athletic eligibility and tracking it.&nbsp; Five years later, many of those same procedures are in place and violations are in the single digits.&nbsp; CMS officials say they’re successful at keeping lying to play sports in check.&nbsp;</p><p>WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us now in the studio:</p><p>Kevin Kniestedt: Good morning, Lisa.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 40465 at http://wfae.org Keeping High School Athletes Honest About Where They Live 'World Series' Of Minor League Baseball Comes To Charlotte In 2014 http://wfae.org/post/world-series-minor-league-baseball-comes-charlotte-2014 <p>Minor League Baseball’s big game is coming to Charlotte. The league announced Tuesday that BB&amp;T Ballpark will host the 2014 Triple-A National Championship Game.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:44:23 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 38660 at http://wfae.org 'World Series' Of Minor League Baseball Comes To Charlotte In 2014