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8:38 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon Retiring

Jeff Gordon at an awards ceremony.
Credit NASCARmedia.com

Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will retire after the upcoming season. Gordon's clean-cut style helped NASCAR connect with a new generation of racing fans.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Big Games Give Pols A Chance To Score With Voters

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter laid out the terms of his bet with Seattle mayor Ed Murray on the field at Panthers Stadium.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has more than just a berth in the NFC Championship on the line in Saturday’s Panthers-Seahawks playoff game. Politicians have bet regional goods on their teams. Let’s take a much-too-serious look at the friendly wagers.


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Sports
9:06 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Charlotte Curlers Plan To Move To New Facility

Two curlers from the first place team All In The Family sweep the ice in front of the stone to reduce its friction.
Daniel Sanchez

The Charlotte Curling Association started off with just 25 members in 2010. Four years later, the group has over 80 members and is getting ready to open a $1.7 million arena dedicated to curling in Charlotte.

This weekend, the group held one last tournament, or in curling lingo "bonspiel," in Indian Trail, before it moves to its new home.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Hyperspecialization In Youth Sports

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Youth sports are definitely not the same as a generation or two ago. Gone are the days when kids could play whatever sport was in season, and could go from town sports all the way through high school, and sometimes college, without the benefit of private instructors, tournament teams and scouts. Today, kids are pushed to choose one sport at an early age and play that sport all year round if they have hope to play in high school (or even middle school). But that competitive strategy may physically damage kids, and may be more detrimental to kids' athletic prowess than helpful. Our panel talks about the pressure to specialize and why that may not be best for children. 

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DavidsonNews.net
4:07 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

AC Milan Trains Secretly At Davidson College

tar striker Mario Balotelli (center) worked out along with his AC Milan teammates at Davidson College Monday.
David Boraks DavidsonNews.net

Alumni Stadium at Davidson College has been alive with activity over the past few days, but surrounded by security guards shooing away passersby. That’s because players from Italy’s AC Milan – including striker Mario Balotelli and other stars – used the field Sunday through Tuesday for daily workouts while on a pre-season US tour.

Milan’s training sessions were closed to all but a handful of invited guests, including players and coaches from the Davidson men’s and women’s soccer teams.

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Charlotte Observer
12:45 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

UNCC Team Nabs Bass Fishing Title

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker of UNC Charlotte won the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Chatuge Reservoir. They edged the second-place finishers by 8 ounces.
Credit Shane Baker / B.A.S.S.

A two-man team of anglers from UNC Charlotte won the national championship of college bass fishing on Saturday.

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Local News
2:17 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

World Cup Fandom Hurts GDP Growth, UNCC Economist Finds

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Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC Charlotte economist has found.

  

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Local News
10:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh
Credit Facebook

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.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) throws down a one-handed dunk.
Credit JEFF SINER — jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

  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.

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.

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Sports
9:49 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Bobcats Should Be Happy With Progress Regardless Of What Happens In Playoffs

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 LeBron 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.


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