Local News
2:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Former North Carolina Basketball Coach Bill Guthridge Dies At 77

Coach Guthridge cutting the net.
Credit Courtesy of Carolina Athletics

Former North Carolina men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge died on Tuesday at age 77. 

Bill Guthridge led North Carolina to two Final Four appearances in his three years as head coach for the Tar Heels in the late 1990s. He won more games than any college head coach after two seasons and was named the 1997-1998 National Coach of the Year. He retired after the 2000 season.

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Local News
12:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

City Council OK's $975,000 For New Seats At Bojangles Coliseum

Nearly $1 million worth of new, wider seats are coming to Bojangles' Coliseum.
Credit James Willamor

Monday night the Charlotte City Council voted to spend $975,000 to buy new seats for Bojangles Coliseum.

Late last year, the City Council approved a plan to spend $15 million to renovate the 59 year old structure. The new seats are one of the first major purchases in that plan.

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Local News
12:11 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Mecklenburg County Commemorates Charlie Sifford

Mecklenburg County held a reception at Revolution Park for Charlie Sifford.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Like Jackie Robinson did for baseball, so did Charlie Sifford for golf. Sifford broke golf’s color barrier, becoming the first African-American on the PGA Tour in 1960. 

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Local News
6:33 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Charges Dismissed Against Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, dressed in a suit and white tennis shoes, holds his head down as he leaves court, surrounded by the press, after domestic violence charges against him were dropped. Prosecutors said because his accuser disappeared and therefore could not be subpoenaed, they didn't have a strong case.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were dismissed Monday morning because his accuser did not show up for court. Hardy was convicted of misdemeanor assault and threatening charges in a bench trial last summer against his former girlfriend Nicole Holder. He was appealing that conviction in today’s jury trial.

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10:39 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Charlie Sifford, First Black PGA Golfer, Dies At 92

Charlie Sifford, a Charlotte native who would become the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, died Tuesday in Cleveland. He was 92.

Sifford had suffered a minor stroke three weeks ago, his son, Charlie Jr., said.

Born in 1922, Sifford grew up caddying on Charlotte’s whites-only golf courses for 60 cents a day. He often said he would give 50 cents to his mother and keep the remaining 10 cents to buy a cigar, which became his trademark look in later years.

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Local News
8:38 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon Retiring

Jeff Gordon at an awards ceremony.

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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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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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

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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