Charlotte Checkers

The Charlotte Checkers have a new head coach, Swedish-born Ulf Samuelsson. He played 16 years in the National Hockey League, and has now turned to coaching.

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The nation’s top athletes in canoe and kayak slalom are in Charlotte Friday and Saturday competing to represent the U.S. at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They include two paddlers who moved to Charlotte to be near the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where the trials are being held.

Michal Smolen and Casey Eichfeld are exactly the kind of athletes founders were hoping to attract when they built the U.S. National Whitewater Center near the Catawba River a decade ago.

NASCAR Enters 2016 Season In Strong Shape

Jan 19, 2016
Michael Tomsic

Racing executives say NASCAR is in its best shape since the recession as the sport enters its new season. NASCAR leaders made their case in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday as part of an annual media event.

Charlotte's Other Sports

Jun 23, 2015

Quick.  Name Charlotte’s professional sports teams.  Okay, sure, the Panthers, the Hornets, the Knights.  Those are the easy answers but how about the Checkers, the Hounds, our minor-league professional hockey and lacrosse teams?  And there’s our minor league soccer team, the Charlotte Independence.  We take a look at the impact those teams are having on the city and talk to a man trying to diversify the city’s sports franchises.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

A former Charlotte Bobcats executive has a plan for soccer in Charlotte. He wants to spend  millions on a minor league team—started this year—with the goal of growing a fan base of thousands and ultimately getting absorbed into the major league. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Some other cities have done just that in a matter of years.

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.

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.

Mecklenburg County Commemorates Charlie Sifford

Feb 13, 2015
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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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.

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.