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Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

Jun 27, 2014
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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.

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.

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.


Math, Sports And 'Bracketology'

Apr 1, 2014

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 Chartier made national news early this month for his work in “bracketology,” 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 bracketology, about his new book Math Bytes, and his wide ranging work in trying to make math accessible, understandable, and even fun for everyone.


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.

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Michael Tomsic

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. 


Carolina Panthers

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 Kalil said even though the team hasn't been great the past few years, the fans have. 

“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.

Michael Tomsic

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.


Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Playing for a winning high school team can sometimes be irresistible.  In 2007, a Charlotte Observer investigation found several Charlotte Mecklenburg School students lied about their addresses to get on top teams. 

The district declared more than 20 students ineligible to play.  Five high schools had to forfeit their seasons and a handful of coaches resigned or were fired.  CMS tightened its policies around athletic eligibility and tracking it.  Five years later, many of those same procedures are in place and violations are in the single digits.  CMS officials say they’re successful at keeping lying to play sports in check. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us now in the studio:

Kevin Kniestedt: Good morning, Lisa.


Charlotte Knights

Minor League Baseball’s big game is coming to Charlotte. The league announced Tuesday that BB&T Ballpark will host the 2014 Triple-A National Championship Game. 


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