Sports

Hyperspecialization In Youth Sports

Aug 7, 2014
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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. 

AC Milan Trains Secretly At Davidson College

Aug 5, 2014
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.

UNCC Team Nabs Bass Fishing Title

Aug 4, 2014
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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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.

  

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.

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  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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'Ice Up, Son' Takes Off In Charlotte

Jan 10, 2014
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. 


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