News archive from 7 December 2014, page 1

Davidson students protest police shootings

DAVIDSON -- About 250 demonstrators, mostly Davidson College students, held a demonstration condemning police brutality Saturday night in the midst of the town's annual Christmas festival. Protesters, wearing white shirts with the names of people...

4-point play: Instant analysis on Arizona's OT victory vs. Gonzaga

4-point play: Instant analysis on Arizona's OT victory vs. Gonzaga

HOW ARIZONA WON: Eighth-ranked Gonzaga controlled most of Saturday's game against No. 3 Arizona, but the Wildcats were the ones who were most poised and opportunistic in the waning moments of regulation and overtime in a taut 66-63 victory on...

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Michael Phelps plans to return to racing, coach says

Michael Phelps plans to return to racing, coach says

Michael Phelps is back in training and plans to return to competition after his six-month suspension ends in March. Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, told The Associated Press on Saturday that they haven't decided what events will be entered when the 18-time...

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Lindsey Vonn wins first World Cup race since return

Lindsey Vonn wins first World Cup race since return

Lindsey Vonn punctuated her piercing scream after crossing the finish line by yelling, "Yes!!!" Finally, her surgically repaired right knee was OK. Finally, she could attack a course again. And finally, she was back. Vonn was vintage Vonn in...

Usa Today, 21:04 in Sport

Bronko Nagurski Award is officially a big draw

The Bronko Nagurski Award has come a long way in the 20 years it's been presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. For instance, all the finalists for the award now actually show up for the banquet, which is scheduled for Monday night at the Westin...


DeCock: ACC opener at tough time for State, Wake

RALEIGH Saturday night's winner will remain atop the ACC basketball standings for almost a month. How's that for high stakes at a time when there's usually not much on the line? For N.C. State and Wake Forest, the conference season arrived...


Johnson C. Smith comes together in second half vs. Morehouse

Johnson C. Smith discovered character and potential in the most unlikely of scenarios. The Golden Bulls rallied from a 22-point hole to beat Morehouse 61-60 in the CIAA/SIAC Challenge on Saturday at Brayboy Gym to go above .500 for the first time this...


Charlotte high school hoops tournament gets another new name

Charlotte's premier high school basketball tournament is underdoing another name change, but will again bring some of the nation's top players and teams to town later this month. The first Hoodies House High School Hoops Classic is at Ardrey Kell High...


Vance coach heartbroken after 2-point conversion fails

Vance High football coach Aaron Brand said he woke up Saturday morning with a broken heart. Brand's team had a chance to beat Charlotte Catholic in the N.C. 4A Western Regional finals and reach the school's first state championship game Friday when...

Louisiana votes in year's last Senate race

Louisiana votes in year's last Senate race

BATON ROUGE, La. — Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy seemed poised to win this year's final Senate race on Saturday, as voters chose between him and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's hotly contested runoff battle. Landrieu spent the day working...

Suspect arrested in Fla. triple slaying

Suspect arrested in Fla. triple slaying

BRADENTON, Fla. — A Florida man sought in the slayings of three people, including his wife and the pastor at his church, was arrested Saturday afternoon, authorities say. Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, was taken into custody at a mobile home park...

Soprano's song filled with perseverance and hope

Soprano's song filled with perseverance and hope

SALEM, Ore. — Decades ago, a 7-year-old girl sat at an organ eager to play. There was a problem. It was a recital. People were watching. She was so nervous her feet shook against the volume pedal. After the concert, the girl's teacher asked whether...


Reading the North: Ode to the old dog

When Age Has No Leash: Lessons Learned from Senior DogsBy David Jensen (Independently published at, $45)  The blurb: Three years ago, David Jensen and his wife Carol adopted a 12-year-old dog from the local animal care...


Notice to readers: Farewell, Parade

For years, many of you have enjoyed reading Parade magazine in Sunday's newspaper. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to offer Parade after Dec. 28.  In November, Athlon Media Group, the new owner of Parade, announced it would no longer serve...


NC State tops Wake Forest 78-65 in ACC opener

RALEIGH N.C State took over first place in the ACC Saturday and will stay there for a while. The Wolfpack topped Wake Forest 78-65 at PNC Arena in the first conference game of the season, getting 21 points from senior guard Ralston Turner and pulling...


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