Perhaps flush from his election into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos did something so out of character Tuesday it was earthshaking. He authorized the $14 million buyout of Alexander Semin’s contract.
Bad NBA teams are getting ready to do the kind of thing that makes them bad NBA teams again. There’s a lot of smoke around the NBA draft, but some conventional-wisdom scenarios have not only Karl-Anthony Towns but possibly D’Angelo Russell and Mario Hezonja going ahead of Duke’s Jahlil Okafor in Thursday’s first round.
The new package of rules designed to open up college basketball – starting with cutting the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds – is a positive move but left in place the biggest impediment to attractive basketball: the college application of the block/charge call.
Tim Stevens, whose final day at The News & Observer after almost 50 years is Friday, decided not to write a farewell column. This is a bit surprising, because over those four-plus decades Tim displayed an unerring ability to find the very best stories – and what he meant to so many people is one of them.
With one agent representing Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner, the futures of every high-priced, popular, star player the Hurricanes might even consider trading as part of a rebuilding process are inextricably intertwined.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper played four years of lacrosse at Hofstra for John Danowski, who has won three national titles at Duke. No one knows Cooper’s improbable story better – or has enjoyed watching it more – than Danowski.
The NCAA chose to categorize North Carolina’s academic fraud as an impermissible benefit, opening the door to a charge of lack of institutional control. But, with one expected exception, the NCAA pointed no fingers at coaches or the academic advising staff.
Kyle Thompson came into the week thinking about giving up the game. Instead, after winning the Rex Hospital Open, he’s likely headed for the PGA Tour next summer. Those are the stakes sometimes on the Web.com Tour.
Kyle Thompson won the Rex Hospital Open in 2007 and 2011, and only four players have more than his 12 appearances in the event. But as his opportunities to play dwindle, he needs a good week to keep going.
Whatever sour taste was left from last season, the bitter sting of what might have been, has been washed away. Down the stretch, this N.C. State team has been nothing but sweet despite Sunday’s 6-2 ACC championship loss to Florida State.
Everyone has a pretty good idea of what’s going to be in UNC’s Notice of Allegations: The final reckoning for 18 years of academic fraud that included athletes from all over the athletic department. What no one knows, and what the notice will finally reveal, is how the NCAA feels about all this.
Bill Guthridge will be remembered as Dean Smith’s loyal deputy for 30 years, a partnership that had tremendous success, but late in his career Guthridge had a chance to prove he was a pretty good basketball coach all on his own.
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