This is your chance to write something sports-related that will appear both in the newspaper and online on the blog. All you have to do is answer one question, and answer it in 100 words or less: Why do sports matter to me? I am looking for personal memories here more than big-picture ideas. Specifics, not generalities. How sports make you feel. And only 100 words or less, please! More words than that, and I will certainly read it, but you won't be eligible for the giveaway.
It is inexcusable that NASCAR’s biggest tracks have the power to make their sport safer for the drivers by installing soft walls everywhere, and yet they do not. Kyle Busch paid the price for that Saturday and got knocked out of the Daytona 500 after hitting an unprotected wall.
Jimmie Johnson finished a career-worst 11th in points last season, leading some to whisper that the six-time champion’s best days are behind him. Johnson hopes to revitalize his career – and begin the quest for a seventh championship – in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Some adults want to win at youth sports so badly they will cheat. In the case of the Chicago Little League baseball team stripped of its American title, those adults have humiliated the very kids they are supposed to be protecting and serving.
The kiss. That is what I remember first when I think about Dean Smith – not the championships, not the Four Corners, not the innovations, not the restaurant integration and not the 879 wins as UNC’s basketball coach, although all of those were important.
Charlie Sifford, who in 1961 was the first black man to join golf's PGA tour, was called one of the country's "trailblazers who bent the arc of our nation toward justice" by President Barack Obama in November. Sifford died Tuesday at 92.
For anyone who has ever turned 40, you know there are always a few moments that make you feel old. For Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of those came when Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last year driving full-time.
Once tagged “Wonder Boy” by the late Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon was different that other NASCAR drivers in the early 1990s. But Gordon found his place, and became a champion. Thursday, he announced this would be his final season driving.
Kemba Walker came back from his knee injury Wednesday night, but his jump shot decided to take another day off. Walker shot 4-for-17, and yet the point guard still willed the Hornets to victory to a 78-76 home win over Miami
No matter what happens Saturday, Carolina Panthers fans can rest assured about one thing: This Carolina team is closer to full strength than the one that faced Seattle in the playoffs nine years ago was.
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