Canes’ Staal back at practice

Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, who has been dealing with concussion issues and missed the past 23 games, returned to practice for the first time Feb. 14, 2019. Says Staal: "Every day is a new battle."
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Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, who has been dealing with concussion issues and missed the past 23 games, returned to practice for the first time Feb. 14, 2019. Says Staal: "Every day is a new battle."
Sports columnist Luke DeCock has covered the Summer Olympics, the Final Four, the Super Bowl and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup. He joined The News & Observer in 2000 to cover the Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a columnist in 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has won multiple national and state awards for his columns, feature writing and beat reporting and while twice being named North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year.