ECU Baseball Trio Named Valley League All-Stars

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The trio of Nick Barber, Davis Kirkpatrick and Jake Washer have been named 2017 Valley Baseball League All-Stars according to an announcement by the league Monday evening. The event will be held on Sunday, July 9 at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park with a first pitch slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET).   Barber, who plays for the New Market Rebels, is currently batting .309 (25-for-81) on the season with two home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. The Apopka, Fla., native has appeared in 22 games adding four doubles, one triple, 12 walks and has stolen seven bases.   Joining Barber on the North roster is fellow teammate Jake Washer…

Mudcats drop series opener 8-1 in Buies Creek

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Marcos Diplan allowed three runs in the third and Scott Grist gave up five runs over the sixth and seventh as the Mudcats lost game one of a four game series versus the Astros 8-1 at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek on Monday night. Jorge Alcala started and pitched the Astros (2-3, 39-36) to the victory after holding Carolina scoreless and to just two hits over five innings. Alcala (2-3, 3.38) also walked two and struck out four in the series opener. Reliever Hector Perez (S, 1) followed and worked through four innings with one run and two hits allowed. He also struck out five and walked three. Diplan (4-4,…

Newton won’t throw; McCaffrey debuts Thursday

Quarterback Cam Newton, who’s still recovering from surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff, will not add throwing to his rehabilitation schedule this week. Last week, head coach Ron Rivera was hopeful when asked if Newton would start throwing on the side with head trainer Ryan Vermillion during the team’s three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday. But Rivera, who’s admittedly optimistic when it comes to injuries, got ahead of himself by one week. The Panthers’ original plan had Newton beginning to throw 12 weeks after surgery, which would be June 22. That timeline remains the same, so the fact that Newton won’t toss a few footballs in front of cameras this week isn’t a big deal….

Atlantic 10 Pairings Announced for 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Season

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference on Wednesday announced the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule pairings. For the fourth consecutive season, the 14 members will play an 18-game conference slate.   The Wildcats, who have won a combined 32 league games and advanced to the A-10 semifinals in each of their first three years as members, will play home/home series with Fordham, George Washington, Rhode Island, Richmond and St. Bonaventure.   In addition, Davidson will host La Salle, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis, while also traveling to Dayton, Duquesne, George Mason and VCU.   There will be 126 conference games, which will allow teams to face each league opponent once and five teams twice….

Jonathan Stewart is perfect for Christian McCaffrey

CHARLOTTE – When the Panthers drafted Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey eighth overall, many wondered how his arrival would impact running back Jonathan Stewart , Carolina’s workhorse runner the past two years. Stewart was asked recently during OTAs if he was concerned about losing carries with McCaffrey on board. He stiff-armed that question to the ground. “Who cares? We want to win Super Bowls, right?” Stewart told the Associated Press. “That’s the bottom line on why we drafted him. It’s not about people getting carries, or people getting touches, or getting touchdowns. It’s about what you what can contribute to the team.” This all got me thinking about the Stewart-McCaffrey duo and the Carolina running…

Knights to Unveil “Walk of Fame” Tonight at 5:00 PM

WHO: The Charlotte Knights Baseball Club. WHAT: The Charlotte Knights will unveil their “Walk of Fame” in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of baseball history in Charlotte. WHEN: Today (Tuesday, June 6th at 5:00 p.m.), a dedication ceremony will take place on MLK JR. Blvd led by Charlotte Knights Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski. One of the banners will feature Charlotte O’s Frances Crockett, who will be in attendance on Tuesday. 

  Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Returns June 12

For the 24th season in its illustrious history, the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout returns to the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a rocking doubleheader June 12-13 featuring a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero action. The world’s premier grassroots racing event features an action-packed 10-race slate that pairs high-octane racing with can’t-miss entertainment including school bus races, a Mascot Mania battle among area sports mascots and spectacular fireworks shows. The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is known for producing some of NASCAR’s top talent, with Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace among recent alumni. Below is a schedule of events for this season: Monday, June 12: Wrecker race, Legend Car and Bandolero…

Chris Clemons returning to Campbell after going through NBA draft process  

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After going through the NBA evaluation process, Chris Clemons will return for his junior season at Campbell University.  Clemons had filed paperwork with the NBA last month to enter the 2017 draft process. He did not hire professional representation which allowed him the opportunity to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the draft or return for another season of college basketball.   A five-foot-nine guard from Raleigh, Clemons completed his sophomore year as the country’s second-leading scorer (25.1 points per game).  A first-team All-Big South selection, Clemons set a school and Big South record with 51 points scored in Campbell’s league quarterfinal win over defending champion UNC Asheville.  He…

Mudcats downed 3-1 by Down East in road trip finale

KINSTON, N.C. – Wood Ducks starter Wes Benjamin struck out five over six scoreless frames and Brallan Perez hit a solo home run off Carolina’s Freddy Peralta in the fifth as the Wood Ducks defeated the Mudcats 3-1 on Thursday night at Grainger Stadium in Kinston. The loss clinched Carolina’s first series loss since the Mudcats (25-22) dropped two out of three to start the month of May versus the Buies Creek Astros. Carolina had won four straight series before falling in Thursday’s finale versus the Wood Ducks (19-28) at Grainger Stadium. Peralta (0-2, 3.15) struck out six, walked one and gave up five hits in the loss. He allowed a run on two hits…

Busch Roars to First Monster Energy All-Star Race Victory

It took Kyle Busch 12 years to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but one move on Brad Keselowski in Saturday’s final segment did the job. Busch passed Brad Keselowski and Segment 3 winner Jimmie Johnson on the Segment 4 restart and pulled away to become the 23rd driver to win an All-Star Race. Busch prevailed over polesitter Kyle Larson – who dominated the first two segments, but restarted fourth for Segment 4 after Keselowski did not pit. Busch’s victory, coupled with his win in Friday’s N.C. Education Lottery 200, made it a weekend sweep. Johnson finished third with Kurt Busch fourth and Jamie McMurray fifth. Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott –…