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FILE - In this May 6 file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton (19) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of a game in Raleigh. Hamilton would be among the most coveted free agents. He's a 28-year-old right-shooting defenseman who can produce offensively.

Spotlight on Hurricanes, Avalanche with free agency looming

By Stephen Whyno
| July 26, 2021

Hours after signing Norris Trophy finalist defenseman Cale Makar to a long-term contract, Joe Sakic still is not sure the Colorado Avalanche will be able to bring back captain Gabriel Landeskog and starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Boston Red Sox's Alex Verdugo raises his arms after arriving at second base on a double that broke up New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German's no-hitter in the eighth inning of Sunday's game in Boston. Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, looks on.

MLB CAPSULES

Red Sox score 5 runs in 8th inning, rally past Yankees 5-4

By The Associated Press
| July 26, 2021

BOSTON  — Held hitless into the eighth inning by Domingo Germán and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Boston Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs and stormed past the New York Yankees 5-4 Sunday.

Ahmed Hafnaoui, of Tunisia, celebrates after winning the final of the men's 400-meter freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Roundup of Olympic gold medals from Sunday, July 25

The Associated Press
| July 26, 2021

TOKYO — A roundup of gold medals from Sunday, July 25, at the Tokyo Games:

United States men's 4x100m freestyle relay team Bowen Beck, Blake Pieroni, and Caeleb Dressel celebrate after winning the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Dressel wins US Olympic swimming gold; Aussie beats Ledecky

By Paul Newberry
| July 26, 2021

TOKYO  — Caeleb Dressel got started on his quest for six gold medals in swimming Monday, while Katie Ledecky found herself in a very unusual position.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks to reporters during  Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday, July 19 in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

SEC takeover: Expansion would just mean more power, wealth

By Ralph D. Russo
| July 26, 2021

Barring a dramatic change of direction, Texas and Oklahoma are moving toward taking the Red River Rivalry to the Southeastern Conference in a seismic shift that will have repercussions in college sports from coast to coast.

United States' guard Devin Booker, center, falls as he is fouled by France's Rudy Gobert (27) during a men's basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday in Saitama, Japan.

US loses to France 83-76, 25-game Olympic win streak ends

By Tim Reynolds
| July 26, 2021

SAITAMA, Japan — The final buzzer sounded and France barely celebrated.

Duke running back Mataeo Durant listens to a question during a news conference at Atlantic Coast Conference media days in Charlotte on Wednesday.

Durant goes from small-town roots to featured back for Blue Devils

By Tom Shanahan
| July 26, 2021

College football lore loves stories about the kid from a small, rural town making it big. They do it with strength gained from a back-breaking work of load.

Braedon Blackford (4) of the Wilson Tobs celebrates after coming home on a two-run single by Brainy Rojas in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Wilmington Sharks at Fleming Stadium. Wilson won 6-4. Also in the photo is Riley Jepson (15), who represented the winning run. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Rojas, bullpen send Tobs past Sharks 6-4

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 26, 2021

As the summer winds down, there may not be a more potent No. 9 hitter in a Coastal Plain League lineup at the moment than Brainy Rojas.

Area calendar, July 26-27

July 26, 2021

Monday, July 26 No events scheduled. Tuesday, July 27 Summer Collegiate Baseball Tri-City Chili Pep...

MLB CAPSULES

Rafael Devers homers twice, Red Sox beat Yankees 6-2

The Associated Press
| July 24, 2021

BOSTON — Rafael Devers hit two home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the fifth inning, to help the Boston Red Sox best New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole for the second straight time at Fenway Park in a 6-2 victory Friday night.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and United States First Lady Jill Biden, right, applaud as they watch a women's 3-on-3 basketball game between the United States and France at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Olympics Latest: Szilagyi wins 3rd fencing gold in sabre

The Associated Press
| July 24, 2021

TOKYO — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a ye...

A guardian rests on the Hope Memorial Bridge within site of Progressive Field, Friday in Cleveland. Cleveland's new name was inspired by two large landmark stone edifices near the downtown ballpark, referred to as traffic guardians, on the Hope Memorial Bridge over the Cuyahoga River. The team's colors will remain the same, and the new Guardians' new logos will incorporate some of the architectural features of the bridge.

Guardians chosen as new name for Cleveland's baseball team

By Tom Withers
| July 24, 2021

CLEVELAND — While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city.

"Guess Who?" is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.

Guess Who? 7 24 21

July 24, 2021

"Guess Who?" is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run eac...

Area calendar, July 24-25

July 24, 2021

Saturday, July 24 Summer Collegiate Baseball Wilson Tobs at Peninsula Pilots, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2...

Wilson right-hander Peter Schaefer worked five innings and allowed just four hits Friday night as the Tobs blitzed the Holly Springs Salamanders 14-1 at Ting Stadium. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Tobs win fourth straight, conclude ownership of Salamanders 14-1

By Jimmy Lewis
| July 24, 2021

HOLLY SPRINGS — If the Wilson Tobs could play the Holly Springs Salamanders for the entire length of their Coastal Plain League schedule, then their place in the Petitt Cup Playoffs would likely already be secure.

Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Diaz celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in Cleveland.

MLB CAPSULES

Rays rally past Cleveland after trading for slugger Nelson Cruz

The Associated Press
| July 23, 2021

CLEVELAND  — Austin Meadows hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to cap Tampa Bay’s comeback in a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, hours after the Rays acquired slugger Nelson Cruz from Minnesota.

Head coach Gregg Popovich, right, speaks with Damian Lillard during training for USA Basketball, Tuesday, July 6 in Las Vegas.

Among NBA's best, Popovich still seeks golden touch with USA

By Brian Mahoney
| July 23, 2021

Gregg Popovich is regarded as the NBA’s best, a coach that has won five championships and kept his team near the top for a quarter of a century.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian walks on stage behind mannequins wearing Texas and Oklahoma uniforms during Big 12 media days on Thursday in Arlington, Texas.

AP source: Big 12 leaders discuss how to keep Texas and OU

By Ralph D. Russo
| July 23, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — Big 12 leaders held a call without Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss how to keep the league's flagship schools from bolting to the Southeastern Conference — and contingency plans to survive without them.

Driver Bubba Wallace throws a football to fans during a rain delay at the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday in Loudon, N.H.

Jordan's first year in NASCAR a missed layup with Wallace

By Dan Gelston
| July 23, 2021

LOUDON, N.H.  — The 23XI Racing team posted a slideshow of the Bubba Wallace firesuit collection and asked fans to comment on their favorite. The designs were from business plucked straight out of Super Bowl ad space: Wallace was dressed by top companies in fast food, fantasy sports and auto insurance.

North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary answers a question during ACC Media Days in Charlotte on Thursday. AP

College coaches working to learn NIL impact on recruiting

By Aaron Beard
| July 23, 2021

CHARLOTTE — Devin Leary can only imagine what it's like being a high school recruit in the era of college athletes finally being able to profit from their fame. North Carolina State’s fourth-year quarterback figures there will be plenty of questions about how to cash in.


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