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Los Angeles Dodgers' Julio Urias pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series Thursday in San Francisco.

Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCS

By Janie McCauley
| October 15, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Cody Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and prized midseason acquisition Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen for his first career save, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night and into the NL Championship Series.

St. Louis Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak, left, answers questions after the team announced Mike Shildt, right, as manager, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.,in this Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, file photo. The Cardinals fired Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game. Mozeliak said the firing  was “something that popped up recently,” but he refused to expand on what he called “philosophical differences” between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.

Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over 'philosophical differences'

By Dave Skretta
| October 15, 2021

The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game.

Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov (37) attempts to shoot past New York Islanders' Kyle Palmieri (21), Adam Pelech (3) and goaltender Ilya Sorokin during the third period of Thursday's game in Raleigh.

Svechnikov, Hurricanes beat Islanders 6-3 to open season

By Aaron Beard
| October 15, 2021

RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour felt good about the way his new-look roster played together on the opening night of the season. The familiar faces from three straight playoff appearances — led by Andrei Svechnikov — were pretty sharp, too.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady shouts as he runs on to the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Tom Brady throws 2 TD passes, Buccaneers beat Eagles 28-22

By Rob Maaddi
| October 15, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing key players and stockpiling victories.

Wilson Christian's Lin Scott traverses his way through the course during Thursday's Pumpkin Run on the WCA campus. Scott finished third as the Chargers placed second following a fifth-place tiebreaker with Cape Fear Academy. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Massive Pumpkin Run leaves Charger harriers with optimism

By Jimmy Lewis
| October 15, 2021

The largest athletic gathering ever to be held on the campus of Wilson Christian Academy deserved a bit of drama.

Members of the Sallie B. Howard School varsity boys soccer team pose after beating Wayne Prep 2-1 to clinch the CAASC Triangle Athletic Conference championship on Thursday. Contributed photo

AREA ROUNDUP: Eagles secure TAC tournament title

From staff reports
| October 15, 2021

GOLDSBORO — In just its first season as a varsity program, the Sallie B. Howard School varsity boys soccer team can lay claim to a conference tournament championship.

Area calendar, Oct. 15-16

October 15, 2021

Friday, October 15 College Women’s Volleyball Erskine at Barton, 7 p.m. College Cross-Country Barto...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) celebrates his touchdown run with Dan Arnold (85) and Cameron Erving (75) during the first half of Thursday's game in Houston.

Darnold, defense lead Panthers past Texans; McCaffrey hurt

By Kristie Rieken
| September 24, 2021

HOUSTON  — Thanks to another efficient performance from Sam Darnold and continued dominant play by their defense, the Carolina Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they reached the Super Bowl.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Elm City club tennis wins opener

From staff reports
| September 24, 2021

Comprised of students from Elm City Middle, the Lake Wilson girls tennis team opened its season Thursday with a 7-2 conquest of Red Oak.

WYSA ‘06 Explosion closes in on Piedmont Conference crown

From staff reports
| September 24, 2021

A 2-0 showing on a rare home weekend in National League Piedmont Conference play for the Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘06 Explosion has the club on the verge of a history-making precedent.

Daniels accounts for 6 TDs as Demons outduel South Johnston

From staff reports
| September 24, 2021

FOUR OAKS — The Fike High varsity football team came prepared for a high-scoring affair Thursday night.

AREA ROUNDUP: Greenfield stays unbeaten in CPIC play, sweeps Liberty

From staff reports
| September 24, 2021

RICHLANDS — The Greenfield School varsity volleyball team won its third match without a loss in 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play Thursday with a 25-9, 25-17, 25-22 win over host Liberty Christian.

JV RESULT: Greenfield drops first CPIC match at Liberty

From staff reports
| September 24, 2021

RICHLANDS — The Greenfield School volleyball team fell for the first time against a 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independent Conference opponent Thursday with a 25-15, 25-23 loss to Richlands Liberty Christian.

Vick overtakes Hayes for the lead while Durham slips into further irrelevance.

2021 Football Forecast Week 6

September 24, 2021

Vick overtakes Hayes for the lead while Durham slips into further irrelevance. ...

Area calendar, Sept. 24-25

September 24, 2021

Friday, September 24 College Men’s Tennis Barton at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, Sumter, S.C...

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (30) tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier trying to score during the sixth inning of Monday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

MLB CAPSULES

Baz wins debut, AL East-leading Rays beat Blue Jays 6-4

The Associated Press
| September 21, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  — Shane Baz pitched two-hit ball for five innings to win his major league debut and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays cut Toronto’s lead in the wild-card chase, holding off the Blue Jays 6-4 on Monday night.

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of Monday's against the Detroit Lions in Green Bay, Wis.

Packers dominate 2nd half, bounce back to beat Lions 35-17

By Steve Megargee
| September 21, 2021

GREEN BAY, Wis. — While celebrating one of his four touchdowns, Aaron Jones lost a necklace he wears with a little black football containing some of the ashes of his late father.

Greenfield's Nathan Lozevski (8) tries to make a move on Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy's Michael Dzama (13) during Monday's match on Forbes Field. Lozevski had a hat trick in his team's 4-1 victory. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Lozevski’s hat trick lifts Greenfield past Berean Baptist, 4-1

By Jimmy Lewis
| September 21, 2021

He doesn’t have an exact knowledge of the number of appearances he’s made in his Greenfield School varsity boys soccer career, but junior Nathan Lozevski has likely walked every blade of grass inside the lines on Forbes Field.

AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Warriors whip Smithfield-Selma 9-0

From staff reports
| September 21, 2021

Outlasting a Smithfield-Selma outfit committed to long rallies and games, the Hunt High girls tennis team collectively turned the grinding matches into wins, proceeding to a 9-0 victory on the courts of Beddingfield.

MIDDLE SCHOOL RESULT: Elm City secures shutout of Red Oak 2-0

From staff reports
| September 21, 2021

The Elm City boys soccer team climbed to a 2-0 record with a 2-0 victory over visiting Red Oak on Monday.


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