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May 25, 2019

Montrezl Harrell’s knees were almost up to his shoulders.

The Tarboro native and current NBA center looked a little out of place on Saturday while sitting on the metal bleachers at the Rocky Mount Event Center. Actually, he was perfectly comfortable watching his AAU basketball team compete…


May 13, 2019

BOSTON — With a five-goal, third-period lead and the Bruins still not done scoring, the crowd in the new Boston Garden began a throaty chant of “We want the Cup!”

The next time they see their team, the NHL’s championship trophy might be on the line for real.

Matt Grzelcyk…

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May 12, 2019

BOSTON — When he’s playing, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said, it’s easy for him to maintain his composure and concentrate on the game in front of him.

Up in the press box, that’s the hard part.

“I’m not a very good hockey watcher,” McAvoy said as…

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May 04, 2019

RALEIGH — Justin Faulk, just moments after prying off his ice skates and shimmying out of his sweater and pads, stood barefoot in front of his locker with a camouflage Carolina Hurricanes hat atop his head.

He never sat down, the high of sweeping away the New York Islanders in four games with…

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May 04, 2019

RALEIGH — Let’s get this out of the way.

Both teams want to win. Always. Yes, even well-paid professionals.

The Carolina Hurricanes, who on Friday won 5-2 to sweep the four-game series with the New York Islanders, wanted to win.

The Islanders, who didn’t win a game this series…

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May 03, 2019

RALEIGH — Carolina had survived two elimination games in the opening-round series against Washington. On Friday, it was the New York Islanders who were trying to extend the series long enough to head home.

The Hurricanes preferred to stay put for a while.

Carolina pummeled the Islanders, 5-2,…

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April 29, 2019

Carolina Mudcats starter Dylan File has been named the Carolina League pitcher of the week, announced Monday.

The starting pitcher earned his first win of the season in an April 25 start against Myrtle Beach. File struck out five batters with no walks over six scoreless innings.

File, 22, is now 1-…

April 23, 2019

RALEIGH — Justin Williams is a little more than a year removed from facing some difficult truths about his hockey mortality.

The Carolina Hurricanes right winger, now a 37-year-old looking for a fourth Stanley Cup before age catches up to his long career, searched for perspective last April…

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April 22, 2019

RALEIGH — Carolina has more hockey to play.

The Hurricanes on Monday night staved off elimination with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals, and sent the best-of-seven series to a Game 7 in D.C. on Wednesday.

Battling back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, the Hurricanes took their first lead…

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April 06, 2019

TARBORO — Todd Gurley made a comment about the purple carpet in Tarboro football coach Jeff Craddock’s office.

“It’s the same carpet since 2004,” Craddock said without stopping to look down.

Gurley smiled and sat down in a cushioned chair and admired a quote that sat…

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