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New format for NASCAR All-Star Race announced

New format for NASCAR All-Star Race announced

BY MICHAEL PERSINGER CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS Charlotte Motor Speedway announced a new format for May’s NASCAR All-Star Race at the track. And following the theme for NASCAR rules changes in 2017, the drama relies on gimmicks. The May 20 race at the 1.5-mile track will be contested in four stages, of 20, 20, 20 and 10 […]

Curry tops list of most popular NBA jerseys

Curry tops list of most popular NBA jerseys

BY JIMMY DURKIN MERCURY NEWS/TNS The addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors wasn’t enough to knock Stephen Curry off his perch of owning the NBA’s most popular jersey. Curry topped that list for the second straight year, the NBA announced on Tuesday. The rankings are based on NBAStore.com sales from October through April. Durant […]

Seabreeze girls flag football reloads; still a powerhouse

Seabreeze girls flag football reloads; still a powerhouse

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Seabreeze High School has had the best local girls flag football program in recent years. The Sandcrabs have won district titles and made it to the playoffs over the past two seasons, including last year’s squad that went 10-2 before losing to St. Cloud Harmony High 7-0 in the regional […]

Too-early top 10 for 2017-18 college basketball season

Too-early top 10 for 2017-18 college basketball season

BY SHANNON RYAN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS North Carolina just snipped down the nets after winning the national championship on Monday night against Gonzaga but we already are turning our attention to next season. Can the Tar Heels repeat? Will Kentucky’s talented freshmen deliver this year? Will Michigan State be a contender? Here’s an early look at […]

McGrady elected to Basketball  Hall of Fame

McGrady elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

BY JOSH ROBBINS ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS NEW YORK — Former Orlando Magic superstar Tracy McGrady will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Hall officials announced on April 1 that McGrady is a member of their class of 2017, along with University of Kansas coach Bill Self, former UConn All-American Rebecca Lobo, former […]

Flagler Palm Coast track wants to peak at right time

Flagler Palm Coast track wants to peak at right time

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Flagler Palm Coast High School always fields one of the best local track programs. The boys team won the Five Star Conference (big local track meet featuring Volusia and Flagler counties) last week and the girls finished a close second behind Spruce Creek of Port Orange. “Both teams are doing […]

4 players to watch in the Final Four

4 players to watch in the Final Four

BY SHANNON RYAN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS One prediction can be made about this unpredictable Final Four. Seemingly every year, a player becomes a household name – Kemba Walker or Kris Jenkins, for example – for his NCAA Tournament theatrics. Here are four players to watch this year. Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina: Nobody has made more of […]

State honor for Calvary’s Perez

State honor for Calvary’s Perez

Calvary Christian Academy junior point guard Yasmin Perez was named Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Class 2A Girls Basketball Player of the Year. During her career with the Lions, Perez has scored over 1,000 career points, averaged, 11 steals per game, and boasted a 4.4 grade point average. (COURTESY OF WILBERT KENDRICK II)

Spruce Creek Hawks ready to fly on the track

Spruce Creek Hawks ready to fly on the track

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Spruce Creek Hawks girls track team is usually one of the area’s best. Last season they won the Five Star Conference and finished third in their district. The Hawks have won the conference 15 out of the last 16 years. This year they have finished first or second in […]

Volkswagen Group of America celebrates African-American racers

Volkswagen Group of America celebrates African-American racers

BY DARCY KOHN SPECIAL TO THE NNPA NEWS SERVICE In celebration of the contributions of African-Americans in auto racing, the Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) welcomed the Black American Racers (BAR) to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Herndon, Va., for an inspiring “Lunch and Learn” and the reveal of the team’s newly refurbished Formula Super Vee race […]