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Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of 2017 season

Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of 2017 season

BY MARK PRICE AND ADAM BELL CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, will retire after the end of the 2017 season. “After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion […]

Decision shows Earnhardt sees future beyond NASCAR

Decision shows Earnhardt sees future beyond NASCAR

BY GEORGE DIAZ ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Dale Earnhardt Sr. died chasing his passion for racing. His son will walk away chasing his passion for life. Dale Jr.’s decision to retire from NASCAR’s highest circuit at the end of this season isn’t surprising, given the concussion-related symptoms that left him in no shape to drive for half […]

Ronni Williams makes history

Ronni Williams makes history

Basketball standout becomes the first local woman drafted into the WNBA BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Ronni Williams is heading to the WNBA, making her the first Volusia County woman to be drafted by the professional basketball league. The former Atlantic High School and University of Florida (UF) basketball standout was drafted April 13 by […]

Rowland ready to build FPC’s football program

Rowland ready to build FPC’s football program

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Spring practice for Florida’s high school football teams begins on April 24. Travis Roland, a first year and rookie head coach, will begin his quest to turn the Flagler Palm Coast (FPC) Bulldogs into a powerhouse. “I’ve always looked at FPC as a hidden gem. I just thought it was […]

NFL draft boards missing quarterbacks at top

NFL draft boards missing quarterbacks at top

BY ZACH BERMAN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS For the last two years, there was no debate at this point in April about the first two picks in the NFL draft. They would be quarterbacks. The marquee players in both drafts played the league’s marquee position. With the draft in Philadelphia this year, that’s not the case. This […]

Mainland girls’ flag football team off to a good start

Mainland girls’ flag football team off to a good start

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Mainland High School is a state powerhouse in boys tackle football. The girls flag football team isn’t too shabby either. The Buccaneers (7-0) were undefeated and ranked seventh in Class 1A in the state heading into their April 12 contest against New Smyrna Beach, which was after the Daytona Times’ […]

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 […]