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Coach Morgan Wootten, with the highest winning percentage of any coach in the history of the sport, doing what he does best.
Courtesy of Bill Hayes

Morgan Wootten is one of the most successful coaches in high school basketball history. Those from the Washington metro area may remember him for the legendary success of his DeMatha Catholic High School basketball team. During his close to 50 year tenure, DeMatha won more than 1,200 games and never lost more than two in a row. One of the most historic moments of his career was the team’s unexpected win up against a powerhouse team led by a player we now know as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

In this Dec. 30, 2013 file photo, Texas coach Mack Brown walks onto the field following the Valero Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game against Oregon in San Antonio.
Eric Gay / AP

Updated 8:55 a.m. Nov. 27, 2018

North Carolina has officially hired Mack Brown as the Tar Heels next football coach.  

Buried beneath the hype: The Blue Devils, Tar Heels and entire ACC is currently chasing UVA in the standings.
Jeff Tiberii

Duke has supplanted Kansas atop the new AP Top 25 poll after its dominating win against Kentucky, giving the Blue Devils a record number of appearances at No. 1.

N.C. A&T football player Dontae Keys
Lynn Hey / For WUNC

After a temporary hiatus due to Hurricane Florence, a number of college sports teams across the state are back in action.

While some North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University student athletes had to stay in Greensboro during the storm and the immediate recovery, their minds were elsewhere.

youth football players
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Chapel Hill High School announced Monday it would not play varsity football this year. Earlier this summer, Ceder Ridge – also in Orange County – announced it would scrap this year's varsity football season as well.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, left, listens as athletic director Bubba Cunningham makes comments during the NCAA college football team's media day in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
Gerry Broome / AP

Updated 8:25 a.m. | August 7, 2018

Less than a year after emerging from a long run of NCAA issues, North Carolina is dealing with rule violations again — this time for football players selling team-issued shoes.

Nikola Solic / AP Photo

The 21st FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia heads toward the final game on Sunday when France and Croatia will battle for the top spot. The tournament attracts millions of viewers from around the globe, with the last World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in 2014 drawing a record 1.01 billion viewers worldwide, according to FIFA.

New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper answers a question during a news conference at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Tepper finalized his purchase of the team on Monday.
Chuck Burton / AP

The new owner of the Carolina Panthers said a culture change is coming to the organization, following years of sexual harassment by the team’s former owner.

photo of a scarred football helmet
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE DEMOCRATS / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Football has remained one of America’s favorite forms of entertainment for years. Even as its ratings fall, the National Football League is estimated to have made $14 billion in 2017 alone. But science is finally catching up to the sport, and it suggests the big hits that delight fans do not come without a price. 

Courtesy of Jason Brown

When he first started playing football, Jason Brown saw it as a business decision. He wanted to get a scholarship to college so that he would not be a financial burden for his parents.

The new owner of the Carolina Panthers is committed to keeping the team in the Carolinas.

And Charlotte is his clearly his first choice. But David Tepper left a bit of wiggle room on his first day as owner of the team.

Ashley Thomas posing with athletes from the Valor Games
Bridge2Sports

Each year the Valor Games come to the Triangle and give disabled veterans and those in the armed services the opportunity to compete in sports that help them build strength, confidence and tenacity.

Photos from the #Panthers tie vs. Cincinnati:
Carolina Panthers via Twitter

People familiar with the situation say hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion.

UNC-Chapel Hill Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham.
Chuck Burton / AP

College athletics is notoriously big business.

photo of Levelle Moton and a referee in action
Courtesy of LeVelle Moton

College basketball is part of North Carolina’s lifeblood, and team allegiances are not taken lightly. Yet the head coach of North Carolina Central University’s men’s basketball team is deeply respected by both those who wear the Eagles jersey and those who compete against it.

photo of the 1963 loyola basketball team with coaches. some of the team are white and some are african american.
Loyola University Archives / http://www.lib.luc.edu/specialcollections/items/show/225

When Mark Mehler and Charles Paikert first met to watch their favorite college basketball teams duke it out, they had no idea it would become a tradition. But year after year the two continued to meet at the same local bar, often times cheering for opposing teams. Journalism was their trade, but college hoops was their passion.

Photo of the 2018 Winter Olympics logo
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The Winter Olympics kick off this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the headlines leading up to the international games are dominated by a doping scandal. The International Olympic Committee banned Russia’s team as punishment for systematic state-sponsored doping.

Steve Malik talks with reporters
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Triangle soccer enthusiasts learned Wednesday that Raleigh is not on the short list to become the next home of a Major League Soccer franchise.

In a silver lining, however, Raleigh could still win a bid in a future expansion round.

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at UNC Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the UNC Board of Governors.
Gerry Broome / AP Photo

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s accreditor is looking into recently disclosed statements made by the university to the NCAA. 

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford said a task force of league athletic directors will work to find solutions to problems in the college basketball.

Swofford said Wednesday during the ACC media day it will include retiring Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage, Boston College's Martin Jarmond, Florida State's Stan Wilcox and Duke's Kevin White. It will include Paul Brazeau, the league's senior associate commissioner for men's basketball operations.

Cam Newton
Steven Senne, File / AP

Cam Newton apologized Thursday night in a Twitter video post for sexist comments made to a female reporter.

Marcia and John Shoop
Courtesy of Marcia Mount Shoop

After coaching football at nearly every level from high school to the NFL, John Shoop and his wife Reverend Marcia Mount Shoop have racked up a lifetime of observations and convictions about the ethics of sports.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (17) passes against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils look to put a rough 2016 in the past when they begin a new season Sa
Gerry Broome, File / AP

The first full weekend of college football kicks off this weekend. The slate of games includes a major-conference home battle for UNC Chapel Hill. Carolina will take on the Cal Bears from the Pac-12 at noon Saturday.

Greenville, N.C., pitcher Matthew Matthijs delivers in the third inning of a baseball game against Lufkin, Texas, at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. North Carolina won in seven innings, 2-1.
Gene J. Puskar / AP

It may have been the best game at the Little League World Series so far. Greenville, North Carolina, and Lufkin, Texas, played into extra innings on Wednesday in a thriller that ended with 2-1, walkoff Greenville victory.

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren
Gerry Broome / AP

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren has dismissed two players from the team and suspended three others for violating athletics department and team rules pertaining to marijuana and alcohol.

Greenville, N.C.'s Carson Hardee (16) is greeted by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Lufkin, Texas, pitcher Hunter Ditsworth during the first inning of a Little League World Series baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2
Gene J. Puskar / AP

As teams got ready for the Little League World Series, managers marveled at the power of the young hitters. Then the tournament began and the pitchers showed what they can do.

Greenville, N.C., pitcher Chase Anderson delivers in the second inning of a baseball game against Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. No
Gene J. Puskar / AP

At the Little League World Series, the question now is not whether anyone can beat the team from Greenville, North Carolina.

It's whether anyone can get a hit.

North Carolina F.C. play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary
Rob Kinnan / NCFC

Soccer fans throughout the Triangle can't help but feel a little more euphoric this summer.

Steve Malik, a health-care-technology-entrepreneur-turned-professional-soccer-club-owner, pumped millions of his fortune into North Carolina F.C. and thrust Raleigh onto Major League Soccer's map.

Rendering of the proposed downtown Raleigh soccer stadium, if North Carolina F.C. is admitted as a franchise in Major League Soccer.
North Carolina F.C.

Triangle soccer fans got to see the stadium plan they've been waiting for.

Photo of author, David Gessner
Debi Lorenc / David Gessner

Today millions of people play Ultimate Frisbee. But in the 1980s, when David Gessner first picked up a frisbee, the sport was still relatively unknown.

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