Sports: Professional

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:50 PM

Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

Tony Stewart should be back in his comfort zone at a NASCAR track, ready for racing.

His return from a three-week hiatus isn't so simple.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:38 PM

Panthers blank Steelers 10-0 in preseason finale

Cam Newton plans to have a very different view the next time he sees the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:34 PM

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win

Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

Angels win in 10 while A's protest

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Howie Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Kenseth likes title chances despite lack of wins

Matt Kenseth was a five-time winner this time last year and an established championship threat. He doesn't feel any less confident about his title chances this season even though he has not visited Victory Lane.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Pirates top St. Louis, tighten wild card race

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

Bumgarner's 1-hitter gives S.F. 3-0 win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Orioles power over Tampa Bay, 9-1

BALTIMORE (AP) — Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Area sports schedule

Monday, Aug. 25
Boys soccer
Lee County at Leesville Road - 6 p.m.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

A timely win for Mahan at The Barclays

Hunter Mahan knew he was on the verge of something special, even with a record that looked ordinary by his standards.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

Tom Brady, Patriots dominate Panthers 30-7

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal. The New England Patriots didn't allow a point for more than 58 minutes.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays

Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

Rosol to play Janowicz in Winston-Salem final

Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final with three-set victories on Friday.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

Good start for Van Pelt in playoff opener

Bo Van Pelt began the FedEx Cup playoffs by going fishing for stripers, which is not unusual for a guy living in Oklahoma.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 12:25 PM

Injured Isner withdraws from Winston-Salem Open

John Isner's preparations for the U.S. Open hit a setback Thursday when a sprained ankle forced him to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open hours before his quarterfinal.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

IN THE DRAFT: NASCAR dreamland

Well, I am sitting here in the sunroom and had just about decided to not write a column this week but then I remembered how many people rely on my wit and wisdom on a Friday morning so I changed my mind and here I am! So I am now awake and ready to write.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

Isner cruises in 3rd-round match

American John Isner made short work of his third-round match Wednesday in the Winston-Salem Open, beating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Rangers win pitcher's Miami homecoming

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Martinez allowed two runs in six innings in his homecoming, Alex Rios drove in two runs, and the Texas Rangers roughed up Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi on the way to a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Panthers look to make history, repeat in NFC South

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will need to rewrite history if they hope to repeat as NFC South champions this season.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Astros outslug Yankees in the 9th

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer, extending his second-half power surge and sending the Houston Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Isner wins in straight sets at Winston-Salem Open

John Isner admits that he usually has a rough time in his first tournament match.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lynn shoots low on eGolf Tour

Lillington's Chip Lynn shot three rounds in the 60s and finished 14 under par to come in tied for sixth at the Sapona Ridge Classic on the eGolf Professional Tour last Wednesday-Saturday.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Nats win in 11 to keep streak going

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche hit a game-winning solo home run with two outs in the 11th inning to help the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Monday night for their seventh straight win.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

Querrey beats Riba in 1st round of Winston-Salem

Sam Querrey didn't play his best tennis Monday — except when it counted.