Archive - Sports Article
CHARLOTTE â€” Kurt Busch and Penske Racing parted ways Monday after six bumpy seasons, a split that clouds the former champion's future in NASCAR as he embarks on a personal journey to reclaim his passion for racing.
Both the team and driver said ending the relationship was a "mutual agreement," but most believe Busch was fired in the fallout of yet another embarrassing incident. A fan caught Busch on video verbally abusing an ESPN reporter during last month's season finale, and Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR after the clip was posted on YouTube.
Sports schedule for Dec. 5-11
Monday, Dec. 5
Newton-Conover basketball at Hickory
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Bandys wrestling at Alexander
Bunker Hill basketball at Fred T. Foard
Maiden basketball at St. Stephens
North Lincoln/SouthLake Christian/Hibriten at Maiden wrestling
Northwestern 3A/4A meeting at Lenoir-Rhyne
CVCC men's basketball at Caldwell CCTI
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Bunker Hill wrestling vs. West Caldwell/Queens Grant at WC
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.) - Temple vs. Wyoming, 2 p.m. on ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho) - Ohio vs. Utah St., 5:30 p.m. on ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, La.) - San Diego St. vs. La.-Lafayette, 9 p.m. on ESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.) - Florida International vs. Marshall, 8 p.m. on ESPN
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, Calif.) - TCU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. ESPN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 Saturday night to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
The Tigers (10-3) clinched their first Orange Bowl berth since 1981, the year they won their only national championship. Clemson won't be playing for a national title this season, but the victory was still sweet considering they'd lost three of four games to close the regular season.
"We knocked down a lot of walls tonight," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
BOONE, N.C. (AP) â€” Warren Smith threw for three touchdowns and Maine held Appalachian State to 3 rushing yards in a 34-12 win Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Black Bears (9-3) dominated the ground game. Pushaun Brown rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries, including a 31-yard score, and David Hood romped 54 yards for a TD to finish with 88 yards on four carries.
Tied 39-39 entering the fourth quarter, the St. Stephens boys basketball team grinded out a 54-45 road victory against Bunker Hill on Friday.
Jordan James scored 19 points and Kerigan Farley pitched in 10 points to lead the Indians (2-2).
For Bunker Hill (0-4), Jason Setzer and Jordan McGinnis scored 10 points each.
St. Stephens played and up and down game, taking an early 17-11 lead before trailing at halftime, 33-29.
The Bears took their halftime lead thanks in part to six three-point baskets in the opening half, four of which came from Setzer and Colton Chapman.
Bandys 82, North Lincoln 65
Taylor Sigmon scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading Bandys (4-0) to the win against the Lady Knights.
Jesse and Madi Story each scored 16 points for the Lady Trojans, as well.
Bandys completed 19-of-25 free throw opportunities.
North Lincoln's Lauren Armstrong scored a game-high 21 points.
Fred T. Foard 58, West Lincoln 30
The Lady Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season with a victory over the Lady Rebels.
With a 2010 state title under its belt, the Fred T. Foard wrestling team is trying to repeat its success from a season ago.
â€śOther teams may look at us differently,â€ť said Tigers coach Mike Carey. â€śI donâ€™t think we look at ourselves differently. We might have more of a sense of confidence that we can get the job done against anybody."
The Tigers are off to an early 5-1 start with their only loss coming last week against a tough 4A squad in defending state champion Parkland.
Tigers coach Mike Carey still expects improvement.
Trying to end its current skid, the CVCC men's basketball team lost the lead late against Spartanburg Methodist, and eventually, lost the game in close fashion, 68-65.
The Bucs loss is their fourth in a row.
CVCC trailed at 36-32 at halftime, but a great offensive effort in the early stages of the quarter allowed them to pull back into the contest.
With 7:00 remaining in the game, free throws by Terrence Polk gave the Bucs (3-5) their first lead of the half, 55-54.
Fred T. Foard earned an impressive sweep of Bunker Hill and North Wilkes on Wednesday, defeating the two teams by a combined score of 127-16.
The Bears also earned a victory in that tri-match, topping the Vikings in a hard-fought contest, 46-30.
Fred T. Foard 62, North Wilkes 10