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'Dads 2B Nick Urbanus has been around the globe

August 3, 2012

During the past 20 seasons of Hickory Crawdads, the team's roster has featured players — from the United States, South America and Canada.

Now until this year did it feature a player from the Netherlands.

Shortstop Nick Urbanus is the first Crawdad to ever come from Holland.

Indians' Bunting excited about his first season

August 3, 2012

In his first-ever season of head coaching, St. Stephens' Chris Bunting admits the first few months leading into the season have been entertaining.

Despite a small coaching staff and only 30 players on the varsity squad, the new chief for the Indians is hoping to lead his team to a successful 2012 campaign.

Nakamura: Panthers just need taste of playoffs

August 3, 2012

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Safety Haruki Nakamura believes Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have all of the ingredients to be a perennial playoff team.

They just need a taste of it first.

Lowman hoping his experience helps Trojans

August 2, 2012

Heading into his 26th season on the sidelines, Randy Lowman looks to guide the Bandys Trojans to the playoffs again.

Lowman, the most veteran high school football coach in Catawba County, hopes his coaching experience will propel Bandys to a Catawba Valley 2A title and also another long postseason run this season.

Hornets hosting Football Skills Clinic this Saturday

August 2, 2012

The Catawba County Hornets, partnering with the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, are sponsoring their annual Football Skills Clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.

This year marks the sixth annual Skills Clinic, which has taken place since 2007.

Duke among 8 teams in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament

August 2, 2012

NASSAU, Bahamas — Duke, Louisville and Memphis will be among the teams playing in this year's Battle 4 Atlantis holiday basketball tournament.

The eight-team field, which has a combined 160 NCAA tournament appearances, will play Thanksgiving weekend on a court inside a converted ballroom.

The field also will include Missouri, Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth, Stanford and Northern Iowa.

Curley, Kannapolis knock off Eickhoff, Crawdads

August 1, 2012

Crawdads pitcher Jerad Eickhoff had not lost in his past 12 outings on the mound when he entered Wednesday's game against Kannapolis.

Chasing a South Atlantic League-best 12th win of the season, the right-handed pitcher allowed four runs (all earned) and seven hits in five innings against the visiting Kannapolis Intimidators, as the 'Dads went on to lose, 4-2, at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Panthers awaiting results of Otah's physical

August 1, 2012

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — General manager Marty Hurney said the Carolina Panthers are waiting for the results of a physical exam on offensive tackle Jeff Otah before making a decision on the future of the team's former first-round draft pick.

Carolina traded Otah to the New York Jets last week, but the deal was rescinded after Otah failed his physical. He reverted back to the Panthers' roster.

Penske dumps A.J. Allmendinger after drug test

August 1, 2012

A.J. Allmendinger's failed drug test has cost him his job at Penske Racing.

Team owner Roger Penske released Allmendinger on Wednesday, three weeks after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine.

Team officials said they were disappointed with the test results that left them with no choice.

'Dads shortstop Sardinas adapting to culture, injuries

July 31, 2012

Growing up in Upata, Bolivar, Venezuela, Luis Sardinas grew up with the love of baseball.

Now, the 19-year-old shortstop for the Hickory Crawdads is pursuing the "American dream," as well as the dream to play in the major leagues one day.

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