Tag: North Carolina

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR at end of season

BY JENNA FRYER CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from a head injury. He had delayed contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner will call it quits when the season ends in November. Hendrick Motorsports said...

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March Madness: Tears, double takes, and then Northwestern

BY EDDIE PELLS There were tears in Syracuse, head-scratching about Duke and more than a few double takes at Wichita State. At Northwestern, they simply celebrated. On a Selection Sunday that was more about minor quibbles than pure outrage, Northwestern’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history stole the headlines – reminding hardcore fans and casual bracket-fillers alike that March Madness really is that time of year when anything can happen. The forever also-rans from outside of Chicago knew they’d see their name pop up when the brackets were released, but when they did, they partied anyway....

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When to give up: Treatment or comfort for late-stage cancer?

CHICAGO (AP) — Two months before Joe Clark died of colon cancer at age 31, a doctor gently told him it was time to stop treatment. He had suffered through more than a year of chemotherapy that produced painful sores in his mouth, last-ditch major abdominal surgery had left behind excruciating scar tissue, and hope had dried up. But the end of treatment had a surprise effect on Clark and his wife. “It was a whole new way of thinking to wrap our minds around,” his widow, Amanda Evans-Clark recalled. No more “fight mode,” she said. “We finally felt...

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A guide to the Final Four in Houston

(A.P) March Madness lived up to its billing with all those upsets, crazy finishes and memorable performances. Now that the calendar is turning to April, it’s time for the main event: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Villanova and Syracuse in the Final Four. Houston, here they come — and it figures to be quite a show. To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the matchups, the top teams and players before the games start on Saturday: ___ THE MATCHUPS Oklahoma vs. Villanova. These teams met earlier in the season and the Sooners turned it into a laugher behind a...

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Sailor Lost at Sea for Over Two Months Home Safely

Some are calling it a miracle; a sailor reported missing at sea for more than two months is now safe at home. Coast guard officials say 37 year old Louis Jordan was spotted by passengers aboard a German tanker floating on top of his capsized sailboat off the coast of North Carolina. A search was conducted in January when he went missing, but was called off 10 days later. Jordan says he survived by eating fish he caught...

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