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Sports Now is a News & Observer Sports podcast that goes deeper into the stories N&O sports journalists report each week.

Sports Now is a News & Observer Sports podcast that goes deeper into the stories N&O sports journalists report each week.
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Sports Now is a News & Observer Sports podcast that goes deeper into the stories N&O sports journalists report each week.








Va. Tech's 'waterproof' tweets, and what's next for UNC after its loss to ECU

Reporters Jonathan M. Alexander, Jonas Pope IV and Brett Haensel discuss Virginia Tech's insensitive tweets about ECU not traveling during Hurricane, as well as what is next for UNC after its tough loss to East Carolina last week.


Larry Fedora's memory and Week 2 of college football

Does Larry Fedora really have selective memory? The North Carolina coach says he doesn’t remember much from the Pirates’ 70-41 win over the Tar Heels in 2014. Is that true? We discuss this, UNC’s matchup against ECU on Saturday, and N.C. State’s game against James Madison on the first episode of Season Two of Sports Now: And Nando Sports Podcast. For background reading


The most glaring and local things from the Rice Commission's report ft. Andrew Carter and Dan Kane

Amid the announcement of an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, the NCAA established a group called the Commission on College Basketball in October 2017. Led by former secretary of state and Stanford provost, Condoleezza Rice, the commission was to address ongoing issues in the sport. Some say the report, which was finally released two weeks ago, did little to address the true issues that have caused corruption in college basketball. Also among the recommendations in...


A former NC State coach and player are in the FBI's latest documents. What that means.

On April 10, the FBI released new documents that show how a former N.C. State coach and a former N.C. State player were involved in its ongoing investigation into corruption in college basketball. Reporters Jonathan M. Alexander and Jonas Pope IV talk to N.C. State beat reporter Joe Giglio about what these documents mean and the possible penalties to N.C. State, if any. Also, late Wednesday morning, N.C. State chancellor released a statement and gave a timeline of the school's response to...


With his stock rising in baseball, will Jordyn Adams skip UNC and play in the MLB?

Reporter Jonathan M. Alexander talks with reporter Jonas Pope IV about his story on Green Hope High School's Jordyn Adams, and whether the UNC football signee and baseball commit will enter the Major League Baseball draft at the end of the season. Adams is considered one of the best wide receiver prospects in the country. But his stock in the MLB draft has increased significantly in recent weeks after scouts came to watch him play in a high school baseball tournament.


Was it right for NCCU's women's basketball team to not renew the scholarships of 10 players?

UPDATE: N.C. Central put out a statement late Tuesday afternoon. "North Carolina Central University (NCCU) remains committed to the academic success of all our students including student-athletes who were part of the women’s basketball team during the 2017-2018 season but who will not be returning next year. The university has reallocated resources for the seven students who are not graduating in May to continue and complete their education at North Carolina Central University. NCCU will...


He's the most talked about player in college basketball. He's Duke's Grayson Allen

Duke senior guard Grayson Allen is one of the most talked about players in college basketball. He will be remembered for his success on the court, and his tripping incidents that led to his suspension. Reporter Jonathan M. Alexander sits down with Hurricanes and ACC reporter Chip Alexander to talk about his feature story on Allen, which will come out on this week. Music:


An in-depth conversation with NCCU head coach LeVelle Moton

On episode five, we sit down with NCCU head coach LeVelle Moton, who talks about having his jersey retired, growing up in Raleigh and his all-time Raleigh basketball team.


Inspired by their late coach, they almost took down the top seed

On Oct. 24, Cleveland High School boy’s basketball coach John Jacobs died of cancer, just six days before the first day of basketball practice. He was 49. Throughout the season, the Rams basketball team played in his memory. Cleveland High started the 2017-18 basketball season with a 1-7 record, and it looked as if they would miss the state playoffs. However, the Rams finished the remaining games 10-9 and made their way into the playoffs where they would face top seeded Northern Nash on...


Ep 4: How Duke soccer player Morgan Reid's essay on being body shamed inspired young girls

On Jan. 25, Duke soccer player Morgan Reid, who was recently drafted by the NC Courage, wrote a personal essay in the Players’ Tribune about her struggles with being body shamed and a flood of negative attention that followed a viral online story highlighting her looks. The essay resonated with young woman around the country, who have been experienced similar struggles. Reid grew up in the Triangle and played for Cardinal Gibbons before matriculating to Duke. On today’s episode, reporters...


Episode III: The UNC-Duke rivalry.

On episode three we sit down with UNC beat writer Joe Giglio and preview the first game of the season between UNC and Duke. Jonathan, Jonas and Joe share their most memorable memories from the rivalry and Joe finally tells the history of his famed yellow pads.


Ep 2: UNC freshman point guard Jalek Felton's suspension, and what we currently know

Reporters Jonathan M. Alexander and Jonas Pope IV talk to sports investigative reporter Andrew Carter, who explains everything he knows about Jalek Felton's suspension. For more information: Music:


Sports Now: Episode 1 - NC State point guard Markell Johnson returns to team after legal situation

On episode one, Jonathan M. Alexander and Jonas Pope IV sit down with N&O North Carolina State beat writer Steve Wiseman, who gives us an inside look at the Markell Johnson legal situation last month and his return to the team. Jonathan and Jonas also talk about No. 3 recruit Zion Williamson, who selected Duke on Saturday, and how some UNC fans reacted to another top prospect not picking the Tar Heels.