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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.








The most glaring and local things from the Rice Commission's report

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...


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

On this podcast, reporters Jonas Pope IV and Jonathan M. Alexander discuss N.C. Central women's basketball coach Trisha Stafford-Odom's decision to not renew the scholarships of 10 players. Also the two discuss LeVelle Moton's decision remove his name from consideration for ECU basketball coaching job. You can listen and subscribe to “NandO’s Sports Now Podcast” from any podcast player. For iPhone or iPad users, you can listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. For Android users you can...


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

Reporter Jonathan M. Alexander sits down with Hurricanes and ACC reporter Chip Alexander to talk about his feature story on Duke senior guard Grayson Allen. Allen is one of the most talked about players in college basketball. He will be remembered for his success and his tripping incidents. This is a story on how he has handled that.


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...


An interview w/ Duke’s Morgan Reid and how her 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.