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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.








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.


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.


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