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‘About time’: Gay athletes unleash rainbow wave on Olympics

The Tokyo Games are shaping up as a watershed for LGBTQ Olympians. A wave of rainbow-colored pride, openness and acceptance is sweeping through Olympic pools, skateparks, halls and fields.

Dolphins’ Howard reports despite unhappiness with contract

All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard has joined the rest of the Miami Dolphins reporting for training camp after he sat out mandatory minicamp because he’s unhappy about his contract.

Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out

Though the history books may mark Tuesday’s victory with an asterisk due to American star Simone Biles’ early withdrawal, the Russian women's gymnastics team's dazzling performance is the result of a concerted transformation since they finished a distant second to the American team at the 2019 World Championship.

Whiteville Dixie Youth Darlings wrap up World Series trip to Virginia

The Whiteville community also deserves praise; they helped raise $15,000 to send the girls and their families to Virginia.

Bettman: Plan is to hold ’22 NHL draft in person in Montreal

He told The Associated Press the league is aiming for full arenas at the start of next season and an in-person draft in Montreal but would be ready to adjust as circumstances dictate.

Cleveland’s baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change on...

Opening ceremony of virus-delayed Tokyo Olympics begins

The athletes of the Tokyo Olympics were greeted by a few familiar notes at the opening ceremony.

NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks

The memo adds that the league doesn’t anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within the 18-week regular season.

Bill changing NC high school sports oversight OK’d by panel

Legislation that would end the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s century-long role overseeing state interscholastic sports has cleared a Senate committee.

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Veteran small business grants available; deadline Friday

Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000, and winners do not have to pay them back.

American Red Cross needs blood donations; offering chance at music festival VIP experience

All who come to give Aug. 1-15, 2021, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

“She was the glue to our family”: double homicide victim’s family still recovering

Family members are still grieving after a shooting Saturday morning claimed two lives, including Bri'yanna Williams.

Attorney General ‘optimistic’ New Hanover Co. will benefit from $26B opioid agreement

Attorney General Josh Stein paid a visit to the Port City on Tuesday, taking time to discuss some pressing issues.