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CapitalSportsNC.com wins national award for writing

Clifton Barnes, the owner of CapitalSportsNC.com, has won a national award for writing for a series of articles on the website. CapitalSportsNC.com has now won awards four years in a row. The series of articles revolves around former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith won an Award of Excellence from the DC area-based Communications Concepts through its 2016 Awards for Publication Excellence competition. John De Lellis of Communications Concepts says competition was intense as there were more than 1,600 entries with seven winners in the Writing Series category. Barnes was the only winner in the category from North […]

Clifton Barnes, the owner of CapitalSportsNC.com, has won a national award for writing for a series of articles on the website.

CapitalSportsNC.com has now won awards four years in a row.

The series of articles revolves around former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith won an Award of Excellence from the DC area-based Communications Concepts through its 2016 Awards for Publication Excellence competition.

John De Lellis of Communications Concepts says competition was intense as there were more than 1,600 entries with seven winners in the Writing Series category. Barnes was the only winner in the category from North Carolina or the South.

The columns, which appear on Barnes’ sports website CapitalSportsNC.com, address Smith’s life, death and funeral.

Judges appreciated the unique insight Barnes had from when he was a student journalist at UNC and his ability to lead readers through a range of emotions from tears to laughter.

In one column, Barnes told about how Smith was committed to the student body at UNC and how that extended to him as a writer for the student newspaper.

Barnes wrote, “Even though one would think I was a bother as a whipper-snapper budding journalist, Coach Smith took time to answer my questions when he wouldn’t talk to anyone else. He allowed me into practice when he would allow no other journalists. He even let me travel with the team to various games, including the national championship game.”

The winning entries can be accessed by going to http://CapitalSportsNC.com and scrolling down to a section on the left titled “Dean Smith.” Articles from media outlets and sports teams in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area are featured on the website along with videos, tweets and original sports commentary.

Barnes, who has won more than 70 journalism awards, served as director of communications for the N.C. Bar Association from 1987 to 2002 and, before that, was a newspaper writer and editor.

Today he is a freelance writer, editor and Web developer who owns several websites including cb3media.com. In 2016, he completed a book on the University of North Carolina’s Order of the Bell Tower. Barnes is also credited with the idea for the Town of Cary’s Hometown Spirit Award, given each year since 2009 to honor those who promote small town values.

Barnes, a native of Rocky Mount who has lived in Cary since 1996, is a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism and political science grad. Along with his wife Andrea, he raises their 10-year-old son Will Griffin.

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Suspected gang fight halts game in Rocky Mount

With Rocky Mount leading Wilson Hunt 28-14 in a big Homecoming conference game in Rocky Mount, the game was temporarily suspended after a suspected gang fight broke out in the stands. The Gryphons were dominating the game on the ground but Hunt had drawn closer late in the third quarter after a 50-yard TD pass when the fight erupted. Police chased perpetrators across the field during the fight. School administration members were called onto the field. After numerous arrests were made, play resumed with a 90-yard Rocky Mount kickoff return that was called back by a penalty. Then Hunt connected […]

With Rocky Mount leading Wilson Hunt 28-14 in a big Homecoming conference game in Rocky Mount, the game was temporarily suspended after a suspected gang fight broke out in the stands.

The Gryphons were dominating the game on the ground but Hunt had drawn closer late in the third quarter after a 50-yard TD pass when the fight erupted.

Police chased perpetrators across the field during the fight. School administration members were called onto the field.

After numerous arrests were made, play resumed with a 90-yard Rocky Mount kickoff return that was called back by a penalty.

Then Hunt connected on yet another 50-yard TD play to draw to within a score at 28-21 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Despite extra security being brought to the stadium and in the stands, a second fight broke out with about 6 minutes left in the game.

Members of Gang Enforcement were among the security called to the stadium, which was highly populated for the important game.

RM wrapped it up with a 75-yard run with five minutes left although Hunt scored late as the Gryphons won 35-28.

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Canes dealing with more injuries; will start Lack Tuesday

Capitals Hurricanes Hockey

After getting off to an 0-2-0 start, the Carolina Hurricanes are already in catch-up mode and dealing with injuries. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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Duke Kickoff at Virginia Tech Set for 3:30 pm

Game Slated for ESPNU Broadcast …read more

Source:: GoDuke.com

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Tudor: Bad loss by NC State, hard-fought loss by ECU graded differently

NC State, Georgia Southern

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said after his team’s 28-13 win over NC State on Friday that all wins aren’t the same. But just as all wins aren’t the same, so are losses. The Pirates’ 45-38 last-minute setback at Brigham Young left them at a modest 3-3 (1-1 AAC), but with reason for much more optimism going to be backside. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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UNC loses DT Crawford, TE Samuel to injuries

UNC routs Illinois, 48-14

North Carolina freshman defensive tackle Aaron Crawford will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury and redshirt freshman tight end Caleb Samuel will have his career cut short after concerns arose about a heart condition. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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Lewis Making the Most of Opportunity with Eagles

Lewis Making the Most of Opportunity with Eagles …read more

Source:: GoDuke.com

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Kickoff at Wake Forest Set For Noon on Oct. 24

The ACC has announced the kickoff time for NC State at Wake Forest on Oct. 24 will be at noon from BB&T Field. …read more

Source:: Gopack

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The Dave Doeren Show – October 11

In this week’s episode, host Tony Haynes and head coach Dave Doeren recap the Wolfpack’s game against Virginia Tech, and Mark Thomas gets Coached Up by running backs coach Des Kitchings. Also, we’re halfway through the 2015 football season, and it’s time to refocus for the fall. …read more

Source:: Gopack

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A special moment for Jay and Bill Haas at Presidents Cup

South Korea Presidents Cup Golf

Jay Haas took a deep breath, trying to calm nerves he had only ever felt on the golf course while playing. His U.S. team was one point away from winning the Presidents Cup, and the final match added another layer of emotion. …read more

Source:: WRAL