Zachery Eanes
Jun 1, 2023 - News

What to know as The Soccer Tournament kicks off in Cary

Former U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey is one of the backers of The Soccer Tournament. Photo: Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

The Soccer Tournament, a seven-on-seven soccer tournament in which 32 star-filled teams compete for $1 million, kicks off today at Cary's Wake Med Soccer Park.

Driving the news: The tournament — which will feature soccer icons like Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Heather O'Reilly — will run for the next four days, with the championship taking place on Sunday.

  • The tournament is winner-takes-all, meaning second place gets $0.

North Carolina lawmakers wager on sports betting, again

Illustration of a stack of hundred dollar bills underneath a football field.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

North Carolina may become the 29th state to approve sports betting outside casinos, setting professional sports teams up for a windfall in the coming years.

Why it matters: The effort to legalize sports betting in North Carolina has been a highly contentious battle that transcends party lines, centering on whether the economic benefits it brings the state outweigh the societal costs of gambling.

Michael Graff
May 26, 2023 - Sports

Hop on the Baltimore bandwagon

Cedric Mullins gets a Gatorade bath from his teammates after hitting for the cycle against the Pirates on May 12. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Hello, Triangle sports fans. Michael Graff here with a suggestion for your summer:

  • Join me in rooting for the Baltimore Orioles. And watch with joy the talents of Cedric Mullins, a Greensboro-born player who went to Louisburg College and Campbell University.

Why it matters: As a lifelong Orioles fan who moved to North Carolina from Maryland at 17, I'm qualified to tell you that we have lots of room on the Baltimore bandwagon.

Zachery Eanes
May 25, 2023 - News

Carolina Hurricanes' season comes to an end

Martin Necas, #88 of the Carolina Hurricanes, lays on the ice after a play against the Florida Panthers during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Hurricanes' injury-plagued run for the Stanley Cup came to an end Wednesday night, closing out a momentous year for a franchise that is showing signs of staying power among the NHL's best teams.

Driving the news: The Canes lost 3-4 to the Florida Panthers, getting swept in four close games.

The ACC is raking in cash, just not enough to rival the SEC and B10

Data: USA Today; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: USA Today; Chart: Axios Visuals

If you want to see why everyone in the Atlantic Coast Conference is anxious about the future, look no further than last year's revenue numbers of the so-called "Power Five" college athletic conferences.

Driving the news: Power Five conferences generated a combined $3.3 billion in revenues during their 2022 fiscal year, Axios' Jeff Tracy reports.

Zachery Eanes
May 24, 2023 - Sports

Swing Racquet + Paddle founder thinks the U.S. will fall for Padel

A padel tennis court in France. Photo: Stephanie De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

While Americans obsess over pickleball, others around the globe are playing a different racquet game.

Driving the news: Padel, a Spanish game that is like a mixture of squash and tennis, has become the fastest-growing racquet sport in the world, the New York Times reports.

The Carolina Hurricanes lead a Sun Belt dominance of the NHL playoffs

The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after eliminating the New Jersey Devils from the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Photo: Jaylynn Nash/Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes are leading a Sun Belt ascendancy in the Stanley Cup playoffs — a surprise for a league that has long been dominated by its original franchises from the North.

State of play: This is the first time in NHL history that all four conference finalists are based in Sun Belt states, with the Hurricanes taking on the Florida Panthers in the East and the Dallas Stars playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the West, Axios' Kendall Baker reports.

Zachery Eanes
Apr 20, 2023 - Sports

Chelsea FC to play Wrexham in Chapel Hill

Joao Felix of Chelsea runs with the ball while under pressure from Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Photo: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

English soccer giant Chelsea will play a match at UNC's Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill this summer, the university confirmed Thursday.

Driving the news: Chelsea will play against Wrexham AFC, the lower-division Welsh soccer team co-owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.


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