Time Out For Sports

Cam Newton
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There's no shortage of big sports news this week.

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a one-year signed deal. NASCAR’s only full-time, top-level African American driver, Bubba Wallace, is becoming the face of the sport as another racial incident occurs involving him, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford is retiring. Langston Wertz Jr., a veteran sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer, joins us to talk about these topics and more for Time Out For Sports.

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There's still a lot of uncertainty in professional sports and sports at all levels due to the coronavirus. Numerous players and staff have tested positive as comebacks are being planned and carried out. And in other sports news, a noose was found in the garage of NASCAR's only current Black driver, Bubba Wallace, who was given a lot of credit for NASCAR officials banning the Confederate flag at race events.

Larry McTighe / U.S. Air Force photo

A lot of sports news over the past week coincides with the demonstrations being held nationwide against police brutality and racism. NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at race events and the statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was taken down. Also in sports news, Gastonia native Harold Varner had a good showing at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth this weekend. 

Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium
Carolina Panthers

There has been a lot going on the past few days. The Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Knights have severed a longtime relationship with CPI Security over what many are calling a racist remark by the company's CEO.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes a softer stance on players protesting. Michael Jordan gives $100 million for social justice efforts. And what does the end of the 2019-2020 season for the Charlotte Hornets mean for fans with tickets? With "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about these topics and a few others is Langston Wertz Jr., a longtime sportswriter with the Charlotte Observer.

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Races took place this weekend in Alamance County in defiance of the governor's executive order against large crowd gatherings. Some professional sports have proposed pay cuts for players. Some colleges are cutting back on some sports. And the NBA looks to be on track for a comeback. With "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about these topics is Langston Wertz Jr., a veteran sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Brad Keselowski poses after winning the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday.
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NASCAR came back to the Queen City with its longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, in the NBA, there’s chatter about the league returning to play at a magical place. And locally, state officials have made some rulings on youth and high school sports. Will they or will they not return in the fall? Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to discuss these headlines and more is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Kevin Harvick
NASCAR Twitter

NASCAR had a comeback this weekend with races in South Carolina. Drivers returned to the tracks with no fans. Speaking of returning, professional leagues like the NFL and NBA are making plans to restart games amid the coronavirus pandemic. There's also some exciting news for local golf fans. Langston Wertz Jr., a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer, joins us to discuss these headlines and more. 

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There’s still plenty about sports to discuss amid a pandemic that has halted sports on all levels.

Football, Alabama
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It’s the NFL’s draft week, when an elite group of college football players will be selected by one of the league’s 32 teams. Locally, folks will be looking to see how if the Carolina Panthers can beef up the team’s defense as they have said they want to do. People are also wondering about the fate of three UNC Charlotte 49ers who are among the prospects, and how this year’s draft will be different in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Langston Wertz Jr., a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer, joins us to talk about these and other sports questions.

Carolina Panthers

Even though sports on all levels are on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are quite a few developments in the sports world to talk about. NASCAR is taking a new approach to racing, there is the NFL draft. And on the local scene, fans are still reacting to the Carolina Panthers parting ways with longtime quarterback Cam Newton. One of them is Charlotte rapper Cutty Cutright. Cutright wrote for Newton to show his respect for the quarterback whose accolades include NFL MVP and the first rookie to pass for 400 yards in his first game as a pro player.

Fred "Curly" Neal
Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Fred "Curly" Neal was a Greensboro native and JCSU graduate, who played for the Golden Bulls. He died last week at the age of 77. Curly Neal played all over the world for the entertaining Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985. Joining "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to discuss the legacy of Curly Neal and other sports headlines is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Cam Newton
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The sports world is still on pause due to the impact of the coronavirus, but amidst the pandemic, there are still major sports headlines happening, especially here in North Carolina. Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to discuss the recent decisions that officials with the Panthers organization have made and the impact of the coronavirus is Langston Wertz Jr., a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

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It’s Time Out for Sports on WFAE. It's March and that usually means March Madness with college basketball, NBA playoffs, baseball spring training and so on. That’s not the case now with the sports world being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Joining me to discuss the fallout from this is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Sarafina Wright: Welcome, Langston. 

Langston Wertz: Hi Sarafina, how are you? 

Lady Gamecocks
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It's March, and in the sports world, we all know what that means: March Madness, the month of college basketball tournaments leading up to the schools that will compete for the national championship. Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk sports is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Heaven Fitch
North Carolina High School Athletic Association

We have lots of sports headlines to discuss this first week in March. There's basketball, basketball and more basketball from high school to the collegiate level. There was also some wrestling history made in the state. Heaven Fitch of Uwharrie Charter in Asheboro became the first female to win one of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's individual state wrestling championships.

CIAA
CIAA

It's Time Out For Sports. The CIAA tournament is back in town for its 75th anniversary and its 15th year in Charlotte. High school basketball playoffs begin Tuesday. And we're also going to talk about NASCAR.

Miles Bridges
Twitter.com/Hornets

It’s Time Out For Sports on WFAE.  This week we’re going to talk about local high school sports and the pros. Joining "All Things Considred" host Gwendolyn Glenn is Langston Wertz Jr., a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer.

Duke Basketball
Duke Athletics

It's Time Out for Sports on WFAE. The Super Bowl is over, but there are still tons of sports events happening for those who are in the dumps because the NFL season has ended. Perk up. The XFL is in full swing. And there's a lot going on in college and high school sports.