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A coach and four youth players from FC Barcelona’s futsal program are spending the summer in Cary teaching local kids about the increasingly popular, high-intensity variation of soccer.

The NCAA’s announcement Monday that it will reopen its investigation into North Carolina is the latest indication the scandal isn’t going away, no matter how many university administrators wish it so.

As things stand now, the Carolina Hurricanes appear prepared to head into next season with a new coach and the same old roster. That’s a little disconcerting given the acknowledged necessity of a change in direction that prompted Ron Francis’ promotion to general manager.

Josh Wesley became the first North Carolina-developed player to be drafted by an NHL team, his hometown Carolina Hurricanes. The door is still open for an NC born-and-bred prospect.

It’s been a quiet summer at the NHL level for the Carolina Hurricanes, but Friday’s first-round pick – 6-foot-2 defenseman Haydn Fleury – was evidence of a long-term vision for the team.

At one of the cornerstones of golf in the United States, only an American champion would suffice. This ground-breaking event demanded a breakthrough winner. Michelle Wie delivered both Sunday, as only she could.

These historic circumstances at Pinehurst demand a Women’s Open champion of equal stature. It’s almost as if Michelle Wie has been waiting for this very moment to finally break through and win her first major.

Bill Peters was not the easy or expected choice to fill the Carolina Hurricanes’ head-coaching vacancy. That’s exactly why he might be the right man for the job.

Lucy Li, the youngest player to qualify for the Women’s Open, not only survived her opening round, an 8-over 78. She enjoyed it.

No one has played in the Women’s Open more than Juli Inkster, a two-time champion, but a television career beckons. She said Wednesday she expected this to be her final appearance.

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Luke has worked for The News & Observer since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
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