9-25-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker

N.C. State University will soon be immortalizing arguably the greatest basketball player in area and ACC history.

David Thompson with the 1974 NCAA Final Four net.

The school announced on Monday that it will pay tribute to 3-time 1st team All-American David Thompson with a statue to be placed outside Reynolds Coliseum on the N.C. State campus.

A 1971 Crest High graduate who grew up just outside of Boiling Springs, the unveiling will be open to the public at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and a few hours before the Wolfpack men’s basketball team holds its annual “Heritage Game” at Reynolds Coliseum; This season, N.C. State will host Maryland Eastern Shore with tip-off yet to be determined.

“This is such a deserved honor for the greatest basketball player to ever wear an N.C. State jersey,” Wolfpack director of athletics Boo Corrigan said in a school news release. “He is one of the most iconic players to ever play in the ACC and our hope is that this statue will ensure that generations of NC State students and fans will always remember the legacy and contributions of David Thompson.”

Thompson is widely recognized as one of the greatest players in college basketball history. A 2003 story in The Gaston Gazette ranked him No. 1 in the league’s first 50 years and a 2008 ESPN story ranked him as one of the 10 best all time in college basketball.

The first 1,000-point scorer in Crest history who led the Chargers to their first league championship and state championship game in 1971, Thompson starred for the Wolfpack freshman team in the 1971-72 season – NCAA rules of the time forbade freshman playing varsity athletics – before having an unprecedented 3-year career for the N.C. State varsity.

Thompson, whose No. 44 is the only men’s basketball jersey to be retired in N.C. State history, was named 1st team All-American each season, ACC player of the year each year and is one of just five players in college basketball history to be named national player of the year twice (in 1974 and 1975).

The Wolfpack went 27-0, 30-1 and 22-6 in his three seasons with back-to-back unbeaten ACC regular season and tournament finishes in 1973 and 1974 and a 1974 NCAA title.

In that Final Four played at the Greensboro Coliseum, N.C. State and Thompson (28 points, 10 rebounds) knocked off 7-time reigning NCAA champion UCLA 80-77 in double overtime. Thompson hit a go-ahead bucket with less than a minute left and hit 2 free throws with 38 seconds left in a contest many consider one of the greatest Final Four games in history.

Two days later, Thompson scored 21 points in the 76-64 NCAA title game victory over Marquette and was named Final Four most outstanding player.

Just to make into the NCAAs, N.C. State outlasted No. 4-ranked Maryland, 103-100 in triple overtime in a game considered to be one of the best game played in ACC and college basketball history.

Thompson closed his career with 2,309 points in 86 career games. He led the ACC in scoring all three seasons including a 29.9 scoring average in his senior year that ended in the ACC tournament finals and he N.C. State and the ACC’s career scoring leader when he graduated.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1975 NBA Draft, Thompson would instead sign with the Denver Nuggets in the final year of the ABA and spent 10 years in the ABA and NBA while earning All-Star Game MVP honors in each league. A 5-time professional All-Star, Thompson’s No. 33 Denver Nuggets has been retired.












Pro baseball

After an upset win over the High Point Rockers in the Southern Division championship series of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, the Gastonia Honey Hunters begin a best-of-5 league championship series on Tuesday.

Gastonia will be seeking its 9th professional or collegiate summer league baseball title when it plays the Lancaster, Pa., Barnstormers.

Previous championships won by Gastonia include a 1915 Western Carolina title in the city’s first year of pro baseball, 1939 Tar Heel League, 1959 and 1983 South Atlantic League, 1974 and 1977 Western Carolinas League pro baseball titles and 2011 and 2017 Coastal Plain League summer college baseball championships.

The 3-2 series victory avenged last year’s disappointing 3-2 series loss to the same High Point team a year ago in the Southern Division finals; Gastonia went 88-44 overall last season after winning both halves of the division title.

This season, High Point finished 78-46 overall and had won both halves.

But the Honey Hunters split a pair of home games last week at Gastonia’s CaroMont Health Park before taking the 3rd and 5th games of the series played at High Point’s Truist Point.

In Monday’s 9-3 clinching victory for a game that began at noon, Gastonia overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring at least one run in the last 6 innings.

Jason Rogers (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Eric Jarrett (2 hits, 1 RBI), Zach De La Rosa (2 hits), David Washington (2 hits, 1 RBI) and Jake Hoover (2 hits, 1 RBI) led the Honey Hunters’ 13-hit offense and starter and winner Gunnar Kines (5 innings, 4 strikeouts) and reliever Zach Mort (4 innings, 6 strikeouts) led Mauro “Goose” Gozzo’s team to the victory.

The championship matchup also features a pair of former local standouts as Christopher Proctor (Burns 2015 graduate) is a Lancaster catcher-outfielder and Dylan Smith (Forestview 2015) is a Gastonia relief pitcher.

Proctor hit .272 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs in 62 regular season games and hit .222 with 2 RBIs in the Barnstormers’ 3-0 best-of-5 Northern Division sweep of Long Island.

Smith went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 4 appearances in the regular season and pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts in Gastonia’s 11-8 Game 3 in the best-of-5 Southern Division series.

Here is the full Gastonia Honey Hunters’ 2023 schedule:

Overall record: 79-47
First half record: 41-22
Second half record: 38-25

-First half
April (3-0)
28 Spire City (W 10-4)
29 Spire City (W 8-6)
30 Spire City (W 7-4)

May (17-9)
2 at So. Maryland (W 8-6)
3 at So. Maryland (W 11-6)
4 at So. Maryland (L 2-4)
5 at Long Island (W 3-2)
6 at Long Island (L 1-3)
7 at Long Island (L 4-6)
9 Spire City (W 2-1 in 10)
10 Spire City (W 10-0)
11 Spire City (W 9-7)
12 at High Point (L 5-8)
13 at High Point (W 12-5)
14 at High Point (L 3-4)
16 Charleston, W.Va. (W 13-4)
17 Charleston, W.Va. (W 4-2)
18 Charleston, W.Va. (L 4-6)
19 at Lexington (W 15-2)
20 at Lexington (W 8-0)
21 at Lexington (W 5-3)
23 at Spire City (W 6-0)
24 at Spire City (W 8-5)
25 at Spire City (W 8-3)
26 Lancaster (L 3-4 in 11)
27 Lancaster (ppd., rain)
28 Lancaster (ppd., rain)
29 Lancaster (W 9-1)
29 Lancaster (L 3-4)
30 High Point (L 8-10)
31 High Point (W 14-10)

June (19-8)
1 High Point (W 7-4)
2 Lexington (W 3-2)
3 Lexington (W 10-1)
4 Lexington (W 4-1)
6 at Charleston, W.Va. (W 4-1)
7 at Charleston, W.Va. (L 1-13)
8 at Charleston, W.Va. (L 2-4)
9 at Spire City (W 5-4)
10 at Spire City (W 12-7)
11 at Spire City (L 6-9)
13 So. Maryland (W 5-0)
14 So. Maryland (L 9-10)
15 So. Maryland (W 11-6)
16 Staten Island (W 5-4)
17 Staten Island (W 7-5)
18 Staten Island (W 5-1)
20 at Lancaster (L 0-6)
21 at Lancaster (W 9-7)
22 at Lancaster (W 4-1)
22 at Lancaster (L 2-6)
24 at Staten Island (W 12-3)
25 at Staten Island (L 2-7)
27 High Point (W 8-3)
28 High Point (W 7-3)
29 High Point (L 1-11)
30 So. Maryland (W 15-0)

July (13-13)
1 So. Maryland (L 6-7)
1 So. Maryland (W 8-7)
2 So. Maryland (W 3-2 in 10)
4 at Spire City (L 3-4)
5 at Spire City (L 8-18)
6 at Spire City (L 4-6)
7 at High Point (L 1-8)
-Second half
8 at High Point (W 7-2)
9 at High Point (L 13-14)
11 at Charleston, W.Va. (W 5-3)
12 at Charleston, W.Va. (W 2-1)
13 at Charleston, W.Va. (ppd.)
14 Staten Island (W 7-3)
15 Staten Island (L 10-12 in 10)
16 Staten Island (W 13-8)
18 High Point (W 6-5)
19 High Point (L 5-9)
20 High Point (W 10-5)
21 at So. Maryland (L 9-11)
22 at So. Maryland (W 8-6)
23 at So. Maryland (L 8-12)
25 at Staten Island (W 10-2)
26 at Staten Island (L 3-8)
27 at Staten Island (W 17-5)
28 at Long Island (L 1-18)
29 at Long Island (W 12-5)
30 at Long Island (L 2-4)

August (19-7)
1 High Point (L 3-6)
2 High Point (L 3-7)
3 High Point (ppd.)
4 Lexington (W 9-8)
5 Lexington (W 9-2)
6 Lexington (W 4-3)
8 Spire City (W 8-3)
9 Spire City (L 2-3)
10 Spire City (W 9-6)
11 at Long Island (L 5-7)
12 at Long Island (W 14-3)
13 at Long Island (W 10-7)
15 York (W 6-5)
16 York (L 1-2)
17 York (W 5-2)
18 Lexington (W 12-8)
19 Lexington (L 1-5)
20 Lexington (W 8-3)
22 at Long Island (W 6-5)
23 at Long Island (W 5-0)
24 at Long Island (W 13-12)
25 at Lancaster (W 4-1)
26 at Lancaster (L 2-6)
27 at Lancaster (W 5-4)
29 Spire City (W 6-4)
30 Spire City (ppd., Aug. 31)
31 Spire City (W 6-4)
31 Spire City (W 8-2)

September (8-10)
1 So. Maryland (W 5-2)
2 So. Maryland (W 8-6)
3 So. Maryland (L 2-11)
4 So. Maryland (L 4-5)
5 at High Point (L 2-8)
5 at High Point (W 7-0)
6 at High Point (L 3-4)
7 at High Point (L 3-8)
8 Charleston, W.Va. (L 8-19)
9 Charleston, W.Va. (W 8-2)
9 Charleston, W.Va. (L 3-4)
10 Charleston, W.Va. (L 2-3)
12 So. Maryland (L 3-5)
13 So. Maryland (W 5-1)
14 So. Maryland (W 5-4)
15 at Lexington (L 1-7)
16 at Lexington (W 2-1)
17 at Lexington (W 10-5)


(Southern Division championship: Gastonia vs. High Point – Best-of-5)
Sept. 19 Game 1 – at Gastonia (L 1-3 in 10)
Sept. 20 Game 2 – at Gastonia (W 5-2)
Sept. 22 Game 3 – at High Point (W 11-8)
Sept. 23 Game 4 – at High Point (ppd.)
Sept. 24 Game 4 – at High Point (L 2-3)
Sept. 25 Game 5 – at High Point (W 9-3, Gastonia wins series 3-2)

(Northern Division championship: Lancaster def. Long Island 3 games to 0)

(League championship: Gastonia vs. Lancaster – Best-of-5)
Sept. 26 Game 1 – at Lancaster
Sept. 27 Game 2 – at Lancaster
Sept. 29 Game 3 – at Gastonia
Sept. 30 Game 4 (if necessary) – at Gastonia
Oct. 1 Game 5 (if necessary) – at Gastonia










High school football

Three local high school football coaches are on the staff of the 5th annual Queen City Senior Bowl in Charlotte in December.

Mountain Island Charter’s Robert Washington, Sr., will be the team’s head coach with Burns’ David Devine and North Gaston’s Daniel Rothwell a part of his coaching staff as assistants.

(This week’s area games:)
Bandys at Lincolnton
Burns at Bessemer City
East Lincoln at West Iredell
Forestview at Kings Mountain
Huss at Cramer
North Gaston at Ashbrook
North Iredell at North Lincoln
Shelby at Highland Tech
South Point at Crest
Thomas Jefferson at East Gaston
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill
Winston-Salem Prep at Mountain Island Charter
Off – Cherryville

Berry at Kell
Butler at East Meck
Cabarrus Stallions at Lake Norman Charter
Catholic at Rocky River
Chambers at Harding
Garinger at Independence
Hough at West Meck
North Meck at Mallard Creek
Palisades at South Meck
Providence at Mooresville
West Charlotte at Hopewell

Foard at Statesville
Hickory at St. Stephens
Newton-Conover at East Burke

(Next week’s area games:)
Ashbrook at Cramer
Bessemer City at East Gaston
Cherryville at Highland Tech
Crest at North Gaston
Foard at East Lincoln
Huss at Forestview
Kings Mountain at South Point
Lincolnton at West Caldwell
Mountain Island Charter at Christ the King
St. Stephens at North Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson at Burns
West Lincoln at Newton-Conover
Off – Shelby

Butler at Rocky River
Catholic at Garinger
Hopewell at Chambers
Independence at Providence
Kell at Myers Park
Lake Norman Charter at North Stanly
Mallard Creek at Harding
Palisades at Olympic
West Charlotte at Hough
West Meck at North Meck

Bandys at Maiden
Brevard at Chase
Bunker Hill at East Burke
Hendersonville at East Rutherford
North Iredell at Hickory
Patton at R-S Central
West Iredell at Statesville










College football

Charlotte 49ers punter Grant Gonya was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Gonya, who ranks 2nd in the league with a 45.7 punting average, averaged 48.5 yards on six punts in last Saturday’s 22-7 loss at No. 25 Florida. Gonya hit two punts of at least 50 yards, with a long of 60, and pinned the Gators inside their own 20-yard line twice. His 60-yard punt in the first quarter matched the longest of his 49ers’ career. He also had a 58-yard punt. A transfer from Division III John Carroll, Gonya is in his first year with the 49ers. He becomes the first player to win an AAC Player of the Week Award for the 49ers.

Here is this week’s Carolinas NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS) schedule:

(Friday, Sept. 29)
Louisville at N.C. State, 7 p.m.

(Saturday, Sept. 30)
Clemson at Syracuse, noon
San Diego at Davidson, noon
Presbyterian at Butler, 1 p.m.
North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State, 2 p.m.
Western Carolina at The Citadel, 2 p.m.
William & Mary at Elon, 2 p.m.
Campbell at North Carolina Central, 4 p.m.
Chattanooga at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Souhern, 6 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.
East Carolina at Rice, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at SMU, 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame at Duke, 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Louisiana Monroe, 8 p.m.

Here is next week’s Carolinas NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS) schedule:

(Saturday, Oct. 7)
Stetson at Presbyterian, 1 p.m.
Samford at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.
Campbell at Hampton, 2 p.m.
The Citadel at Furman, 2 p.m.
Marshall at N.C. State, 2 p.m.
N.C. Central at Elon, 2 p.m.
Virginia Lynchburg at S.C. State, 2 p.m.
Syracuse at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Wake Forest at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.
Villanova at North Carolina A&T, 4 p.m.
Western Carolina at Chattanooga, 4 p.m.
Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m.








Pro football

The 2023 Carolina Panthers’ schedule:
Sept. 10 at Atlanta (L 10-24)
Sept. 18 New Orleans (L 17-20)
Sept. 24 at Seattle (L 27-37)
Oct. 1 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 OFF WEEK
Oct. 29 Houston, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Chicago, 8:15 p.m.
Nov. 19 Dallas, 1 p.m.
Nov. 26 at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Dec. 10 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Dec. 17-18 Atlanta, TBD
Dec. 24 Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Dec. 31 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Jan. 6-7 Tampa Bay, TBD











Middle school football

Gaston County Conference standings through Sept. 20:
-Division I
Southwest 3-0, 5-0
Belmont 1-1, 3-1
Holbrook 1-1, 3-1
Grier 1-2, 3-2
Cramerton 0-2, 2-2
-Division II
York Chester 3-0, 3-1
Stanley 3-0, 3-2
W.C. Friday 2-1, 2-2
Chavis 1-2, 1-4
Bessemer City 0-3, 0-5
Mount Holly 0-3, 0-5

(Sept. 26 game)
Belmont vs. Holbrook at Cramer

(Sept. 27 games)
Southwest at Cramerton, Stanley at W.C. Friday, Mount Holly at Bessemer City, Chavis at York Chester, BYE – Grier

Tri-County Conference standings through Sept. 20:
East Lincoln 3-0, 4-0
Kings Mountain 2-1, 2-1
Lincolnton 1-2, 2-2
Burns 2-1, 2-2
West Lincoln 0-3, 1-3
North Lincoln 1-2, 1-3
Shelby 3-0, 3-0
Crest 2-1, 3-1
R-S Central 2-1, 3-1
Chase 2-1, 2-2
East Rutherford 0-3, 0-4
Thomas Jefferson 0-3, 0-4

(Sept. 27 games)
North Lincoln at Burns, West Lincoln at East Lincoln, Kings Mountain at Lincolnton, Shelby at Chase, Crest at Thomas Jefferson, R-S Central at East Rutherford











Middle school softball

Gaston County Conference standings through Sept. 25:

Stanley 9-0
Belmont 6-2
Bessemer City 6-2
W.C. Friday 6-2
Chavis 3-4
Cramerton 3-4
Mount Holly 3-5
Holbrook 2-5
Grier 1-7
Southwest 0-8
x-missing Sept. 25 result

(Sept. 25 games)
Stanley 11, Belmont 2

Bessemer City 21, Southwest 0

Chavis 18, Mount Holly 5: Pitchers Jenny Brown and Leah Dellinger and hitters Grace Capps, Daylee Dalton and Isabelle Robinson (multiple hits each) and Brown, Ella Blake, Dellinger, Hailey Vance, Lilah Spangler and McKinley Ward (1 hit each) led Chavis.

Cramerton at Holbrook

W.C. Friday 17, Grier 0

(Sept. 26 game)
Southwest at Chavis

(Sept. 28 games)
Mount Holly at Belmont, Holbrook at Bessemer City, Grier at Chavis, W.C. Friday at Cramerton, BYE – Stanley, Southwest










Middle school golf

(Sept. 25 matches:)
At Cherryville- Holbrook, Belmont, Mount Holly, York Chester

At Cramer Mountain: Chavis 198, W.C. Friday 222, Bessemer City 245
Chavis’ Canon Whitesides (43) was the overall medalist and W.C. Friday’s medalist was Mason Hayes (53) and Bessemer City’s was Espn Carpenter (59).

(Sept. 27 match:)
At Crowders Mountain- Cramerton, Stanley, Southwest

(Oct. 2 match:)
2023 County championship at Cherryville










Pro basketball

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full 2023-24 schedule:

Wed. 25 ATLANTA 7 p.m.
Fri. 27 DETROIT 7 p.m.
Mon. 30 BROOKLYN 7 p.m.
Wed. 1 at Houston 8 p.m.
Sat. 4 at Indiana 7 p.m.
Sun. 5 at Dallas 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 8 WASHINGTON 7 p.m.
Fri. 10 at Washington 7 p.m.
Sun. 12 at New York Noon
Tue. 14 MIAMI 7 p.m.
Fri. 17 MILWAUKEE 7 p.m.
Sat. 18 NEW YORK 6 p.m.
Mon. 20 BOSTON 7 p.m.
Wed. 22 WASHINGTON 7 p.m.
Sun. 26 at Orlando 6 p.m.
Tue. 28 at New York 7:30 p.m.
Thu. 30 at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 2 MINNESOTA 5 p.m.
4-9 Two games TBD
Mon. 11 MIAMI 7 p.m.
Wed. 13 at Miami 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 15 NEW ORLEANS 7 p.m.
Sat. 16 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
Mon. 18 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 20 at Indiana 7 p.m.
Sat. 23 DENVER 7 p.m.
Tue. 26 at LA Clippers 10:30 p.m.
Thu. 28 at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.
Fri. 29 at Phoenix 9 p.m.
Mon. 1 at Denver 9 p.m.
Tue. 2 at Sacramento 10 p.m.
Fri. 5 at Chicago 8 p.m.
Mon. 8 CHICAGO 7 p.m.
Wed. 10 SACRAMENTO 7 p.m.
Fri. 12 at San Antonio 10 p.m.
Sun. 14 at Miami 6 p.m.
Wed. 17 at New Orleans 8 p.m.
Fri. 19 SAN ANTONIO 7 p.m.
Sat. 20 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
Mon. 22 at Minnesota 8 p.m.
Wed. 24 at Detroit 7 p.m.
Fri. 26 HOUSTON 7 p.m.
Sat. 27 UTAH 7 p.m.
Mon. 29 NEW YORK 7 p.m.
Wed. 31 CHICAGO 7 p.m.
Fri. 2 at Oklahoma City 8 p.m.
Sun. 4 INDIANA 6 p.m.
Mon. 5 L.A. LAKERS 7 p.m.
Wed. 7 TORONTO 7 p.m.
Fri. 9 at Milwaukee 8 p.m.
Sat. 10 MEMPHIS 7 p.m.
Mon. 12 INDIANA 7 p.m.
Wed. 14 ATLANTA 7 p.m.
Thu. 22 at Utah 9 p.m.
Fri. 23 at Golden State 10 p.m.
Sun. 25 at Portland 9 p.m.
Tue. 27 at Milwaukee 8 p.m.
Thu. 29 MILWAUKEE 7 p.m.
Fri. 1 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Sun. 3 at Toronto 6 p.m.
Tue. 5 ORLANDO 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 at Washington 7 p.m.
Sat. 9 BROOKLYN 7 p.m.
Mon. 11 at Detroit 7 p.m.
Wed. 13 at Memphis 8 p.m.
Fri. 15 PHOENIX 7 p.m.
Sat. 16 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Tue. 19 at Orlando 7 p.m.
Sat. 23 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Mon. 25 at Cleveland 7 p.m.
Wed. 27 CLEVELAND 7 p.m.
Fri. 29 GOLDEN STATE 7 p.m.
Sun. 31 LA CLIPPERS 6 p.m.
Mon. 1 BOSTON 7 p.m.
Wed. 3 PORTLAND 7 p.m.
Fri. 5 ORLANDO 7 p.m.
Sun. 7 OKLAHOMA CITY 6 p.m.
Tue. 9 DALLAS 7 p.m.
Wed. 10 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 12 at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 14 at Cleveland 1 p.m.

Charlotte’s In-Season Tournament Group Play Schedule:

Nov. 10 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 MIAMI, 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 MILWAUKEE, 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Dec. 4-5 at higher-seeded teams
Semifinals: Dec. 7 at Las Vegas
Championship game: Dec. 9 at Las Vegas

The NBA In-Season Tournament Groups:

Western Conference
A: Memphis, Phoenix, L.A. Lakers, Utah, Portland
B: Denver, L.A. Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston
C: Sacramento, Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, San Antonio

Eastern Conference
A: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Indiana, Detroit
B: Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Washington, Charlotte
C: Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Orlando

The Charlotte Hornets’ 2023 preseason schedule:

Oct. 10 at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.
Oct. 19 Boston Celtics, 7 p.m.










Pro soccer

Here is Charlotte FC’s full 2023 schedule with results:

(7-10-11 record)
Feb. 25 New England Revolution (L 0-1)
March 4 at St. Louis City SC (L 1-3)
March 11 Atlanta United FC (L 0-3)
March 18 at Orlando City SC (W 2-1)
March 25 New York Red Bulls (T 1-1)
April 1 at Toronto FC (T 2-2)
April 8 at Real Salt Lake (L 1-3)
April 15 Colorado Rapids (T 2-2)
April 22 Columbus Crew (W 1-0)
April 29 at D.C. United (L 0-3)
May 6 New York City FC (W 3-2)
May 13 at Atlanta United FC (W 3-1)
May 17 Chicago Fire FC (W 2-1)
May 20 Nashville SC (L 1-2)
May 27 at L.A. Galaxy (W 1-0)
May 31 at Philadelphia Union (L 0-1)
June 3 at Columbus Crew (L 2-4)
June 10 Seattle Sounders FC (T 3-3)
June 21 at New York Red Bulls (T 2-2)
June 24 CF Montreal (T 0-0)
July 5 at New York City FC (T 1-1)
July 8 FC Cincinnati (T 2-2)
July 15 at CF Montreal (L 0-2)
Aug. 26 L.A. FC (W 2-1)
Aug. 30 Orlando City SC (T 1-1)
Sept. 2 at Nashville SC (T 1-1)
Sept. 16 D.C. United (T 0-0)
Sept. 20 Philadelphia Union (T 2-2)
Sept. 23 at FC Cincinnati (L 0-3)
Sept. 30 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Inter Miami CF, 8 p.m.
Oct. 21 Inter Miami CF, TBD

(Leagues Cup schedule – Group stage)
July 21 at FC Dallas (T 2-2, wins 4-1 on penalty kicks)
July 29 Necaxa (W 4-1)
(Round of 32)
Aug. 3 Cruz Azul (at Dallas TX) (T 0-0, wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Aug. 7 at Houston Dynamo (W 2-1)
Aug. 11 at Inter Miami (L 0-4)












Auto racing

The 2023 NASCAR schedule (with winners in parentheses):

Feb 5 Clash at The Coliseum, Los Angeles CA (Martin Truex, Jr.)
Feb 16 Duel No. 1, Daytona Beach FL (Joey Logano)
Feb 16 Duel No. 2, Daytona Beach FL (Aric Almirola)
Feb 19 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach FL (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.)
Feb 26 NASCAR Cup Series at California, Fontana CA (Kyle Busch)
Mar 5 NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV (William Byron)
Mar 12 NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix, Avondale AZ (William Byron-2)
Mar 19 NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta, Hampton GA (Joey Logano-2)
Mar 26 NASCAR Cup Series at Circuit of the Americas, Austin TX (Tyler Reddick)
Apr 2 NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond, Richmond VA (Kyle Larson)
Apr 9 NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol, Bristol TN (Christopher Bell)
Apr 16 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville, Martinsville VA (Kyle Larson-2)
Apr 23 NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega, Lincoln AL (Kyle Busch-2)
May 1 NASCAR Cup Series at Dover, Dover DE (Martin Truex, Jr.-2)
May 7 NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas, Kansas City KS (Denny Hamlin)
May 14 NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington, Darlington SC (William Byron-3)
May 21 NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open Race, North Wilkesboro NC (Josh Berry)
May 21 NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race, North Wilkesboro NC (Kyle Larson-3)
May 29 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte, Concord NC (Ryan Blaney)
Jun 4 NASCAR Cup Series at World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison IL (Kyle Busch-3)
Jun 11 NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma, Sonoma CA (Martin Truex, Jr.-3)
Jun 25 NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville, Lebanon TN (Ross Chastain)
Jul 2 NASCAR Cup Series at Chicago, Chicago IL (Shane van Gisbergen)
Jul 9 NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta, Hampton GA (William Byron-4)
Jul 17 NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire, Loudon NH, noon on USA (Martin Truex, Jr.-4)
Jul 23 NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono, Long Pond PA, 2:30 p.m. on USA (Denny Hamlin-2)
Jul 30 NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond, Richmond VA, 3 p.m. on USA (Chris Buescher)
Aug 6-7 NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan, Brooklyn MI, noon on USA (Chris Buescher-2)
Aug 13 NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Road Course, Speedway IN (Michael McDowell)
Aug 20 NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen NY (William Byron-5)
Aug 26 NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, Daytona Beach FL (Chris Buescher-3)

(Cup Playoffs)
Sep 3 NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington, Darlington SC (Kyle Larsen-4)
Sep 10 NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas, Kansas City KS (Tyler Reddick-2)
Sep 16 NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol, Bristol TN (Denny Hamlin-3)
Sep 24 NASCAR Cup Series at Texas, Fort Worth TX (William Byron-6)
Oct 1 NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega, Lincoln AL, 2 p.m. on NBC
Oct 8 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte, Concord NC, 2 p.m. on NBC
Oct 15 NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV, 2:30 p.m. on NBC
Oct 22 NASCAR Cup Series at Miami, Homestead FL, 2:30 p.m. on NBC
Oct 29 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville, Martinsville, 2 p.m. on NBC
Nov 5 NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix, Avondale AZ, 3 p.m. on NBC