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Sifford’s name joins Revolution

Charlie Sifford raised his cane in his right hand and pointed to a creek running alongside a modest Charlotte golf course Tuesday. “If I wanted to make a living, I had to get some balls out of there,” he said. When a youthful Sifford found a good one, he could sometimes sell it for a quarter. ... read more >>

College basketball recruiting on Tobacco Road has seen a hot April

If you thought college basketball’s craziness ended earlier this month when Kemba Walker and Connecticut cut down the Reliant Stadium nets, then you haven’t been paying close enough attention. Over the past several weeks, there have been a flurry of significant happenings on the recruiting trail, developments that will shape the coming seasons on Tobacco Road. Not sure what we’re talking about? Here are the top recruiting storylines that have unfolded in April for the local ACC programs. ... read more >>

The reasons for the use of chewing tobacco MLB

The directors of public health from across the nation—including David Fleming, the public-health chief of Seattle and King County—penned letters to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Michael Weiner, director of the MLB Players Association, asking them to ban chewing tobacco from the big leagues. Supporters of such a policy say sluggers with stuffed lower lips are influencing children to try tobacco, and contributing to the perception that the smokeless stuff is less risky than cigarettes. The hearts (and mouths) of the anti-chew movement may be in the right place, but here are five reasons why banning chewing tobacco from baseball is a bad idea. ... read more >>

Health officials seek smokeless tobacco ban in baseball’s most visible venues

Cigarette smoking among Florida’s middle and high school students has been falling since 1998. That’s the good news. San Francisco Giant Mark DeRosa uses smokeless tobacco during warmups before his team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Major League Baseball is being asked to ban the tobacco in dugouts and on the field. ... read more >>

Virginia hits detour at Tobacco Road

The No. 17 Virginia women’s tennis team missed two opportunities to down top-five teams this weekend, falling against No. 3 North Carolina Saturday and No. 4 Duke Sunday. The Cavaliers (14-6. 3-4 ACC) came close to an upset against the talented Tar Heels (17-3, 6-0 ACC), however, as the match was decided during a third-set tiebreaker on the No. 6 court. Sophomore Maria Fuccillo took an early 4-1 lead during the final set against Tessa Lyons but ultimately allowed the freshman to climb back for a 7-5 win. Lyons’ victory secured a 4-3 win for North Carolina and dropped Virginia to a .429 record in conference play. ... read more >>

Bears’ Smith scouting talent on Tobacco Road

The last time Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith visited North Carolina for a trip unrelated to a football game, he returned with Julius Peppers. Maybe Smith’s latest trek to Tobacco Road will uncover another gem on the defensive line. Smith attended Thursday’s Pro Day at the University of North Carolina, where 18 former Tar Heels will try to follow Peppers’ path to the pros. Bears GM Jerry Angelo was scheduled to attend but didn’t, according to a North Carolina official. ... read more >>

Troy Aikman quits tobacco, runs half-marathon in honor of mother

Ex-NFL pro Troy Aikman ran the Rock n’ Roll half-marathon in Dallas, Texas on Sunday dedicating the race finish to his mother, Charlyn Aikman. A breast cancer survivor, Troy Aikman’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and has since inspired her son to take on charity efforts with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and speak out against smokeless tobacco use in young teens. ... read more >>

Carlo Ancelotti: Fab got it spot on with JT

Chelsea’s boss refused to be drawn into the row over who should skipper the Three Lions against Wales next week. But he endorsed the leadership qualities of Blues’ main man Terry. The Italian said: “John is our captain and has kept up the same performance level for the last 12 months. “He’s a Chelsea man right through and has fantastic ability and a fantastic personality. ... read more >>

Law banning smoking in city parks includes golf courses

When they say you’re lighting it up on the golf course, that usually refers to great sub-par scoring. However, as of May 23, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will give it a whole new meaning with the bill he recently signed prohibiting smoking on or in city-owned beaches, parks and public squares. ... read more >>

ACC Tournament 2011: Tobacco Road Titans Lead the Pack

Throughout the 2010-11 Atlantic Coast Conference season, dominance was the name of the game. And that dominance was all about two college basketball powerhouses: Duke and North Carolina. The defending national champs will start their trek to the conference tournament title Thursday, along with Florida State, Clemson and conference champion North Carolina. ... read more >>

City of Monash votes for far-reaching smoking bans

The City of Monash’s smoking ban, due to take effect on October 1, is believed to be the most far-reaching of any Victorian municipality. It extends the council’s ban on smoking at children’s playgrounds. Monash mayor Cr Greg Male said today that the policy was chiefly aimed at areas where there was sporting activity. ... read more >>