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Get up and get going with 'Couch to 5K' program

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We don't have a lot of sports going on locally tonight but that doesn't mean people aren't out being active. If you're looking for motivation to get up and get going, look no further than the 'Couch to 5K' program.
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Pitt CC prepares for the Region X Conference Tournament Video included

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The Pitt Community College Softball team is 25-5 this season and is now ranked 20th among the nations division one junior colleges. They go to Louisburg this weekend as the number one seed in the Region X Tournament.
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Hoffman to miss two starts with arm soreness

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Pirate pitcher Jeff Hoffman will miss his next two starts with a sore arm. More>>

Williams named to NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year watch list

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East Carolina senior Ryan Williams has been named to the 50-man midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate reliever, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Pirates top UNC for first time since 2009 Video included

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– Ryan Williams picked up his nation leading 10th win, while Zach Houchins went 4-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday night helping East Carolina to a 3-2 non-conference win over North Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.   More>>

Pirates drop 5-3 decision to ODU in non-conference game

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Old Dominion plated a run in five of nine innings and held off a late East Carolina rally skipping out of town with a 5-3 win Monday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. More>>

UNC reading specialist Willingham resigning

The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says she's resigning at the end of the semester. More>>

Pinehurst No. 2 Hosts Media Day for US Open Tournaments Video included

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For the first time ever one course will host both the men's and women's US Open Championships. More>>

ECU splits doubleheader to claim series over Middle Tennessee Video included

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Zach Houchins belted his second home run of the season, while East Carolina hurlers Tyler Bolton and Ryan Williams allowed one run in a 5-1 series win in game two of the Friday doubleheader against Middle Tennessee at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
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Pee Dee makes ESPN debut Video included

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It's the SportsCenter commercial that has Eastern North Carolina buzzing. ECU mascot Pee Dee the Pirate recently made his ESPN debut and certainly left his mark.
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Hoffman fans 16 in ECU’s 1-0 win over Middle Tennessee Video included

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Junior Jeff Hoffman struck out a career-high 16 batters lifting East Carolina to 1-0 win over Middle Tennessee Thursday night in Conference USA action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
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Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

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By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. More>>

ECU-MTSU baseball series altered

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East Carolina officials have announced that the Conference USA weekend series between East Carolina and Middle Tennessee scheduled for this weekend at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium has been altered due to potential forecast of inclement weather in the area Saturday afternoon.
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Pirates come from behind to beat UNC-Wilmington 8-5 Video included

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  East Carolina scored eight unanswered runs behind Dylan Brown’s three-hit, two-RBI performance and Reid Love’s 7.2 innings of relief topping UNC Wilmington 8-5 Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. More>>

Former Pirate Chris Johnson Signs with Jets

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Former Pirate running back Chris Johnson has landed in New York. Johnson signed a two year contract with the Jets today. More>>

UNC investigator meets with Willingham Video included

The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes being admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has met with an investigator looking into academic fraud at the school. More>>

Surprise proposal marks ECU spring football game Video included

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The Pirate's spring football game featured a little bit of everything, big plays, big hits and one big proposal. More>>

Pirate hoopster Stith to transfer

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--- East Carolina freshman Brandan Stith has been granted his release and will transfer to Old Dominion following the conclusion of the 2014 spring semester announced ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo Monday. More>>

Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

One of golf's most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That's just fine with Bubba Watson. More>>

ECU takes game three in extra innings, 12-7 Video included

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East Carolina scored five runs in the top of the 12th inning claiming a 12-7 win over Old Dominion Sunday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Complex.
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Turnover-free, big play offensive attack highlights Pirates' Annual Spring Game Video included

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East Carolina's offensive unit enjoyed a turnover-free performance and used big plays from both its rushing and passing attack to highlight the Pirates' annual Purple-Gold Spring Game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Saturday afternoon.
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Pirates drop series to Monarchs, 9-5

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Old Dominion scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-5 Conference USA series win over East Carolina Saturday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Complex.
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Pirates win 14 events, finish second at Bill Carson Invitational Video included

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The East Carolina track and field team turned in a strong showing at the inaugural Bill Carson Invitational at the ECU Track and Field Complex. The Pirates finished second on both the men’s and women’s side behind South Carolina, which won the meet.
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Conley Baseball, Softball win Video included

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The DH Conley Baseball and Softball teams beat up on ECC foe Southern Wayne tonight in Greenville.
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Monarchs take game one against Pirates, 7-3

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Old Dominion (21-14, 9-7) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth claiming the first game of the three-game Conference USA series from East Carolina (20-14, 8-5), 7-3, Friday night at Bud Metheny Complex.
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Haas leads, with a pair of Masters champs 1 back

No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable. More>>

ECU to debut new track facilty this weekend Video included

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East Carolina will unveil the school's newest athletic gem with the opening of the new track and field facility on campus. More>>

Pirates Shut Out #25 N.C. State, 7-0 Video included

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East Carolina won the team's 10th game in their last 12 outings, shutting out 25th ranked North Carolina State 7-0 at Clark-LeClair Stadium Wednesday night. More>>

Wake introduces Manning as men's hoops coach

Wake Forest's slumping basketball team hopes it doesn't need a miracle. Just Danny Manning. More>>

JH Rose continues undefeated season Video included

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Pitt County rivals South Central and JH Rose squared off in a big time Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference showdown tonight at Guy Smith Stadium. The Rampants rallied to beat the Falcons 10-7, continuing their perfect season.  More>>

Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA kept them out for a year.
UConn won it all anyway.
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Pirates take series at 12th ranked Rice

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East Carolina scored a pair of two-out runs in the top of the ninth and turned a game-ending double play to claim a 2-1 Conference USA series win over No. 12 Rice at Reckling Park Sunday afternoon. More>>

Pirate Softball Sweeps Southern Miss Video included

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The East Carolina softball team pounded out 16 hits and starting pitcher Sarah Christian allowed just one hit, as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of its Conference USA series against Southern Miss with a 12-1 victory in five innings on Sunday afternoon at the ECU Softball Stadium. More>>

Pirates Complete 2nd Spring Scrimmage Video included

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  Redshirt freshman Kurt Benkert completed 10-of-12 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown to spearhead the offensive effort, while a surging defensive unit tallied seven tackles for lost yardage on the other side of the ball during East Carolina's second intra-squad scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.   More>>

Rice evens series with ECU with 8-0 victory

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– Blake Fox struck out a career-high eight batters and Rice (22-11, 10-4) pounded out 14 hits taking game two of the Conference USA series, 8-0, over East Carolina (18-13, 7-4) Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park.   Hoelscher reached on an infield single to third and moved around the bases on consecutive... More>>

Pirates Take Game 1 from #12 Rice, 3-2

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Drew Reynolds hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 9th to lead East Carolina to a 3-2 win over 12th ranked Rice on Friday night. More>>

Rose baseball, Conley softball wins for split of doubleheader Video included

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JH Rose won in baseball while DH Conley cruised in softball as the two rivals split a baseball-softball doubleheader at Conley on Friday night. More>>

Harlem Wizards put on a show for Greenville Video included

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The Harlem Wizards were in Greenville on Thursday night for a very special fundraiser for the Wintergreen PTA.
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  • Hoffman to miss two starts with arm soreness

    Hoffman to miss two starts with arm soreness

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:51:23 GMT
    Pirate pitcher Jeff Hoffman will miss his next two starts with a sore arm.
    Pirate pitcher Jeff Hoffman will miss his next two starts with a sore arm.
  • Williams named to NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year watch list

    Williams named to NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year watch list

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:52:54 GMT
    East Carolina senior Ryan Williams has been named to the 50-man midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate reliever, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.
    East Carolina senior Ryan Williams has been named to the 50-man midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate reliever, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.
  • Pirates top UNC for first time since 2009

    Pirates top UNC for first time since 2009

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:38:01 GMT
    – Ryan Williams picked up his nation leading 10th win, while Zach Houchins went 4-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday night helping East Carolina to a 3-2 non-conference win over North Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.  
    – Ryan Williams picked up his nation leading 10th win, while Zach Houchins went 4-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday night helping East Carolina to a 3-2 non-conference win over North Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.  
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  • Conley Baseball, Softball win

    Conley Baseball, Softball win

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-04-12 03:10:26 GMT
    The DH Conley Baseball and Softball teams beat up on ECC foe Southern Wayne tonight in Greenville.
    The DH Conley Baseball and Softball teams beat up on ECC foe Southern Wayne tonight in Greenville.
  • JH Rose continues undefeated season

    JH Rose continues undefeated season

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-09 03:00:37 GMT
    Pitt County rivals South Central and JH Rose squared off in a big time Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference showdown tonight at Guy Smith Stadium. The Rampants rallied to beat the Falcons 10-7, continuing their perfect season. 
    Pitt County rivals South Central and JH Rose squared off in a big time Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference showdown tonight at Guy Smith Stadium. The Rampants rallied to beat the Falcons 10-7, continuing their perfect season. 
  • Rose baseball, Conley softball wins for split of doubleheader

    Rose baseball, Conley softball wins for split of doubleheader

    Friday, April 4 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-05 01:57:48 GMT
    JH Rose won in baseball while DH Conley cruised in softball as the two rivals split a baseball-softball doubleheader at Conley on Friday night.
    JH Rose won in baseball while DH Conley cruised in softball as the two rivals split a baseball-softball doubleheader at Conley on Friday night.
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  • Northwestern players to cast historic union vote

    Northwestern players to cast historic union vote

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:00:10 GMT
    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective...
    Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes - a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly...
  • NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

    NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:24:37 GMT
    The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.
    The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more...
  • Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

    Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:45:16 GMT
    NCAA President Mark Emmert believes college sports can address the concerns of union organizers without changing the entire model.
    Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them.
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  • Pee Dee makes ESPN debut

    Pee Dee makes ESPN debut

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:09:53 GMT
    It's the SportsCenter commercial that has Eastern North Carolina buzzing. ECU mascot Pee Dee the Pirate recently made his ESPN debut and certainly left his mark.
    It's the SportsCenter commercial that has Eastern North Carolina buzzing. ECU mascot Pee Dee the Pirate recently made his ESPN debut and certainly left his mark.
  • Surprise proposal marks ECU spring football game

    Surprise proposal marks ECU spring football game

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:57:36 GMT
    The Pirate's spring football game featured a little bit of everything, big plays, big hits and one big proposal.
    The Pirate's spring football game featured a little bit of everything, big plays, big hits and one big proposal.
  • Over 200,000 cheer UConn champion basketball teams

    Over 200,000 cheer UConn champion basketball teams

    Nothing like a big win to draw big crowds. But back-to-back victories bring out the biggest.
    Nothing like a big win to draw big crowds. But back-to-back victories bring out the biggest.
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