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Franklin and Nantahala High School games postponed

After adverse weather forced the cancellation of conference basketball tournaments throughout Western North Carolina last week, another round of winter weather is causing delay in the state playoffs.

State playoff games were scheduled to begin Tuesday, but after a significant snow fall Monday night, several games were postponed. With more snow predicted to fall Wednesday night, it is unclear when the playoffs will begin for several schools.

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Race ends under caution after a multi-car wreck.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The record will reflect that Joey Logano won Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500 under caution, when a multicar wreck on the backstretch forced NASCAR to wave the yellow flag as Logano led the field into the final corner on the second lap of a green-white-checkered-flag finish.

But the notation of that final caution does no justice to the memory of a race that produced some of the most scintillating restrictor-plate racing in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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Heading into the western North Carolina Athletic Conference basketball tournament last Friday, The Lady Panthers were working off of a six game winning streak, while the boys were building momentum after winning four games in a row.

In the opening round of the western North Carolina Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, which was held at the Panther Den, both the men and women varsity basketball teams rose victorious over their opponents, the East Henderson Eagles.

Both teams were headed to the semifinals, which was scheduled to be played at Pisgah High School. Due to winter weather, the conference tournament was cancelled. Playoffs for Franklin High School are currently scheduled to begin next Tuesday.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon won a highstakes game of “Beat the Clock” on Sunday, with the pole for his final Daytona 500 the ultimate prize.

Gordon crossed the start/finish line to start his pole-winning lap as time expired in the final round of knockout qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

His time of 44.711 seconds (201.293 mph) was .035 seconds better than that of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, who secured the outside front-row starting spot for next Sunday’s 57th running of the Great American Race (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

The first use of group knockout qualifying at Daytona, under a format introduced at Talladega last fall, determined only the two front-row starting positions for the 500. However, the next four fastest drivers — with speeds counted from any of the three qualifying rounds — also locked themselves into the field, with specific starting positions to be determined after Thursday night’s Budweiser Duel at Daytona (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

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