Rec Sports News

• WRAL Sports Anchor Jeff Gravley will be the speaker at Jan. 17 Chapel Hill Sports Club meeting at Squid’s Restau­rant, Chapel Hill. Meeting begins at 12 noon, ends by 1:15 and costs $25. RSVP to ahennessey@nc.rr.com. ACC Commis­sioner John Swofford will be the Feb. 21speaker.

• The Pedego Electric Bike Triangle store was set to open Jan. 15 at Southpoint, Durham. It would be the first in the area. Meanwhile, Durham bikeshare programs LimeBike and Spin said they plan to add e-bikes for hourly rental.

• UNC faces Duke in wrestling Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Mem­orial Hall at UNC. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5.00 for children, free for students with UNC One Card. Call box office 919-843-3333.

• N.C. notes.  N.C. was among states with largest population increases in 2017. Census data showed the Tar Heel state held onto its spot as ninth most populous state with nearly 10.3M people, and added 117,000 residents, fifth most in U.S., between 2016 and 2017 (July).

• N.C. ranked 33rd in U.S. healthiest states, a gain of four spots since 2014, according to America’s Health Rankings from United Health Foundation.  AHR rankings are based on World Health Organization’s definition of health. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Massa­chu­setts  was  first, Mississippi last.

• North Carolina was 15 in Learfield Directors’ Cup standings (230 points) after fall semester. UNC was fourth among six ACC schools in the top 20. Stanford (523) was first overall.

• The USMNT will host an international soccer friendly against Bosnia Herzegovina Jan. 28 at 9:30 p.m. in  Carson, CA (FS1, UniMas). The US will play France in Lyon June 9. The USWNT faces Denmark Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in San Diego (ESPN) in a friendly.

• Jan. 31will bring a celestial event known as a blue moon, an occurrence that happens every two to three years, but the excitement is this blue moon will be the first lunar eclipse of a blue moon in nearly 150 years at 6:48 a.m. though it may not be visible in this part of the country.