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New-look Predators off to strong start in the NHL

...goaltenders.Add in the league's top rookie through the first 20 games, and the combination has the Predators atop the Central Division and third in the Western Conference after missing the playoffs the past two seasons."It's been a good start...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/hockey/2014-11-26/new-look-predators-strong-
Twins fire Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

...played an integral role in the franchise's renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first year on the job. But Gar den hire's teams only got out of the first round once, and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-09-29/twins-fire-ron-gardenhir
Diamondbacks hire Chip Hale as manager

...questions" via email Monday.Ausmus, 45, led the Tigers to a 90-72 record and a fourth consecutive American League Central Division championship in his first year at the helm.For a team with World Series or bust expectations entering the season...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-10-13/diamondbacks-hire-chip-h
Off-season moves hot topic among players

The NHL's Central Division was the center of attention during a free-wheeling, big-spending scramble for talent this offseason.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/hockey/2014-10-05/season-moves-hot-topic-amo
Pacers see division rivals bulk up in off-season

...the East last season."It's safe to say that whoever is coming out of the East (in the NBA Finals) might be a Central Division team," Pacers swingman Paul George said. "Once again we've got our plate full. But we like our chances...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2014-07-14/pacers-see-division-rivals-bu
Consistent demeanor a key for Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal

...faltered. He has been a key piece ever since for the defending National League champions, who were a game back in the Central Division entering Monday after taking two of three from first-place Milwaukee over the weekend.He saved both victories...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-08-04/consistent-demeanor-key-
Hawks downed by Pacers

...Blaylock to stop shooting 3-pointers. With the Central Division lead hanging in the balance, the Hawks had every...Hawks fell 1 1/2 games back of the Pacers in the Central Division race. Atlanta is 2 1/2 games behind Miami, and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/05/01/nba_260385.shtml
NBA
Predators rally to beat the Blues

...Predators earned their first win ever against another Central Division opponent. The victory came against a team that is...Nashville, which had been 0-4-0 against the Central Division. Peltonen has three goals in only seven games...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/11/20/hoc_245201.shtml
Hockey
Honeymoon over for Jets, fans in Winnipeg

...attend have booed their 16-18-5 team for inconsistent play that has the club sitting near the bottom of its new Central Division.Armchair general managers call for roster changes, while well-liked coach Claude Noel has had his job security...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/hockey/2013-12-26/honeymoon-over-jets-fans-w
Blackhawks blank Blues, give coach milestone win

...league-leading Blues' nine-game point streak (8-0-1) and dealt St. Louis its first regulation loss against a Central Division opponent this season. The Blues entered 20-0-2 against division foes and hadn't lost in regulation since a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/hockey/2014-03-19/blackhawks-blank-blues-giv