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Monday, June 29, 2015

From the archives: For the Fourth of July, Carolina Mudcats baseball and the National Anthem tryouts

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Editor's note: This story originally appeared on March, 25, 2009, the day of the National Anthem tryouts at Five County Stadium. Spring was just a day old, and perfect for hitting. A brisk northerly breeze charged toward right field, and if you were a batter at home plate and a hanging curve ball happened to come your way, dangling deliciously over the outside corner, you, with a gentle snap of the wrists, could not so much as smack the ball as goose it, and let the wind do the work, let the ball ride the updraft and sail into...

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Friday, May 15, 2015

N.C. Sports Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM

This week, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members. Established in 1963, the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame contains 319 members, counting the class of 2015. The inductees met the media Thursday afternoon in Daniel Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History, which houses the Sports Hall of Fame. Bob Harris, longtime “Voice of the Duke Blue Devils” and also a N.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee, emceed the event. The press conference gave this year’s honorees an opportunity to pose for cameras and make dry runs on the acceptance speeches they’ll give Friday evening during...

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Should North Carolina State try to suplex the WWE?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 1:36 PM

If administrators at North Carolina State are looking for ways to improve the school's financial situation—and what educational institution isn't doing that?—then they should cast their eyes northward to the Stamford, Connecticut, headquarters of the WWE. Why? Well, World Wrestling Entertainment is the biggest organization in professional wrestling, or, ahem, sports entertainment as they like to call it, with annual revenue around $540 million. But the company has had a profitability problem recently, even resorting to layoffs in the past year. So naturally the WWE is looking under the couch cushions and anywhere else it can find additional revenue, which...

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Durham Bulls' Charlie Montoyo headed upstairs to the Tampa Bay Rays

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Charlie Montoyo's new job is getting players to home. The esteemed and winning manager of the Durham Bulls  Montoyo is now in the big leagues joining the Tampa Bay Rays as third base coach, the teams announced today. Montoyo is the second departure from the Bulls; Neil Allen left to become the pitching coach of the Minnesota Twins. Tampa Bay's coaching and management staff is undergoing major changes after Joe Maddon left the Rays for the Chicago Cubs. Here's the full text of the press release: "The Durham Bulls, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Rays, have announced eight-year...

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carolina RailHawks exercise contract options on six players, decline on five others

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

The Carolina RailHawks announced today that it has exercised contract options on six players for the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. The club picked up the options of midfielders Leo Osaki, Nazmi Albadawi and Tiyi Shipalane, defenders Daniel Scott and Connor Tobin, and forward Daniel Jackson. They will join striker Nacho Novo, who is already under contract with the RailHawks for 2015. Chief among the contract optionees is Shipalane, who will return to Carolina for his fifth season. The speedy South African playmaker has 19 goals in 91 appearances for his RailHawks’ career. In 2014, he scored five...

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tar Heels stay perfect, Blue Devils hold on in Top 10

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

There's a saying out there that "All good things must come to an end," and that was true this week in Triangle ACC women's basketball. N.C. State lost twice and Duke lost once, all on the road. And none was really an upset. So that leaves UNC as the only team with a chance to get through the 2014 portion of the schedule without a loss. But both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils got good news when the AP poll came out. UNC moved all the way up to sixth place from No. 11 after upsetting Stanford, while...

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

It's a shocker as Wolfpack just demolishes Tar Heels

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Even for the losers, it was probably going to be a decent season. Everybody was already going to a bowl game and both teams were heading in the right direction when 6-5 UNC hosted 6-5 N.C. State in their 140th meeting on a sunny but chilly Saturday afternoon. And bowl scouts from the preferred Belk Bowl as well as the Military and Independence were in the house. Each team was coming in off a convincing win over its other ancient natural rival, the Wolfpack a 42-13 rout over Wake Forest two weeks ago and the Tar...

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Season-ending rivalry day will set up three bowl games

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

It's Rivalry Week, Part II. All across the country, about half of the biggest college football teams are playing their most despised rivals. And with cooperation from the SEC, the ACC is right in on the act today. It was always the day for those big cross-conference rivalry games like South Carolina at Clemson and Georgia Tech at Georgia and Florida at Florida State. And now there's Kentucky at Louisville. And in the conference there was Virginia at Virginia Tech last night. It's the same deal in the Triangle, where N.C. State (6-5, 2-5 ACC) will visit UNC (6-5, 4.3)...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The Carolina RailHawks announced today that the club has agreed to terms with head coach Colin Clarke for the 52-year-old Ulsterman to remain manager of the Cary-based soccer team. Clarke’s new contract is described as a “multi-year deal,” although no further details were disclosed by the club. Clarke coached the 2014 season in the final year of his original three-year contract with Carolina. This is new deal will make Clarke the longest tenure coach in RailHawks franchise history. Clarke took charge of Carolina in 2012 after a five-season stint as manager of the Puerto Rico Islanders, where he won the...

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Sources: North American Soccer League poised to announce LA expansion

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The North American Soccer League (NASL) is readying to reveal that its newest expansion club will be in Los Angeles, Calif. A league announcement is anticipated within the coming weeks. Multiple reliable sources, each citing high-ranking league officials, also inform INDY Week that the new Los Angeles-based NASL club plans to enter league play beginning in the 2015 fall season. This expansion rollout recalls the entry of the New York Cosmos into the NASL in 2013, when it also began league play in the fall season and ultimately won that year’s NASL Soccer Bowl championship. When reached for a response,...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Everybody stays perfect as Tar Heels, Wolfpack repel challenges

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The second week of the season for the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams was a lot similar to the first - with all the marks going into the left column. But there were a couple of close calls, as No. 11 UNC (3-0) had to fight in the final minute to hold off No. 21 Oklahoma State 79-77 on Sunday after N.C. State (4-0) was able to hold off pesky High Point 66-62 on Friday night. No. 8 Duke (3-0) has been pretty much cruising so far. This week should get a lot tougher for everybody. The Wolfpack visits...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Humongous rivalry games highlight grid weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

It's Triangle Rivalry Week! Or at least it's Part One. And this time it's going to start a little bit early. There are only two games, as N.C. State gets a week off, coincidentally to celebrate its bowl eligibility, but they're both monsters. Tonight at 7:30, UNC (5-5, 3-3 ACC) will visit No. 25 Duke 8-2, 4-2) in a game to be shown on ESPN. Of course they don't like each other too much, and there's plenty at stake. If UNC beats either Duke tonight or the visiting Wolfpack on Nov. 29, the Tar Heels will be bowl eligible....

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Monday, November 17, 2014

So far, so good for Triangle ACC women's hoops

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

By all accounts, the opening of the ACC women's basketball season was a great success in the Triangle. No. 7 Duke opened with an explosion, annihilating a middling Alabama team 90-40 on the road Sunday night. No. 13 UNC started 2-0, having to work harder to escape upstart Howard than No. 23 UCLA. And work-in-progress N.C. State escaped challenges from a couple of Historically Black colleges in eventually comfortable wins over Tennessee State and Coppin State. The Blue Devils' week Any doubt that the Blue Devils are a Top 10 team should have been put to bed...

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winning seasons still possible with victories today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

The magic number remains six. That's the number of wins an FBS football team needs to play in a bowl game, and for any college football team to assure it won't have a losing regular-season record. So far only one Triangle team has made it, as Duke (8-1, 4-1 ACC) is assured a winning season and a bowl game and is still in the race for the ACC's Coastal Division championship. That race means every game is a "must" win for the Blue Devils, and actually every game left on the schedule is a must win for every Triangle...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

High hopes all around as ACC women's hoops tip off today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

All three of the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams should be very good again this season. And if that sounds like a broken record, that's OK. Duke (28-7, 12-4 ACC last season) comes into the campaign ranked No. 7 nationally in the AP poll, while UNC (27-10, 10-6) is No. 13 and N.C. State (25-8, 11-5) received the fifth highest number of points of unranked squads. The Blue Devils are picked second in the ACC, the Tar Heels fourth and the Wolfpack ninth. The campaign starts today at 4 at Carmichael Arena, when UNC takes on Howard (11-20)...

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Not in the Cards: Tar Heels men's soccer clipped 1-0 by Louisville in ACC quarterfinals

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The roller coaster season for the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s soccer team reached another ebb Sunday afternoon at an autumnal Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels, who opened their 2014 fall season in the middle of the myriad of preseason Top 25 polls, quickly rose in the rankings after winning five of their opening six matches, including a victory over highly ranked California and a Virginia road trifecta over Old Dominion, VCU and William & Mary. However, three straight road losses followed, including rival Duke and ACC regular season champ Notre Dame, and that...

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bowl spots, championships and winning seasons at stake

Posted By on Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Today is a very big day for N.C. State football. And it's very important for Duke, while it's still meaningful for N.C. Central. UNC has the day off before its uphill stretch run. The Wolfpack (5-4, 1-4 ACC) picked up its first conference win for second-year coach Dave Doeren last week in a squeaker over Syracuse. And if State can become the third Triangle team to beat No. 24 Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2) today at 12:30 (WRAL) at Carter-Finley Stadium, the Wolfpack is going bowling! NCCU (4-5, 3-2 MEAC), which is still looking for a winning season, plays...

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The night the lights went out in Cary: Carolina RailHawks tie Minnesota United 2-2 to conclude 2014 NASL season

Posted By on Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Just as the Carolina RailHawks and Minnesota United FC were set to kick off the second half of last night’s match in Cary, a power surge doused the floodlights at WakeMed Soccer Park, momentarily enveloping the main stadium in total darkness. It proved a jackhammer-subtle metaphor for what would unfold in two different soccer matches over the ensuing hour, culminating with the RailHawks’ 2-2 draw with Minnesota United and the end of Carolina’s 2014 season. The party was over … turn out the lights. The RailHawks knew that Saturday was their final home game of 2014. The...

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Triangle grid squads all road warriors this afternoon

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

It's a rare fall Saturday when there's no Division I football game in the Triangle, but today is one of those days. And of the area's four teams, still no one can say how the seasons of three will be perceived at the end. And all four are underdogs. No. 24 Duke (6-1, 2-1 ACC) is going to have another happy finish barring a monumental collapse. But UNC (4-4, 2-2), N.C. State (4-4, 0-4) and N.C. Central (4-4, 3-1 MEAC) can all still go in either direction. The Blue Devils will travel to Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2) in a key...

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tar Heels, Eagles only locals in action today

Posted By on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Today will be sort of an odd day in Triangle Division I college football, as  only half the teams play and just one is at home. N.C. Central (3-4, 2-1 MEAC) will take on Savannah State (0-7, 0-4) at 2 p.m. at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, trying to get on track for a winning season and stay in the race for the MEAC title. And UNC (3-4, 1-2 ACC) will try to give its fans something to smile about in the middle of the program's ongoing academic scandals, as the Tar Heels visit ancient rival Virginia (4-3, 2-1) in the 119th edition...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Good times abound at ACC women's media day

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Sylvia Hatchell said she's about as happy as she can be to be back on the sidelines as the women's basketball season begins. The veteran UNC coach, who missed last season with leukemia, was in great spirits at the ACC's annual media day at the conference's go-to resort. "I'm so excited to be back out there," said Hatchell, who sat out last season while long-time assistant Andrew Calder ran the bench. "This time last year I was laying over there in the cancer center not knowing if I was going to make it or not. I'm glad...

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Subtraction by addition: Carolina RailHawks draw 1-1 with Fort Lauderdale, but lose ground in playoff race

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 2:19 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Throughout the 2014 regular season (heck, even last year, too), the Carolina RailHawks have displayed an uncanny ability to play counter to their given situation. Anytime the RailHawks appear on the verge of falling out of a possible berth in the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament, the team will reel off two or three unexpected victories to again grab the reins of their destiny. Then, just as promptly, Carolina will squander their reacquired fortunes, placing themselves back on the precipice of heartbreak. The fickle foot of fate once again dealt a blow to the RailHawks Saturday night with...

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Tar Heels stop slide with thriller against Georgia Tech

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC had its collective back to the wall when the game with Georgia Tech kicked off Saturday night. And the Tar Heels' backs were to the wall again with just three minutes to play. But Marquise Williams proved to be too much for the Yellow Jackets. Williams completed a UNC record 38 of 47 passes for 390 yards and four TDs with one interception, adding a rushing TD while carrying for 75 yards on 16 totes as the Tar Heels beat the Yellow Jackets 48-43 to break a five-game losing streak in the series. UNC improved...

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday a pivotal day for area college football teams

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 2:05 AM

The Triangle's college football season is passing its halfway point, and exactly how the season is unfolding for the local Division I squads is coming into focus. Duke is having a second straight very good season and could play in some really interesting December games if it keeps winning. And N.C. Central, which has yet to lose to an historically black college this season, still has a shot at the MEAC championship. But N.C. State coach Dave Doeren is still looking for his first ACC win, and UNC's Larry Fedora needs to get things turned around quickly if the...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Challenges abound for Triangle football squads today

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

It's yet another day of big challenges for the Triangle's Division I football teams, as once again most of them are underdogs. The only favorite in the bunch in N.C. State (4-2, 0-2 ACC), which will host Boston College (3-2, 0-1) at 3:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Carolinas) at Carter-Finley Stadium in an attempt to stop a two-game losing streak. And everyone else is on the road. Duke (4-1, 0-1) will visit No. 22 Georgia Tech (5-0, 2-0) at 12:30 p.m. (WRAL). N.C. Central (2-3, 1-0 MEAC) will travel to South Carolina State for a 2 p.m. contest. And UNC...

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