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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Everyone's an underdog for the second straight week

Posted By on Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 2:03 AM

College football has been played in some form for the last 146 seasons, and no team from the Triangle has ever really played for a national championship. After last week's results this won't be the year. It's not that anyone can't still have a great season, but there are only about 20 schools than could have a loss and make the new FBS Final Four and none of them are in North Carolina. Three of the four local Division I teams are in action today, and two of them are at home. Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC), coming off a...

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brissett, Pack give favored 'Noles a scare before late rally

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State isn't undefeated any more and isn't going to vault into the Top 20, but the Wolfpack - and especially quarterback Jacoby Brissett - proved it was ready for prime time on Saturday. Brissett completed 32 of 48 passes for 359 yards and three TDs and rushed for 38 yards on 13 carries, leading a gallant effort as the Wolfpack fell 56-41 to top-ranked Florida State. It was the first time a No. 1 team in the nation had ever visited the Wolfpack's home stadium. NCSU came in with victories over the Seminoles in five of...

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Upset opportunities abound for local football teams today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 1:34 AM

It's been a while since all three ACC football teams in the Triangle were underdogs on the same day. But that will be the case today when one team plays at home and two on the road. The highest-profile contest of the three is at N.C. State (4-0), where the Wolfpack will host No. 1-ranked Florida State (3-0) at 3:30 p.m. (WTVD) at Carter-Finley Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams. UNC (2-1) opens its ACC schedule at 7 p.m. (ESPNU) at Clemson (1-2, 0-1 ACC), while Duke (4-0) does the same at Miami (2-2, 0-1) at 8...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Heavy Traffic: Carolina RailHawks in flux following sale of Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

When the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced last week that Traffic Sports USA was selling controlling interest in the North American Soccer League (NASL) club to a Brazilian investment group, chatter ensued about the effect this would have on various soccer entities. But besides the Strikers themselves, the group most affected by this sale is the Carolina RailHawks. Carolina is now the last NASL team owned by Traffic Sports USA, the American arm of the Brazil-based sports management company that not only bankrolled a large portion of the NASL after its breakaway from the United Soccer Leagues (USL), but also once...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Deadline in US Soccer Pro League Standards emerges as motive for sale of NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced the sale of the North American Soccer League (NASL) club from Traffic Sports USA to a trio of Brazilian investors: Paulo Cesso, Rafael Bertani, and Ricardo Geromel. The sale was trumpeted as an overdue boon for the sometimes star-crossed second-division South Florida franchise. The team currently ranks last in attendance for the 2014 NASL regular season and annually has one of the lowest budgets in the league, but it is also fighting for the fourth and final berth in The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament. The Strikers adopted the moniker of its...

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Back Nine: Carolina RailHawks outlast New York Cosmos in 5-4 thriller

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—When a time capsule is planted under the center circle of WakeMed Soccer Park to inform, a millennia hence, our planet of ape overlords or extraterrestrial invaders about the history of the Carolina RailHawks Football Club, the first artifact included must be a recording of the RailHawks’ 5-4 victory over the New York Cosmos Saturday evening in Cary, NC. The game encapsulates every variance of RailHawks teams through the years. First, there was a stultifying lack of scoring, aided by sound defending, ineffective finishing, tentative possession and lots of long balls forward. After halftime was the blazing...

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Duke rolls again over mistake-prone Tulane

Posted By on Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM—You'd think these two teams might have squared off on the gridiron a lot more than they have. Duke and Tulane were once fellow members of the Southern Conference, and have always been considered among the "Southern Ivies." But the Blue Devils will play the Greenies for only the fourth time ever on this warm, sunny afternoon in front of a sparse crowd, although they will square off three more times over the next six seasons. Tulane, a member of the new American Athletic Conference, brings a 1-2 record into the contest and looks to get some...

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Triangle FBS teams all try to stay perfect today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Here we go into Week 4 of the area college football season, and all three of the local FBS teams are still unbeaten. If that continues all day today, one of them will have to beat one of the best teams in the country on the road. The show starts today at 12:30 (FOX Sports Carolinas) at Wallace Wade Stadium, where Duke (3-0) will try to complete a perfect non-conference portion of the season against Tulane (1-2). The other home game is at 6 p.m., as N.C. State (3-0) tries to complete its non-conference schedule unbeaten with a victory...

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bulls come up short as Pawtucket wins Governor's Cup

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK It all comes down to one game for the Governors' Cup. The Durham Bulls will go for their fifth one in 13 seasons tonight against the Pawtucket Red Sox, who traditionally have been their worst regular-season tormentors. But the Bulls have won two Governor's Cups with Pawtucket on the short end, one in three straight in 2003 and another by a 3-1 count just last year. The winner will play against the champions of the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday night at the brand new park in Charlotte. Merrill...

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Something old, new and borrowed: Carolina RailHawks kick home blues with 3-1 win over San Antonio Scorpions

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Facing the prospect of the first four-match home losing streak in club history, it was all boots on deck for the Carolina RailHawks. The long-awaited arrival of Nacho Novo—check. The short-term loan acquisition of a Major League Soccer striker in Devon Sandoval from Real Salt Lake—check. Prying Zack Schilawski away from his law school studies for a few hours—check. Indeed, all three players saw action against the NASL-leading San Antonio Scorpions Saturday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. However, it was a different trio of RailHawks who scaled the scoring column to pace Carolina to a...

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blue Devils run wild in 41-3 rout of hapless Jayhawks

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 9:29 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM For the first time this season, Duke plays against another team from a big-time conference. And folks have been saying all week it's a little too bad this isn't basketball. The 2-0 Blue Devils will entertain 1-0 Kansas in front of about a half-full Wallace Wade Stadium. An interesting sidebar to this one is that Jayhawk coach Charlie Weis hired current Duke coach David Cutcliffe to be his assistant at Notre Dame before Cutcliffe resigned at the beginning of his long rehab following a 2005 heart attack. The two teams played their only previous meeting in...

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Duke, NCCU, State all face key challenges today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Three weeks into the Triangle's college football season, there haven't been any real shockers but there have been a couple of surprisingly close calls. There was one of those last week when UNC had to come back to claim a 31-27 win over San Diego State at Kenan Stadium. And the week before, N.C. State needed its own big finish to escape Georgia Southern 24-23 at Carter-Finley. Duke hasn't had a nail-biter yet, while N.C. Central took a thumping at East Carolina before laying one onto CIAA member Elizabeth City State last week. Today there will be two home...

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Jabang, Jabang: Tar Heels declaw Pitt Panthers in men's soccer 3-0

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The headline is that the North Carolina Tar Heels won a decisive 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers to open its 2014 ACC men's soccer season. The real story of the match is the player who propelled them to the win. The first goal and assist by redshirt sophomore Nyambi Jabang paced the No. 3 Tar Heels to their fourth win of the season. According to UNC head coach Carlos Somoano, however, the game didn't start so swimmingly. “I didn’t like the way we came out,” Somoano said. “I thought we were sluggish. The tempo of the...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nacho Novo, Glasgow Rangers legend, signs with Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The Carolina RailHawks’ long-gestating rumor is now official: Nacho Novo, the lauded Spanish striker who spent seven seasons with Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League, has signed with the RailHawks of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The 35-year-old Novo, who last played this spring for Carlisle United in England’s League One, traveled to North Carolina in June to trial with the RailHawks and also took in a few of the club’s matches. Novo and the club agreed to contractual terms several weeks later. However, immigration entanglements delayed Novo joining the team until this week. After arriving in North...

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lightning strikes twice as Tar Heels foil San Diego State

Posted By on Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 1:21 AM

KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC plays its first game against an FBS team this season as the Tar Heels entertain San Diego State on national TV. It's "Stripe Out" night in the Southern Part of Heaven, as the No. 21 Tar Heels are wearing black jerseys over Carolina Blue breeches and black socks. The "Tar Pit" student section is dressed in black shirts, while the rest of the stadium has sections alternating in black and light blue. The Aztecs are a pretty good team from the Mountain West Conference, but they don't get out this way much. This is their...

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Three home games in area college football today

Posted By on Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 12:20 AM

It's Week 2 of the college football season, and so far there haven't been any major surprises for any of the local teams. Things went pretty much according to form last Saturday, except that N.C. State had plenty of trouble from Georgia Southern in a 24-23 nailbiter. UNC finally escaped Liberty in a 56-29 result, while Duke walloped Elon 52-13 and East Carolina crushed N.C. Central 52-7 in Jerry Mack's debut with the Eagles. This time all four local teams are favored, and three of them are at home. The Eagles host old CIAA rival Elizabeth City State at...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bruins ruin Tar Heels' opening weekend as top-ranked UCLA men's soccer clips UNC 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:41 PM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The North Carolina Tar Heels men’s soccer team demonstrated this weekend that they are a good team. The UCLA Bruins showed that they might be a championship-caliber team. After defeating No. 11 Wake Forest on Friday, UCLA traveled to Chapel Hill and ground out a 1-0 win over the No. 10 Tar Heels. North Carolina had beaten California 3-1 on Friday and were hoping to notch a victory over the top-ranked Bruins to open their 2014 season with a Cali clean sweep. However, a match that was mostly evenly matched was decided by a momentary first-half...

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Train wrecked: Atlanta Silverbacks defeat anemic Carolina RailHawks 2-0 for third straight home loss

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Colin Clarke said he didn’t recall a more lackluster home performance in his three seasons as manager of the Carolina RailHawks than their 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park. There are few, if any, who would disagree. After earning their second straight road victory last week at Tampa Bay, the RailHawks were hoping to notch three points at home and solidify their fourth-place position in the North American Soccer League (NASL) yearly standings, good for the final berth in the year-end NASL Championship playoffs. Instead, the loss to Atlanta drops...

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Duke blows Elon away with solid opening-game effort

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 10:58 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke will open its football season with a rare opportunity tonight. Coming off the ACC's Coastal Division championship and a 10-4 season that was the best in school history, the Blue Devils will look for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1988 and 1989. Tonight's game with Elon, which went 2-9 last season, is Employee Appreciation Day. It's also a 25th anniversary celebration for the 1989 team, with coach Steve Spurrier - who now runs the show at South Carolina - in the house. And Duke passes the easy first test, rolling the Phoenix...

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Big fourth quarter gives Wolfpack must-win result over Ga. Southern

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH Hopes are high for a better season at N.C. State, where Dave Doeren is in his second year at the helm after a 3-9 first campaign. Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett is the junior starting quarterback, hoping to bring back the signal-calling glory days in West Raleigh. The season-opening opponent is Georgia Southern, a traditional 1-AA power now in its first season as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision Sun Belt Conference. The Eagles, who won an upset at Florida last season, have a new coach in Willie Fritz. It's going to be a hot and sunny...

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Triangle college football opens with a bang today

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 1:35 AM

There won't be "great football weather" - that's a few weeks away. And if you want to see a really big game that could go either way, you may need to watch an out-of-state game on TV. But college football in the Triangle does open today, with a collection of the kinds of games in which the home team is a heavy if not prohibitive favorite. The three local ACC teams will write hefty checks and hope to win big, while N.C. Central will get its money on the road. N.C. State starts today's show at 12:30 p.m. (WRAL),...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ho-hum? Heck no! Bulls win South once again

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:26 AM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls' magic number is one heading into tonight's contest with the Gwinnett Braves. So if the defending Governors' Cup champion Bulls win - or if the second-place Norfolk Tides lose at Charlotte - they'll claim their 12th South Division title and 13th playoff berth in their 17 seasons in the International League. Long-ago former Bulls skipper Brian Snitker manages Gwinnett. Matt Andriese (11-7, 3.76) will take on the Braves' Terry Doyle (3-3, 3.30). Durham gets solid pitching all night, scratching out enough runs to clinch the division title with a 4-2 win. ...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Mahtook's two-out double in ninth foils no-hit bid from Tides' Wright

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:54 AM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The Durham Bulls are inching ever closer to their 12th division title and 13th playoff berth in their 17 seasons in the International League. Heading into tonight's game with the second-place Norfolk Tides, Durham's magic number to clinch a second straight South Division crown is six with 13 games left in the season - all against either the Tides or the Gwinnett Braves. Nathan Karns (9-6, 4.45) will look for his eighth straight quality start tonight against East Carolina alum Mike Wright (4-11, 5.16). This time it's Wright that gets the quality start - an...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

U.S. Women's National Team defeats Switzerland 4-1 before nearly 10,000 fans in Cary

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The 4-1 win by the U.S. Women’s National Team over a game but outmatched Switzerland squad Wednesday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park felt faintly like a fait accompli. Switzerland has already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the no. 19 FIFA-ranked Swiss women were no match for the top-ranked USWNT squad as it gears up for World Cup qualifying this October. The scoring started early, when Sydney Leroux crossed a ball atop the box to an unmarked Megan Rapinoe, who fired a low liner that deflected off Switzerland defender Rahel Kiwic before...

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Penalty-palooza: Carolina RailHawks clipped 3-2 by FC Edmonton for third home loss in fall season

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 2:34 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—For the second straight week, the Carolina RailHawks fell behind to an opponent at WakeMed Soccer Park. For the second straight week, the RailHawks and Zack Schilawski, the team’s leading scorer, clawed back to tie the match in the second half and appeared poised to grab a win. And for the second straight week, the RailHawks ended up losing the match anyway. After grabbing an early lead that lasted through halftime, the RailHawks surrendered three second-half goals on their way to a 3-2 loss to FC Edmonton in front of 4,666 fans. The defeat is Carolina’s third...

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